SANTA
CLARA
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP

Upcoming Events

Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 04 May
909 Kiely Blvd - 10am - 3 Hours
Emmanuelle Trucco
Ready to learn more about your camera and get out of automatic exposure? Now is your chance!

Join us as we break down your camera to help you learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO and how these settings affect your exposure.

We will then put your new knowledge to the test with the guidance of a professional photographer.
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Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 01 June
909 Kiely Blvd - 10am - 3 Hours
Emmanuelle Trucco
Ready to learn more about your camera and get out of automatic exposure? Now is your chance!

Join us as we break down your camera to help you learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO and how these settings affect your exposure.

We will then put your new knowledge to the test with the guidance of a professional photographer.
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Nearby Photography Groups

Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 20 April
Reliez Valley - 10am - 3 Hours
Concord Photography Group
Maxine Arton
Ready to learn more about your camera and get out of automatic exposure? Now is your chance!

Join us as we break down your camera to help you learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO and how these settings affect your exposure.

We will then put your new knowledge to the test with the guidance of a professional photographer.
book now
$84      
Fashion Photography Meetup

Fashion Photography Meetup

Saturday 20 April
San Francisco Financial District - 12pm - 2 Hours
San Francisco Photography Group
Aliah Husain
Embark on a captivating journey into the glamorous world of fashion photography with an extensive 2-hour workshop designed to unleash your creative potential and refine your skills behind the lens. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned portrait photographer, this immersive experience will elevate your creativity to new heights.

This workshop offers an overview of essential techniques in conceptualizing, styling, posing, composition, and shooting fashion photography in a quiet area in San Francisco.

Whether you're pursuing a career in fashion photography or just looking to refine your skills as a portrait photographer, this workshop will educate and inspire you to unleash your creative potential in the exciting world of fashion imagery.
book now
$43      
The City at Night

The City at Night

Saturday 27 April
Castro Street - 7:30pm - 2 Hours
Fremont Photography Group
Uyen Ta
Many people don't think about nighttime being a good time to do photography since there's a lack of light. However, armed with knowledge about your camera's settings and the properties of light, nighttime photography can be a lot of fun.

In this meetup, you'll learn about the best camera settings for nighttime photography. We'll also explore the kinds of light available to us and how to use that light to make some awesome photos. As always, there are exercises that will help you put your new knowledge to work.
book now
$43      

Shooting in Manual Mode Class

Shooting in Manual Mode Class

Saturday 04 May
Main Street, Alameda - 9am - 3 Hours
Oakland Photography Group
John Dockery
This class is for anyone looking to switch their camera mode from Auto to Manual and learn how to shoot using the Manual Mode. The goal is to help everyone become more confident when using their camera settings. We will touch on essential camera functions and the exposure triangle: Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO.
book now
$84      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 04 May
Financial District - 10am - 3 Hours
San Francisco Photography Group
Aliah Husain
Ready to learn more about your camera and get out of automatic exposure? Now is your chance!

Join us as we break down your camera to help you learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO and how these settings affect your exposure.

We will then put your new knowledge to the test with the guidance of a professional photographer.
book now
$84      
Street Photography

Street Photography

Saturday 11 May
Downtown Concord - 10am - 2 Hours
Concord Photography Group
Maxine Arton
People, cafes, vendors, street merchants, buskers, historic buildings, art installations and much more. The power of observation underpins the art of great street photography. Learning to "see" interesting detail is a practiced skill and we introduce you to easy methods that will open your photographer's eye and expose you to a world that is alive with detail.

We will also go over settings, focusing techniques and lens choices common to street photography to help us capture those random chance encounters.
book now
$43      

Natural Light Portraits

Natural Light Portraits

Saturday 18 May
Financial District - 12pm - 2 Hours
San Francisco Photography Group
Aliah Husain
This meet-up will explore how we can take beautiful portraits using natural light and backgrounds. We will explore how to recognise flattering light and how to manipulate it whilst shooting in a less controlled environment than a studio. We will explore how we can work collaboratively with our subject to achieve a portrait that captures their personality and style. We will also look at posing and setting your subject at ease. Technical learning points will include accurate focusing and metering for skin tones. A model is present during the session.
book now
$43      
Black and White Photography

Black and White Photography

Saturday 25 May
Lakeshore Drive - 9am - 2 Hours
Oakland Photography Group
John Dockery
Introduction to Black and White Photography. What makes a good Black and White shot?

We will look at the contrast and using textures. How does the camera see the image and how do we create Black and White images in a camera or in post-production. We will look for some good examples and set some exercises.

This is a more advanced course and assumes you understand the basics of photography and controlling your camera.
book now
$43      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 01 June
Financial District - 10am - 3 Hours
San Francisco Photography Group
Aliah Husain
Ready to learn more about your camera and get out of automatic exposure? Now is your chance!

Join us as we break down your camera to help you learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO and how these settings affect your exposure.

We will then put your new knowledge to the test with the guidance of a professional photographer.
book now
$84      

Landscape Photography

Landscape Photography

Saturday 01 June
Reliez Valley - 10am - 2 Hours
Concord Photography Group
Maxine Arton
Landscape photography is possibly one of the most popular genres, so we'll be looking at how you can improve your shots and help your photos stand out from the crowd. We will be focusing on composition, panoramas, equipment tips and settings to use.

All skill levels welcome! The professional photography instructor will be there to provide advice, feedback and tips on how to improve your photos and camera skills.
book now
$43      
Fashion Photography Meetup

Fashion Photography Meetup

Saturday 15 June
San Francisco Financial District - 12pm - 2 Hours
San Francisco Photography Group
Aliah Husain
Embark on a captivating journey into the glamorous world of fashion photography with an extensive 2-hour workshop designed to unleash your creative potential and refine your skills behind the lens. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned portrait photographer, this immersive experience will elevate your creativity to new heights.

This workshop offers an overview of essential techniques in conceptualizing, styling, posing, composition, and shooting fashion photography in a quiet area in San Francisco.

Whether you're pursuing a career in fashion photography or just looking to refine your skills as a portrait photographer, this workshop will educate and inspire you to unleash your creative potential in the exciting world of fashion imagery.
book now
$43      
Industrial Landscape Photography

Industrial Landscape Photography

Saturday 15 June
Marina District - 6pm - 2 Hours
Oakland Photography Group
John Dockery
We will be starting with an overview of landscape photography technique, how to decide what to take a picture of and how to compose shots, we will then move into settings and more technical challenges to get an idea of when the camera behaves best for landscapes.

You can use buildings and other man-made structures compositionally in the same way other landscape photographers use trees and rolling hills. Wind farms, harbours, cement works, power stations, quarries, pylons and building sites are just a few of the industrial landscapes you can photograph. The Liverpool docks are the perfect setting for this kind of photography meetup.
book now
$43      

ABOUT SANTA
CLARA
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP
Come along to our photo sessions to dust off your camera and get snap-happy with a professional photography instructor.

Brush up on your camera skills and learn new photography techniques whilst on a photo walk class with other local keen photographers!

We run two hour photography sessions based on a photography theme/technique/style and they take place in various locations in Santa Clara .

  • New to photography? We also run a popular 3 hour Beginners Guide to Photography Class once a month. And once in a while we will run special niche 3 hour classes, for example, Astrophotography - so do subscribe to our newsletter to know when the next on is!

  • Who can attend? Open to all skill levels, from beginners to keen amateurs. The photography instructor is there to help you with camera settings and provide any advice you need.

  • What to bring? We recommend bringing a camera that has full manual mode or semi-manual modes (Aperture or Shutter Priority). Compact cameras and smartphones also welcome!

    The meeting point and full details for the day are sent in the booking confirmation email to the email address you provide at time of booking.

    Join the Santa Clara Photography Group on Facebook to share your photos after the session.

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • PHOTOGRAPHERS
    Emmanuelle Trucco
    Emmanuelle received his first camera and provided photography for his middle school yearbook. He went on to receive a bachelor's of fine arts with an emphasis on Photography & Film in 1999, and then in 2014 received his master's degree in Multimedia Production & Presentation.

    Having moved to the SF Bay Area in 2000, he's now has close to 25 years of live event production experience in photography, videography, music, and documentation of events.

    Emmanuelle Trucco is available for private bookings

    Available for Live Event Production, Pre Production Planning, Post Production Editing, Tutorials, Documentation, Karaoke and Dinner at the end of a Production Cycle.

    PHOTOS
    Santa Clara Photography Group
    2024-04-01
    Title or Location: Santa Cruz @ The Harbor
    this was taken off the jetty at Walton Lighthouse jetty, near sun set and warm temperatures, nothing like fall at the beach in Cal.
    Credit: Albert Munoz

    Santa Clara Photography Group
    2024-03-17
    Title or Location: Las Vegas Strip
    F/22 ISO 800 4/5 sec 26mm Nikon D600 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 VRJPEG format.The Vegas strip gives you plenty of opportunity for long exposure zoom captures. This one was hand held. I have found you can get good handheld captures out to 3 full seconds with VR lenses. Most of my shots that night were with much lower ISO settings. Even at 800 there is practically no noise. Editing was a breeze and required almost no adjustments. Normally I shoot raw but this type of shot works perfectly in JPEG forma
    Credit: Donald Holzum
    Santa Clara Photography Group
    2024-03-09
    Title or Location: Vasona County Park
    As a novice in photography, I wanted to expand my skills in long exposure and chose Vasona Reservoir in Los Gatos. There were only small ripple of waves on the lake that day so the longer exposure smoothed out the water a bit to give it a glossy look. I shot this at 12mm, f/16, 6.6 sec, ISO 100. I also used a 10-Stop filter.
    Credit: James Widmoyer
    Facebook: James Widmoyer
    Instagram: thewidrx

    Santa Clara Photography Group
    2024-02-17
    Title or Location: Cowell-Purisima Coastal Trail
    The Cowell-Purisima Coastal Trail provides many opportunities for both wildlife and landscape photography. I frequently visit there and on this day I was lucky enough to almost immediately spot this miniscule hummingbird tenaciously clinging to a tiny branch during a light wind. It used its wings to maintain its balance and then finally launched itself into the breeze after allowing me to take its portrait.
    Credit: Dennis Pfaff

    Santa Clara Photography Group
    2024-02-10
    Title or Location: Half Moon Bay, California.
    This was taken the day of the Mavericks Surfing Championship. It was an unusually turbulent day of weather. I knew there would be some pretty epic lighting and massive amounts of water in the air. this is just north of HMB on a Vista turnout parking lot. 70mm, 1/640 sec. F14 at 250 ISO. A little adjustment of the Haze slider and contrast slider in Lightroom was the most useful edit for this pic.
    Credit: Donald Holzum
    Santa Clara Photography Group
    2024-02-10
    Title or Location: Santa Cruz @ steamers lane
    Living in Santa Cruz had many benefits, Santa Cruz is where I started with photography. I would ride out to wilder ranch in the morning and hit steamers lane on the way home. there was a sharp learning curve , the sun rises facing the surf, this was a no go, shooting in the afternoon with the sun at my back and a longer lens worked out great. This is a great place to learn sport photography, light, speed, dof. Lenses that work best are 300 or higher I started out with a Nikon D90 and no
    Credit: Albert Munoz
    Instagram: Albertmunozphotography

    Gold Coast Photography Group
    2024-04-15
    Title or Location: Cloudy bay, Bruny island, Tasmania
    Was my third attempt at catching the aurora. Got to campsite set up camp and looked up at the cloudy night. The clouds started to clear and managed to get down the road and get some snaps &128077
    Credit: Simon garrett
    Facebook: Slystyles_art
    Instagram: Slystyles_art
    Philadelphia Photography Group
    2024-04-15
    Title or Location: Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
    I captured this house sparrow coming in for a landing on my bird feeder one rainy afternoon using my Nikon D7500 and a Sigma 100-400mm lens. The settings were 1/1250 f/6.3 Auto ISO.
    Credit: Max L. Lieberman
    Baton Rouge Photography Group
    2024-04-14
    Title or Location: Murfreesboro, Arkansas
    The classic "Diamond Ring" picture from the recent eclipse on April 8, 2024, taken from our cabin in the woods on the banks of the Little Missouri River! We (8 family members) have been eagerly waiting for this event since August of 2017, when we traveled to Athens, Tennessee for the last one!
    Credit: Craig P LaBorde

    Brisbane Photography Group
    2024-04-14
    Title or Location: Victoria Point, Brisbane
    This was my first attempt at astrophotography in Brisbane and was a trial shot more than anything. I went looking for an eastern facing foreground knowing that the Milky Way core would be rising at around 10pm from the east, leaving me few options where light pollution wouldn't be an issue. I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't too harsh at vic point. I loved the foreground and the lightning in the distance on the horizon, and the satellite creaping in was another unexpected surprise with th
    Credit: Ryan Bowron
    Instagram: @rdb_photo
    Glasgow Photography Group
    2024-04-14
    Title or Location: GlenCoe. Scotland.
    This photo was taken a few years ago. I waited a long time for the right light and atmosphere. I was already cold when this picture appeared. I was very happy that my efforts were so generously rewarded.
    Credit: Bogdan
    Seattle Photography Group
    2024-04-10
    Title or Location: Edmonds, WA
    Dearing the eclipse of 2017 my family and I sat in our backyard here in WA to watch the 93 totality with our eclipse glasses. With my homemade solar filter attached to my camera, I took a series of photos of the sun during the eclipse. After processing my sun photos, I was disappointed to see that the moon only showed up as a black hole and not its proper form. I am an avid shooter of Astro photography and have several photos of the moon taken from my backyard and multiple other locations. I
    Credit: Amanda Thornton-DeWitt
    Facebook: Amanda Thornton-DeWitt Photography
    Instagram: @amandaswildlifepics

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