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Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 15 June
W 47th Street - 9:30am - 3 Hours
Darrin Dressler
Unlock the full potential of your photography skills by stepping beyond automatic exposure! Dive into the art of manual camera settings with our engaging workshop, where you will gain an in-depth understanding of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, and their collective impact on exposure.

Under the mentorship of a professional photographer, you'll have the opportunity to apply what you've learned and bring a refined touch to your photos. Whether you’re a budding enthusiast or looking to sharpen your technique, this hands-on experience is tailored to elevate your photographic prowess. Join us and transform the way you capture the world through your lens.
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$92       4 places left
Black and White Photography

Black and White Photography

Saturday 22 June
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 06 July
Downtown Kansas City - 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       5 places left

City at Night

City at Night

Saturday 13 July
Downtown KCMO - 8:30pm - 2 Hours
Darrin Dressler
City at Night - KC Skyline, Street Photography

We'll explore the night time views of Union Station, the KC Skyline from the Liberty Memorial and surrounding urban scenes in the nearby crossroads.
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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      
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.
book now
$92      
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
    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

    It was a good evening. I tried a new technique, suggested by the leader of the group, and it worked out great.
    5/5
    Dean
    2023-12-18
    This was planned out well, was informative and fun.
    5/5
    Bill
    2023-12-18
    Low-keyed, informative, positive re-enforcement, knowledgeable group leader ... a pleasant learning experience.
    5/5
    David Kierst
    2023-12-18

    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

    Omaha Photography Group
    2024-06-11
    Title or Location: Chicago, IL
    Photo taken during a spring boat ride into the Chicago River and processed using Lightroom and Photo Director.
    Credit: Brian Bruns

    Wollongong Photography Group
    2024-06-11
    Title or Location: VIVID Sydney - Sydney Harbour
    For 2 weeks every winter Sydney is lit up with amazing colours and beams of light over the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, and various buildings throughout the city. I captured this photo of the Opera House from across the water at the Overseas Passenger Terminal. I used a slow shutter speed (of 1 sec) to capture light trails from the passing water craft, and I held my iPhone up against my lens to create an artificial reflection on the water.Canon R6ii, RF 70-200mm f2.8 (@ 70mm), 1s, iso 200.
    Credit: Angelique Kelly
    Facebook: @mylenslovesyou
    Instagram: @angelique_kelly_photography
    St Louis Photography Group
    2024-06-11
    Title or Location: Spirit of Saint Louis Air Show and Stem Expo
    Photograph taken with Olympus OM-1 and Olympus 100-400mm Lens (100mm 1/1250 @ f/11). No real interesting story here. Just like to shoot the air shows when I can. Takes me back to my days in the Navy and seeing the jets coming and going from Hickam AFB when I was stationed at Pearl Harbor NSY&IMF and would shoot a round of golf at Hickam AFB's Mamala Bay golf course after working on the submarines. A couple of the holes on that course are near the runway for the base. The surprise sound of a
    Credit: Brian Smith
    Instagram: @nukebear

    Phoenix Photography Group
    2024-06-10
    Title or Location: Lost Dutchman Park
    This is a focus blend of 2 photos- 1 for the fence and the other for the rest of the photo. It was taken with a Sony A7RIV camera on a Sony 35mm GM lens at F1.8, ISO 2000, 15". The Superstion Mountains were named Monte Superstition by Spanish conquistadors who arrived in the 1540s. Greedy for gold, they tried to get local Apaches to show them where it was however, believing the area was home to the God of Thunder, they refused for fear of angering him. Apaches believe there's a hole to the
    Credit: Edward Mitchell
    Instagram: Edward_Mitchell_photography

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