Wednesday, 7:00 pm

2019 06 EricBowlesLOCATION--Alpharetta Arts Center – 238 Canton Street, Alpharetta, GA. (Corner of Canton St. and Mayfield Rd.) Overflow parking, if required, will be at the Elementary school about 1 block from the Arts Center on Mayfield Road.

Doors will open at 6:30 pm. 6:30 to 7:00 pm will be time for socializing. Presentation will begin at 7:15 pm.

Members as well as guests are invited to join us.

We know the classic images of Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, and the modern classics of John Sexton and Vincent Versace.

Their black and white images are still striking for their use of light and composition. Early photographers did not have the option of color, digital processing, and the other capabilities we use for image making.

How can we build on classic ideas for B&W images using today’s tools?

What is the difference between a black and white image vs. a color image. What gear do you need? How do you learn to “see” in monochrome tones? What camera settings help to optimize your images? What post processing tips can enhance monochrome images? There is a lot more to B&W than reducing saturation or removing the color. 

We’ll take a look at all these things and more to help you make great B&W nature photographs with today’s digital equipment.

About Eric

Eric Bowles is an Atlanta based nature photographer specializing in the southeastern states.  Eric is a photo educator providing photo tours, workshops and training both independently and Nikonians Academy.  Eric’s work has been exhibited in galleries, purchased by corporate and individual collectors, and published in books and magazines.  Eric provides individual instruction for photographers of all skill levels. 

Eric’s specialties include landscape, wildlife, macro and close-up photography, as well as infrared image making using modified cameras.  He is the director of Nikonians Academy.  Eric is a Board member and past committee chair for North American Nature Photography Association and a Board member and Vice President of Georgia Nature Photography Association.  Eric is a frequent visitor and speaker for photography groups throughout Georgia and the Carolinas and co-host of the NANPA Webinar series.  For more information about Eric, visit his website at

We look forward to seeing you on June 19th.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

Alpharetta City Hall – 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA. We meet in the Multi-purpose Room on 1st Floor.
Doors will open at 6:30 pm. 6:30 to 7:00 pm will be time for socializing.

Members as well as interested potential members are invited to join us.

Our speaker will be Sherry Hardage, the Gallery Coordinator for the Roswell Fine Arts Alliance. Sherry is RFAA's organizer of the Double Vision III Show that will be on display from September 1 through November.

Double Vision is a joint gallery hanging that combines photographs and artwork. Beautiful shots by GNPA members are then interpreted by the talented artists of RFAA using a variety of media such as watercolor, oils, acrylics, pastels, collage and colored pencil.

Sherry will discuss artistic composition and the commonalities of artistic principles in the photos and artworks on exhibit. Sherry will talk about how a sampling of RFAA artists decided what aspect of each photo they wanted to incorporate in their works.


During Sherry’s thirty-year teaching career working with gifted students, she taught both Videography and Art History. She took painting workshops during summer breaks and, once retired, started pursuing a second career as an artist. She now works in six different media including watercolors, oils, acrylics, pastels, mixed media and collage. Whenever anyone asks which one she likes best, the answer is always “whatever I have in my hand at the moment.”

Sherry currently teaches a beginning/intermediate acrylic and oil painting class and gives workshops on monoprinting, color study and collage.