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Landscape Beach Photography

Landscape Beach Photography

Saturday 02 March
Raglan, West Coast - 11am - 2 Hours
Helen Louise Mclean-Knight
Landscape Photography is the art of capturing pictures of nature and the outdoors in a way that brings your viewer into the scene. From grand landscapes to intimate details, the best photos demonstrate the photographer's own connection to nature and capture the essence of the world around them.

The fundamentals of landscape photography can be broken into two categories: camera settings and creative approaches. Both categories can help your photography alone but understanding and applying them simultaneously gives the best results.

ISO, shutter speed and aperture are the essentials camera settings but we are also going to have a quick look at the file format, color space, and white balance. These are all important settings to understand, both when setting up your new camera or making adjustments for a specific shot.

The creative approaches are a little more individual but here we will look closer at compositions for landscape photography, creative uses of camera settings, the importance of light, and a few other key elements.
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Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 16 March
Cambridge, Waipa - 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.
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Outdoor Portraits

Outdoor Portraits

Saturday 23 March
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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Landscape Photography

Landscape Photography

Saturday 30 March
4B Marine Parade - 4pm - 2 Hours
Helen Louise Mclean-Knight
Landscape photography is possibly one of the most popular genres, so we'll be looking at how you can improve your shots and help your photos stand out from the crowd. We will be focusing on composition, panoramas, equipment tips and settings to use.

All skill levels welcome! The professional photography instructor will be there to provide advice, feedback and tips on how to improve your photos and camera skills.
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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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Hamilton Photography Group
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Title or Location: Mission Bay Beach auckland

    Credit: Gurpreet Singh
    Facebook: Preet Bhullar
    Instagram: itspreetbhullar
    Hamilton Photography Group
    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

    Colchester Photography Group
    Title or Location: Essex, UK
    A Gerbera cut flower taken in my lightbox using my Sigma Macro Lens. The gerbera makes such a lovely subject.
    Credit: Richard march
    Facebook: Photography by Richard March
    London Photography Group
    Title or Location: American Kestrel at the Canadian Raptor Conservancy
    First off, I have to say that I am not a "Birder". But I love challenging my photographic skills and abilities. The American Kestrel is not a big bird, and it is fast. So even when you know its takeoff is imminent, it is still hard to get a nice clear photo of the bird. This particular image was shot with a Canon R6 camera, with the RF100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens at 1/5000 sec, f/7.1 and ISO 4000. I used the animal eye-tracking feature of this mirrorless full frame camera, and was very plea
    Credit: Kevin Rodger
    Facebook: Kevin Rodger
    Instagram: ckrodger
    Syracuse Photography Group
    Title or Location: Horseshow Bend in Page, AZ
    I had shot the sunrise at Horseshoe Bend the same morning and was hoping for a blazing sunset at this location after talking to the other photographers present at sunrise. Even with some clouds, we were not so fortunate and when the sunlight was casting on the water I switched to black and white mentality and was able to capture this photo. You can just see the setting sun in the upper right corner for the photo.
    Credit: Marc Gerbsch
    Facebook: marc.gerbsch

    Peterborough Photography Group
    Title or Location: Nene Valley Railway - Wansford
    I was on a leisurely family walk going towards Nene Valley Railway in Wansford when serendipity struck, and I found myself in the perfect spot to capture a captivating moment. The sight of a steam train preparing to depart from the station sparked a rush of excitement and nostalgia. The timeless allure of steam trains and the bustling atmosphere of the railway added a touch of history and charm to my photography experience.
    Credit: Darnell
    Instagram: Viewfinderd
    Wichita Photography Group
    Title or Location: Halstead Kansas, outside my house
    It was a cloudy day and my cat was up in the tree. he had always had very deep blue, but with all the defused light from the clouds and the contrast from the tree bark, It sent me running for my camera.I shot it on a Nikon D5600, with a 70 - 200mm lens, on January 25, 2024.I shot it raw while in manual mode, the aperture was 4.1, the iso 100, and the shutter speed was 1 over 700.
    Credit: Matthew Rowe
    Swansea Photography Group
    Title or Location: Three Cliffs Bay, The Gower, Swansea
    This one took a bit of planning to catch the Milky Way in the place I wanted, the Weather, Moon, and Milky Way core all had to be right and as you might guess it took a few seasons for it to come together, every time it was a walk in the dark over the sand dunes from Pennard to get to the right spot on the cliff edge, I'm a little picky when it comes to star trails and although there are certain formulas for shutter speed to "visibly" limit star trails I'd rather have none, so I dragged my Star
    Credit: Terry Brooks

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