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Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 17 August
Museum Drive, Newport News - 3pm - 3 Hours
Tamara Heckstall
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.
book now
$92      

Nearby Photography Groups

Beginner's Photography I Class

Beginner's Photography I Class

Sunday 11 August
Brock Environmental Center - 8am - 3 Hours
Virginia Beach Photography Group
Dawn Rykheart
Master the Art of Photography: A Journey Through the Exposure Triangle

Unlock the secret to impeccable photography by grasping the integral components of the exposure triangle: ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. Our comprehensive class is meticulously designed to illuminate the individual roles these settings play in crafting the perfect exposure.

Dive into a hands-on learning experience as we explore the nuances of selecting the optimal settings to echo your creative vision. Understand the profound influence of lighting and composition on your photographic choices and refine your skills through practical exercises.

Benefit from personalized guidance with ample opportunity for one-on-one coaching to ensure you confidently navigate through the complexities of manual camera operation.

Participants are kindly requested to bring a camera capable of shooting in manual mode. For an enhanced learning experience, please also bring your camera's user manual, particularly if you are unfamiliar with its settings.

Embark on your path to creating visually stunning photographs with precision and intention. Join us and transform the way you capture moments forever.
book now
$92       5 places left
Sunset Photography Meetup

Sunset Photography Meetup

Saturday 24 August
Cape Charles - 7pm - 2 Hours
Virginia Beach Photography Group
Dawn Rykheart
Capture a beautiful sunset over the water! We'll talk about the optimal camera settings to balance light and capture the rich colors of the sky, and we'll play with reflections in the water. Keep a lookout for seabirds wrapping up dinnertime and enjoy the peace that settles in as the day comes to a close.
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$47      
Beginner's Photography I Class

Beginner's Photography I Class

Saturday 07 September
Brock Environmental Center - 8:30am - 3 Hours
Virginia Beach Photography Group
Dawn Rykheart
Master the Art of Photography: A Journey Through the Exposure Triangle

Unlock the secret to impeccable photography by grasping the integral components of the exposure triangle: ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. Our comprehensive class is meticulously designed to illuminate the individual roles these settings play in crafting the perfect exposure.

Dive into a hands-on learning experience as we explore the nuances of selecting the optimal settings to echo your creative vision. Understand the profound influence of lighting and composition on your photographic choices and refine your skills through practical exercises.

Benefit from personalized guidance with ample opportunity for one-on-one coaching to ensure you confidently navigate through the complexities of manual camera operation.

Participants are kindly requested to bring a camera capable of shooting in manual mode. For an enhanced learning experience, please also bring your camera's user manual, particularly if you are unfamiliar with its settings.

Embark on your path to creating visually stunning photographs with precision and intention. Join us and transform the way you capture moments forever.
book now
$92       4 places left

Beginner's Photography II Class (Shooting in Manual Mode)

Beginner's Photography II Class (Shooting in Manual Mode)

Saturday 21 September
General Booth Blvd - 8:30am - 3 Hours
Virginia Beach Photography Group
Dawn Rykheart
Continue your photographic journey with our Advanced Photography Course. After mastering the basics, delve into in-depth concepts covering composition, the analysis of RAW vs JPEG image formats, in-detail photo editing, comprehensive file storage, and plenty of practice for honing your manual mode shooting skills.

If you know the ropes of operating your camera and are keen to refine the quality of your photos, you're more than welcome to join. With our three-hour interactive sessions, you'll participate in numerous activities for practical learning, and be a part of insightful discussions offering individual and group feedback. Unleash your full potential and turn your vision into captivating art.
book now
$92       0 places left
Up Close with Flowers Meetup

Up Close with Flowers Meetup

Sunday 29 September
Norfolk Botanical Garden - 9am - 2 Hours
Virginia Beach Photography Group
Dawn Rykheart
Discover the intricate world of flora and fauna through your lens at the serene Norfolk Botanical Gardens. Delve into the art of macro photography and learn to capture vivid and engaging images that afford your audience a glimpse into the often overlooked elegance of nature. This session provides an opportunity to develop the skill of photographing the minute details and dynamic colors of flowers, alongside the captivating insects they attract.

With a focus on clarity, color, and composition, you will acquire techniques to create photographs that seize the viewer's curiosity and appreciation. As autumn graces the gardens, it's prime time to document the vibrant activity of Monarch butterflies fueling up for their impending migration and bees bustling about in their annual harvest of pollen.

Join us for a photographic exploration that promises not only to enhance your skills but also to enrich your perspective on the simple yet awe-inspiring beauty that lies within a petal's reach.
book now
$47      
Beginner's Photography I Class

Beginner's Photography I Class

Saturday 12 October
Brock Environmental Center - 9am - 3 Hours
Virginia Beach Photography Group
Dawn Rykheart
Master the Art of Photography: A Journey Through the Exposure Triangle

Unlock the secret to impeccable photography by grasping the integral components of the exposure triangle: ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. Our comprehensive class is meticulously designed to illuminate the individual roles these settings play in crafting the perfect exposure.

Dive into a hands-on learning experience as we explore the nuances of selecting the optimal settings to echo your creative vision. Understand the profound influence of lighting and composition on your photographic choices and refine your skills through practical exercises.

Benefit from personalized guidance with ample opportunity for one-on-one coaching to ensure you confidently navigate through the complexities of manual camera operation.

Participants are kindly requested to bring a camera capable of shooting in manual mode. For an enhanced learning experience, please also bring your camera's user manual, particularly if you are unfamiliar with its settings.

Embark on your path to creating visually stunning photographs with precision and intention. Join us and transform the way you capture moments forever.
book now
$92      

B&W Photography Walk & Talk Meetup

B&W Photography Walk & Talk Meetup

Sunday 27 October
Elmwood Cemetery - 2:30pm - 2 Hours
Virginia Beach Photography Group
Dawn Rykheart
Embark on a photographic journey of contrasts and shapes, where composition and lighting take center stage in the absence of color. Dive into the art of black and white photography, an experience crafted for enthusiasts of all skill levels and open to any type of camera, from DSLRs to smartphones.

Join us for an afternoon session perfectly timed to capture the dramatic long shadows that accentuate the monochromatic beauty of our surroundings. Over two enriching hours, you'll get hands-on experience and insights into the powerful role of mood in photography.

Our chosen canvas is the historic Elmwood Cemetery, a peaceful resting place founded in 1853. This location boasts an array of markers, family mausoleums, and standalone sculptures set against a serene park-like backdrop. Also, within this setting, lies West Point Cemetery, with its own rich history dating back to 1875, which includes the burial grounds for 58 Union Army volunteers.

Discover the storied past and visual splendor of these hallowed grounds, and let their timeless beauty inspire your photographic narrative. Whether a seasoned professional or an eager novice, this meet-up is a unique opportunity to refine your skills and view the world through a different lens.
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$47      
Beginner's Photography II Class (Shooting in Manual Mode)

Beginner's Photography II Class (Shooting in Manual Mode)

Saturday 02 November
General Booth Blvd - 9am - 3 Hours
Virginia Beach Photography Group
Dawn Rykheart
Continue your photographic journey with our Advanced Photography Course. After mastering the basics, delve into in-depth concepts covering composition, the analysis of RAW vs JPEG image formats, in-detail photo editing, comprehensive file storage, and plenty of practice for honing your manual mode shooting skills.

If you know the ropes of operating your camera and are keen to refine the quality of your photos, you're more than welcome to join. With our three-hour interactive sessions, you'll participate in numerous activities for practical learning, and be a part of insightful discussions offering individual and group feedback. Unleash your full potential and turn your vision into captivating art.
book now
$92      
Beginner's Photography I Class

Beginner's Photography I Class

Saturday 16 November
Brock Environmental Center - 9am - 3 Hours
Virginia Beach Photography Group
Dawn Rykheart
Master the Art of Photography: A Journey Through the Exposure Triangle

Unlock the secret to impeccable photography by grasping the integral components of the exposure triangle: ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. Our comprehensive class is meticulously designed to illuminate the individual roles these settings play in crafting the perfect exposure.

Dive into a hands-on learning experience as we explore the nuances of selecting the optimal settings to echo your creative vision. Understand the profound influence of lighting and composition on your photographic choices and refine your skills through practical exercises.

Benefit from personalized guidance with ample opportunity for one-on-one coaching to ensure you confidently navigate through the complexities of manual camera operation.

Participants are kindly requested to bring a camera capable of shooting in manual mode. For an enhanced learning experience, please also bring your camera's user manual, particularly if you are unfamiliar with its settings.

Embark on your path to creating visually stunning photographs with precision and intention. Join us and transform the way you capture moments forever.
book now
$92      

Beginner's Photography I Class

Beginner's Photography I Class

Sunday 08 December
Brock Environmental Center - 9am - 3 Hours
Virginia Beach Photography Group
Dawn Rykheart
Master the Art of Photography: A Journey Through the Exposure Triangle

Unlock the secret to impeccable photography by grasping the integral components of the exposure triangle: ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. Our comprehensive class is meticulously designed to illuminate the individual roles these settings play in crafting the perfect exposure.

Dive into a hands-on learning experience as we explore the nuances of selecting the optimal settings to echo your creative vision. Understand the profound influence of lighting and composition on your photographic choices and refine your skills through practical exercises.

Benefit from personalized guidance with ample opportunity for one-on-one coaching to ensure you confidently navigate through the complexities of manual camera operation.

Participants are kindly requested to bring a camera capable of shooting in manual mode. For an enhanced learning experience, please also bring your camera's user manual, particularly if you are unfamiliar with its settings.

Embark on your path to creating visually stunning photographs with precision and intention. Join us and transform the way you capture moments forever.
book now
$92      
ABOUT NEWPORT
NEWS
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 Newport News.

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

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    I really enjoyed the experience and it gave me alot more knowledge on hiw to use my camera in manual mode.
    5/5
    Tammie
    2024-06-18
    It was a well lead event and provided guidance in a way for me to confirm that I had not mislead myself in my own research of photography.
    5/5
    Christopher
    2024-06-18
    Great event. There were only two of us, me a very beginner and another who is much more experienced than I am, and the instructor did a great job of providing the details where both of us were able to learn a lot. Mike was very knowledgeable and helpful, and I definitely benefited from taking this class.
    5/5
    Kimberly
    2023-07-13

    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    Tamara Heckstall
    Tamara Heckstall has been a professional photographer for over 14 years and is bringing her professional experience and passion for photography to the Orble Team. Her background includes a wide array of photography genres including portrait, modeling, and nature photography.

    Tamara Heckstall is available for private bookings

    Available Sun-Tues & Thurs-Sat
    Private Tutoring, Portraits, Headshots, Graduation, Maternity, Engagement, Events, Fashion, Editorial and Live Art/Music.

    PHOTOS
    Newport News Photography Group
    2024-02-09
    Title or Location: Hunting park beach park
    Hello NNPG and thank you for the kind words!Since relocating to Newport News people have shared with me how special Huntington Beach and Park is for taking photos. I chose a cloudy day for pictures to try out a new filter. As I was finishing I noticed the sun rays breaking through the clouds in the distance. I was able to capture the image before the clouds closed back up. As a visually impaired person I want to share that anyone can take a special picture even on a cloudy day!Canon M 2
    Credit: https://www.shutterstock.com/g/CameronDunn
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CamronDunn
    Instagram: cameron.dunn2

    Newport News Photography Group
    2024-02-03
    Title or Location: Mt. Trashmore, Virginia Beach, VA.
    On location for a photoshoot for American Heart Association. Got to the location early before event began and this was the result.
    Credit: Michael Smid
    Facebook: Michael Smid
    Instagram: michaelsmid5111
    Newport News Photography Group
    2024-01-20
    Title or Location: High School Back Hall
    A scan of a print of a hallway at my High School in 1977. I was in Photography class and we were "sent out to take pictures" one day. I used a 35mm SLR Canon FTb with a 50mm lens that my Dad bought me. The film was most likely Kodak Tri-x 400. The aperture was probably wide open at a 30/sec, or 60/sec. By the time that was showing on the clock, it was the end of the day, so I must have been desperate for content because the first door on the right was the classroom. :-)I developed and print
    Credit: Emay Ayche
    Facebook: emayayche
    Instagram: emay.ayche

    Newport News Photography Group
    2024-01-20
    Title or Location: Huntington Beach, Newport News, VA.
    This was a staged photo to be used as a promotion for Family Photos in Virginia Beach.
    Credit: Michael Smid
    Facebook: Michael Smid
    Instagram: michaelsmid5111

    Newport News Photography Group
    2024-01-12
    Title or Location: Huntington Beach, Newport News, VA.
    Just happened to be driving by this foggy morning and stopped to see what the beach was like. And here it is.
    Credit: Michael Smid
    Facebook: Michael Smid
    Instagram: michaelsmid5111
    Newport News Photography Group
    2023-12-29
    Title or Location: Hoffler Creek Suffolk VA
    Pair of Ospreys built a nest on the other side of Hoffler creek. This one (the mail) had just brought a fish to the female and chicks. This fish was going to be all his.
    Credit: William Yardley

    Edinburgh Photography Group
    2024-07-22
    Title or Location: St Ninians Bay - Isle of Bute
    On this occasion I had driven back from St Ninians bay to Ettrick Bay to park up for the night...after I arrived and started to prepare my evening meal I saw these incredible light beams across the bay at low tide.
    Credit: Brian Nicholson

    Sunshine Coast Photography Group
    2024-07-22
    Title or Location: Whales off Mooloolaba
    We went fishing in our boat and saw about 10 whales doing this So great
    Credit: Julie Behrens
    Facebook: Julie Behrens
    Instagram: Julie?ssunrise
    Bradford Photography Group
    2024-07-21
    Title or Location: Yorkshire wildlife park

    Credit: Tony Kilcoyne
    Reno Photography Group
    2024-07-21
    Title or Location: Fernley Nevada
    Union Pacific's legendary Big Boy No. 4014, the world?s largest operating steam locomotive built to conquer mountains, is on tour in five states this summer during its 2024 Westward Bound Tour from Wyoming to California.
    Credit: Kristin McFarlane Photography
    Facebook: Kristin McFarlane Photography
    Instagram: Kristin McFarlane Photography

    San Francisco Photography Group
    2024-07-19
    Title or Location: Murchison Falls, northwest Uganda
    I?m was born and raised in San Francisco and now live in Uganda, working as a professional photographer and safari guide. This lioness is one of the most beautiful creatures I have ever encountered. She was resting high up in a tree at Murchison Falls, in the northwest region. Before taking this photo, she roared at me, baring her sharp canines. It was a simple warning not to overstep her boundaries. The lioness had some cubs located at the base of the tree so she was protective of them. Th
    Credit: Chris Austria
    Facebook: Chris Austria
    Instagram: Christopher Austria
    Crawley Photography Group
    2024-07-18
    Title or Location: Otterbourne
    Watched these guys for hours, slowly but surely one of the cubs got the confidence to climb onto the logs!
    Credit: Chris Athawes
    Instagram: Chris_a_photography
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