KANSAS
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Upcoming Events

Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 01 June
West Bottoms - 9:30am - 3 Hours
Darrin Dressler
Take the opportunity to delve deeper into the intricacies of your camera and escape the confines of automatic exposure. Be part of a rewarding experience where we demystify your camera settings, focusing on the impact of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO on exposure. Once equipped with this newfound knowledge, apply it in a hands-on session under the expert tutelage of a professional photographer. This engaging event is a must-attend for every photography enthusiast.
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$92       2 places left
The City at Night

The City at Night

Saturday 08 June
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      
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      
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.
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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.

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

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    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

    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

    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

    Brisbane Photography Group
    2024-05-22
    Title or Location: Charlies Hut, Carneys Creek
    As anyone who chases milkyway photos will tell you, they take some careful planning and often a lack of sleep. Charlies Hut is in the Scenic Rim. It's about a 2hr drive from home, and with the help of Photopills, we could see that the moon would have set with the milkyway still visible at about 4am. So alarms were set for 1.30am, coffee was made and off we went. I use the intervalometer on my Canon 6D mark ii to shoot between 15-20 images of the sky. The lens I used was a Samyang 14mm, set
    Credit: Lisa Pritchard
    Facebook: Lisa Pritchard
    Instagram: lisa_pritchard_photography

    Oshawa Photography Group
    2024-05-21
    Title or Location: Just north of Brechin on Hwy 169.
    May 10 the northern lights hit a G5 storm, a KP index of 9, the highest it will go, and the best storm we've seen in over 20 years. I drove my 10 year old son north to see them, this was a chance of a lifetime. I managed to get several amazing photos. Canon R6M2, RF10-20mm lens at 10mm, 30sec at f4, iso 1000, manual focusing. This was looking more north-west as most of the bright colours could be seen to the south, west and just north of us.
    Credit: Diane Schlichting
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61558842215195
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/littlebearphotographyca/
    Sydney Photography Group
    2024-05-21
    Title or Location: Cremorne Point
    Cremorne Point is always a favourite choice to capture the southerly sunsets with the Sydney Opera House and the city skyline in the frame. This isn't a long exposure shot but a motion blur added to the water in post production.
    Credit: Oindrila Mitra
    Instagram: oindrilaclicks

    Tucson Photography Group
    2024-05-20
    Title or Location: San Rafael Valley, AZ
    Taken on a backroad photo trip through the San Rafael Valley of Southern Arizona. I shot the image with a Sony A6000 converted to 830nm infrared. Some editing in Lightroom.
    Credit: Andy Baldwin
    Instagram: @abaldwinphoto

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