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Natural Light Portraits

Natural Light Portraits

Saturday 20 April
West 119th Street - 6pm - 2 Hours
Overland Park Photography Group
Emma Squire
This meet-up will explore how we can take beautiful portraits using natural light and backgrounds. We will explore how to recognise flattering light and how to manipulate it whilst shooting in a less controlled environment than a studio. We will explore how we can work collaboratively with our subject to achieve a portrait that captures their personality and style. We will also look at posing and setting your subject at ease. Technical learning points will include accurate focusing and metering for skin tones.
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$43       4 places left
Polaroid Lift Class

Polaroid Lift Class

Saturday 04 May
South Lakes - 10am - 3 Hours
Overland Park Photography Group
Emma Squire
Immerse Yourself in Polaroid Magic: Lift, Create, Captivate!

Witness the magic firsthand with a captivating demonstration, breaking down the layers within a Polaroid image. Engage with a live demonstration that demystifies the Polaroid layers, giving you insights into the unique characteristics of each element.

Our expert instructor will guide you through the process, ensuring you master the art of Polaroid lifting with confidence. Express your artistic flair as you create one-of-a-kind pieces by combining Polaroid emulsion with watercolor paper.
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$84       5 places left
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.
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$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.

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    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    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
    Derrin is a great instructor and provided various assignments and things to work on during the photo walk. I enjoyed meeting the other people in the class as well.
    5/5
    Brennan
    2023-12-10

    Darrin facilitated another fun and informative photo walk!
    5/5
    Vicki
    2023-12-10
    It was a fun event. The leader gave us pointers for proper settings on our cameras to photograph birds in motion and then we toured the refuge clicking away at the numerous geese and eagles available that day. The weather and light conditions were not optimal, but I did learn a couple of things about photographing birds and the limitations of my lenses.
    5/5
    Dean
    2023-12-04
    The experience was very enjoyable, low key, and the expertise offered was much appreciated.
    5/5
    Kay
    2023-10-17

    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
    2024-04-13
    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

    Kansas City Photography Group
    2024-03-29
    Title or Location: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art-KC, MO
    Walking in the evening after visiting the Museum, I saw this reflection & knew I needed to capture this. I always have my Sony HX80 with me so I took a few shots. I had it set on automatic & was pleased how this one came out.
    Credit: Rob Hallifax
    Instagram: robluvs2travel
    Kansas City Photography Group
    2024-03-22
    Title or Location: Riverside Waterfall - NW Platte Dr & NW Valley Lane
    Recently arrived in Kansas City from LA, I stumbled across this waterfall and decided to image it the day after Christmas. It was a bit windy and in the upper thirties. The image consists of nine images stacked in HDR. Each image was shot using a Nikon D850 with an adjustable neutral density filter. Settings were as follows: Speed - ISO 64, Aperture - 34mm, f ratio - 3.8, length - 3.0 seconds. Final processing utilized Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.
    Credit: Michael Lynn Cunningham
    Facebook: TheCunninghamStudios
    Instagram: redgtosamurai

    Seattle Photography Group
    2024-04-17
    Title or Location: Cannon Beach Oregon
    While visiting Cannon Beach, Oregon for Spring Break this year, we were treated to beautiful blue skies, warm weather, stars AND airglow at night! I was absolutely giddy about seeing those stars! Now I hope you all know how extremely rare this combination is on the pacific coast in spring. It's normally overcast and raining and definitely no stars to be seen. Thank you universe for allowing your magic to flow this evening. I truly appreciate you and your powers ??
    Credit: Amanda Thornton DeWitt
    Facebook: Amanda Thornton-DeWitt Photography
    Instagram: @amandaswildlifepics

    Milton Keynes Photography Group
    2024-04-17
    Title or Location: Milton Keynes
    to create this I used a piece of Teal vinyl for the backdrop, I had the camera, with a 30 mm Marco lens on a tripod set to manual focus, with focus staking of 10 shots I only used 5 in the end). for lighting I had two static lights on mini stands so I could play about with their placement to get the effect I was looking for. The dandelion seed was held in place, by putting it into a piece of white tack, I then sprayed it using a little electronic face atomiser (bought from Amazon) and loa
    Credit: Diane Langford
    Nashville Photography Society
    2024-04-17
    Title or Location: Franklin Tennessee
    This photo captures a serene moment in my front yard, where I lay on a blanket beneath a amazing tree. The weather was ideal, prompting me to grab my micro lens and focus on this exquisite dandelion.
    Credit: Kimber Weathers
    Facebook: Kimber
    Instagram: kimberlan30wea

    Dallas Photography Group
    2024-04-17
    Title or Location: My house in Lewisville
    Decided to make a composite that resembles the photo that NASA took with their millions of dolllar photo equipment. 2 months ago I photographed the full moon and placed it on top of the most recent solar eclipse photo I took. The moon normally get its light from the sun so getting the perspective with moon visibility is impossible during an eclipse unless you have nasa gear. My photo was taken with a canon R5, RF400mm F2.8 and cropped in.
    Credit: (MyJdProductions) Justin Dickinson
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/share/pE91wQnHYf6JVB7A/?mibextid=eQY6cl
    Instagram: @myjdproductions

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