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More PSA Winners!

Atlanta Photographic Society photographers have done well so far this year in the Photographic Society of America’s (PSA) Projected Image Division. In fact, three members, Ru Britton, Janerio Morgan and Don Stevens, have received Honors Awards (blue ribbons).  Congratulations! The three Honors Award images follow.


Sagrada Abstract by Ru Britton


Clown Fish by Janerio Morgan


Fussball Before Mass by Don Stevens

Additionally, another club member, Stan Greenberg, received an Honorable Mention for one of his images, which follows here.


Under the Bridge by Stan Greenberg

We are all very proud of our club’s fine photographers.  The competition is stiff among the twenty-seven US and international clubs in our group.  Come May 1 we will be submitting one more group of images for judging in this year’s competition.  I expect another strong showing for APS with this year’s final results.

Jim Harrison, APS President

Not a Fan of Photo Competitions

by Jim Zuckerman


Jim Zuckerman (the one on the right)

I  am not a fan of photography competitions.  Photography is an art, it’s not a race to the finish or a game scored by points where only one person or one team can win.  In this art form that we all love, there can be, and are, many winners.  In fact, almost everyone who takes photography seriously has taken at least a few great shots.  So, what is this winning and losing all about when it comes to imagery?

To make my point, let’s say Van Gogh, Picasso, Renoir, and Rembrandt all entered the same art competition assuming they happened to live at the same time.  Wouldn’t you think it would be absolutely foolish to say one is better than the other?  You may like the work of Renoir better than Picasso or Van Gogh more than Rembrandt, but so what?  All of these artists are recognized the world over as being great, not to mention the prices their paintings command.  And what judge would have the audacity to place one of these artists above another when millions of people including art historians, curators of art collections, art collectors and many others are going to have myriad views on the subject, many of which will differ from the judge?

So why doesn’t this apply to photography?  Obviously not all contest submissions are great, but I can tell you that I’ve judged many contests myself and my frustration is that too many images should win.  How could I decide on the best picture when 20 best pictures could win?  The 19 photographers who didn’t win – when they easily could have but for, essentially, the wim of a judge – go away feeling they’ve been cheated.  And they have … by the foolishness of trying to compete with art.

If you like to enter contests, don’t take them seriously.  I say the same thing to both winners and those who didn’t win.  Don’t allow your feelings to be hurt if you don’t win, and if you do win, know that many other photographers took pictures just as good as yours and they could have won as well.  Your image was chosen after the judges looked at thousands of images.  With eyes glazed over from exhaustion, after the initial process of elimination, they just happened to choose yours because they were tired and wanted to go home. 

 Trust me.  I know.

Jim Zuckerman 


This month’s guest feature was kindly provided by professional photographer, Jim Zuckerman, from his Feburary 2016 Photo Insights newsletter. Please consider subscribing to Photo Insights, it’s free!  Just go to Jim’s web site to sign up.

Note: Thank you to APS member Stan Greenberg for making the arrangements for Jim Zuckerman’s guest article!  

Also, my thoughts: I mostly agree with Jim’s opinions about photo competitions.  Participate in photo competitions to get feedback on your images and learn from the judges’ critiques. And to learn from your fellow photographers’ images, opinions and insights.  Have fun, and don’t worry about “winning.”  Whenever you learn, you win!  

Jim Harrison, APS President

World’s Most Powerful Digital Camera: Construction Underway

With the advent of the holiday season, Christmas and the New Year, I’m sure many photographers have upgraded to newer, fancier, bigger (or smaller) and better cameras.  But no matter the features of your new toy, it can’t match this camera!

As part of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project, the most powerful digital camera ever is now under construction.  That’s right “under construction!”  

It’s very much a “one-of-a-kind” camera build, and is way too large to say it’s being manufactured.  This rendering indicates just how big.


LSST Camera Layout

The camera’s CCD sensor array is big too - 3.2 Gigapixels (that’s Giga, not Mega!).  To get an idea of how large the camera’s sensor array will be, here’s a picture of a 1:1 scale model of the sensor.  This model also illustrates the field of view, about 10 degrees, with the full moon included for reference.


Sensor Array Mock-Up

The telescope that the camera serves has a unique short focal length multi-mirror design, including the largest convex mirror ever made, illustrated here with the camera included.


Telescope Mirrors and Camera

A cut-away view of the camera indicates some of it’s complexity with lenses, changeable filters, and large cooling system and electronics bay behind the sensor.


Camera Cut Away View

The telescope itself is also under construction on a mountain top in Chile.  This image shows a conceptual rendering of the completed facility.  First light is planned for 2020, and full operation will commence during 2022.


For more information on the LSST and it’s remarkable camera please explore the LSST web site, and this article from the camera’s builder at the National Accelerator Laboratory.

Having a background in Astronomy, I find this this new camera pretty amazing. Oh, also worth mentioning, the price tag is astronomical!

Jim Harrison, APS President

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APS MeetUp Group

APS is now on "Meetup"

Join our Meetup group to follow our scheduled competitions, programs, field trips and other club activities. The Atlanta Photographic Society's Meetup group is for both club members and guests.  Our Meetup group's name is "Atlanta Photographic Society."  Please click on the link to join our Meetup.


Equipment Corner


The Atlanta Photographic Society's X-Rite ColorMunki device is available  to Club members only for their personal use to calibrate monitors and printers/papers.  The checkout period is ~1 month (bring back to the next club meeting in ~1 month).

A color managed work flow is essential to ensure that what you see on your monitor is accurate, and that what you print is what you see on your monitor.  It's also necessary for accurate viewing of your images on other monitors.

For more information on the ColorMunki, tutorials, etc. please see the  X-Rite web site.  You can also consult with Don Stephens or other club members with experience using the ColorMunki.

Tips, Techniques and Learning Corner

Photography Fundamentals Videos

A wonderful series of 24 half-hour videos covering the fundamentals of photography is available for checkout to  club members only for their personal use for photographic learning/education.

The checkout period is for ~1 month ( bring back to the next club meeting in ~ 1 month).

Whether you are a beginning, intermediate, or advanced photographer you are sure to take away at least one new gem of insight that you can put to use to improve your photography from each of these outstanding lessons.

Ultimate Photo Guide Videos

This excellent series of 10 short (4-6 minutes each) videos from Outdoor Photographer and Digital Photo Magazines cover a great introduction to photography for beginners, and are a good, quick review of the basics.  You can view them all in about one hour.  It is available for checkout to  club members only for their personal use for photographic learning/education.

The checkout period is for ~1 month (bring back to the next club meeting in ~ 1 month).

The Digital Photography Book

Scott Kelby's superb book is a very handy longtime favorite.  It's highly recommended by both your President, Jim Harrison, and our Competition Chair, Al McLeod.

It is also available for checkout to  club members only for their personal use for photographic learning/education.

The checkout period is for ~1 month ( bring back to the next club meeting in ~ 1 month).

Your inkjet paper purchases can now benefit the Atlanta Photographic Society! Just click on the Red River Paper link, order your favorite papers, and the club receives 5% of the purchase amount.

Red River Paper was founded in 1997 and has become a trusted supplier of exceptional photographic inkjet papers to customers around the world. The company offers products that often exceed major retail brand quality with a savings as much as 40%.


Wings Camera & Digital

Wings Camera & Digital has been serving Atlanta's photography needs for an amazing 103 years!

APS members will get Full Camera Cleaning for $24.95 (regularly $29.95). Use APS2015 for Discounts. Thanks Mike!

PDF Slide Presentation on Paper

by Janerio Morgan

Paper Presentation PDF

NOTE: Right-Click and download the PDF and view the PDF from your desktop instead of the browser, so you can click on the website links to view the many resources.

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