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Come along to our fortnightly 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!
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Saturday the 15th of August 2020
Photography Class for Beginners - Circular Quay - 9am - 3 Hours
Want to learn more about photography and using your camera with the help of a professional photographer?
Our dedicated Beginners Class will guide you through the camera settings and techniques as part of a relaxed photo walk, where you'll be picking up the pro tips and receiving advice from professional instructor Chloe Burton.
Over the 3 hour class we'll be starting with the basics, and using our cameras as we explore the area around Circular Quay.
$115pp     only 2 places left
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We have a different photo theme each fortnight and the two hour sessions take place in different outdoor locations across Sydney. Great opportunity to try something new with the guidance of a professional photographer, and come away with some new shots for your portfolio or album.

Complete beginner? We recommend starting with the Photography for Beginners Class, which is a 3 hour structured workshop where you’ll learn the basics of using your camera with more 1-on-1 time with the instructor.

Looking to learn more? Come along to the group sessions, which are more casual and informal than other workshops, and with more time to take photos and put your new skills into practice.

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!

What’s involved? Each session starts with an introduction to the fortnight’s theme, and the photography instructor will chat about the camera settings and techniques to use. You’ll then have time to take lots of photos, with the instructor present to answer any questions. You’ll receive feedback and have a chance to chat with everyone to share tips and ideas. We’re a social bunch!

Join the Sydney Photography Facebook Group here to share your photos after the session and to take part in our free, fortnightly competitions!

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

Stay home if you're sick.
Keep 1.5 metres 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; if you use a tissue, dispose of it immediately and appropriately.
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Saturday the 15th of August 2020
Photography Class for Beginners - Circular Quay - 9am - 3 Hours
Want to learn more about photography and using your camera with the help of a professional photographer?
Our dedicated Beginners Class will guide you through the camera settings and techniques as part of a relaxed photo walk, where you'll be picking up the pro tips and receiving advice from professional instructor Chloe Burton.
Over the 3 hour class we'll be starting with the basics, and using our cameras as we explore the area around Circular Quay.
$115pp     only 2 places left
Saturday the 15th of August 2020
The Angles
AYou have the basics, the skills and the talent. Now it’s time to learn about the best angles to use in portrait photography. Having the right angle can drastically change any image. In this class you will explore all sorts of angles in a safe and creative environment.
$35pp     12 places left - requires 4 bookings to proceed
Saturday the 15th of August 2020
Frame within a Frame - Sydney Opera House - 10am - 2 Hours
Adding a frame within the frame of your shot has a variety of benefits:

- It keeps the viewer’s eye in place and focused on the subject
- It adds depth, order and structure to your photo (which can be accentuated even more with a wide aperture)
- It can hide something ugly or undesirable in your shot
- It can add contrast to an image and make a boring shot suddenly become much more interesting

So, how do we do it? Join this challenge to learn how to think outside the box, literally!
$35pp     10 places left - requires 4 bookings to proceed
Saturday the 29th of August 2020
How to Pose?
You have all the basics down pat, but how do you get a model to pose the way you want them to?
In this class we’ll show you how to effectively communicate directions to your model and discover what poses go best with different frames and angles.
$35pp     12 places left - requires 4 bookings to proceed
Saturday the 29th of August 2020
How to Take Good Photos in Boring Places - Sydney Opera House - 10am - 2 Hours
With worldwide travel restrictions still in place, many of us are stuck in our uninspiring home towns with no chance of taking a good photo - at least that’s what you might think. But I’m going to prove that beauty really is in the eye of the beholder, with this week’s topic: “How to Take Good Photos in Boring Places”. Learn how to turn an uninspiring shoot into a great training exercise, how to hone your photographers’ eye, and receive some inspiration and practical techniques that will help push you out of your comfort zone.
$35pp     11 places left - requires 4 bookings to proceed
Saturday the 12th of September 2020
Photography Class for Beginners - Circular Quay - 9am - 3 Hours
Want to learn more about photography and using your camera with the help of a professional photographer?
Our dedicated Beginners Class will guide you through the camera settings and techniques as part of a relaxed photo walk, where you'll be picking up the pro tips and receiving advice from professional instructor Chloe Burton.
Over the 3 hour class we'll be starting with the basics, and using our cameras as we explore the area around Circular Quay.
$115pp     only 5 places left - requires 3 bookings to proceed
Saturday the 12th of September 2020
Self timers - making selfies that much more extra
If 2020 has taught us anything, it's that sometimes you’ve just got to work with what you’ve got. There are so many instances where you might see some nice lighting or have a fantastic idea for a portrait but no model.

This class will teach you how to use self timer mode in a safe and creative environment. We will also teach you how to confidently pose in front of the camera, improving your future experience taking self timers and working with models.
$35pp     11 places left - requires 4 bookings to proceed
Saturday the 26th of September 2020
Natural light photography
Proper lighting is the most important element in photography. In a safe and encouraging environment, we will learn how to properly light your perfect portrait and learn the different effects a certain technique has on your photos.

$35pp     11 places left - requires 4 bookings to proceed
Saturday the 10th of October 2020
Using Props!
Let’s Jazz up our photos with some interesting props!

In a series of different challenges we’ll learn how to practically incorporate props into your portrait work to effectively communicate an aesthetic or to tell a story.
$35pp     11 places left - requires 4 bookings to proceed
Saturday the 24th of October 2020
Using Shadows
Shadows and dramatic contrast under harsh light is often an enemy of portrait photography. Here we’ll learn how to use that to our advantage in a new, creative and exciting way.
$35pp     10 places left - requires 4 bookings to proceed
Saturday the 7th of November 2020
Using Nature
Looking for that special something to make your images pop? It might just be in your backyard. In this class we’ll learn how to take interesting images with the natur.
$35pp     11 places left - requires 4 bookings to proceed
Saturday the 21st of November 2020
Reflections
Reflections are in more places than you expect and they can create a more interesting composition in your images. Through a series of activities we’ll discover new ways to find and capture reflections in a safe and creative environment.
$35pp     12 places left - requires 4 bookings to proceed
Refund Policy: 5 days notice required for a full refund. Re-scheduling requires 2 days notice. In the case of bad weather (heavy rain) the class may be cancelled and you'll be given the option of rescheduling or a refund. If you need to reschedule or refund your booking, then please contact the office using the form here . Your instructor is NOT able to refund or reschedule your booking for you.
Photos by Zac Alviz
Reviews
4.7/5 from 241 reviews
the instructor was very helpful and pleasant
4/5 by Con Spyropoulos
8-6-2020
Great time - good direction - good group
5/5 by Michael Garland
17-3-2020
I enjoyed the event very much & l learned how to use light & shade, and direct the model for portait picture.
4/5 by Vivien Le
16-3-2020
It was a lot of fun and very educational!
5/5 by Meetup - Perline 'Pearl' Murko
15-3-2020
Kendall was very friendly and helpful
5/5 by Tami
15-12-2019
Instructor had planned class prior to so knew exactly what we should be doing. And set challenges and answered any questions
5/5 by Tracye Hughes
15-12-2019
Great day - great weather - great instructor
5/5 by Michael Garland
19-10-2019
Friendly event orgainsers and was good to get feedback.on the photos we took. Was nice the organisers helped with settings too. The challenges were good to.
4/5 by Barbara Clarke
25-8-2019
Great location and challenges. Mat and Scott are very friendly and knowledgeable making it a very happy lurking experience.
5/5 by Sean Cocksey
24-8-2019
Great - it is great to do one on one with people that are fluent and expert in there field - conductors were great - very generous with there time and happy to show and demonstrate - plus we all had fun - shame about the weather
5/5 by Michael Garland
10-8-2019
I loved it, even though I missed the beginning. Loved the location and the feedback on my shots. Good little challenges too.
5/5 by Sean Cocksey
27-7-2019

5/5 by Sonja Waters
14-7-2019
I found the event to be friendly, professional and very informative. I was able to get a clear understanding of the camera functions I was not able to use before
5/5 by Sean Cocksey
13-7-2019

4/5 by chris westworth
8-7-2019
Just got lucky with compositions.
4/5 by Nikolaos Sklavenitis
8-7-2019
Enjoyed this theme. Though it was challenging for me, the brief helped to get me out of my comfort zone.
5/5 by Vanessa Annoni
8-7-2019
Good direction from Matheus, but the 2hr timeframe feels too short. See below, & happy to pay $50 for that.
4/5 by Kristine Schipp
6-7-2019
It's a great photo session. Matt gave us a few simple concepts that helped me look at color with a more artistic eyes. I could see that the pictures I took during the session look so much better than those I had taken before. Matt is an excellent teacher. He's kind and friendly and made a sincere effort to get to know his students and share his story with them. I appreciate Matt's feedbacks on my photos very much. They helped me learn my strengths and weaknesses and offer new approaches to integrate color into my pictures. Matt has kindly lent me one of his prime lens so that he could teach me how to give my pictures a nice boke look. That was totally unexpected. I'd definitely recommmend Matt to other people.
5/5 by Vivien Le
23-6-2019
Yesterday was the first Sydney Photography Group event that I had attended. I thought that it was great! I was initially surprised by the structure with its ‘challenges’ and basically being told to go away for 45 minutes and take some photos. But after getting over the shock, I had a great time. I enjoyed having to once again look at the world in a different way and think about what I might shoot. I found Zac’s feedback constructive and valuable. I came away from the morning reviewing what I had learnt and found that I had learnt quite a few things. All-in-all a most enjoyable way to spend a morning! I look forward to attending future sessions.
4/5 by Angela Gorta
12-5-2019
Relaxed, Informative and a great chance to think about your photography. My first time at this event but certainly not the last. The feedback I received was very helpful and honest.Much appreciated Zac. Thanks and see you again.
5/5 by Terry Matthews
11-5-2019
Good opportunity to get out and take photos
4/5 by Paul Evans
6-5-2019
Good location, friendly crowd, interesting challenges.
4/5 by Tracey flynn
5-5-2019
I loved having challenges set and being able to just go at own pace to try and meet the challenge. I liked that we didn’t stay all together as we took photos. Being able to go off and use our creativity and then meet up for critiquing was relaxing and fun. It was great having experts available to help with questions and get tips from. They were encouraging and it motivated me to get out and shoot more.
4/5 by Nicole Mahon
4-5-2019
Scott did well for his first time in backup lead role! With such a wide interpretation of urban photography, it was good to get some challenges to look for as well as some motivational advice. Nice to see some more newbies joining the regulars!
5/5 by Kathy Wallace
14-4-2019
Always great to team up with other likeminded people!
4/5 by Sophie Kogos
14-4-2019
First time with Zac leading the group, he did a great job and he assistant. They both where interacting with the group, all morning. We meant 15 minutes before it finished and reviewed the photos we took with Zac, he was super friendly and helpful.
5/5 by Emma Neems
12-3-2019
It's good to have real time feedback from instructors during the session, and also meeting other members of the group and exchange experiences at photography.
5/5 by Diana Shang
10-3-2019
Great to get back to the group again! Zac always shows great examples for the theme/challenges & inspires. Always nice to meet other photographers as well.
5/5 by Kathy Wallace
10-3-2019
Great! Always enjoy Zac's 'classes'
4/5 by Kristine Schipp
3-3-2019

4/5 by Isabelle paoli
2-3-2019
 
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