Upcoming Events

Astro Photography and Sunset Session

Astro Photography and Sunset Session

Saturday 27 April
Waipa District - 4:30pm - 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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$138       5 places left
Macro Photography Meetup

Macro Photography Meetup

Saturday 11 May
Hungerford Crescent, Hamilton - 11am - 2 Hours
Helen Louise Mclean-Knight
Macro photography is a unique form of photography that involves photographing small objects to make them look life-sized or more significant in the photo. The usual subjects include flowers and small insects, which we don't normally get to see up close with the naked eye.

The class will start when the insects are more active. So be ready to explore and capture breathe-taking macro images.
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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       5 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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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.
    Helen was knowledgeable and helpful
    Our group had a really enjoyable day with our tutor, many points were covered and so many questions answered.
    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

    Middlesbrough Photography Group
    Title or Location: Saltburn by the Sea
    This is Saltburn?s furnicular Cliff Lift before sunrise in the golden hour. Lovely light, a high tide and a heavy sea made a really nice composition.Canon R8 & EF16-35mm f/4L @ 29mm, f/6.3, 2 seconds & ISO400
    Credit: Edward Bilcliffe
    Instagram: @edwardbilcliffe
    Gold Coast Photography Group
    Title or Location: Cloudy bay, Bruny island, Tasmania
    Was my third attempt at catching the aurora. Got to campsite set up camp and looked up at the cloudy night. The clouds started to clear and managed to get down the road and get some snaps &128077
    Credit: Simon garrett
    Facebook: Slystyles_art
    Instagram: Slystyles_art
    Philadelphia Photography Group
    Title or Location: Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
    I captured this house sparrow coming in for a landing on my bird feeder one rainy afternoon using my Nikon D7500 and a Sigma 100-400mm lens. The settings were 1/1250 f/6.3 Auto ISO.
    Credit: Max L. Lieberman

    Baton Rouge Photography Group
    Title or Location: Murfreesboro, Arkansas
    The classic "Diamond Ring" picture from the recent eclipse on April 8, 2024, taken from our cabin in the woods on the banks of the Little Missouri River! We (8 family members) have been eagerly waiting for this event since August of 2017, when we traveled to Athens, Tennessee for the last one!
    Credit: Craig P LaBorde
    Brisbane Photography Group
    Title or Location: Victoria Point, Brisbane
    This was my first attempt at astrophotography in Brisbane and was a trial shot more than anything. I went looking for an eastern facing foreground knowing that the Milky Way core would be rising at around 10pm from the east, leaving me few options where light pollution wouldn't be an issue. I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't too harsh at vic point. I loved the foreground and the lightning in the distance on the horizon, and the satellite creaping in was another unexpected surprise with th
    Credit: Ryan Bowron
    Instagram: @rdb_photo
    Glasgow Photography Group
    Title or Location: GlenCoe. Scotland.
    This photo was taken a few years ago. I waited a long time for the right light and atmosphere. I was already cold when this picture appeared. I was very happy that my efforts were so generously rewarded.
    Credit: Bogdan

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