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. 19, 2017
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018
Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018

Field Trips:

There will very likely be several 
field trips but dates have not yet been selected. The chairman will email everyone in the group of such a trip. We will posted here as they are scheduled.

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

Critiquing the work of a famous photographer by a FAP member and comments from other FAP members. Critiques will encompass the style, composition, use of tonal contrast, subject matter, and elucidating the fine art qualities of 20 or so images. Presence of quality is a principal characteristic of Fine Art Photography that which evokes emotion or feeling or a contemplative mood in the viewer. The photographers studied cover a broad range of styles and subject matter. Hopefully, their work will open doors of thought to different ways of seeing and, thereby, more creative imaging taking and processing. 

Open Question: Each session we will ask members to give an answer to a different question as it relates to photography and one's role/response to it. Example questions are:

(a) Why do you photograph?
(b) What do you want to accomplish in FAP?
(c) Is their a difference between female and male photographers?
(d) How does conceptual photography impact on FAP and the reverse?
(e) Is there a category of street photography called FAP?
(f) Does B&W images excel over color ones in FAP?
(g) What role does contemporary photography play in FAP, if any?

There will be host of such thought provoking questions whose purpose is to help one to identify a direction in FAP and to understand better what it encompasses in today's photographic scene.

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 and non-field trips. Any images one feels he or she wants to show.

Tools to Use to Create FAP and PAP Images. We will explore 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 are to 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 is all about making an image with today's software tools.

Joe Votano, Chairman