When, Where, and
Who to Contact

Meetings start at 7:30 pm
generally on Thursdays

This activity is open ONLY to members

Classroom sessions:

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016
Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017
postponed to Wed. Feb. 15, 2017
Thursday, Mar. 9, 2017
Wednesday, Apr. 26, 2017

Field Trips:

Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016
Beacon Hill time TBD
Meet at club to car pool
(more information
to follow by email)

Saturday, January 14, 2017
has been postponed
until April 2017
Stay tuned for details

Chairman: Joe Votano

Questions regarding the
Fine Arts Group:




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Fine Art /
Pictorial Photography Group

(available to members only)

(To get an idea of what Fine Art / Pictorial Photography is all about, visit Joe Votano's website which has excellent examples of images fitting the category. Joe Votano Photography)

GLPA will hold seven classroom sessions and two field trips on FAP (Fine Art Photography) and PAP (Pictorial Art Photography). Starting at 7:30 p.m., these sessions will be held once a month from October through April and last about 60 to 90 minutes each. A PDF of subject matter covered in each session will be supplied to each class member via the Internet. Providing this information will enable people who wish to attend to have material covered in past sessions at their disposal for future study and review.

Besides attending the sessions, it is hoped that every member will have Photoshop CS5 or CS6 or Elements 11 or higher, plus a suite of Nik Filters available from Google.

Fine art photography takes one on a fascinating journey about you as a photographer. There will be class participation, hopefully, by all members during the course. If you wish to develop new technical skills, learn to express your ideas through imagery, work towards developing a personal style of photography, and go beyond representational photography (just click the shutter and sharpen an image sort of photography) to presentational photography to express what you think and feel through FAP and PAP, please join us.

A Syllabus of what will be covered

This season marks our third year of Fine Art Photography (FAP). It will be an exciting year exploring new subject areas. Here are some of the new ones:

Minimalism in Fine Art Photography. We explore many subject areas in photography where minimalism plays an important role. It's a form of self-expression that opens up how you like, think, and feel about some object or objects or scene.

Surrealism in FAP as it applies to various subject matter (e.g., architecture, people, places). Go to distance worlds to express an emotion or evoke one. Surrealism is a way to see ourselves or express ourselves differently. Techniques will be shown how to create surreal images. It's not that hard.

Americana in FAPentails how to capture a sense of Americana in images. What to look for and places to go. We will be conducting several field trips through-out the year on this subject.

Fine Art Night Photography (FANP). The techniques and technical aspects of night photography will be discussed and explained in detail.  Subject matter of FANP is a wide-open and will be reviewed along with the types of FAP images.

Image Taking and Making. All these attributes - perspective, tonal range, monochrome of RGB color space, and composition - are used to develop and express the content of your idea. Each of these image attributes will be looked at via FAP and PAP images so you can understand choice, intent, technical excellence, and manipulation to help place an image into an FAP or PAP category.

Tools to Use to Create FAP and PAP Images. This will involve going from a RAW file to a completed image. Photoshop CS5 or higher or Lightroom and Nik filters will be used. Techniques to create monochromatic images will be reviewed using Nik filters. Tonal range development, hand manipulation of tones, selective sharpening, soft-focusing techniques, and learning how to make elements in an image all work towards realizing your idea. FAP and PAP is all about making an image with today's software tools.

Show and Tell by Members. At each session, members will show their work. Each member will discuss his/her images; how they evolved; what he/she felt about the image; and does it achieve or invoke the idea behind the image with the viewer? We cover images from field trips since they always are productive.

Joe Votano, Chairman