KANSAS
CITY
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP

Upcoming Events

Black and White Photography

Black and White Photography

Saturday 20 July
Downtown Kansas City - 9:30am - 2 Hours
Darrin Dressler
Discover the captivating world of Black and White Photography with our advanced workshop. Delve into the core of what makes a stunning monochrome shot as we explore the play between contrast and textures. Gain insights into how your camera interprets images and master the art of creating remarkable Black and White photographs, both in-camera and during post-production. Through practical exercises and analyzing exemplary works, this session will elevate your understanding and skills. This course is designed for those with a basic grasp of photography fundamentals and camera control, aiming to refine their technique and artistic expression. Join us for an enriching journey into the timeless allure of Black and White imagery.
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$47      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 27 July
The Plaza - 9:30am - 3 Hours
Darrin Dressler
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.
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$92      
Shallow Depth of Field

Shallow Depth of Field

Saturday 10 August
East Plaza area - 9am - 2 Hours
Darrin Dressler
In this workshop, we will explore the art of creating stunning images with a shallow depth of field.Our experienced instructor will guide you through the process of understanding and applying the principles of photography, including aperture, focal length, and distance. We will cover topics such as using a shallow depth of field to create a mood, blurring out distracting backgrounds, and how to use a shallow depth of field to give a bokeh effect behind our subjects to make them pop.
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$47      

The City at Night

The City at Night

Saturday 17 August
Grand Blvd. - 8:30pm - 2 Hours
Darrin Dressler
Many people don't think about nighttime being a good time to do photography since there's a lack of light. However, armed with knowledge about your camera's settings and the properties of light, nighttime photography can be a lot of fun.In this meetup, you'll learn about the best camera settings for nighttime photography. We'll also explore the kinds of light available to us and how to use that light to make some awesome photos. As always, there are exercises that will help you put your new knowledge to work.
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$47      
Using Light & Shadow in Photography

Using Light & Shadow in Photography

Saturday 31 August
Crossroads District - 9am - 2 Hours
Darrin Dressler
Light and shadow photography is a type of photography that focuses on capturing the interplay between light and shadow in a particular scene. This style of photography often produces dramatic and compelling images that can evoke strong emotions in the viewer.

Harsh light and the contrast between light and shadow can provide some interesting photo
opportunities, as well as some challenges!

In this meetup, we will be looking at how you can use your camera's settings to nail the exposure.
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$47      
Architecture Photography

Architecture Photography

Saturday 07 September
Downtown Kansas City - 9am - 2 Hours
Darrin Dressler
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.
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$47      

Nearby Photography Groups

Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 20 July
S Wardcliff Drive - 5pm - 3 Hours
Overland Park Photography Group
Emma Squire
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.
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$92       0 places left
Sunset Photography Meetup

Sunset Photography Meetup

Saturday 03 August
S Wardcliff Drive - 7pm - 2 Hours
Overland Park Photography Group
Emma Squire
Learn how to use the proper settings to capture a beautiful sunset.

Beyond just being a natural phenomenon, the setting of the sun symbolizes many things to a variety or people and cultures. The setting of the sun represents the completion of a day's work, so it represents the opportunity to rest.
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$47      
Studio Lighting Meetup

Studio Lighting Meetup

Wednesday 14 August
W 135 Street - 6pm - 2 Hours
Overland Park Photography Group
Emma Squire
Get set for an awesome time! Join us for a two-hour event where we'll explore the basics of studio photography. You'll learn how to use studio lights, stay safe in the studio, set up three-point lighting, and illuminate both people and simple still-life setups. It's going to be a hands-on and fun learning experience!
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$47      

Astrophotography Meetup

Astrophotography Meetup

Saturday 31 August
S Wardcliff Drive - 8pm - 2 Hours
Overland Park Photography Group
Emma Squire
During this 2 hour meetup we are going to examine the art and techniques associated with Astrophotography as we capture the Milky Way. Learn the settings you need, selecting the location to photograph from and many other techniques. You will walk away with some incredible images from this evening.
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$47       5 places left
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 14 September
West 119th Street - 4pm - 3 Hours
Overland Park Photography Group
Emma Squire
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.
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$92      

Other Nearby Groups

Beginner's Watercolor Class

Beginner's Watercolor Class

Saturday 27 July
Garment District - 10am - 2 Hours
Kansas City Watercolor Group
Kayin Mujahid
Are you wanting to learn more about Watercolor painting? Then join this small class hosted by a professional instructor, specifically designed to assist beginners.

You will learn fundamental watercolor techniques, color theory, how to mix paint and then turn your knowledge into a stunning piece of paper art.
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$47      
ABOUT KANSAS
CITY
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 Kansas City .

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

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    I like how Darrin Dressler starts by giving "a master class" at the beginning and before we start walking looking for good shots. Then he call the group in to give additional pointer in regard to what is in front of us.
    5/5
    Manuela
    2024-06-24
    Darrin provided a good balance between group instruction and personal attention. Looking forward for taking more workshops.
    5/5
    Chad
    2024-06-23
    Great mix of independent learning and individual guidance from Darin. Great class. Anxious to do another session soon.
    5/5
    Brad
    2024-06-23

    Good class, I had a good time and got a few good tips on night photography
    5/5
    Chris
    2024-06-11
    Darrin is a terrific person and photographer. His friendly and helpful nature makes the experience.
    5/5
    Robert
    2024-06-02
    Fun and informative. Interesting group. Learned a lot from Darrin about working on a shot rather than taking one shot and moving on.
    5/5
    Stratton
    2024-05-23

    As a fair weather photographer the day couldn?t have been better! Darrin was very helpful in pointing interesting point of view to photographers and explaining what makes for a good b&w photograph.
    5/5
    Kay
    2024-05-12
    I loved the freedom we had to choose our own subjects. Darrin provided ?mini-lessons? and feedback as we went. I can?t wait to attend another event with this group.
    5/5
    Manuela
    2024-04-14
    So glad I signed up. I've done quite a bit of reading on the basic settings, but learn better doing things hands on with an expert around for feedback. It was a great learning experience and it got me excited to get out and practice more.
    5/5
    Melanie
    2024-04-07

    This was so great! I learned a lot and it feels relieving to know more now. I took some decent shots and felt pride because I used the information Darren was teaching us and they were better than my previous practice attempts. He explained what we were doing and why and showed us the pictures he took and the difference between them. He also looked at our pictures and made comments on how it could have been a better shot without making any of us feel silly for learning how to. He was also very encouraging and went over things as many times as he needed for us to get it. Will definitely take more classes!
    5/5
    Shannon
    2024-02-11
    Darrin is great and has a lot of excellent advice, and it was fun getting out and meeting the other photographers!
    5/5
    Brennan
    2024-02-04
    Best knowledge shared and helpful through out the session
    5/5
    Hemanth
    2024-01-08

    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    Darrin Dressler
    I am a photographer and documentary filmmaker from Kansas City Missouri with a college degree in psychology from Kansas State University and an associates degree in photography. I started working as a nature photographer and now focus on video journalism and creating documentaries. I currently work with local nonprofits to create moving program portrayals through photography and videography to raise program awareness and increase organizational funding.

    Darrin Dressler is available for private bookings

    Available booking on nights and weekends. Private tutoring for beginner to advanced photography classes and postproduction photo editing using Adobe Creative apps Lightroom Classic and Photoshop.

    PHOTOS
    Kansas City Photography Group
    2024-06-03
    Title or Location: Stocksdale park, Liberty Mo
    Around 2 years ago on me and my girlfriends anniversary I took some silhouette shots of us together and she absolutely loved them! So a couple weeks ago when me and her were walking around stocksdale park, when I looked at the sunset I thought it was just perfect and had to take another silhouette shot of us together.
    Credit: Ryan Pentz
    Instagram: @Ryanpentz_photography

    Kansas City Photography Group
    2024-05-26
    Title or Location: Moab, Utah
    I took my first photography helicopter ride, with the doors off, around Moab, Utah. This image is one of several I took of the La Sal mountains in eastern Utah.
    Credit: Dean R Specker
    Facebook: dean.r.specker
    Instagram: Drspecker
    Kansas City Photography Group
    2024-04-13
    Title or Location: Gunter Texas
    I live in Lee's Summit but we found out that the path of totality for the solar eclipse was going right over my sons house in Gunter Texas. We traveled to his house to visit him, his wife and our two grandchildren the week before the eclipse. On the day of the eclipse it was cloudy so I didn't have much hope. Luckily as the eclipse began to progress the clouds broke up, especially during totality. I didn't process the photos until we got home the day after the eclipse. When I opened this ph
    Credit: Arthur Wegener

    Kansas City Photography Group
    2024-04-12
    Title or Location: Rockwall Harbor in Rockwall Texas
    Rockwall harbor is a really nice spot in Texas with restaurants and a small park overlooking a small dock and lighthouse on a fairly large lake. A lighthouse with a sunset behind it was just too good of an opportunity to let pass
    Credit: Kris

    Kansas City Photography Group
    2024-04-05
    Title or Location: Shawnee Lake in Topeka
    My husband and I went to Lake Shawnee in Topeka in hopes of that I would find spring blooms to photograph on Easter Sunday evening. Tulips are my favorite flowers, because the colors are so bright after a cold gray winter. My first time seeing this garden, since I am a transplant from Arkansas. It is a beautiful garden, and the tulips were so pretty and colorful. It makes me feel good seeing the bright beautiful colorful blooms. Also, I went to practice photographing with my new Sony A74
    Credit: Karen Classen
    Facebook: Karen Classen
    Kansas City Photography Group
    2024-04-05
    Title or Location: KC, MO
    I love the contrast between the shapes of plants and trees and the hard geometric lines of buildings. These are the things I looke for as I use photography as a way to escape, sometimes just to get out of the house and explore my neighborhood. As I was walking past this house I looked up and I really liked the way the leaves of this plant framed the roofline of the house. I felt like the color really popped as well.
    Credit: Richard Cronley
    Instagram: Richard.cronley

    Leicester Photography Group
    2024-07-15
    Title or Location: Titchwell Reserve Norfolk
    I was focusing on a Marsh Harrier and when I put the camera down I saw this Robin perched on the edge of my table. He just stared at me and patiently waited as I reset the camera. I still had my zoom on and almost fell off my seat leaning to get focus. The images of this bird are among my favourite sets....
    Credit: Mike Hobson

    Maidstone Photography Group
    2024-07-14
    Title or Location: Betws-y-Coyed North Wales.
    Taken in Betws-y-Coyed. Swallow Waterfall. Nikon D750 & Nikkor 24-120 mm lens.Long exposure 30sISO 100f/22120 mm
    Credit: Jako Ecka
    Christchurch Photography Group
    2024-07-13
    Title or Location: Castle Hill,South Island, NZ
    Castle Hill is an amazing location for Landscape and Astro photography. Used a Nikon Z6ii & 20mm 1.8 lens along with a lens warmer plus the Photo Pills planner.The moon was brighter than expected - 5 days old but it actually did us a big favour in lighting up the rocks with the Milky Way core above it. This is the jpeg with no edits.
    Credit: Kevin Woods

    Detroit Photography Group
    2024-07-13
    Title or Location: Capital Reef National Park, Utah
    I was on a photo workshop in the park with about 8 others. We set up for the night in the Cathedral Overlook campground. At about 3:30 am, the leader got us up and we drove, then hiked to this spot. We took astro shots, then waited in place for a couple hours until early light on the cathedral formations. This is was a merging of the two exposures that created this image.
    Credit: ROY GOLDSBERRY
    Facebook: ROY GOLDSBERRY

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