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Landscape, Nature and Sunset Photography Class

Landscape, Nature and Sunset Photography Class

Saturday 06 July
Pancake Hollow Road - 5:45pm - 3 Hours
Poughkeepsie Photography Group
Lisa Olson
Come join me for a 3 hour combination landscape/ nature photography class and outing that will conclude with us capturing the sunset, using all your 201cnewly gained knowledge 201d. No more washed out skies or grey snow scenes ever. Learn to properly exposure your film for high contrast scenes, of which landscapes often are. We will discuss composition and the 5 elements of design, that create a strong composition. With over 88 acres of ponds, hills, horses, flowers and even a tiny waterfall so I can show you how to record its movement, just like Ansel Adams did! We will conclude with recording the sunset at 8:33pm for high up on the same hilltop from which I have shot the photos below. If you like shooting landscapes, nature or both 2026 THIS is the class for you!
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$92      
Mastering Depth of Field Meetup

Mastering Depth of Field Meetup

Saturday 20 July
Pancake Hollow Road - 11am - 2 Hours
Poughkeepsie Photography Group
Lisa Olson
Are you wondering how to control your depth of field (or as I say depth of focus for this we who are not familiar with the term). Learn how key factors such as aperture settings, focal length and focal distance all play apart. Then take creative control over your results! This is a 2 hour hands on workshop. So there will be both lecture and hands on exercises using your equipment. Not to mention plenty of Q & A so if you have questions bring them!!!
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$47      
Using Light & Shadow in Photography

Using Light & Shadow in Photography

Saturday 03 August
Pancake Hollow Road - 11am - 2 Hours
Poughkeepsie Photography Group
Lisa Olson
Light and shadow photography is a type of photography that focuses on capturing the interplay between light and shadow in a particular scene. This style of photography often produces dramatic and compelling images that can evoke strong emotions in the viewer.

Harsh light and the contrast between light and shadow can provide some interesting photo
opportunities, as well as some challenges!

In this meetup, we will be looking at how you can use your camera's settings to nail the exposure.
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$47      

Backlighting, Bokeh and Bursts

Backlighting, Bokeh and Bursts

Saturday 17 August
Pancake Hollow Road - 11am - 2 Hours
Poughkeepsie Photography Group
Lisa Olson
In this hands-on two hour workshop, we will be exploring these three impactful lighting techniques. This class will be a combination of lecture, setting up and shooting a shot, using the Boken method of using your depth of field to create pleasing balls of light. If you have successfully unsuccessfully executed examples of any of these three techniques bring them for discussion!
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$47      
Food Photography Making Your Dishes Look As Good As They Taste

Food Photography Making Your Dishes Look As Good As They Taste

Saturday 31 August
Pancake Hollow Road - 11am - 2 Hours
Poughkeepsie Photography Group
Lisa Olson
Ever wonder why that Quarter Pounder with Cheese looks so mouthwatering when you drove by the billboard, yet when you go to the drive-through right after to get one, it looks nothing in real life like it does in that photograph?

Ever wonder how produce is made to look so fresh and colorful with water droplets that seem to last forever? And we all have looked at a menu and wondered how they got the items to look so outrageously delicious? You would be surprised how simple it is to manipulate food in photography. It's all tricks of the trade! Personally one of my favorite subjects to shoot because subjects are usually colorful, there's a lot of creative leeway on how you light it, depending on what the purpose your image will be meant to serve.

Join me in a two hour, Hands-On creative workshop in the art of Food Photography!
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$47      
Using Available Natural light for Still life and Portraits

Using Available Natural light for Still life and Portraits

Saturday 14 September
Pancake Hollow Road - 11am - 2 Hours
Poughkeepsie Photography Group
Lisa Olson
It is a well-known secret of professional photographers since time began that the most beautiful light is naturally existing light but you must learn ‘How to use it properly' first. As with artificial light, it must be diffused and the shadows softened. However, you can save yourself the expense of professional photo lighting all why using the most beautiful light source there is, the sun. Whether it be indoors or out, a still life or a portrait, natural sunlight can be manipulated the same way we manipulate it's man-made cousin. Come to this two hour workshop and learn everything you need to know about manipulating the most gorgeous light source there is for literally pennies on the dollar in comparison.
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$47      

Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 28 September
Pancake Hollow Road - 1pm - 3 Hours
Poughkeepsie Photography Group
Lisa Olson
Here it is! A 3-hour course to finally get you out of automatic mode on your camera and start taking control over the results you produce in turn giving you the best possible rendering of an image you found worth shooting. Why not do it right? If you are hooked on photography or just looking to learn how to use your camera this is the class for you. It is much more satisfying when you know you are fully responsible and it wasn't just a lucky shot or have all the disappointment when you can't seem to record WHAT YOU SEE!!! Just keeps coming out wrong no matter what you do and you Don't know what you're doing so it's fruitless and frustrating. So come join us for a 3-hour introductory class to manually setting your exposure to get EXACTLY the results you're trying for. We will discuss lighting, exposure, including teaching you about the light meter in your camera, about lenses, film speeds, and most importantly the step formula to taking a photo producing the results you want in all areas lighting, depth of field, controlling motion in your images (show or stop it) and much more with plenty of hands on experience.

  • To sign up simply go to Orble.com (link below) and search the class like this: Country first, then city and state (Poughkeepsie NY), class title and instructor.

    Hope to see you there!
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    $92      
    Portrait Photography Meetup

    Portrait Photography Meetup

    Saturday 12 October
    Pancake Hollow Road - 1pm - 2 Hours
    Poughkeepsie Photography Group
    Lisa Olson
    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      
    Night Photography

    Night Photography

    Saturday 26 October
    Pancake Hollow Road - 6pm - 2 Hours
    Poughkeepsie Photography Group
    Lisa Olson
    Enter the exciting world of night photography. In this two hour hands-on workshop, set to take place after the sun sets, to give you the opportunity to put into practice the principles and techniques used to create dynamite images in the dark! Whether it be photos of the moon and stars or rendering images that appear to be daylit you're after, there is so much to explore in this workshop. It's not to be missed!
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    $47      

    Other Nearby Groups

    Independence Day - Fireworks and Night Sky Painting

    Independence Day - Fireworks and Night Sky Painting

    Saturday 06 July
    Troy - 10am - 2 Hours
    Albany Watercolor Group
    Shweta Shubha
    Get ready to celebrate Independence Day in a burst of color and creativity with our Fireworks and Night Sky Painting Watercolors class! Ignite your imagination as we capture the dazzling beauty of fireworks against the backdrop of the night sky using the captivating medium of watercolors.

    Join us for an unforgettable artistic adventure where you'll learn to blend vibrant hues, create dynamic compositions, and capture the magic of the night. Whether you're a seasoned painter or a first-time artist, this class is perfect for anyone looking to add a splash of creativity to their Fourth of July festivities!

    Participants are encouraged to bring their own materials to personalize their painting experience. Full details of the event will be provided upon booking confirmation. Don't miss out on this opportunity to light up the canvas and let your creativity shine! Reserve your spot today and let's paint the town red, white, and blue!
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    $47      
    Summer Fruits and Picnic Scenes

    Summer Fruits and Picnic Scenes

    Saturday 20 July
    Troy - 10am - 2 Hours
    Albany Watercolor Group
    Shweta Shubha
    Indulge in the flavors of summer and capture the essence of outdoor bliss with our Summer Fruits and Picnic Scenes Watercolors class! Join us for a refreshing artistic adventure where we'll paint the vibrant colors and delectable delights of the season.

    From juicy watermelons to ripe berries, and lush picnic landscapes, this class is a feast for the senses. Discover how to use watercolors to bring these summertime scenes to life with every brushstroke.

    Participants are invited to bring their own materials to customize their painting experience. Full details of the event will be provided upon booking confirmation. Don't miss out on this opportunity to savor the joys of summer on canvas! Reserve your spot today and let's create memories that are as sweet as summer itself!
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    $47      
    Birds with Watercolour

    Birds with Watercolour

    Saturday 20 July
    Frear Park Road - 1pm - 2 Hours
    Albany Art Group
    Shweta Shubha
    In this workshop, we will explore the art of painting birds using watercolour techniques.

    We will cover topics such as color mixing, brush techniques, and composition, and provide you with step-by-step instructions to create your own bird painting. You will have the opportunity to work on your own painting, with guidance and feedback from our instructors.
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    $47      

    Beginner's Watercolor Class

    Beginner's Watercolor Class

    Saturday 03 August
    Troy - 10am - 2 Hours
    Albany Watercolor Group
    Shweta Shubha
    Embark on your colorful journey into the world of watercolors with our Beginner's Watercolor Class! Dive into a world of creativity as we guide you through the basics of watercolor painting in a relaxed and welcoming environment.

    Whether you're picking up a brush for the first time or looking to refine your skills, this class is tailored for beginners eager to unleash their artistic potential. Learn essential techniques, experiment with vibrant colors, and discover the joy of creating your own masterpiece!

    Participants are kindly asked to bring their own materials to fully immerse themselves in the creative process. Full details of the event will be provided upon booking confirmation. Secure your spot today and let the magic of watercolors ignite your imagination!
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    $47      
    City Skylines and Sunset Views

    City Skylines and Sunset Views

    Saturday 17 August
    Troy - 10am - 2 Hours
    Albany Watercolor Group
    Shweta Shubha
    Immerse yourself in the beauty of urban landscapes and serene sunsets with our City Skylines and Sunset Views watercolor class. In this session, you'll learn techniques to capture the intricate details of city skylines and the vibrant hues of sunset skies. Participants are required to bring their own basic watercolor materials. Full details of the event will be provided upon booking confirmation. Join us for an inspiring and creative experience!
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    $47      
    Street Scenes and Urban Landscapes

    Street Scenes and Urban Landscapes

    Saturday 31 August
    Troy - 10am - 2 Hours
    Albany Watercolor Group
    Shweta Shubha
    Embark on a journey through the bustling streets and dynamic urban landscapes in our Street Scenes and Urban Landscapes watercolor class. Discover how to capture the energy and essence of city life using watercolor techniques. From charming alleyways to iconic landmarks, participants will learn to paint vibrant street scenes that evoke the spirit of the city.

    Participants are required to bring their own basic watercolor materials. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced artist, this class offers a creative space to explore and refine your skills. Full details of the event will be provided upon booking confirmation.

    Join us for an inspiring artistic adventure and unleash your creativity on canvas!
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    $47      

    ABOUT ALBANY
    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 Albany.

  • 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 Albany Photography Group on Facebook to share your photos after the session.

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    The scavenger hunt was fun and enabled me to have a starting point in what to look for. And reviewing it before hand did open up some dialogue which was helpful. However, I do wish there would've been more suggestions or tips and tricks on setting up the shots. For instance maybe ideas on different angles, composition etc for setting up the shots. We were kind of set free to explore but I could've done that at my own.
    4/5
    Amateur
    2023-08-07
    Great event. Exceeded my expectations. Street photography gave me the opportunity to use my 50mm. Lots of photo subjects. Elissa provided us with some foundation principles, had us practice and gave suggestions on photo opportunities (i.e. dogs, depth of field, color and textures). She was available to answer questions, provide advice and help with improving participants' efforts. Good morning for picture taking.
    5/5
    Bob
    2023-07-09
    It was a fun, learning experience.
    5/5
    Mitchell
    2023-06-05

    I took this session as I wanted to learn the core features of my camera and the key components I needed to understand in order to move forward with photography! Ivette, nailed it! I walked away from the class with knowledge and hands on use of these features which allowed me to implement after class. Getting to know ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture! Would totally recommend for the newbie seeking clarity as leaning your camera becomes overwhelming! Thanks Ivette, much appreciated!
    5/5
    Alay
    2023-05-30
    I found the class to be very informative and helpful. Elissa was fantastic and so knowledgeable. I look forward to getting to know my camera better and taking future classes. Thank you for proving such a wonderful resource.
    5/5
    Kelley
    2023-03-20
    Elissa was a great instructor and provided helpful skills and tips. She was patient and did a bit of 1-1 with people which was fantastic!
    5/5
    Melissa
    2023-03-13

    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    Dexter Davis
    As a teenager, Dexter studied Art, Graphic Design and Photography in schools across NYC. He started shooting weddings in 1999 while based in Brooklyn, NY. After creating a successful business there he Dexter moved the business to Upstate NY in 2007. He continued shooting weddings, events and portraits in the upstate area and then opened up his first Photography Studio in 2010. As the business grew, Dexter decided to train and develop other talented Photographers to work with him.

    Dexter Davis is available for private bookings

    PHOTOS
    Albany Photography Group
    2024-06-14
    Title or Location: Rensselaer
    A view of a brightly lit Empire State Plaza and the surrounding buildings in Albany NY. I shot this from Rensselaer. Sony A7R3, f11, 6,0sec, ISO 1250
    Credit: Abimael Rodriguez
    Instagram: arodri6uez

    Albany Photography Group
    2024-06-02
    Title or Location: Rexford NY
    I planted these Salvias for their gorgeous color. They however are a pollinator magnet and bring a lot of pretty butterflies & bees to my garden. I feel lucky to be able to capture not only the bumble bee, but the shimmering details on its wings!
    Credit: Prachi Oke
    Instagram: Icharp99
    Albany Photography Group
    2024-05-30
    Title or Location: Cleveland, OH
    I have always been fascinated by night photography it is so dynamic. I have taken many night shots in and around Albany, where I live. I have found that cities are full of light, and with the right camera settings, you can capture all of the life and color of the city nights whether it is neon reflecting on a wet street, or a colorfully lit tower, such as this photo depicts.On the night of this picture, I was traveling with family to Cincinnati, OH to see my niece run in her 100th marathon.
    Credit: petesig Photography
    Facebook: petesig Photo
    Instagram: petesig Photo

    Albany Photography Group
    2024-05-17
    Title or Location: East Greenbush, NY
    Majestic sunrays shining through clouds over Albany, NY. I almost missed the opportunity to take this shot. On my way home I remembered I had to buy a coffee maker and saw this beautiful scenery on the way to the store. I stopped and snapped a few shots.
    Credit: Abimael Rodriguez
    Instagram: arodri6uez

    Albany Photography Group
    2024-05-11
    Title or Location: Washington Park, Albany NY
    I decided to head out for golden hour photos of the tulips and was hoping for something different than I had shot in the past. I was just about to pack it up and head home when I saw the sun in just the right position, so I crouched down and tilted the camera upwards in hopes of getting a starburst effect. I'm happy to report that it worked exactly as expected. I particularly liked this grouping of flowers with all the variations of colors and flower varieties. It was shot with a Canon T7i and
    Credit: Melissa Johnson
    Instagram: @ispymjspov
    Albany Photography Group
    2024-05-03
    Title or Location: Washington Park, Albany NY
    A photo of Colorful Tulips taken on a sunny day in April. Washington Park is known for the Annual Tulip Festival held twice in May.
    Credit: A. Rodriguez
    Instagram: arodri6uez

    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
    Baton Rouge Photography Group
    2024-06-19
    Title or Location: Plaquemine LA
    This was the backside of a passing storm system while I was at work in a chemical plant. Capture was made on my iPhone 15 Pro using the Lightning Cam 2 app.
    Credit: Christopher Fontenot
    Bell County Photography Group
    2024-06-19
    Title or Location: Nolanville
    A few years ago the field on FM 3219 used to be full of sunflowers. Not anymore. Good thing I took the photos when I did...
    Credit: Bambi Altman

    Portsmouth Photography Group
    2024-06-18
    Title or Location: Southsea
    Red arrow display for the 80 tribute to the fallen.
    Credit: ian gray
    Facebook: Ian Gray Promotional filming and photography
    Instagram: iangrayimages
    San Francisco Photography Group
    2024-06-18
    Title or Location: Arches National Park-Moab Utah
    Arches is considered a dark sanctuary meaning using light painting is not allowed. I went to do Astro Photography in June of 2021. This was taken approximately 2am when the Milky Way rose to the center of the arch. While it is a dark sanctuary, someone was hiking on the other side with a headlamp giving me just a touch of light painting to outline the arch. I held the wide angle lens open approximately 13-seconds, ISO 1600.
    Credit: Terry Enlow
    Instagram: @terryenlow
    Murrieta Photography Group
    2024-06-17
    Title or Location: Bainbridge Circle, Murrieta, CA
    Long Exposure Christmas at Bainbridge Circle - 134 sec f/11 iso400 50mm (DEC 2020)
    Credit: Charles Grandin
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/charles.grandin
    Instagram: @ctgrandin

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