This month's meeting will feature two different speakers with exciting topics to share! Join us for a trip to South Africa with Jen Ludlum and Time Lapse Photography "By the Numbers" with Tom Simpson.

Photographing South Africa with Jen Ludlum

Jen Ludlum’s interest in photography heightened when she joined her first camera club while living in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in 2008-09. Since then, Jen has traveled back four times to the country she fell in love with, just returning from her most recent trip in March 2017.

Join us for an evening of African wildlife, birds, and landscape. Jen will share some of her experiences of photographing in South Africa including how and where to travel, the differences of traveling on your own versus group-led safaris, give an idea of budget needed, and leave time for Q&A. She promises to inspire you to move a trip to Africa off of your bucket list and make it happen.

Jen has had her photos featured in Africa’s Getaway Magazine, the cover of South Africa’s Department of Tourism Annual Report, and was most recently a weekly finalist in Africa Geographic’s Photographer of the Year competition. She is the co-founder and current president of Missionvale USA, a non-profit organization supporting those less fortunate in South Africa.  She is also active in the Art Festival scene in Georgia selling her photography throughout the year. Check out her work at

Time Lapse Photography “By The Numbers” with Tom Simpson

Tom Simpson will present the key steps in planning, shooting and post processing time lapse videos.  The planning begins with what are you trying to capture that you could not do by just shooting a still shot or a regular video.  The implementation is a matter of understanding the numbers such as camera settings, time intervals, number of shots, and length of video.  Post processing is the application of software tools to enhance the image and the effect.  He will also introduce a different type of video effect through hyper lapse photography which requires very similar knowledge of the numbers but with a very different outcome.  Tom also has some results of a few different types of time lapse and hyper lapse that may add some fun and creative ideas for your photography.

Tom is a biologist who started his photography interests at 14 by ruining his parent’s half-bath by turning it into a darkroom for processing contact prints.  Later photography was primarily through microscopes but he eventually moved on to nature photography with film, point and shoot digital, and then DSLR cameras.  He converted a few years ago to mirrorless cameras which have provided more interest in video including time lapse photography.  He has been Chapter Coordinator for three of the GNPA chapters and is currently President of the GNPA.