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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 Poughkeepsie .

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

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
    The Teacher, Lisa, is just wonderful and she is obviously very talented and knowledgeable in the photography field. Because the weather was bad the other students who had signed up cancelled so I had Lisa all to myself!! I really enjoyed the class with Lisa as my teacher.
    Lisa was very helpful throughout, explained everything in simple terms, hands one and honest critique of photos taken during class, gives explanation of what to do difeerent. Only good vibes

    They event was hands on learning with the instructor coaching, guiding and aiding throughout the process. The basics of photography was also explained and how to incorporate the basics to capture varying images of the set and props.
    good ideas to have props and lights in background to learn as hands on experience
    Excellent teacher. Speaks in simple and plain English.Does not use any technical jargon. Very practical. She can help you understand your own camera and how to use it. She transformed my theoretical knowledge of Physics into a practice. She experience with film and digital cameras. She deciphered the alphabets, symbols, numbers and, codes on my camera screen. Highly recommend. Her methods appeared erratic and random, and I realized later, that she has rearranged my thought process for day to day use of your camera. All the new camera enthusiasts should attend her classes.Thanks Lisa.

    The instructor was friendly, informative and professional. Will definitely book another in the future.
    Lisa Olson
    Lisa Olson has 33yrs experience as a professional photographer and 9yrs experience teaching the subject at a local college and 2 trade schools. Her studio, "Sunlight and Shadow", is located in Highland NY, 5 miles from the Mid-Hudson Bridge and 3 miles from exit 18 off the NYS Thruway. Originally from New Paltz NY, she is well versed in all types of photography. From running a portrait studio to shooting advertising for years in NYC, headshots or acting/modeling portfolios to real estate and nature photography, Lisa has done it and teaches these subjects in an easy to follow high-energy creative atmosphere.

    Lisa Olson is available for private bookings

    Poughkeepsie Photography Group
    Title or Location: Taughannock Falls

    Credit: Joseph Munch
    Facebook: Joseph patrick

    Poughkeepsie Photography Group
    Title or Location: Donegal, Ireland
    This picture was taken while on a group tour of Ireland. One of our lodgings was at the Sandhouse Hotel in Donegal, situated on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. While eating dinner at the hotel restaurant, I looked out the window and saw this scene. I immediately left the table, went out a very short distance to the ocean and captured this shot. Dinner was good too!This photo was processed with On1 Photo Raw. 47mm, F13, ISO 100, 1/320 sec
    Credit: Joseph S Insalaco
    Poughkeepsie Photography Group
    Title or Location: John byod thatcher state park
    October fall foliage
    Credit: Joseph munch
    Facebook: Joseph patrick

    Poughkeepsie Photography Group
    Title or Location: Keith's Pond Stringham Park
    One of the few positive things that came out of COVID 19 in 2020 was that my wife and I started a daily, early morning walk at near by places. It was extremely soothing and relaxing to be in nature amidst all that was going on that year. One morning on September 6th at around 6:40 AM we were walking around Keith?s Pond. We always saw geese and ducks in or around the pond during our walks. On this particular day, I was especially moved by some of natures finest a nice sunrise, reflections of
    Credit: Joseph S Insalaco

    Poughkeepsie Photography Group
    Title or Location: Zion Church, Wappingers Falls
    I found this guy hanging out on the underside of the Cosmos flower and though it would photograph amazingly.
    Credit: Sean Bowden
    Facebook: sean bowden
    Instagram: a_boy_and_his_dog_photography
    Poughkeepsie Photography Group
    Title or Location: Wappingers Falls, NY
    The Zion Episcopal Church in the village of Wappingers has a wildflower peace garden with abundant Cosmos this time of year. I love to look at them every day when I walk my dog, and I always find something beautiful to photograph. I find Cosmos so delicate and ethereal - almost angelic. I think the black and white edit on this one particularly enhanced that. Taken with my Pixel 6 and edited in Snapseed.
    Credit: Jeness Klaproth
    Facebook: Jeness Maresa
    Instagram: jeness.maresa

    West London Photography Group
    Title or Location: Crane Park, Whitton.
    Taken with Nikon D7500 with 300mm Nikkor lens. Two male Kingfishers possibly adult male and offspring sitting low by the River Crane. Light was low so had to use a high ISO. Because of this the image had to be denoised . It was then cropped and clarity and texture added in Lightroom. I have a nice triptych of them sitting in three different poses.
    Credit: Sam Downie

    Swindon Photography Group
    Title or Location: Swindon Designer Outlet
    It's feeling very festive at Swindon Designer Outlet &127876&127877&127882
    Credit: Rimpy Sharma
    Instagram: @rimpysharma19
    San Bernardino Photography Group
    Title or Location: Fossil Falls, California
    This image was created at Fossil Falls in the Mojave Desert California. The location was selected a few months before during a site selection trip to the desert. I asked a local model if she would be interested in a concept shoot, and she agreed. Whitney Sather, my model is from southern Kentucky and is a wonderful model to work with. We based for the shoot out of Randsburg, CA. The hospitality shown to Me, my model, assistant and Guide (my brother that lives there) by the locals at each locatio
    Credit: Patrick O'Donnell
    Facebook: Patrick O'Donnell
    Springfield Photography Group
    Title or Location: Butterflies at work - Luken Lake Yosemite
    Hiking into Luken Lake in the summer, the wildflowers were in bloom and the butterflies were active.
    Credit: Ilo Gassoway
    Instagram: Gr8purple1

    Sunshine Coast Photography Group
    Title or Location: Outback SA
    Saw these beautiful flowers on the side of the road while traveling in South Australia outback 2022. Thought I would try a little creative work with them, using Adobe Photo Elements 2023, plastic wrap. You either like photo art or you don't, I love looking at other people's work, there's a lot of creative people out there.
    Credit: Deb Johnson
    Facebook: Deb Johnson Photography
    Wollongong Photography Group
    Title or Location: Bauld Hill, Stanwell Park
    I was on my way home when I saw the paragliders hovering ahead. So even though I thought I would try to get a few photos of them. The storm was getting closer & we all thought we would get wet, but just before it hit, it threw out a quick burst of colour. Sometimes it?s all about timing. iPhone 12 Pro Max & Snapseed.
    Credit: Rosalie zbtady
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