HAMILTON
PHOTOGRAPHY
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Upcoming Events

Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 25 May
Baverstock - 1pm - 3 Hours
Helen Louise Mclean-Knight
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.

Zoo Entry Not Included: Please bring $26
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$138       3 places left
Outdoor Portraits

Outdoor Portraits

Sunday 09 June
Ohaupo New Zealand - 10:30am - 3 Hours
Helen Louise Mclean-Knight
Time to update some family portraits come along and we can help teach you how to do it right.

Capturing outstanding outdoor portraits is an essential skill, whether you're looking to create refined shots for clients or casual images of friends and family. Outdoor portraiture is also incredibly rewarding; you get to create beautiful shots illuminated by gorgeous light, and you also get to appreciate beautiful natural and cityscape scenes along the way.

That said, creating gorgeous shots is no walk in the park. You have to work with your subject, choose the right settings, handle the light, consider your compositions, and much more. It's no wonder that many would-be portrait photographers struggle to get started!

Minimum 8 people
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$138      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Sunday 23 June
Baverstock - 1pm - 3 Hours
Helen Louise Mclean-Knight
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.

Zoo Entry Not Included: Please bring $26
book now
$148       4 places left

Astro Photography and Sunset Session

Astro Photography and Sunset Session

Sunday 07 July
Waipa District - 4pm - 3 Hours
Helen Louise Mclean-Knight
Do you gaze up at the night sky with wonder? What about looking up at the stars and thinking, how old that light you are seeing is? Maybe you watch as day and night morph into one, and the stars come out to play.

This meetup is going to cover off everything you need to know to start capturing amazing single shot astrophotography and a few extra bits of helpful advice. The learnt basics of capturing a single frame will form the building blocks of your astrophotography journey. Think of this meetup as your first step on that journey or for those who have already started, maybe a road sign.

Astrophotography looks amazing and packs a real punch, however, you do not need to spend a fortune to partake. Does gear make a difference, the simple answer is yes, but it is not the deciding factor when it comes to astrophotography. This meetup will look at planning your session, camera settings, required equipment. I want this meetup to help you maximise your current gear as your start capturing milky way shots.
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$148      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Sunday 04 August
Baverstock - 1pm - 3 Hours
Helen Louise Mclean-Knight
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.

Zoo Entry Not Included: Please bring $26
book now
$148      
ABOUT HAMILTON
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 Hamilton.

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

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    Helen was knowledgeable and helpful
    4/5
    Jethro
    2024-03-18
    Our group had a really enjoyable day with our tutor, many points were covered and so many questions answered.
    5/5
    Christine
    2024-03-18
    Thoroughly enjoyed the course. The tutor was relaxed and informative. It gave us confidence to ask questions without feeling intimidated. Appreciated that it was a small class.
    5/5
    Maria
    2023-10-23

    I really enjoyed catching up and sharing knowledge with fellow photography enthusiasts. Loved the red dragonfly that I was able to shoot! They always make for some gorgeous pictures.
    4/5
    Alta
    2023-03-19
    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    Helen Louise Mclean-Knight
    Hi, I've been a photographer for a number of years now and traveled around NZ quite a bit. From the North to the South and beyond to Norfolk Islands. I have the patients of a saint standing watching nature at its finest The wildlife in NZ from the Tui to the Wild horses of the Kaimanawas. From the West Coast to the East coast. From the red moon to the Blue moon. Nothing astounds me more than traveling around our beautiful country.
    PHOTOS
    Hamilton Photography Group
    2024-02-16
    Title or Location: Sunset beach, Port Waikato
    My wife and I have been wanting to visit Port Waikato to take photos for a while, so we booked a couple of nights at an off the grid stone hut in Onewhero. I'd also been wanting to upgrade my drone so I sold my Mavic Pro and ordered a DJI Mini 4 pro in time for the trip. We headed up there after work on Friday night and arrived at Sunset beach in time for sunset, The sun was still above the horizon when I took this photo which created shadows on the waves and the texture on the sand which added
    Credit: David Chell
    Facebook: david.chell
    Instagram: davidchell

    Hamilton Photography Group
    2024-02-12
    Title or Location: Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
    Following the banks of the Waikato River is Te Awa River Trails, is a pathway that highlights the vistas of Hamilton City (NZ), the river and its many bridges. This photo shows Claudelands Bridge (with the Railway Bridge running parallel) proving the best views are not always from the top, sometimes they?re found hidden underneath. Iso50 26mm f1.5iPhone 13 Pro
    Credit: Karen Purdy
    Facebook: MoorePurdyPhotographs
    Hamilton Photography Group
    2024-02-05
    Title or Location: Backyard garden
    I saw some floral images and got excited to try it... after a rainy day, those red flowers were looking very inviting...so took my samsung phone and took so many pics... and started finding for better ones... after that I played around a bit with snapseed and the result is what you could see.
    Credit: Jafar sadiq
    Instagram: @Jaann_1918

    Hamilton Photography Group
    2024-01-12
    Title or Location: Hamilton Gardens
    It was a cloudy day , personally I love cloudy days because Cloudy days, to me, are like nature's own Instagram filter for street photography ? the soft, diffused light turns ordinary scenes into a moody masterpiece, adding an extra layer of intrigue to the everyday hustle. So, that day at Hamilton Gardens was lit! All the kids were having a blast, flying kites like there was no tomorrow. Transported to the days of my youth, the sight evoked memories of flying kites in the nearby park, unveilin
    Credit: Don Tom
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shutter_surprise_by_dontom?igsh=ZHFydHBtYmR6Z3I2&utm_source=qr

    Hamilton Photography Group
    2024-01-08
    Title or Location: Mission Bay Beach auckland

    Credit: Gurpreet Singh
    Facebook: Preet Bhullar
    Instagram: itspreetbhullar
    Hamilton Photography Group
    2023-12-29
    Title or Location: Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India
    This photo I was taken on one fine evening near my home, really happy to captured this amazing moment and surprised. After I took this photograph the snake tried so much tried to eat but didn?t. Thank you so much for support.
    Credit: Karthikeyan Ponnuswamy
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/travel_trails_with_karthik?igsh=emdyamlsZXNoeHMw&utm_source=qr

    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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