Monday, October 28, 2013

November 2013 Meeting

The West Central Georgia Shutterbugs will meet on Tuesday, November 12th at 6:30 p.m. at the Thomaston-Upson Arts Council (TUAC) Gallery, located at 201 South Center Street, on the courthouse square in Thomaston. The program will be a multimedia presentation:  “Let Your Light Shine: Photography and the Creative Life,” which features the words and works of the late Nancy Rotenberg, one of the most respected and renowned nature, macro-photographers of our time. Nancy spent her last 15 years  traveling the world, photographing and teaching. She passed away in 2011, but her “light” continues to shine brightly through the books she’d authored and the DVDs she’d produced. In addition, some of her beautiful images may be viewed on her website:

During the multi-media presentation, attendees will get to hear Nancy’s recorded voice and see her inspiring images as she urges photographers to experience a more creative life and to create images that spring from the heart and soul of the photographer, images that portray not only what the photographer saw but also what he/she felt while making that image.

The kind of wisdom Nancy shares applies to everyone, not just photographers! So, anyone who’d like to be inspired to live a more creative life is welcome to attend the meeting and receive reminders like this: “You are the only one like you. This is your one precious life….honor and nurture your uniqueness, so that your light shines wherever you go.”

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

CS6 Courses

Hello West Central Georgia Shutterbugs,

UWG Continuing Education is now offering a Photography Certificate Program.

Photography I, Photography II and Adobe Photoshop CS6 Courses may be taken individually or linked together for completion of the Photography Certificate. Any UWG Continuing Ed Photography Courses taken between the years of 2007 and 2013 will count towards the Certificate. Photography Courses meet Tuesdays from 7-9PM at UWG Carrollton. See attached flyer for more information.

*Photography I: Getting the Most from your DSLR: October 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2013 includes 2-hours Saturday Shooting Workshop on October 26, 2013*

*Photography II: From Idea to Image: November 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2013 includes 2-hours Saturday Shooting Workshop on November 23, 2013*

*Adobe Photoshop CS6: January 14, 21, 28 & February 4, 2014*
Register online or by phone 678-839-6611

We would be grateful if you would share this information with your members.

Sincerely, Erika McClain
Continuing Education | Continuing Education Home
Deannie Corley Departmental Associate (678) 839-6615

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October 2013 Meeting

The West Central Georgia Shutterbugs will hold their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 8th, at 6:30 p.m., at the Thomaston-Upson Arts Council (TUAC) Gallery, located at 201 South Center Street, on the SE corner of the courthouse square. Photographers of all skill levels are invited to attend. Attendees should bring their cameras, as well as tripods, if available.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Best of Show at TUAC Reception

Melba's Harvest Sunset
Melba Brown's Harvest Sunset took Best of Show on Tuesday, September 10 at the Thomaston Upson Arts Council Reception where Shutterbugs displayed Our Personal Best photos.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

September 10 TUAC Reception

Fawne DeRosia hangs a photo for display. (Photo by Johnnie Gaskill)

In lieu of their regular monthly meeting, the West Central Georgia Shutterbugs will be attending a reception given in their honor by the Thomaston-Upson Arts Council (TUAC) on Tuesday, September 10th, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend and to enjoy light refreshments while viewing the “Our Personal Best” photography exhibit that features images created by various members of the Shutterbugs who reside in Fayette, Henry, Lamar, Monroe, Pike, Rockdale, Spalding, and Upson Counties. For additional information about the Shutterbugs, visit their blog:

The Shutterbugs meet the second Tuesday in each month (except Dec.) at 6:30 p.m. at the Thomaston-Upson Arts Council (TUAC) Gallery, located at 201 South Center Street, on the SE corner of the courthouse square. Photographers of all skill levels are invited to attend. The next regular meeting of the Shutterbugs will be Tuesday, October 8th,  at 6:30 p.m. Details will be announced soon.

Caption for photo: LR-2134: Fawne DeRosia, Administrative Assistant at TUAC, hangs one of the many photos that will be on display during the month of September. They may be viewed during TUAC’s regular business hours: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10-5 and Wednesday, 10-noon. The gallery is closed on Monday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

WCGS Elects New Officers for 2013-2014

(l-R) President: Jim Davidson; Publicity Chairperson: Jan Price; Membership Secretary: Dianne Kelly; Treasurer: Melissa Thomas; Activities Director: Bonny Shockley

New officers were elected for the upcoming year 2013-2014 at the annual business meeting of the West Central Georgia Shutterbugs on Tuesday, August 13, 2013. Those attending the meeting enjoyed a covered dish meal before voting on officers. King Davis, Marcia Fisher and Johnnie Ann Gaskill served on the nominating committee and announced the candidates. All were voted in to serve. President: Jim Davidson; Treasurer: Melissa Thomas; Membership Secretary: Dianne Kelly; Activities Director: Bonny Shockley; Publicity Chairperson: Jan Price. Open positions are: Vice-President and Recording Secretary.

Monday, August 5, 2013

The West Central Georgia Shutterbugs will conduct their annual business meeting Tuesday August 13, 6:30 PM at TUAC located at 201 S Center Street - formerly Traditions of Thomaston. 

Please plan to attend as the nominating committee will present the new officers to be elected. 

This meeting has also been a time when we all bring a dish and share a meal with one another. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. We look forward to seeing you.

Please take note that members will be exhibiting "Our Personal Best" in September!!!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

The monthly meeting of the West Central Georgia Shutterbugs will be at TUAC’s new location on the square in downtown Thomaston (201 S Center Street) at 6:30 on Tuesday, June 11. Please come join us in welcoming Billie Mathis as our guest speaker.
Billie will speak to our group of photographers about her background in photography and in using Photoshop with it. She will also share her knowledge of some of the techniques she uses to create the photo art that she sells. She'll demonstrate some tutorials that will show how to take a simple image and transform it into an art project that will result in something more than just a photo - something that can be framed and used as home decor. Afterwards she will conduct a question and answer session for everyone. 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

For our Tuesday, May 14 monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m., West Central Georgia Shutterbug members Harolyn Castleberry and Melba Brown will present a slideshow of pictures they took of Vermont last fall while on a photo tour with John Baker of Travel Images.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Greg Foster, an award-winning, highly-acclaimed photographer, will speak to the West Central Georgia Shutterbugs when they meet on Tuesday, April 9th, 6:30 p.m. at TUAC (Thomaston-Upson Arts Council) Gallery, located on the courthouse square in Thomaston. His topic will be "Greg Foster - 20 Years of People, Portraits, and Places" To view samples of his work, visit his website: Photographers of all ages and skill levels are invited to attend the meeting and learn from one of the best photographers in the business. There is no admission fee. For more information about the Shutterbugs, visit

Greg grew up in Griffin, graduated from the University of Georgia in 1983, had a highly success career as a photographer, and then he, along with his wife and three young children, moved back to Griffin in 2007, after living in metro Atlanta for almost 20 years.
He began his career working for daily newspapers, but soon moved on to magazine work, specializing in portraits and feature stories. His clients have included Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Time, Forbes, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and a wide variety of other publications. He has worked across the U. S. , as well as in a handful of foreign countries, and has to his credit several hundred covers and front page photos. His work has also appeared in a variety of books, including The NBA at 50, A Day in the Life of the National Hockey League, and the NBA’s Best Shots, as well as in television documentaries by ESPN, Fox Sports, NFL Films and CBS.

Greg has also worked on assignment for wire services and newspapers, covering sporting events such as the Super Bowl, the World Series, the Masters, the NBA Playoff, and Major League Baseball’s All-Star game. He has also worked on assignment for a variety of companies doing corporate, annual report, and advertising photography for corporations such as The Coca-Cola Company, Norfolk-Southern Railroads, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, HBO, and Kodak.

In 2004, one of Greg’s Sports Illustrated cover photos was included in the magazine’s 50th Anniversary issue showcasing the magazine’s greatest photos. Some of his other honors have included awards in the International Pictures of the Year competition, selection for the Communication Arts Photography Annual, a variety of awards at the annual Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, and being named Georgia Photographer of the Year.