POUGHKEEPSIE
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP

Upcoming Events

Backlighting, Bokeh and Bursts

Backlighting, Bokeh and Bursts

Saturday 24 February
Pancake Hollow Road - 1pm - 2 Hours
Lisa Olson
We will be using various techniques to maximise the behaviour of the light. Backlighting is one of my favourites and can be used for portraiture or nature. Bokeh is Japanese for blur but is a term used for soft out of focus balls of light which can look very pleasing. Burst in this case is star burst which can be achieved when you have strong areas of light and a correct choice of aperture. Use all three to create some amazing compositions.
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$43      
Food Photography Making Your Dishes Look As Good As They Taste

Food Photography Making Your Dishes Look As Good As They Taste

Saturday 09 March
Pancake Hollow Road - 1pm - 2 Hours
Lisa Olson
Ever wonder why that Quarter Pounder with Cheese looks so mouthwatering when you drove by the billboard, yet when you go to the drive-through right after to get one, it looks nothing in real life like it does in that photograph?

Ever wonder how produce is made to look so fresh and colorful with water droplets that seem to last forever? And we all have looked at a menu and wondered how they got the items to look so outrageously delicious? You would be surprised how simple it is to manipulate food in photography. It's all tricks of the trade! Personally one of my favorite subjects to shoot because subjects are usually colorful, there's a lot of creative leeway on how you light it, depending on what the purpose your image will be meant to serve.

Join me in a two hour, Hands-On creative workshop in the art of Food Photography!
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$43      

Nearby Photography Groups

Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 24 February
Allen St - 10am - 3 Hours
Albany Photography Group
Dexter Davis
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
$84      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 02 March
Lincoln Park - 10am - 3 Hours
Yonkers Photography Group
Raul Urena
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
$84      
Urban Night Photography Meetup

Urban Night Photography Meetup

Sunday 03 March
East Meadow - 6pm - 2 Hours
White Plains Photography Group
Harish Jaiswal
Participants should consider joining the Urban Night Photography Meetup in for a unique and enriching experience. This event offers a vibrant opportunity to explore the dynamic interplay of light and architecture in an urban setting, fostering creativity and skill development in nighttime photography. Against the backdrop of the park's distinctive features, participants can refine their techniques, experiment with different exposures, and capture the captivating essence of the cityscape after dark. Moreover, the meetup provides a supportive and collaborative environment where photographers of all levels can share insights, exchange ideas, and inspire one another, thereby enriching their photographic journey. Joining this meetup promises not only memorable photographic opportunities but also a sense of community and camaraderie among fellow enthusiasts, making it an invaluable experience for anyone passionate about urban photography.
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$43      

Architecture Photography

Architecture Photography

Saturday 23 March
Lincoln Park - 10am - 2 Hours
Yonkers Photography Group
Raul Urena
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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$43      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Sunday 24 March
East Meadow - 12pm - 3 Hours
White Plains Photography Group
Harish Jaiswal
Embark on a journey to discover the full potential of your camera by joining our Beginner's Photography Class. Move beyond automatic exposure and delve into the intricacies of shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and how these settings influence your exposure. Enhance your skills in a hands-on setting, expertly guided by a professional photographer.

This event marks your initial step towards mastering the art of photography. Attend to unlock a new and exciting level in your photographic journey.
book now
$84      
Panoramas Photography Meetup

Panoramas Photography Meetup

Saturday 13 April
Lincoln Park - 10am - 2 Hours
Yonkers Photography Group
Raul Urena
Panoramic photography is a technique of photography, using specialized equipment or software, that captures images with horizontally elongated fields of view. It is sometimes known as wide format photography.
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$43      

Nature Photography Meetup

Nature Photography Meetup

Sunday 14 April
Main St. - 12pm - 2 Hours
White Plains Photography Group
Harish Jaiswal
Join the Nature Photography Meetup in Eisenhower Park, East Meadow for an enriching and immersive experience in capturing the beauty of the natural world. Nestled within the park's lush landscapes, diverse ecosystems, and scenic trails, this meetup offers an ideal setting for photographers to explore and connect with nature's wonders. From majestic trees to vibrant flowers, serene ponds, and captivating wildlife, Eisenhower Park provides a plethora of subjects to inspire creativity and hone photographic skills. Moreover, the meetup fosters a supportive and collaborative environment where participants can share insights, learn from each other, and develop a deeper appreciation for the intricacies of nature through their lenses. Joining this meetup promises not only stunning photographic opportunities but also a sense of community and camaraderie among like-minded individuals, making it an enriching experience for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike.
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$43      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 04 May
Lincoln Park - 10am - 3 Hours
Yonkers Photography Group
Raul Urena
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
$84      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Sunday 05 May
East Meadow - 12pm - 3 Hours
White Plains Photography Group
Harish Jaiswal
Embark on a journey to discover the full potential of your camera by joining our Beginner's Photography Class. Move beyond automatic exposure and delve into the intricacies of shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and how these settings influence your exposure. Enhance your skills in a hands-on setting, expertly guided by a professional photographer.

This event marks your initial step towards mastering the art of photography. Attend to unlock a new and exciting level in your photographic journey.
book now
$84      

Landscape Photography

Landscape Photography

Saturday 25 May
Lincoln Park - 10am - 2 Hours
Yonkers Photography Group
Raul Urena
Landscape photography is possibly one of the most popular genres, so we'll be looking at how you can improve your shots and help your photos stand out from the crowd. We will be focusing on composition, panoramas, equipment tips and settings to use.

All skill levels welcome! The professional photography instructor will be there to provide advice, feedback and tips on how to improve your photos and camera skills.
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$43      
Street Photography

Street Photography

Saturday 15 June
Lincoln Park - 10am - 2 Hours
Yonkers Photography Group
Raul Urena
People, cafes, vendors, street merchants, buskers, historic buildings, art installations and much more. The power of observation underpins the art of great street photography. Learning to "see" interesting detail is a practised skill and we introduce you to easy methods that will open your photographer's eye and expose you to a world that is alive with detail.

We will also go over settings, focusing techniques and lens choices common to street photography to help us capture those random chance encounters.
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$43      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Sunday 16 June
East Meadow - 12pm - 3 Hours
White Plains Photography Group
Harish Jaiswal
Embark on a journey to discover the full potential of your camera by joining our Beginner's Photography Class. Move beyond automatic exposure and delve into the intricacies of shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and how these settings influence your exposure. Enhance your skills in a hands-on setting, expertly guided by a professional photographer.

This event marks your initial step towards mastering the art of photography. Attend to unlock a new and exciting level in your photographic journey.
book now
$84      

ABOUT POUGHKEEPSIE
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 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.
  • REVIEWS
    Another amazing class from Lisa. And I loved that we practiced with each other!
    5/5
    Dee Dee
    2024-02-09
    I learned a lot from this course and I can't wait to start shooting and apply what I learned. Thanks Lisa.
    5/5
    Dee Dee
    2023-12-03
    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.
    5/5
    Sara
    2023-10-22

    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
    5/5
    Jesse
    2023-09-10
    Educational
    4/5
    Carol
    2023-08-13
    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.
    5/5
    Giovanni
    2023-08-13

    good ideas to have props and lights in background to learn as hands on experience
    5/5
    kapil
    2023-07-16
    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.
    5/5
    Simha
    2023-07-09
    The instructor was friendly, informative and professional. Will definitely book another in the future.
    5/5
    Beatrice
    2023-02-05

    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    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

    PHOTOS
    Poughkeepsie Photography Group
    2024-02-21
    Title or Location: My home
    This is one of my Winter macro projects that I wanted to work on this year. It's an abstract of oil and water. It's a simple set up that creates interesting images. Patterned craft paper is below an elevated container filled with water. It's easy to swap out the paper to get different affects. Gently moving water lets you create new patterns with the oil beads.Taken with a Sony A6700 Sigma 105mm Macro Art Lens.
    Credit: Nancy Mangiameli
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sable._.photography/

    Poughkeepsie Photography Group
    2024-02-19
    Title or Location: Kraus Garage in Hopewell Junction, NY
    A few months ago, I saw this car at a local repair shop. I thought that it would be a great subject for some photos. I was hesitant, though, because I've never photographed cars. I finally decided to go over one weekend, and I'm pretty happy with the images that I captured. Taken with a Sony A6700 Lensbaby Sol45.
    Credit: Nancy Mangiameli
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sable._.photography/
    Poughkeepsie Photography Group
    2024-02-16
    Title or Location: My home
    He's my Forever Valentine!This is my dog, Kai. I took this a couple of years ago when I would set up little photoshoots for my dogs. They were the reason that I got into photography and how I began to learn the basics. As you can see, Kai is an extremely good natured and patient dog. He's stunning handsome, has a heart made out of gold, and is the perfect Valentine!Taken on a Sony A6400 Sigma 30mm
    Credit: Nancy Mangiameli
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sable._.photography/

    Poughkeepsie Photography Group
    2024-02-14
    Title or Location: Cold Spring, New York
    My friend Robin is a violinist and she wanted a photo shoot that represented her love for music. I love this shot because it represents the idea that music is very much a part of her.
    Credit: Dee Dee
    Instagram: Thedeedeethompson

    Poughkeepsie Photography Group
    2024-02-07
    Title or Location: Kylemore Abbey, Ireland
    This image was taken at Kylemore Abbey, Ireland, a very peaceful location.? I noticed this composition?as we were getting ready to leave.? The natural frame created by the trees and shrubs lead my eye to the beautiful?lake and mountains in the background,?as does the curved?pathway.? I was fortunate?the skies were cloudy as the harsh?sun would have left the composition useless.75mm? ISO 100? ?1/320 sec? f5.6
    Credit: Joseph S. Insalaco
    Poughkeepsie Photography Group
    2024-02-05
    Title or Location: About 30 miles north of Denver, Colorado
    Sometimes we have limited control of our compositions, as was the case in taking this photo of the Rocky Mountains from the window of a Southwest?airplane approaching?the Denver, Colorado airport just before dusk.? The late day lighting and the low clouds made for a more dramatic?presentation of the mountains.? I guess having the camera? a few thousand?feet above ground helped too. :-)
    Credit: Joseph S. Insalaco

    Colchester Photography Group
    2024-02-20
    Title or Location: Essex, UK
    A Gerbera cut flower taken in my lightbox using my Sigma Macro Lens. The gerbera makes such a lovely subject.
    Credit: Richard march
    Facebook: Photography by Richard March

    London Photography Group
    2024-02-20
    Title or Location: American Kestrel at the Canadian Raptor Conservancy
    First off, I have to say that I am not a "Birder". But I love challenging my photographic skills and abilities. The American Kestrel is not a big bird, and it is fast. So even when you know its takeoff is imminent, it is still hard to get a nice clear photo of the bird. This particular image was shot with a Canon R6 camera, with the RF100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens at 1/5000 sec, f/7.1 and ISO 4000. I used the animal eye-tracking feature of this mirrorless full frame camera, and was very plea
    Credit: Kevin Rodger
    Facebook: Kevin Rodger
    Instagram: ckrodger
    Syracuse Photography Group
    2024-02-19
    Title or Location: Horseshow Bend in Page, AZ
    I had shot the sunrise at Horseshoe Bend the same morning and was hoping for a blazing sunset at this location after talking to the other photographers present at sunrise. Even with some clouds, we were not so fortunate and when the sunlight was casting on the water I switched to black and white mentality and was able to capture this photo. You can just see the setting sun in the upper right corner for the photo.
    Credit: Marc Gerbsch
    Facebook: marc.gerbsch
    Peterborough Photography Group
    2024-02-19
    Title or Location: Nene Valley Railway - Wansford
    I was on a leisurely family walk going towards Nene Valley Railway in Wansford when serendipity struck, and I found myself in the perfect spot to capture a captivating moment. The sight of a steam train preparing to depart from the station sparked a rush of excitement and nostalgia. The timeless allure of steam trains and the bustling atmosphere of the railway added a touch of history and charm to my photography experience.
    Credit: Darnell
    Instagram: Viewfinderd

    Wichita Photography Group
    2024-02-19
    Title or Location: Halstead Kansas, outside my house
    It was a cloudy day and my cat was up in the tree. he had always had very deep blue, but with all the defused light from the clouds and the contrast from the tree bark, It sent me running for my camera.I shot it on a Nikon D5600, with a 70 - 200mm lens, on January 25, 2024.I shot it raw while in manual mode, the aperture was 4.1, the iso 100, and the shutter speed was 1 over 700.
    Credit: Matthew Rowe
    Swansea Photography Group
    2024-02-19
    Title or Location: Three Cliffs Bay, The Gower, Swansea
    This one took a bit of planning to catch the Milky Way in the place I wanted, the Weather, Moon, and Milky Way core all had to be right and as you might guess it took a few seasons for it to come together, every time it was a walk in the dark over the sand dunes from Pennard to get to the right spot on the cliff edge, I'm a little picky when it comes to star trails and although there are certain formulas for shutter speed to "visibly" limit star trails I'd rather have none, so I dragged my Star
    Credit: Terry Brooks
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