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The City at Night

The City at Night

Saturday 29 June
Castro Street - 8:30pm - 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.
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$47      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 06 July
Main Street, Alameda - 9am - 3 Hours
Oakland Photography Group
John Dockery
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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$92      
Composition in Photography

Composition in Photography

Saturday 13 July
Downtown Concord - 10am - 2 Hours
Concord Photography Group
Maxine Arton
Composition in Photography is a fundamental aspect that revolves around how a photographer meticulously arranges visual elements within the frame to create compelling images. Throughout this course, we will delve into various rules and principles that will undoubtedly elevate your photography skills. From the classic Rule of Thirds to the intricate exploration of shapes, negative space, lines, symmetry, patterns, points, color, tone, distance, and balance, we will uncover the secrets behind crafting visually captivating photographs. Whether you're a novice, an intermediate enthusiast, or a seasoned professional, I invite you to join me in this journey as we work together to enhance your ability to perceive and capture the essence of the scenes you wish to photograph.
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$47      

The Art of Posing Workshop

The Art of Posing Workshop

Saturday 13 July
The Embarcadero - 12pm - 2 Hours
San Francisco Photography Group
Aliah Husain
This dynamic workshop will cover the fundamentals of posing techniques for setting your clients at ease and capturing their essence. Through a combination of interactive demonstrations, practical exercises, and constructive feedback, participants will gain the confidence and expertise needed to pose clients effectively and bring out their best features.
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$47      
Chasing the Light

Chasing the Light

Sunday 14 July
Rodeo Beach - 6pm - 2 Hours
Oakland Photography Group
John Dockery
Join us for "Chasing the Light," a captivating photography event where we'll immerse ourselves in the mesmerizing dance of light and shadow along the picturesque beachfront. Over the course of two hours, we'll explore the golden hour and beyond, capturing the stunning interplay of sunlight and sea. Whether you're a seasoned photographer or just starting out, come discover new perspectives and techniques in the company of fellow enthusiasts. Let's chase the fleeting beauty of the sunlight together!
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$47      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 27 July
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.
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$92      

Architecture Photography

Architecture Photography

Saturday 03 August
Downtown Walnut Creek - 10am - 2 Hours
Concord Photography Group
Maxine Arton
Architectural photography can be a great way of exploring and documenting a city, whether it's your home or on holiday. Its about capturing not only the design and accurate representation of a building, but to have the shots be aesthetically pleasing to the viewer's eye. An architectural photographer makes pictures, not takes pictures.

In this session, we will be covering how to better understand Architecture photography and we'll be looking at ways to take some impressive shots and the camera settings to use.
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$47      
Portrait Photography Meetup

Portrait Photography Meetup

Saturday 03 August
Park Ave., San Jose - 4pm - 2 Hours
Fremont Photography Group
Uyen Ta
Whether you wish to up your selfie game or begin developing a portfolio, this workshop will help you learn the basics of portrait photography and push your creativity and technical understanding.

Learn which settings are best to use, how to select the best locations, and what lighting and poses highlight a model's best features. We will also learn how to build rapport to get the best reactions and genuine emotions from a person.
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$47      
Photograph San Francisco!

Photograph San Francisco!

Saturday 10 August
Financial District - 12pm - 2 Hours
San Francisco Photography Group
Aliah Husain
Join us on a photo walk, covering some of the most iconic San Francisco locations. We will start at the Ferry Building with views of the Bay Bridge. Then walk through the stunning financial district, and end in bustling Chinatown. Practice your street and architecture photography while exploring one of the World's most beautiful and dynamic cities!
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$47      

Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 24 August
Financial District - 10am - 3 Hours
San Francisco Photography Group
Aliah Husain
Unlock the full potential of your camera beyond automatic exposure. Participate in an engaging workshop designed to demystify the mechanics of your camera, focusing on mastering shutter speed, aperture, and ISO to significantly affect your exposure. Under the expert guidance of a professional photographer, you'll have the opportunity to apply your newly acquired skills practically. Elevate your photography to the next level by gaining hands-on experience and personalized advice.
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$92      
Natural Light Portraits

Natural Light Portraits

Saturday 07 September
Marina District - 12pm - 2 Hours
San Francisco Photography Group
Aliah Husain
Dive into the art of capturing stunning portraits using the magic of natural light and environments. This engaging session offers a deep dive into identifying and utilizing flattering natural light, navigating the spontaneity of outdoor settings for photography. Emphasize collaboration with models to bring out their true essence and style in every shot. Discover techniques for relaxing your subject, perfectly posing them, and mastering the technical nuances of accurate focusing and metering for skin tones. Enhance your portrait photography skills in a practical, hands-on learning experience, complete with a model present for real-time practice.
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$47      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 21 September
Financial District - 10am - 3 Hours
San Francisco Photography Group
Aliah Husain
Unlock the full potential of your camera beyond automatic exposure. Participate in an engaging workshop designed to demystify the mechanics of your camera, focusing on mastering shutter speed, aperture, and ISO to significantly affect your exposure. Under the expert guidance of a professional photographer, you'll have the opportunity to apply your newly acquired skills practically. Elevate your photography to the next level by gaining hands-on experience and personalized advice.
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$92      

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.
  • PHOTOS
    Santa Clara Photography Group
    2024-05-27
    Title or Location: Yosemite Valley
    I went on a hike in Yosemite Valley and unexpectedly found this tree that had a heart shaped hole in the trunk. I stayed until dusk and used my red light on my headlamp to cast the red glow inside the heart. I was inspired by my then girlfriend. I love LOVE!
    Credit: Cody Mattson
    Facebook: codymattsonphotography

    Santa Clara Photography Group
    2024-05-13
    Title or Location: Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve
    I'm a frequent visitor to the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve, which provides habitat for a large variety of birds and other wildlife, thus offering multiple photo opportunities. On a beautiful warm spring day, this hummingbird seemed especially resplendent, sporting bright red plumage that literally flashed like a ruby beacon in the sunlight. Fortunately, it tolerated my presence long enough to allow me to capture this image. Canon EOS R6 Mark II with RF100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens @5
    Credit: Dennis J Pfaff
    Santa Clara Photography Group
    2024-04-29
    Title or Location: Guadalupe river trail
    Whike walking along the Guadalupe trail, I happened to see this beautiful Salsify blloom with a lady Beetle viditor, and the color contrast just really caught my eye.Whike Salsify is not native, I just find it to he a beautiful flower.
    Credit: Erica Fleniken

    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

    St Louis Photography Group
    2024-06-24
    Title or Location: Oregon Coast
    I had the pleasure of traveling to the Oregon Coast for a photo workshop. This is one of many shots I took while there, This is a blue hour blend where I took one photo right after sunset and another photo from the same spot hours later to capture the night sky then blended the 2 together. Thanks for looking!
    Credit: Frank Kuszaj
    Facebook: Frankly Living Photography
    Instagram: Frankly_Living_
    Canterbury Photography Group
    2024-06-23
    Title or Location: Sunny Sands, Folkestone
    This morning was not very promising, but still I was determined to get out and take pictures! Headed to Sunny Sands and found these two rocks in the sand that caught my interest. The tide was rising and the sun started glowing in the sky! "Perfect moment", and the a wave caught me by surprise and made my feet soaking wet! Apparently sign of good luck, and maybe so, it's one of my best images and was definitely worth it!
    Credit: Dario Canada
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61552347741084
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/streets_n_scapes?igsh=MW1uMWI4MDVrb28zcw3D3D&utm_source=qr
    Rochester Photography Group
    2024-06-22
    Title or Location: Cornwall
    A weeks break in Cornwall and found this beautiful place called menacuddle in St austal
    Credit: Terry Bodkin

    Sydney Photography Group
    2024-06-22
    Title or Location: Sydney Opera House
    Sydney Opera House lit up on Vivid Sydney and a colourful party boat moving on the waters of Sydney harbour produces a bright rainbow coloured light trail.
    Credit: Oindrila Mitra
    Instagram: oindrilaclicks
    Riverside Photography Group
    2024-06-21
    Title or Location: McGee Creek, eastern Sierra Nevada
    I had been out of photography for a few years, and was just getting back into it when my brother and I took a trip to the eastern Sierra for fall colors in October 2017. We had been out all day when we returned to McGee Creek during the late afternoon. A had set up my camera and tripod to get a long exposure shot of leaves on a rock in the creek, when I looked to my right and saw another great image. I realized that my "eye" had returned, and I was exhilarated! Rock with aspen leaf, McGee Cr
    Credit: John Prothero
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JProtheroPhotog
    Instagram: @j.prothero.photographer
    Oshawa Photography Group
    2024-06-20
    Title or Location: Uxbridge, Ontario
    ?This past Father?s Day I went to a family farm cidery with my oldest daughter. The drinks were good, the company was great, but the best part was the farm?s commitment to keeping wild, native plants for pollinators. This little bee found a delicious clover and I got this macro shot.?
    Credit: PGC Photography
    Instagram: @valle6500

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