ALBANY
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP

Upcoming Events

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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 around 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 Facebook Group here to share your photos after the session.

Our classes and photography sessions are limited to a max of 5 students - due to current COVID restrictions

We ask that everyone attending a meetup follows social distancing guidelines:

Stay home if you're sick.
Keep 6 feet away from others.
Don't make unnecessary physical contact with others. Avoid physical greetings, such as handshakes, hugs and kisses.
Wash your hands regularly with alcohol-based sanitiser.
Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Use a flexed elbow or a tissue.

REVIEWS
Always wanted to take pictures of old barns, but didn?t know how to go about it I got the chance and enjoyed it very much.
5/5
Joel Fuschino
October 12th 2021
Our instructor was patient and enthusiastic and found a great spot for us to learn and practice new skills. I?m looking forward to learning more from Brian Van Sise!
5/5
Joan Michaels
October 11th 2021
So glad I attended. Brian provided one on one assistance. He made the class work for me. Learned lots. I’ll sign up for the next one. Will you be doing a working shop on flash photography?
5/5
Bob Kleinbauer
October 11th 2021
This was a terrific photography opportunity. Instructor was VERY thorough!!! Our meeting began with details on the venue; talk about artistic considerations and how to make the camera settings accomplish what you envision. Very well planned and orchestrated, looking forward to more of them with this fun and approachable instructor.
5/5
Marlene Wagner
October 10th 2021
Excellent location ion. Learned from Brian. One on one attention was very helpful.
5/5
Bob Kleinbauer
October 10th 2021
I was very happy with the location. The instructor was knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful with his suggestions. I appreciated his encouragement and direction.
5/5
George M Burns
October 10th 2021
The event was terrific! Chosen place was perfect, and the instruction was spot-on. Relaxed atmosphere, creative ideas presented, very good instruction.
5/5
Marlene Wagner
September 12th 2021
I can?t wait to join another meet-up with like-minded people and our instructor, Brian Van Sise. He taught us how to get the most out of our cameras and also encouraged us to explore subjects and scenes in unique ways. It was a great experience!
5/5
Joan Michaels
September 11th 2021
I really enjoyed this event. Brian provided good instruction and tips. He was well informed and answered all my questions with patience. I'm looking forward to another class.
5/5
Christopher Humiston
September 11th 2021
learned more about my camera, what types of printing material I can use and how to set up a leading lines shot.
5/5
Joel Fuschino
August 1st 2021
I thought it was a very chill atmosphere where you had an opportunity to ask questions and shoot freely with your camera. Kes was very helpful with explaining what we were looking for and very knowledgeable when questions were asked.
5/5
Sam Chiappone
July 31st 2021
EXCELLENT! Instructor was perfect.
5/5
Marlene Wagner
July 31st 2021
INSTRUCTORS
Kes Stafanik-Houde
Kes Stefanik-Houde is a photographer based in upstate and eastern New York who specializes in portraiture and documentary photography. She has her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a specialization in Fine Art Photography from Cazenovia College as of May 2021. She also owns her own small photography business.
Brian Van Sise
Brian Van Sise is a photographer based in Capitol Region of upstate NY who specializes in sport and portrait photography . He has been a photographer for 8 years and owns his own small photography business.