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Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Sunday 03 March
Southsea, Portsmouth - 10:30am - 3 Hours
Jon Mainwaring
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
£61       1 places left
Developing a Photographer's Eye Meetup

Developing a Photographer's Eye Meetup

Saturday 23 March
Broad St, Old Portsmouth - 10am - 2 Hours
Jon Mainwaring
In this session we will explore how to see the world through the eye of the camera and how to create powerful images out of the ordinary. We will cover the rules of composition and how breaking them can create impact.
This session is suitable for all level and a smartphone will as good as any digital camera! A wide zoom lens would be ideal if you are shooting on a camera.
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£24      
Capturing the Harmony of Nature Meetup

Capturing the Harmony of Nature Meetup

Saturday 13 April
Ackworth Rd, Hilsea - 10am - 2 Hours
Jon Mainwaring
In this session we will use a range of photography techniques and styles to capture the beauty of nature as we enter Spring. This will include landscape, nature and macro photography. Depending on the weather at the time we may see Spring flowers, blossom, swans and other wildlife.

No special equipment is required and the session will be suitable for all levels of ability.
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£24      

Nearby Photography Groups

Beginners Photography Class

Beginners Photography Class

Saturday 24 February
Palmerston Rd, Southampton - 9:30am - 3 Hours
Southampton Photography Group
Nikki Wileman
Whether you are photographing people or plants, making memories or making art knowing how to use your camera is key.
The class will give you the knowledge you need to expose, to compose and to create the images you have always wanted to.
Learn the basics of photography including using manual camera settings for perfect exposure and tips for good composition. The session will look at ways to improve composition using light, colour and perspective.
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£61       3 places left
Nature Photography Meetup

Nature Photography Meetup

Saturday 02 March
Canon Ln, Chichester - 2pm - 2 Hours
Chichester Photography Group
Jakub Bors
Join this session for tips on how to use your camera settings to creatively capture nature in a visually interesting way. We will be looking at composition, focus, and colour.

Many professional offices and places of business have large prints gracing their wall space of things such as fields of flowers, a butterfly perched on a leaf, and a single dew drop on a rose petal. These beautiful images are all around us in nature. It just takes that special "eye" to not only see it but to capture it in a way that will turn that simple little piece of nature into a beautiful piece of art. We will learn how to use different angles, light and shadows, and settings to make subjects pop.
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£24      
Colors of Spring Photography

Colors of Spring Photography

Saturday 09 March
Buckler's Hard, Beaulieu - 2pm - 2 Hours
Southampton Photography Group
Nikki Wileman
Spring photography is a beautiful way to capture the renewal of life that comes with the arrival of spring.

Join this session for tips on how to use your camera settings to creatively capture nature in a visually interesting way. We'll be looking at composition, focus and colour in this Spring season!
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£24      

Motion Blur - Using Blur in Photography

Motion Blur - Using Blur in Photography

Sunday 10 March
Bournemouth Square - 11am - 2 Hours
Bournemouth Photography Group
Dipanshu Adlakha
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      
Nature Photography Meetup

Nature Photography Meetup

Sunday 17 March
Queen Elizabeth Park - 2pm - 2 Hours
Farnborough Photography Group
Nikita Piven
Join this session for tips on how to use your camera settings to creatively capture nature in a visually interesting way. We will be looking at composition, focus, and colour.

Many professional offices and places of business have large prints gracing their wall space of things such as fields of flowers, a butterfly perched on a leaf, and a single dew drop on a rose petal. These beautiful images are all around us in nature. It just takes that special "eye" to not only see it but to capture it in a way that will turn that simple little piece of nature into a beautiful piece of art. We will learn how to use different angles, light and shadows, and settings to make subjects pop.
book now
£24      
The Nature of Cities Photography Meetup

The Nature of Cities Photography Meetup

Saturday 23 March
Southampton City Centre - 2pm - 2 Hours
Southampton Photography Group
Nikki Wileman
The meetup will be an opportunity to photograph nature in the urban environment; to think about contradiction, contrast and the juxtaposition of the man-made and the naturally (or intentionally) wild. The meetup will encourage a different way of seeing beauty.
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£24      

Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 23 March
Canon Ln, Chichester - 2pm - 3 Hours
Chichester Photography Group
Jakub Bors
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
£61      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Sunday 31 March
Town Centre, Bournemouth - 11am - 3 Hours
Bournemouth Photography Group
Dipanshu Adlakha
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
£61      
Beginners Photography Class

Beginners Photography Class

Saturday 06 April
Palmerston Rd, Southampton - 9:30am - 3 Hours
Southampton Photography Group
Nikki Wileman
Whether you are photographing people or plants, making memories or making art knowing how to use your camera is key.
The class will give you the knowledge you need to expose, to compose and to create the images you have always wanted to.
Learn the basics of photography including using manual camera settings for perfect exposure and tips for good composition. The session will look at ways to improve composition using light, colour and perspective.
book now
£61      

Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 13 April
Commercial Road, Bournemouth - 10am - 3 Hours
Bournemouth Photography Group
Alex Alliston
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
£61      
Street Photography

Street Photography

Saturday 13 April
Kingston upon Thames - 10am - 2 Hours
Twickenham Photography Group
Masoud Sharifian Alborzi
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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£24      
Street Photography

Street Photography

Sunday 14 April
Canon Ln, Chichester - 10am - 2 Hours
Chichester Photography Group
Jakub Bors
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.
book now
£24      

Other Nearby Groups

Corner to Corner (C2C)

Corner to Corner (C2C)

Saturday 02 March
The Polygon - 10am - 3 Hours
Southampton Crochet Club
Radhika Taneja
Dive into the delightful world of Corner-to-Corner Crochet (C2C), where you'll embark on a creative journey starting from one corner and working your way diagonally to the other. It's not just crochet, it's crafting magic!

In this class, we'll unravel the secrets of C2C, teaching you the art of weaving small 'blocks' into beautiful designs, all while embracing the soothing rhythm of crochet. Imagine bringing any image to life with just your hook and yarn, following a graph that guides your stitches.

By the end of our session, you'll not only have mastered this technique but also crafted your very own C2C heart sampler. Get ready to stitch your dreams into reality and let your creativity run wild! Join us and let the yarn adventure begin!
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£42      
Beginner's Watercolor Class: Brushes and Strokes

Beginner's Watercolor Class: Brushes and Strokes

Saturday 09 March
Southampton City Centre - 12pm - 2 Hours
Southampton Watercolour Group
Ammarah Sajid
Embark on an engaging artistic journey with us as we delve into the world of brush strokes and the intricate nuances of color transitions. During this interactive session, you will have the opportunity to grasp the following key concepts:

Fundamentals of color
Techniques for shading
Exploration of secondary, primary, and tertiary colors

By the end of the day, you'll not only acquire valuable skills but also leave with a unique masterpiece crafted by your own hands! Join us for a day of creativity and self-expression.
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£24      
Beginner's Class: Sketching Fundamentals

Beginner's Class: Sketching Fundamentals

Sunday 10 March
HM Naval Base - 10am - 2 Hours
Portsmouth Art Group
Evie Smith
In this class, we will explore the basics of Sketching and equip you with the skills needed to create beautiful and expressive artwork.

Our experienced instructors 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      

Beginner's Crochet Class

Beginner's Crochet Class

Saturday 16 March
The Polygon - 10am - 3 Hours
Southampton Crochet Club
Radhika Taneja
If you are brand new to crochet, haven't picked up a hook in years, or simply want a little more guidance on those all important basic stitches this is the class for you. We will start with techniques for holding the yarn before moving onto forming the stitches that make up a traditional granny square.

Crochet materials are included as well as a free tea or coffee.
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£42       4 places left
Amigurumi Bird Class

Amigurumi Bird Class

Saturday 30 March
The Polygon - 10am - 3 Hours
Southampton Crochet Club
Radhika Taneja
Discover the charming art of amigurumi, a delightful Japanese craft that brings to life intricately crocheted and knitted stuffed toys. We invite you to join a cozy gathering where you can learn to create your very own crochet amigurumi bird. This hands-on experience is perfect for crafters looking to expand their skills or for beginners eager to embark on a new hobby. Connect with fellow enthusiasts and enjoy the satisfaction of crafting a miniature feathered friend to call your own.
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£42      
Corner to Corner (C2C)

Corner to Corner (C2C)

Saturday 13 April
The Polygon - 10am - 3 Hours
Southampton Crochet Club
Radhika Taneja
Corner-to-corner crochet, or C2C, is a fun and relaxing crochet technique where you begin in one corner and work small ‘blocks' along the diagonal to the other corner. Working this technique means that you can create almost any image by using a graph containing the image that you want to crochet. By the end of class you will be able to make a C2C heart sampler.
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£42      

Amigurumi 101

Amigurumi 101

Saturday 04 May
The Polygon - 10am - 3 Hours
Southampton Crochet Club
Radhika Taneja
Perfect for those who've already done our popular Beginners Class! Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting small, cute creatures. You will learn the basics of Amigurumi and start on an easy amigurumi heart project during the class.

All our classes include crochet materials and instruction as well as a non-alcoholic drink during the class.
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£42      
ABOUT PORTSMOUTH
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 Portsmouth .

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

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    As always this was a very useful and enjoyable meet. Jon is very informative and I learnt a lot from him. The bonus is gleaning learning from the experience of other group members
    5/5
    Marilyn
    2024-02-19
    It was really nice to get out and about and chat photography with other enthusiasts. Jon is incredibly welcoming and happy to answer any queries. Its just a small shame on turn out of numbers.
    5/5
    Toby
    2024-01-22
    Vince is very knowledgeable and approachable. Very enjoyable
    5/5
    Mark
    2023-11-08

    Very enjoyable. Jon was a pleasure to be with, and was very knowledgeable and helpful.
    5/5
    Dominic
    2023-10-26
    This was a great event with a really helpful instructor. Very knowledgeable.
    5/5
    Mark
    2023-09-04
    Another great event of practical learning skills.
    5/5
    Barry
    2023-09-04

    This was a very good, practical and friendly event. The location was first class with many varied photo opportunities. Highly recommended.
    5/5
    Barry
    2023-08-15
    Fun, informal, informative, great couple of hours
    5/5
    Petula
    2023-08-15
    Fun, informal, informative, great couple of hours
    5/5
    Petula
    2023-08-15

    It was nice to meet up with new likeminded people today although not a lot of wildlife of the feathered variety it was still great to get out and walk around the shore line and nice to meet Selina
    4/5
    Paul
    2023-06-20
    Excellent session. Unfortunately, not much wildlife or nature to be seen but Selina's expertise and assistance was invaluable, as usual
    5/5
    Paul
    2023-06-20
    Selina was very knowledgeable, friendly and encouraging. The event gave me a lot of confidence.
    5/5
    Diane
    2023-06-20

    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    Jon Mainwaring
    Jon discovered his passion for taking pictures over thirty years ago using a borrowed Praktica 35mm film camera. Photography has come a long way since! He studied the subject at Berkshire College of Art before starting work as assistant to a wedding photographer in Portsmouth.
    Jon continues to work as a professional photographer on a part-time basis, specialising in environmental portraits and sports. He also enjoys landscape and travel photography and makes the most of the stunning locations in and around Portsmouth.

    Jon Mainwaring is available for private bookings

    Available most Saturdays and Sundays between 10am and 6pm. Based in Portsmouth and can suggest locations depending on subject of interest. My main areas of expertise are landscapes, sports & action, portraits, documentary and black & white photography.

    PHOTOS
    Portsmouth Photography Group
    2024-02-21
    Title or Location: Hayling Island, on the walk along Langstone Harbour
    It was one of those Sunday afternoons - on February 11 - when the weather can't decide between showers and sunshine. I had decided to have a good walk anyway, and ultimately it was almost sunset when some beautifully and patchy light came through the clouds, giving the scene some beautiful colours. I captured the moment with my Nikon D850 and a Tampon 17-35 at 35mm, 1/125 sec at f/11, ISO 200. Applied lens correction in Lightroom to the JPG and nothing else.
    Credit: Marco "Broni" Bruni
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/broni.1FB/

    Portsmouth Photography Group
    2024-02-03
    Title or Location: Tall Ship "Statsraad Lehmkuhl" Entering Portsmouth Harbour
    The ?Statsraad Lehmkuhl? is a 3-masted steel bark, built by Johann C. Tecklenborg AG in Bremerhaven-Geestem?nde in 1914 as a training ship for the German merchant marine. Her original name was ?Grossherzog Friedrich August?.
    Credit: Dave Aird
    Facebook: Portsmouth Aerial Media
    Instagram: portsmouth_aerial_media
    Portsmouth Photography Group
    2024-02-03
    Title or Location: Portsmouth Harbour
    Fishing Boat, In Monochrome. Portsmouth Harbour, by HMS Warrior.18-135 mm lens. f/5.6 1/250sec. ISO 100. AV mode.
    Credit: Paul Faithfull
    Facebook: Yehuda Moon

    Portsmouth Photography Group
    2024-01-26
    Title or Location: Pin Mill - Suffolk
    This photo was made taking advantage of the cloudy sky that it was that afternoon and the high tide at that point.
    Credit: Emanuel Ribeiro

    Portsmouth Photography Group
    2024-01-21
    Title or Location: Round Tower, Old Portsmouth
    Taken in 2019 with a elderly Canon eos300d. Photoshopped on the pc to give it the vintage appearance, as the vessel is an elderly old lady.
    Credit: Paul Faithfull
    Facebook: Yehuda Moon
    Portsmouth Photography Group
    2024-01-21
    Title or Location: Portchester Castle over the frozen sea from Port Solent
    Early on the 19 January Porchester lake was covered in a thin layer of ice. As the tide went down the foreshore was carpeted in ice producing this strange landscape on the beach.
    Credit: Stuart McGowan
    Facebook: Stuart McGowan
    Instagram: Stuart911s

    Colchester Photography Group
    2024-02-20
    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
    2024-02-20
    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
    2024-02-19
    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
    2024-02-19
    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
    2024-02-19
    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
    2024-02-19
    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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