SANTA
CLARA
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP

Upcoming Events

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

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.
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$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.
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$43      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 01 June
Financial District - 10am - 3 Hours
San Francisco Photography Group
Aliah Husain
Discover the full potential of your camera beyond automatic exposure. Dive into the mechanics of photography with a comprehensive workshop designed to unravel the mysteries of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, and how they influence your shots. Elevate your skills under the mentorship of a seasoned professional photographer who will guide you through practical exercises. Embrace this opportunity to transform your approach to photography and capture the world through a new lens. Join our hands-on session and take a step towards mastering your camera.
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$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.
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$43      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 01 June
Downtown San Jose - 2:30pm - 3 Hours
Fremont Photography Group
Uyen Ta
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       4 places left
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 15 June
Grimmer - 10am - 3 Hours
Fremont Photography Group
William Chao
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      

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.
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$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.
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$43      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 22 June
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.
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$84      

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      

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
    2024-05-13
    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
    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

    Vancouver Photography Group
    2024-05-15
    Title or Location: Vancouver Lake, Vancouver, WA
    I took this photo after work on the night of Friday 5-10-24. I was seeing posts about people seeing the northern lights as low as Oklahoma. I went home and grabbed my camera and equipment and went to Vancouver Lake not sure if I could capture anything. I was pleasantly surprised when I was able to capture photos. This is just one of many pleasant surprises from that evening, enjoy.
    Credit: David Lopez
    Wirral Photography Group
    2024-05-15
    Title or Location: New Brighton
    Photo of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) taken on New Brighton promenade on Friday 10th May 2024 (around 11:53pm) - the night when the Northern Lights was visible from much of the UK.I'd be thinking of heading out to try and catch a photo of the Northern Lights for the past few weeks as had seen notifications on various apps and on Facebook that there might be a chance of seeing them. I finally decided to go out and see if I could see them on that evening, and I was extremely lucky tha
    Credit: Mike Rhodes
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mike.rhodes.7528
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mike_6480/
    Aberdeen Photography Group
    2024-05-15
    Title or Location: Aberdeen beach front
    The leading lines of the old wooden groynes lead you forward to the breakwater rocks. These were put in a few years ago to ensure Aberdeen had a permanent sandy beach all year round
    Credit: David Esson
    Instagram: Daviedimples

    Dublin Photography Group
    2024-05-15
    Title or Location: Skerries beach
    I was thinking about proper sunset session for long time, as ive never done any, and one day weather was calling.So i packed my camera, my boys and went to Skerries.I couldnt imagine more beautiful sunset.On the photo my little son Henry with his dad. 2 out of 3 boys I love the most.
    Credit: kasia the dogographer
    Swindon Photography Group
    2024-05-15
    Title or Location: Royal International Air Tattoo, Fairford, Gloucestershire
    I started taking my son to RIAT in 2008 when he was just six years old. He had to follow Dad, and would be seen armed with my old Canon 350D. I was using a Canon 40D and Canon 100-400mm L series lens at the time.RIAT is wholly dependant upon the right weather for good photography. Cloud too low - display routines are changed. Too much cloud and rain - the background is too grey. The weather can also be too good, leaving bright blue, but boring backgrounds. Thankfully July 18, 2009 provided goo
    Credit: Steve Kingston
    Facebook: Steven Kingston
    Instagram: sk_xh558
    Milwaukee Photography Group
    2024-05-13
    Title or Location: Near Duluth, Minnesota, USA
    Knowing there was a high chance of seeing the aurora borealis, I left work early on Friday, May 10. First, I stopped at my local camera store to buy a new lens I had been dreaming about (14-24mm f2.8). Then I drove to Minnesota to meet up with another photographer. By 1am, we found ourselves by this lake. I often found myself admiring the aurora and not taking pictures. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced.
    Credit: Jenny Parbs
    Instagram: @jparbsphoto

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