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Mastering Depth of Field Meetup

Mastering Depth of Field Meetup

Saturday 20 July
Pancake Hollow Road - 11am - 2 Hours
Lisa Olson
Are you wondering how to control your depth of field (or as I say depth of focus for this we who are not familiar with the term). Learn how key factors such as aperture settings, focal length and focal distance all play apart. Then take creative control over your results! This is a 2 hour hands on workshop. So there will be both lecture and hands on exercises using your equipment. Not to mention plenty of Q & A so if you have questions bring them!!!
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Using Light & Shadow in Photography

Using Light & Shadow in Photography

Saturday 03 August
Pancake Hollow Road - 11am - 2 Hours
Lisa Olson
Light and shadow photography is a type of photography that focuses on capturing the interplay between light and shadow in a particular scene. This style of photography often produces dramatic and compelling images that can evoke strong emotions in the viewer.

Harsh light and the contrast between light and shadow can provide some interesting photo
opportunities, as well as some challenges!

In this meetup, we will be looking at how you can use your camera's settings to nail the exposure.
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$47      
Backlighting, Bokeh and Bursts

Backlighting, Bokeh and Bursts

Saturday 17 August
Pancake Hollow Road - 11am - 2 Hours
Lisa Olson
In this hands-on two hour workshop, we will be exploring these three impactful lighting techniques. This class will be a combination of lecture, setting up and shooting a shot, using the Boken method of using your depth of field to create pleasing balls of light. If you have successfully unsuccessfully executed examples of any of these three techniques bring them for discussion!
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$47      

Food Photography Making Your Dishes Look As Good As They Taste

Food Photography Making Your Dishes Look As Good As They Taste

Saturday 31 August
Pancake Hollow Road - 11am - 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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$47      
Using Available Natural light for Still life and Portraits

Using Available Natural light for Still life and Portraits

Saturday 14 September
Pancake Hollow Road - 11am - 2 Hours
Lisa Olson
It is a well-known secret of professional photographers since time began that the most beautiful light is naturally existing light but you must learn ‘How to use it properly' first. As with artificial light, it must be diffused and the shadows softened. However, you can save yourself the expense of professional photo lighting all why using the most beautiful light source there is, the sun. Whether it be indoors or out, a still life or a portrait, natural sunlight can be manipulated the same way we manipulate it's man-made cousin. Come to this two hour workshop and learn everything you need to know about manipulating the most gorgeous light source there is for literally pennies on the dollar in comparison.
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$47      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 28 September
Pancake Hollow Road - 1pm - 3 Hours
Lisa Olson
Here it is! A 3-hour course to finally get you out of automatic mode on your camera and start taking control over the results you produce in turn giving you the best possible rendering of an image you found worth shooting. Why not do it right? If you are hooked on photography or just looking to learn how to use your camera this is the class for you. It is much more satisfying when you know you are fully responsible and it wasn't just a lucky shot or have all the disappointment when you can't seem to record WHAT YOU SEE!!! Just keeps coming out wrong no matter what you do and you Don't know what you're doing so it's fruitless and frustrating. So come join us for a 3-hour introductory class to manually setting your exposure to get EXACTLY the results you're trying for. We will discuss lighting, exposure, including teaching you about the light meter in your camera, about lenses, film speeds, and most importantly the step formula to taking a photo producing the results you want in all areas lighting, depth of field, controlling motion in your images (show or stop it) and much more with plenty of hands on experience.

  • To sign up simply go to Orble.com (link below) and search the class like this: Country first, then city and state (Poughkeepsie NY), class title and instructor.

    Hope to see you there!
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    $92       5 places left

    Portrait Photography Meetup

    Portrait Photography Meetup

    Saturday 12 October
    Pancake Hollow Road - 1pm - 2 Hours
    Lisa Olson
    Whether you wish to up your selfie game or begin developing a portfolio, this workshop will help you learn the basics of portrait photography and push your creativity and technical understanding.

    Learn which settings are best to use, how to select the best locations, and what lighting and poses highlight a model's best features. We will also learn how to build rapport to get the best reactions and genuine emotions from a person.
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    $47      
    Night Photography

    Night Photography

    Saturday 26 October
    Pancake Hollow Road - 6pm - 2 Hours
    Lisa Olson
    Enter the exciting world of night photography. In this two hour hands-on workshop, set to take place after the sun sets, to give you the opportunity to put into practice the principles and techniques used to create dynamite images in the dark! Whether it be photos of the moon and stars or rendering images that appear to be daylit you're after, there is so much to explore in this workshop. It's not to be missed!
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    $47      

    Nearby Photography Groups

    Beginner's Photography Class

    Beginner's Photography Class

    Sunday 28 July
    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.
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    $92       5 places left
    Beginner's Photography Class

    Beginner's Photography Class

    Sunday 08 September
    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
    $92      

    Other Nearby Groups

    Beginner's Watercolor Class

    Beginner's Watercolor Class

    Saturday 03 August
    Troy - 10am - 2 Hours
    Albany Watercolor Group
    Shweta Shubha
    Embark on your colorful journey into the world of watercolors with our Beginner's Watercolor Class! Dive into a world of creativity as we guide you through the basics of watercolor painting in a relaxed and welcoming environment.

    Whether you're picking up a brush for the first time or looking to refine your skills, this class is tailored for beginners eager to unleash their artistic potential. Learn essential techniques, experiment with vibrant colors, and discover the joy of creating your own masterpiece!

    Participants are kindly asked to bring their own materials to fully immerse themselves in the creative process. Full details of the event will be provided upon booking confirmation. Secure your spot today and let the magic of watercolors ignite your imagination!
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    $47      
    City Skylines and Sunset Views

    City Skylines and Sunset Views

    Saturday 17 August
    Troy - 10am - 2 Hours
    Albany Watercolor Group
    Shweta Shubha
    Immerse yourself in the beauty of urban landscapes and serene sunsets with our City Skylines and Sunset Views watercolor class. In this session, you'll learn techniques to capture the intricate details of city skylines and the vibrant hues of sunset skies. Participants are required to bring their own basic watercolor materials. Full details of the event will be provided upon booking confirmation. Join us for an inspiring and creative experience!
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    $47      
    Street Scenes and Urban Landscapes

    Street Scenes and Urban Landscapes

    Saturday 31 August
    Troy - 10am - 2 Hours
    Albany Watercolor Group
    Shweta Shubha
    Embark on a journey through the bustling streets and dynamic urban landscapes in our Street Scenes and Urban Landscapes watercolor class. Discover how to capture the energy and essence of city life using watercolor techniques. From charming alleyways to iconic landmarks, participants will learn to paint vibrant street scenes that evoke the spirit of the city.

    Participants are required to bring their own basic watercolor materials. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced artist, this class offers a creative space to explore and refine your skills. Full details of the event will be provided upon booking confirmation.

    Join us for an inspiring artistic adventure and unleash your creativity on canvas!
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    $47      

    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
    I had a great time in this class! I learn best by doing and I love that Lisa gave us ample time to practice and critiqued our work afterwards.
    5/5
    Andrea
    2024-05-26
    Very good- very helpful
    5/5
    Jack
    2024-02-25
    Great topic. Lisa, our instructor, was perfect for the subject. She created an interactive environment, merging concepts with practical advice. Her experience helped us understand better, the concepts and applications. The actual photo shoot was an unexpected benefit. She showed us real life situations and problem solving.
    5/5
    Bob
    2024-02-25

    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 been a professional photographer and photo stylist for the past 36 years. In her many years of experience she has handled projects from all photographic genres. She has vast experience in Advertising / Commercial product photography, Portraiture, Real Estate, Acting/ Modeling Portfolios, Headshots and more. In addition, she has been teaching the subject at several local colleges and trade schools since 1998, giving her 26 years experience as a Photography Instructor. Lisa states that, she enjoys teaching even more than shooting... There is nothing like seeing the lightbulb go off in somebody s eyes when they get the concepts and principles that is going to render them images they can be proud of!
    Lisa uses comprehensive language and hands on exercises pertaining to each lesson, to explain all the ins and outs of what can be an extremely confusing subject. Open to teaching students of ALL levels from beginner to advanced, who may be specifically interested in a more in depth look into a certain genre.

    Lisa Olson is available for private bookings

    PHOTOS
    Poughkeepsie Photography Group
    2024-07-13
    Title or Location: Painted Desert Arizona
    Full frame digital camera and a 35mm apo lens.
    Credit: Steve Levine

    Poughkeepsie Photography Group
    2024-06-03
    Title or Location: Sylvan Lake
    I was out walking with my husband and looking for some recently born cygnets. I noticed someone fishing and I liked the look of the shot with the mist coming off the water. We never did find the swans.
    Credit: Andrea Stanet
    Facebook: Andrea Stanet
    Instagram: Ravensgryff
    Poughkeepsie Photography Group
    2024-05-29
    Title or Location: During Lisa Olsons portraiture workshop
    Lisa was explaining indoor lighting techniques and I asked a fellow participant,Andrea Stanet, if I could practice with her. When she sat under the light she had such a lovely demeanor, and the way the cloth was wrapped around her hair reminded me of a modern take on Vermeer?s lovely ?Girl With A Pearl Earring?. I used the portrait lens on my iPhone 14 and converted the image to black and white. I feel her inner beauty shines through
    Credit: Trisha Wright
    Facebook: Patricia Wright
    Instagram: Trishawrightphoto

    Poughkeepsie Photography Group
    2024-05-22
    Title or Location: Zion Episcopal Church, Wappingers Falls
    Such a simple subject but everything about this grabbed my attention on a mundane walk with my dog after a rainstorm- the fresh bright green, the softness of the brand new needles... perfectly cradling this drop of water as if it were a gemstone.I'm thankful we have phones to capture unexpected beauty, and always in awe of the level of clarity my Google Pixel 6 can capture.
    Credit: Jeness Klaproth
    Instagram: jeness.maresa

    Poughkeepsie Photography Group
    2024-05-22
    Title or Location: My home
    I did a little experimenting by placing Dogwood flowers in a container that I filled with a mixture of water and milk. I removed some flowers from the stem and placed them around to create what I felt was a pleasing composition. I like the somewhat ethereal affect that the flowers have where they are partially submerged in the water/milk mixture.Taken with a Sony A6700 Tamron 28-200mm.
    Credit: Nancy Mangiameli
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sable._.photography/
    Poughkeepsie Photography Group
    2024-05-15
    Title or Location: East Fishkill Recreation Center
    Taken with a Sony A6700 Tamron 28-200mm.
    Credit: Nancy Mangiameli
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sable._.photography/

    Crawley Photography Group
    2024-07-18
    Title or Location: Otterbourne
    Watched these guys for hours, slowly but surely one of the cubs got the confidence to climb onto the logs!
    Credit: Chris Athawes
    Instagram: Chris_a_photography

    Huntingdon Photography Group
    2024-07-18
    Title or Location: Near Loen, Norway
    This photo was taken after cruising into Olden and taking the Loen Skylift, at the top of which are many trails. We took one away from the crowd and came across this little stream which lined up nicely with what I expect is it's destination. Taken on a Sony RX10IV
    Credit: Clive Durston
    Instagram: Redssnapper
    Brisbane Photography Group
    2024-07-18
    Title or Location: Snapper Rocks Qld
    Some monster waves at the iconic surfing location at Snapper Rocks
    Credit: Emanuel Papamanolis

    Baltimore Photography Group
    2024-07-18
    Title or Location: My garden, Catonsville, MD
    Every year honey bees come to cornflowers in my garden. Bees go to pickerel flowers. I try to capture bees flying. Nikon D700 Nikkor AF 60mm micro with close up rings. I use a flash.
    Credit: Kanji Takeno
    Instagram: Kanjigatortwo
    Albuquerque Photography Group
    2024-07-17
    Title or Location: San Juan Islands-Washington State
    Photo was taken in August of 2023 near the San Juan Islands north west of Seattle. We were following a family of Orca who we believe were teaching their young how to hunt. This photo was of an orca in pursuit of a porpoise. I actually have two other photos of the live pursuit with the orca tracking down and catching the porpoise. I would be happy to provide those as well if you?d like.
    Credit: Robinson Atencio
    Chichester Photography Group
    2024-07-16
    Title or Location: East bank of the River Arun West Sussex
    Out for an evening walk heading up the river Arun, luckily this vessle gave an already colourful photo op a finishing flourish.
    Credit: Steve Smith
    Instagram: PS & H Photography

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