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Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Sunday 09 June
College Green Bristol - 9am - 3 Hours
Charlotte Sams
This session is for beginners to learn to get a handle on manual settings. We will learn the basic elements of exposure; aperture, shutter speed and ISO, and then bring them all together with practice. We will then begin to look at composition at the end.
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£61      
Abstract Photography

Abstract Photography

Sunday 30 June
Bristol City Centre. - 9am - 2 Hours
Charlotte Sams
Abstract photography involves capturing a subject in a way that renders it either partially or completely unrecognizable, emphasizing instead on the interplay of shapes, colors, and form.

Come and join us and learn Abstract Photography!
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£26      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Sunday 07 July
College Green Bristol - 9am - 3 Hours
Charlotte Sams
This session is for beginners to learn to get a handle on manual settings. We will learn the basic elements of exposure; aperture, shutter speed and ISO, and then bring them all together with practice. We will then begin to look at composition at the end.
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£67       5 places left

Nature Photography Hike

Nature Photography Hike

Sunday 21 July
Glenavon Park - 9am - 2 Hours
Charlotte Sams
This session will be a relaxed walk around a Nature site focusing on how we can capture the nature we find in several different ways, exploring angles and techniques to create better nature photography images.
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£27      

Nearby Photography Groups

Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 18 May
Pencarn Way - 10am - 3 Hours
Newport Photography Group
Rachel Southard
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.

We will look at learning the following :
- The exposure triangle and hue it impacts your photos
- White balance & it's importance
- Some basic camera settings to be aware of and set up.
- Different composition techniques
- Practice with use of manual, AV & TV modes.
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£61       1 places left
Portraiture With Natural Light

Portraiture With Natural Light

Sunday 26 May
Pierhead Street - 10:30am - 2 Hours
Cardiff Photography Group
Nick Vidal-Hall
This group will focus on working with your subject to put them at ease and get great natural portraits with minimal posing. We will be workin g with each other with the goal of each person going home with some portraits/headshots usable for social media etc.


note: This will be another group in which all participants can submit images for inclusion in a photobook. The book will be available for purchase at the end of the series towards the end of the year.
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£24      
Macro & Nature Photography

Macro & Nature Photography

Saturday 01 June
Ridgeway, Newport - 10am - 2 Hours
Newport Photography Group
Rachel Southard
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.

We will look at how to take macro & nature photography. We will have some discussion around the best settings , composition and ways to do this.

It would however be useful for you to ensure you are aware of the basics of using manual mode and the exposure triangle. If not sure then we would advise looking at YouTube for this before the photo session.
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£24      

Motion Blur - Using Blur in Photography

Motion Blur - Using Blur in Photography

Sunday 09 June
Pierhead Street - 10:30am - 2 Hours
Cardiff Photography Group
Nick Vidal-Hall
Learn to use intentional motion blur to enhance your photography. We will cover a range of blurring techniques including long exposures, panning and intentional camera movement for artistic purposes. Not all blurry photos are accidents!

Knowing how to control the blur can help lead you to new creative opportunities, expanding your photographic possibilities.
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£24      
Family Photography

Family Photography

Saturday 15 June
Waterloo Rd, Newport - 12pm - 2 Hours
Newport Photography Group
Rachel Southard
A chance to practice taking pictures of families before you go to your own family. We will have a family model for us and you will be given a chance to learn about composition, posing, making the most of the light and what is around us along with the best settings to create a a nice portrait of your family.
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£24      
Shallow Depth of Field

Shallow Depth of Field

Sunday 23 June
Pierhead Street - 9:30am - 2 Hours
Cardiff Photography Group
Nick Vidal-Hall
Discover the secrets to crafting captivating photographs with a beautifully blurred background in our upcoming workshop on mastering shallow depth of field. Under the tutelage of our seasoned instructor, delve into the fundamental principles of photography, including aperture, focal length, and distance, to enhance your visual storytelling.

Throughout the session, we will focus on leveraging shallow depth of field techniques to evoke emotion, eliminate distractions, and achieve a mesmerizing bokeh effect that makes your subjects stand out with exceptional clarity. This workshop is perfect for photographers looking to elevate their compositional skills and add a professional touch to their images. Join us for an enriching experience that will leave you with both knowledge and inspiration to transform the way you capture the world.
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£24      

WWC (Walk with Camera)

WWC (Walk with Camera)

Saturday 06 July
Ipswich Road, Cardiff - 11am - 2 Hours
Newport Photography Group
Rachel Southard
A relaxing walk with our cameras through nature, looking at a variety of different styles of photography such as nature, macro, portrait & landscape.

We will discuss & practice different compositions, how to get the most out of the light & what some of the best settings may be for dome of these areas.
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£26      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Sunday 07 July
Pierhead Street - 10:30am - 3 Hours
Cardiff Photography Group
Nick Vidal-Hall
Start to become more comfortable with your camera and start to take unique and interesting images.

I strongly suggest that you take a look at a few YouTube videos about the exposure triangle - I don't expect you to know it, but it would help if you bring some questions with you to the group :)
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£67      
Street Photography

Street Photography

Sunday 21 July
Central Cardiff - 10am - 2 Hours
Cardiff Photography Group
Nick Vidal-Hall
People, cafes, vendors, street merchants, buskers, historic buildings, art installations and much more. The power of observation underpins the art of great street photography. Learning to "see" interesting detail is a practised skill and we introduce you to easy methods that will open your photographer's eye and expose you to a world that is alive with detail.
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£26      

Architecture Photography

Architecture Photography

Saturday 27 July
Tintern - 10am - 3 Hours
Newport Photography Group
Rachel Southard
Architectural photography can be a great way of exploring and documenting a city, whether it's your home or on holiday. Its about capturing not only the design and accurate representation of a building, but to have the shots be aesthetically pleasing to the viewer's eye. An architectural photographer makes pictures, not takes pictures.

In this session, we will be covering how to better understand Architecture photography and we'll be looking at ways to take some impressive shots and the camera settings to use.

The ticket price does not include the 8.70 entry fee to the venue.
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£67      
Abstract Photography

Abstract Photography

Sunday 04 August
Pierhead Street - 10am - 2 Hours
Cardiff Photography Group
Nick Vidal-Hall
Abstract photography involves capturing a subject in a way that renders it either partially or completely unrecognizable, emphasizing instead on the interplay of shapes, colors, and form.

In this workshop, we will explore the art of creating striking and thought-provoking images through the use of abstraction. utilising the dynamic and interesting shapes in the Welsh Senedd and surrounding area.

Our experienced instructor will guide you through the process of understanding and applying the principles of abstract photography, including composition, color, and texture.
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£26      
Street Photography

Street Photography

Saturday 17 August
Kingsway Centre - 2pm - 2 Hours
Newport Photography Group
Rachel Southard
People, cafes, vendors, street merchants, buskers, historic buildings, art installations and much more. The power of observation underpins the art of great street photography. Learning to "see" interesting detail is a practised skill and we introduce you to easy methods that will open your photographer's eye and expose you to a world that is alive with detail. The most rewarding part of the class is learning how to approach interesting people and have them willingly pose for you.

We will also go over settings, focusing techniques and lens choices common to street photography to help us capture those random chance encounters.
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£26      

Other Nearby Groups

Exploring Abstract Art

Exploring Abstract Art

Saturday 18 May
Royal Victoria Park - 10am - 2 Hours
Bath Art Group
Bhavana Ram Mohan
Step into the kaleidoscopic universe of abstract art with our electrifying Exploring Abstract Art class!

Ignite your imagination as we dive headfirst into a whirlwind of colors, shapes, and textures. With a medley of mediums at your fingertips, you'll reimagine ordinary objects into extraordinary works of art. From bold brushstrokes to mesmerizing patterns, we'll unlock the secrets of expressive abstraction together.

Prepare to unleash your inner Picasso as we delve into the art of 'mark making', transforming blank canvases into dynamic bursts of creativity.

Don't forget to pack your creative essentials! Bring along your basic art materials to unleash your inner artist in our class. Exciting details of the event will be revealed once your booking is confirmed. Get ready for a colorful adventure!
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£24      
Portrait Painting Basics

Portrait Painting Basics

Sunday 26 May
City Centre - 11am - 2 Hours
Cardiff Art Group
Gemma Fala
Unleash Your Inner Artist: Join our Portrait Painting Basics class and embark on a colorful journey into the world of portraiture! Learn essential techniques, unleash your creativity, and bring faces to life on canvas. Whether you're a beginner or seeking to refine your skills, this class promises fun, inspiration, and the joy of creating captivating portraits. Get ready to brush up on your talents and let your imagination flourish!
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£24      
Master Class on Portrait Art

Master Class on Portrait Art

Saturday 01 June
Cathays Park - 10am - 2 Hours
Cardiff Watercolour Group
Jennifer Lee
Step into the realm of boundless creativity and join us for an electrifying journey at our Master Class on Portrait Art! Unleash your inner artist as you delve into the captivating world of portrait creation. With your trusty art tools in hand, get set to explore a kaleidoscope of techniques and unleash the full spectrum of your imagination. From sketch to masterpiece, discover the secrets of bringing portraits to life in a whirlwind of color and expression. Don't miss out on this exhilarating opportunity to ignite your artistic passion and let your creativity soar! Grab your basic watercolour materials and dive into the portrait magic with us today!
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£24      

Beginner's Watercolour Class

Beginner's Watercolour Class

Saturday 01 June
UWE Bristol Frenchay - 11am - 2 Hours
Bristol Watercolour Group
Ziana Mourin
Discover the magic of watercolor painting in our Beginner's Watercolour Class! Dive into a world of vibrant hues and fluid creativity guided by our experienced instructor. Whether you're a complete novice or looking to refine your skills, this intimate class is tailored just for you.

Unlock the secrets of watercolour as you learn essential techniques, master color theory, and unleash your inner artist. From blending to brushwork, we'll show you how to transform a blank canvas into a breathtaking masterpiece.

Don't miss your chance to embark on this artistic journey. Reserve your spot now and let your imagination flow freely! Full event details will be provided upon booking confirmation. Remember to bring your basic watercolor materials and get ready to make a splash!
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£24      
Oldbury Court Estate

Oldbury Court Estate

Saturday 08 June
Oldbury Ct Rd.
Bristol Family Photo
Do you need an updated family portrait? Come along to our mini photo sessions.

Mini-sessions are short 30 minute photo sessions for up to 6 people - perfect for families with little ones who can't sit still for too long.

book now       10:00am       £121

book now       10:30am       £121
Mix It Up: Mixed Media Art Class

Mix It Up: Mixed Media Art Class

Sunday 09 June
City Centre - 11am - 2 Hours
Cardiff Art Group
Gemma Fala
Dive into the vibrant world of mixed media art! In our 'Mix It Up' class, creativity knows no bounds. Experiment with a variety of materials, from paint to paper to found objects, and let your imagination run wild. Whether you're a seasoned artist or just starting out, this class is your playground for artistic exploration. Get ready to unleash your creativity and create one-of-a-kind masterpieces that reflect your unique style. Let's mix it up and make some magic together!
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£24      

Beginner's Drawing Class

Beginner's Drawing Class

Saturday 15 June
Royal Victoria Park - 10am - 2 Hours
Bath Art Group
Bhavana Ram Mohan
Unlock Your Creativity in Our Beginner's Drawing Adventure!

Are you ready to embark on a journey into the captivating world of drawing? Join us for an exhilarating class designed especially for beginners like you!

Under the expert guidance of our seasoned instructors, you'll dive into the essentials of drawing. From mastering perspective and proportion to mastering the art of shading and composition, you'll gain the skills to create stunning and expressive artwork.

But that's not all - we'll also explore the exciting realm of mark making techniques, transforming blank pages into canvases bursting with imagination and creativity.

Don't forget to pack your creative essentials! Bring along your basic art materials to unleash your inner artist in our class. Exciting details of the event will be revealed once your booking is confirmed. Get ready for a colorful adventure!
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£24      
Painting Portraits with Watercolour

Painting Portraits with Watercolour

Saturday 15 June
UWE Bristol Frenchay - 11am - 2 Hours
Bristol Watercolour Group
Ziana Mourin
Embark on a whimsical journey into the world of portrait painting with our "Painting Portraits with Watercolour for Beginners" class! Get ready to bring faces to life in a burst of color and creativity.

Led by a skilled instructor, this class is designed specifically for beginners eager to explore the art of watercolour portraiture. Uncover the magic of blending hues, shading techniques, and the secrets of capturing facial expressions. We'll guide you through every brushstroke, turning your canvas into a captivating portrait that captures the essence of your subject.

No prior experience required - just a dash of enthusiasm and a splash of curiosity. Let's paint portraits that tell a story and bring your artistic visions to life! Full details of the event will be provided once your booking is confirmed. Get ready for a colorful adventure!
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£26      
Portrait Art for Beginners

Portrait Art for Beginners

Saturday 22 June
Cathays Park - 10am - 2 Hours
Cardiff Watercolour Group
Jennifer Lee
Dive into the enchanting world of portrait art with our fun-filled Portrait Art for Beginners class! In just two hours, discover the magic of watercolour painting and unlock your inner artist. Learn to capture facial features and skin tones with ease, whether you're a seasoned painter or a complete novice. Grab your art supplies and join us for an unforgettable journey of creativity and learning!

I'll run through some tips that will make it simple to paint a watercolour portrait, then will list out all the materials you'll need to get started. I'll also talk you through everything from choosing a reference photo to layer paints to get a realistic skin tone, to painting the details of someone's face.
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£24      

Beginner's Drawing Class

Beginner's Drawing Class

Sunday 23 June
City Centre - 11am - 2 Hours
Cardiff Art Group
Gemma Fala
In this class, we will explore the basics of drawing and equip you with the skills needed to create beautiful and expressive artwork.

Our experienced instructor will guide you through the fundamentals of drawing, including perspective, proportion, shading, and composition.

We will also be practicing various forms of Mark Making techniques and hopefully will make an empty page less daunting to fill up.

Perfect for complete beginners.
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£24      
Pet Portrait Watercolour Painting

Pet Portrait Watercolour Painting

Saturday 29 June
UWE Bristol Frenchay - 11am - 2 Hours
Bristol Watercolour Group
Ziana Mourin
Join us for a paws-itively delightful experience in our Pet Portrait Painting Class! Unleash your inner artist as you learn the art of capturing your beloved furry friends in watercolours.

In this two-hour session, our experienced watercolour tutor will guide you through every whisker and wag with step-by-step instructions. From fluffy fur textures to endearing ear shapes and beyond, you'll learn how to bring your pet's unique personality to life on paper.

But that's not all! Our tutor will also provide insights into basic animal facial features, anatomy, and tips for adding a touch of realism to your masterpiece, all while encouraging you to express your own artistic flair.

So grab your brushes and let's make some memories together! Book now to secure your spot in this tail-wagging adventure. Full event details will be provided upon booking confirmation, so don't miss out on the chance to create a cherished portrait of your furry friend!
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£26      
Beginner's Watercolour Class

Beginner's Watercolour Class

Saturday 06 July
Cathays Park - 10am - 3 Hours
Cardiff Watercolour Group
Jennifer Lee
Dive into the vibrant world of watercolours with our Beginner's Watercolour Class! Unleash your creativity as we explore the magical art of watercolour painting together. Bring along your own watercolour materials and let's make a splash on paper!

Excited to get started? Full details of this colorful adventure will be shared upon booking confirmation. Don't miss out on this artistic journey!
book now
£26      

ABOUT BRISTOL
PHOTOGRAPHY
CLUB
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 Bristol .

  • 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 Bristol Photography Club on Facebook to share your photos after the session.

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    A very good course with a lovely patient teacher.
    5/5
    Elisabeth
    2024-02-27
    I have learned things i didnt know about so that was really usefull. Atmosphere was relaxed and very friendly :)
    5/5
    Monika
    2024-02-13
    Really good Charlotte was kind, enthusiastic and informative. Class was well planned out and creative.
    5/5
    Carys
    2024-02-13

    Excellent event as always
    5/5
    Stephen
    2024-01-17
    I thought it was very useful. The pace was just right and I left feeling more comfortable with using the manual settings on my camera. Charlotte is also a great teacher, she offered a lot of insights and had guidance going forward.
    5/5
    Anthonia
    2023-12-12
    The teacher is very good.
    5/5
    Ng
    2023-12-12

    Well run event despite horrendous weather _ learnt quite a lot from course
    5/5
    Rebecca
    2023-07-19
    Excellent event as always, this was my fifth event with you and always find them informatice and fun.
    5/5
    Steve
    2023-06-25
    Absolutely excellent event as always, this was my fourth event with Charlotte and they have all been brilliant. I can't wait to attend the next one that I have booked.
    5/5
    Steve
    2023-05-24

    Really enjoyable. The best workshop so far. Really enjoyed getting photography tips from Charlotte, the trainer. Choice of site was spot on
    5/5
    David
    2023-05-23
    Charlotte was an excellent tutor- relaxed, knowledgeable and friendly.
    5/5
    Harriet
    2023-05-23
    It was great to have new ideas to try abstract photography as before the lesson I had no idea where to start!
    5/5
    Amy
    2023-05-23

    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    Charlotte Sams
    Charlotte is a professional photographer based in Bristol, and covering the Southwest UK. With 10 years photography experience across several disciplines, from documentary to portraiture she now works with a wide variety of clients. She has several awards over the years from nature photography competitions, and particularly enjoys using her creative eye to capture beautiful moments in the natural world. Through teaching photography, she loves inspiring others to find their own style and create beautiful images.

    Charlotte Sams is available for private bookings

    Available some weekends and weekday afternoons (plenty of notice should allow more fleixbility).
    I shoot weddings, portriature & would be happy to private 1:1 tutor too.

    PHOTOS
    Bristol Photography Club
    2024-04-12
    Title or Location: The Rackhay, Student Accommodation on Queen Charlotte Street, Bristol
    I've only recently moved to Bristol, after 30 years in Oxford, and am deeply inspired by both its beauty and its history. It has been a trading port for a thousand years, and is st its heart a sailor's city: an anchor tattoo of a town. It also has, to me, a unique light and when the sun does deign to appear, the sky is Bristol Blue, which is what I've called this photograph. To many, the seagulls here are thuggish vermin - which they definitely can be! - but for me they also represent th
    Credit: Matt Sage
    Facebook: Matt Sage
    Instagram: Mattsagemusic

    Bristol Photography Club
    2024-03-29
    Title or Location: St Mary's Church Fishponds Bristol

    Credit: Kelly Hobbs
    Bristol Photography Club
    2024-03-01
    Title or Location: Bristol at home in the Dinning
    so i bought the Pluto trigger and dropper system a few years ago and used it pretty regular over COVID but haven't used it for a while so as it was a rainy Sunday afternoon i thought i would get it set up ,how hard would it be ,well pretty hard getting the setting nailed took nearly all afternoon .So for a change i used cola in the dropper and after a lot of missed hits i got this image . The gear i use was my Nikon Z6 with a Viltrox 24mm and 2x Neewer Z1 n round flashes bounced of some white ca
    Credit: Nick Hale
    Facebook: nick hale
    Instagram: nicholashalephotography

    Bristol Photography Club
    2024-02-09
    Title or Location: Ebley Mill, Stroud.
    Ebley Mill, once an old cloth Mill. Such a grey day without good light so thought a long exposure might make it a little more interesting. 3 minutes total exposure (10 stop ND) with the camera an inch from the water.
    Credit: Adrian Edmundson

    Bristol Photography Club
    2024-02-04
    Title or Location: Bridge inn, Passage Street ,Bristol.
    Just loved the look of this pub and was lucky there was a puddle of water outside.
    Credit: Adrian Edmundson
    Bristol Photography Club
    2024-01-22
    Title or Location: Tormarton
    Early start for work in the dark and showing -5oC on the dashbord. Just about to join the M4 motorway but could just see the nice sky colours towards the east . Thought I would put the drone up for 10 mins to catch the sunrise.
    Credit: Adrian Edmundson

    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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