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

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

Saturday 29 June
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
$84       0 places left
Beginner's Photography I Class

Beginner's Photography I Class

Saturday 13 July
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
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      

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.
book now
$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       5 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      

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.
book now
$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 RICHMOND
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 Richmond .

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

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    Excellent overview and practice session in photography for beginners that even my 10 year old granddaughter could understand. Eric is quite intuitive and able to relate to students of all ages and ability levels. Highly recommended!
    5/5
    Alisa
    2024-05-13
    great event. Eric was very knowledgeable and nice. Made it a welcoming athmosphere.
    5/5
    Latoya
    2024-05-01
    Good opportunity to take photographs of a subject and from a location I wouldn?t have known about. Weather could have been more cooperative but it was a good experience.
    5/5
    Mark
    2024-04-29

    Great opportunity to shoot various spots I had a great time. Eric is very friendly, hands on and willing to help/ answer questions
    5/5
    Welly
    2024-04-29
    Eric was great. Very informative.
    5/5
    Mark
    2024-02-18
    Eric Hackler was a great teacher. His enthusiasm showed and he took the time to explain many of the concepts. I appreciated his approach and encouragement. He helped me to understand my camera and how the different settings affect a photo.
    5/5
    James
    2024-02-11

    I loved it! I appreciate the balance of own your own challenges and instructional/ lecture time. I got to learn and apply, and have some ideas on where i can go beyond the class on how I can improve my own camera skills.
    5/5
    Katie
    2024-02-11
    Very instructive class on basics. Eric was terrific!
    5/5
    Neal
    2024-01-21
    I thought Eric was an awesome instructor. He taught our class the basics with kindness and structure.
    5/5
    Cierra
    2023-12-05

    5 ,Very interesting.
    5/5
    Marcia
    2023-12-04
    Very helpful and informative
    5/5
    Garnett
    2023-12-04
    Eric is a great instructor. My first time shooting at sunset and I learned a lot about shutter/f stop/iso settings. I was able to build on what I learned in previous class.
    4/5
    Jeffrey
    2023-08-21

    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    Eric Hackler
    Eric is a photographer, writer, drummer, & semi-pro The-Floor-Is-Lava player. His work focuses on connections and relationships between all aspects of ourselves and our natural world.

    Eric has shot photographs and films in Europe, Canada & across the US (including 12 National Parks). He is an Eagle Scout and has a bachelor's degree from Emerson College where he studied directing and sociology.
    PHOTOS
    Richmond Photography Group
    2024-06-19
    Title or Location: Richmond, VA
    This was taken overlooking Main Street Station. The goal was to get light trails but a storm in the distance allowed me to capture lightening as well.
    Credit: Justin Crostic

    Richmond Photography Group
    2024-06-18
    Title or Location: Mechanicsville VA
    The sky was overcast, and the black-eyed Susan blooms were really showing off. I cut one of the and placed on a mirror to capture the reflection of the flower. I was pretty pleased with how it turned out.
    Credit: Lisa Watkins
    Instagram: lisawatkinsphotography
    Richmond Photography Group
    2024-06-08
    Title or Location: Midlothian Va
    This was part of my practice photography. I was looking around the house for still life ideas and landed on the cameras and books. I played around with a few arrangements before I settled on this. The background is a dark blue velour blanket. I was practicing with lighting, trying different arrangements and don't remember the exact placement. The flash was off camera using a Nikon off camera flash cord . In post, I did selective desaturation to make the maintained colors pop.
    Credit: Jean-Maurice Carter
    Instagram: originaljeanmauricec

    Richmond Photography Group
    2024-06-03
    Title or Location: Tuckahoe Creek Park, Virginia
    A great blue heron flying overhead on a sunny day. This park has a large amount of wildlife due to a boardwalk that keeps visitors separated from the animals. It is one of my favorite photo spots here in Virginia.
    Credit: Katelynd Bab
    Facebook: Kate Bab Photography
    Instagram: @KateBabPhotos

    Richmond Photography Group
    2024-06-01
    Title or Location: Hampton National Cemetary
    The cemetery caught my attention while driving around town on my way home from coaching in an AAU basketball tournament for Team Richmond AAU.
    Credit: Robin Jonathan Deutsch
    Facebook: RJD Photography
    Instagram: rjd.photography.1960
    Richmond Photography Group
    2024-05-31
    Title or Location: Mayu Sushi and Thai
    Spicy Soup!!
    Credit: Cindy Cosby
    Facebook: Cindy Cosby

    Oshawa Photography Group
    2024-06-20
    Title or Location: Uxbridge, Ontario
    ?This past Father?s Day I went to a family farm cidery with my oldest daughter. The drinks were good, the company was great, but the best part was the farm?s commitment to keeping wild, native plants for pollinators. This little bee found a delicious clover and I got this macro shot.?
    Credit: PGC Photography
    Instagram: @valle6500
    Baton Rouge Photography Group
    2024-06-19
    Title or Location: Plaquemine LA
    This was the backside of a passing storm system while I was at work in a chemical plant. Capture was made on my iPhone 15 Pro using the Lightning Cam 2 app.
    Credit: Christopher Fontenot
    Bell County Photography Group
    2024-06-19
    Title or Location: Nolanville
    A few years ago the field on FM 3219 used to be full of sunflowers. Not anymore. Good thing I took the photos when I did...
    Credit: Bambi Altman

    Portsmouth Photography Group
    2024-06-18
    Title or Location: Southsea
    Red arrow display for the 80 tribute to the fallen.
    Credit: ian gray
    Facebook: Ian Gray Promotional filming and photography
    Instagram: iangrayimages
    San Francisco Photography Group
    2024-06-18
    Title or Location: Arches National Park-Moab Utah
    Arches is considered a dark sanctuary meaning using light painting is not allowed. I went to do Astro Photography in June of 2021. This was taken approximately 2am when the Milky Way rose to the center of the arch. While it is a dark sanctuary, someone was hiking on the other side with a headlamp giving me just a touch of light painting to outline the arch. I held the wide angle lens open approximately 13-seconds, ISO 1600.
    Credit: Terry Enlow
    Instagram: @terryenlow
    Murrieta Photography Group
    2024-06-17
    Title or Location: Bainbridge Circle, Murrieta, CA
    Long Exposure Christmas at Bainbridge Circle - 134 sec f/11 iso400 50mm (DEC 2020)
    Credit: Charles Grandin
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/charles.grandin
    Instagram: @ctgrandin

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