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Upcoming Events

Shooting in Manual Mode Class

Shooting in Manual Mode Class

Saturday 01 June
Allen St - 10am - 3 Hours
Dexter Davis
Discover the full potential of your camera by mastering Manual Mode in our specially curated photography class. Designed for those ready to move beyond Auto, this session aims to boost your confidence in manipulating camera settings for the perfect shot. Dive deep into the fundamentals of photography with focused lessons on essential camera functions and the critical elements of the exposure triangle: Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO. Unlock your creative potential and take control of your photography journey.
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$92      
Off Camera Flash!

Off Camera Flash!

Saturday 15 June
Allen St - 10am - 2 Hours
Dexter Davis
In this class you will learn about:
-The basic settings in an off-camera flash
-The camera settings to be used when using an off-camera flash
-How to balance ambient and flash exposure to get fantastic looking outdoor portraits
-How to use an off-camera flash to do studio photography
-The advanced functions in an off-camera flash like High Speed Sync, Zoom, Through the lens vs Manual Mode, Flash Exposure Compensation, etc.
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$47      

Nearby Photography Groups

Mastering Shutter Speeds: Showing and Stopping Motion

Mastering Shutter Speeds: Showing and Stopping Motion

Saturday 08 June
Pancake Hollow Road - 1pm - 2 Hours
Poughkeepsie Photography Group
Lisa Olson
Ever wonder how some images show the same waterfall two completely different ways and wondered what was the difference? How did Ansel Adams do it? Or you were attracted to the way a photograph can show a group of cyclists stopped dead in their tracks, or as one big colorful blur? Well, it's all in mastering your shutter speed which can be manipulated by several other factors such as ISO and lens speeds. This class will open up your creativity and your imagination to take your images to an exciting level. We will discuss how to stop motion dead in its tracks as well as the long exposures that capture it and how to manipulate them. You will have even more creative freedom after taking this workshop.
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$47      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 22 June
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!
  • book now
    $92      
    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.
    book now
    $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!
    book now
    $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!
  • book now
    $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

    Exploring Basic Watercolor Techniques

    Exploring Basic Watercolor Techniques

    Saturday 08 June
    Troy - 10am - 2 Hours
    Albany Watercolor Group
    Shweta Shubha
    Dive into the mesmerizing world of watercolors with our Exploring Basic Watercolor Techniques class! Unleash your inner artist as we journey through the fundamentals of watercolor painting in a fun and supportive atmosphere.

    Whether you're a beginner or looking to brush up on your skills, this class is perfect for anyone eager to explore the endless possibilities of watercolor. From mastering washes to experimenting with blending and layering techniques, you'll learn it all!

    Bring your own materials and get ready to immerse yourself in creativity. Full details of the event will be provided upon booking confirmation. Don't miss out on this artistic adventure - reserve your spot today and let your imagination run wild!
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    $47      
    Beginner's Watercolor Class

    Beginner's Watercolor Class

    Saturday 22 June
    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!
    book now
    $47      
    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!
    book now
    $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!
    book now
    $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
    2024-05-17
    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

    Albany Photography Group
    2024-04-26
    Title or Location: Troy, NY
    With the busyness of life it can be hard to find time for the things that we love to do, and photography is no exception. I have found that you can capture a beautiful shot just about anywhere. We don?t always need grand vacations to find a great shot, sometimes all we need is a change in perspective.
    Credit: Jessie Gardner
    Instagram: jessieleighs_photography

    Albany Photography Group
    2024-04-19
    Title or Location: East Greenbush NY
    The photo was captured from my favorite spot in East Greenbush, overlooking the City of Albany in the distance as the sun sets.
    Credit: A. Rodriguez
    Albany Photography Group
    2024-04-05
    Title or Location: Kauia, Hawaii
    Sunrise off the coast of Kauia Island, Hawaii taken from the stern of Pride of America cruise ship. Timeof day 6:50 a.m.
    Credit: Bennett Lax
    Facebook: Bennett Lax

    St Albans Photography Group
    2024-05-27
    Title or Location: Night-time at Portland Bill lighthouse
    The weather forecast for the night Friday the 3rd May looked very good and because the last time I went to Portland Bill I didn't manage to get home with anything good, I thought of giving it another go. Even though it was a 4 hour drive from my house, I'm over the moon I went there because I haven't seen the sky so nice and clean in a very, very long time, it was just perfect.I took quite a few photos and this one is the first that I want to show you because I love it to bits.As always, I
    Credit: Emil Andronic
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Emil.Andronic.Photography
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ancient_light_by_emilandronic/
    New Orleans Photography Group
    2024-05-27
    Title or Location: St. Charles Parish Wetlands Watchers Park
    Saturday night, 5/11/24, I went out to the St. Charles Parish Wetlands Watchers Park wanting to capture some photos of the Northern Lights as the Solar Storm made the aurora visible down here in Louisiana. It was a cloudy night so we didn't get to see any of it. But a thunderstorm was was approaching and "heat lightning" was seen in the distance. As it got closer, the lightning strikes were getting more and more visible even though the storm was still miles away. So I repositioned my camera and
    Credit: Bertis Tamplain
    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

    San Gabriel Photography Group
    2024-05-25
    Title or Location: Home
    A photographer friend visits his parents in Alaska every year and upon his return home he always brings me salmon steaks that his family catch as part of their food provisions. This was my dinner and will say that this dinner was nothing short of amazing!
    Credit: Gonzalo Guerrero
    Facebook: G GUERRERO PHOTOGRAPHY
    Instagram: @photo818
    Brisbane Photography Group
    2024-05-22
    Title or Location: Charlies Hut, Carneys Creek
    As anyone who chases milkyway photos will tell you, they take some careful planning and often a lack of sleep. Charlies Hut is in the Scenic Rim. It's about a 2hr drive from home, and with the help of Photopills, we could see that the moon would have set with the milkyway still visible at about 4am. So alarms were set for 1.30am, coffee was made and off we went. I use the intervalometer on my Canon 6D mark ii to shoot between 15-20 images of the sky. The lens I used was a Samyang 14mm, set
    Credit: Lisa Pritchard
    Facebook: Lisa Pritchard
    Instagram: lisa_pritchard_photography
    Oshawa Photography Group
    2024-05-21
    Title or Location: Just north of Brechin on Hwy 169.
    May 10 the northern lights hit a G5 storm, a KP index of 9, the highest it will go, and the best storm we've seen in over 20 years. I drove my 10 year old son north to see them, this was a chance of a lifetime. I managed to get several amazing photos. Canon R6M2, RF10-20mm lens at 10mm, 30sec at f4, iso 1000, manual focusing. This was looking more north-west as most of the bright colours could be seen to the south, west and just north of us.
    Credit: Diane Schlichting
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    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/littlebearphotographyca/

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