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The Southeastern Photographic Society (SPS) is an Atlanta-based community of photographers established in 1976 to help members learn the skills for creating great images and sharing them with others. Our monthly meetings are in the Toco Hills/Emory area of Atlanta. SPS has annual dues of $40 per individual to support the club’s expenses such as rent for meeting spaces, honoraria for speakers, supplies and other such expenses. Board members serve voluntarily.

By paying the SPS dues you become a member of SPS and may participate in activities available only to dues-paying members, including submitting images into our monthly First Friday competition/critique, and our annual juried exhibitions which occur two to three times a year. (There is also a fee associated with entering images into exhibitions.)

We hope that anyone learning of us on MeetUp will check out the SPS by attending a monthly meeting or participating in a MeetUp field event with members. We look forward to seeing you and hope you will support the club by becoming a dues-paying member.

It’s easy to join! Just click here (https://form.jotform.com/spsatlanta/club-membership-registration-form).

The SPS has three standing meetings every month. Please note that we sometimes adjust meetings due to holidays so please check the schedule on Meetup.

· The First Friday Monthly Meeting at 7:30 pm at Clairmont Presbyterian Church. This meeting includes a guest speaker and member competition and critique. Competitions include color prints, black and white prints, and digital images.

· The Second Saturday Coffee and Critique at 9:00 AM at Emory Presbyterian Church. This is an informal meeting where members bring their own prints for open discussion. Check MeetUp for the format as we alternate between print and digital images.

· The Fourth Tuesday Learnshop at 7:00 PM at Clairmont Presbyterian Church. This meeting is a member-to-member presentation of techniques and special topics to advance the learning of our club members.

The SPS also has regular Meetup field events where members and guests get together to photograph an event or place. (Some Meetup field events are for members only.)

You will find much useful information on the monthly competition themes, competition rules, exhibitions, and other SPS information in the "Useful Links" sections of our Google Sites Page.


Upcoming events (4+)

Off-camera Flash Learnshop with Wes Kroninger

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Special thanks to Hunts Photo for sponsoring our September learnshop.

Great lighting is the best way to create visually compelling images; however, depending on available light sources to do the trick does not always work. Therefore, whether shooting still life, product images or portraits, it is essential to have a firm handle on the techniques and technology involved in consistently and confidently producing light. If you are new to off-camera lighting or need to brush up on your lighting knowledge, then this learnshop is for you.

Wes has been a lighting instructor for 14 years and has a knack for simplifying complex information into easy-to-understand pieces by building upon a solid base of basic lighting knowledge. This class will start with a simple breakdown of how your camera sees the supplied light, and will move on to discuss exactly how to utilize different lighting tools and techniques to fit your needs.

What we’ll cover:
- Metering and color balancing
- Foundations of off camera flash
- Different light modifiers and what they do
- How to meter and gel off-camera strobes to balance with ambient lighting
- Selecting the best lighting tools for the job at hand
- TTL, HSS and flash duration explained

Wes Kroninger is well known for his inventive editorial and beauty portraiture—cleanly lit images with a vitality and vibrancy that impacts viewers immediately. The fresh outlook Wes brings to every project has resulted in numerous awards for both himself and his clients.

Wes has been a full-time photographer since 2003 and in that time his work has gained national exposure in publications including Rolling Stone, Modern Salon, American Salon, Rangefinder, Studio Photography, Long Beach Magazine, After Capture, Professional Photo Magazine and a wide range of trade publications. He has worked with a broad range of commercial clients like Home Depot, Fruit of the Loom, Russell Athletics, and Vanity Fair. In addition to ADDY and Lucie awards, Wes has been recognized for his work as an instructor, leading an extremely successful class at WPPI for 5 years. He has also been a speaker at Imaging USA, SPAC, SPI, SYNC, SYNC Sports and he teaches a class on advertising photography at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography each year in Missoula, Montana. He also has been a guest speaker at numerous local photo chapters around the country.

Wes’ first book, Lighting: Design Techniques for Digital Photographers, explores the creative and technical aspects of photographic lighting and is now available. Wes has also been given the title of “Master of Light” by Rotolight for his use of LED lighting to bridge the gap between still photography and videography.


Again, thanks to Hunts Photo for making this learnshop possible.


SPS Monthly Meetings (first Friday of each month) are for its members and guests. While competition entries at these monthly meetings are restricted to currently paid-up members, we ALWAYS welcome visitors interested in photography to attend. The Learnshops (fourth Tuesdays) and Coffee & Critique (second Saturdays) are intended for members, but again, we welcome visitors. If you attend regularly, we ask that you help support the club (which pays for the rental of the facilities, supplies, and equipment) by becoming a member!!!

To find out more about SPS visit:

To pay your SPS dues, visit:


LIABILITY NOTICE: By signing up and attending a Meetup sponsored by the Southeastern Photographic Society, I acknowledge that these activities can be hazardous and that I could be injured or my property damaged. I agree that I am voluntarily participating in these activities and assume any risk of physical injury or damage to my property.

Interpretive Nature Photography with Jamie Davidson

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The moment we raise the camera to our eyes and frame a subject, we are interpreting - leaving out and keeping in the elements that tell the story we want to tell. The choices we have to interpret our subjects are endless. In this program Jamie will share her approach to nature photography, with images that illustrate that approach, and encourage others to find their unique way to express themselves regardless of the subject. Whether you prefer documentary or artistic or a blend of both, you'll be encouraged to explore and expand your vision.

Jamie Konarski Davidson, a Lensbaby Ambassador, is an award-winning outdoor & nature photographer with a passion for capturing and sharing intimate details of nature and landscapes. She embraces creative techniques, simple beauty, and encourages people in their photographic journeys. Her process emphasizes connecting with subjects and presenting them in ways that convey how she feels in the moment of capture. Her creative tools include color, infrared and black/white, macro/close-up, abstracts, HDR, long exposure, Lensbaby and all the tools of the digital darkroom. Being open to experiment and try new techniques is the dance of this photographer/artist.

Through New Life Photos, Jamie leads workshops and photo tours throughout the Southeast and beyond. Her goals as an instructor are to educate, encourage and inspire people to develop and grow their skills, connect with subjects, and see beyond the obvious to discover their own visual voice.


Jamie will judge our members' digital images submitted for the October monthly competition.

Please note:
- This month's SPS members' competition theme is "Nature."
- We are limiting entries to TWO per paid member - one color and one B&W.
- The deadline for the images is 9:00PM on Wednesday, Sep 29.
- All are welcome for the presentation, but competition entries will be limited to paid members only.
- Please refer to our document on monthly competitions.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WfjNcur10e7Xkg2FIXp7c8xMRJ7MSvIK/view Follow the instructions for digital entries.
- Send to [masked] as usual.
- Directions for resizing your images may be found here:
- A video about resizing your images may be found here:

Join us for our October Meetup via Zoom. Limited to the first 100 to sign up. The link will be sent to all RSVPs 24 hours before the meeting.

SPS has three standing meetings each month for its members and guests. The First Friday meeting features an outside speaker and a competition. While competition entries at these monthly meetings are restricted to currently paid-up members, we ALWAYS welcome visitors interested in photography to attend. The Learnshops (fourth Tuesdays) and Coffee & Critique (second Saturdays) are intended for members, but again, we welcome visitors. If you attend regularly, we ask that you help support the club (which pays for the rental of the facilities, supplies, and equipment) by becoming a member!

To pay your SPS dues, visit:

To find out more about SPS visit:


Day Trip to Sloss Furnaces, Birmingham, Alabama

Online event

Sloss Furnaces, a historic iron-producing blast furnace, is a National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, AL. The furnace operated from the 1880's to the 1970's and is now a vast industrial-era architectural museum. The many buildings and structures provide an amazing array of photo opportunities for color, design, and details. Sloss is a 2 1/2 hour drive from Atlanta.


We will plan to arrive at Sloss Furnaces at its opening time of 10 am CST (11:00 EST). We will enter Sloss as individual photographers, not as a group. Please enter and meet Jack Martin under the water tower inside of Sloss. Jack will provide an orientation. A suggested schedule is to shoot for a couple of hours, take a long lunch break, and return to shoot in the afternoon. You may, of course, spend less time if you like.

There is no entry fee for Sloss Furnances, however, a donation is requested and encouraged.

If anyone would like to ride share, please email or call Jack Martin (jackmartinphoto@gmailcom[masked]) and he will try to coordinate ride sharing.

Opening Reception - 2021 The Art of the Capture: Photographing Our World

Please join us for the Opening Reception of The Art of the Capture: Photographing Our World - A juried exhibition by members of the Southeastern Photographic Society. The exhibition is part of Atlanta Celebrates Photography.

The exhibit will be on display in the Atrium Gallery at Emory University Hospital Midtown from Oct 3, 2021 to Sep 30, 2022. You may see the exhibit by visiting Emory Midtown Hospital.

Because of Covid 19, the Opening Reception will be online at 2:00 pm on Sunday Oct 3. We will present the images and hear from the judges, Dale Niles and Peter Essick, on the ribbon-winning images, and why they selected those images for a ribbon. There are 32 images in the exhibit from 26 different SPS photographers.

You must RSVP to this announcement to participate in the Opening Reception. You will receive an email from President - David Woolf the day before and the day of the event with a link to the reception. A total of 100 people may participate. If you register after the event has filled, your name will be on a waiting list, and the link will be sent to you as space opens up.

If you would like to join SPS, you may do so at the link below:

[Note: Image above is First Place Winner of the 2020 Emory Midtown Exhibition, "Fall Glory" by Gail Mitchell.]

Past events (753)

Choreographing My Past with Shoccara Marcus

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