OAKLAND
PHOTOGRAPHY
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Upcoming Events

50mm Lens Meetup

50mm Lens Meetup

Saturday 27 July
Lakeshore Drive - 10am - 2 Hours
John Dockery
The 50mm lens is one of the flexible and useful lenses in any photographer’s gear bag. It is neither a wide-angle or telephoto lens, but allows the camera to see on the same scale as your eye. As such, it can be used for a variety of styles, from landscape and street photography to portrait and product photography. In this meetup, we’ll review the basic camera settings. We’ll then cover some of the advantages of shooting with a prime lens, and some basic techniques to using the 50mm lens. As always, there will be ample opportunities for you to put your new knowledge into practice.
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$47      
The City at Night

The City at Night

Saturday 10 August
Union Square San Francisco - 8pm - 2 Hours
John Dockery
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 24 August
Alameda Water Front - 10am - 3 Hours
John Dockery
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      

Using Light & Shadow in Photography

Using Light & Shadow in Photography

Saturday 07 September
Rodeo Beach - 10am - 2 Hours
John Dockery
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      
Street Photography

Street Photography

Saturday 21 September
Alameda Water Front - 10am - 2 Hours
John Dockery
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. The most rewarding part of the class is learning how to approach interesting people and have them willingly pose for you.

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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$47      

Nearby Photography Groups

Architecture Photography

Architecture Photography

Saturday 03 August
Downtown Walnut Creek - 10am - 2 Hours
Concord Photography Group
Maxine Arton
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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$47      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 03 August
Auto Mall Pkwy - 3pm - 3 Hours
Fremont Photography Group
Uyen Ta
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
$92      
Portrait Photography Meetup

Portrait Photography Meetup

Saturday 21 September
Standford University - 5pm - 2 Hours
Fremont Photography Group
Uyen Ta
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      

The City at Night

The City at Night

Saturday 02 November
Castro Street - 6pm - 2 Hours
Fremont Photography Group
Uyen Ta
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.
book now
$47      
ABOUT OAKLAND
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 Oakland.

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

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    John, is great he took the time to interact with all the photographers. He asked how we was going to take black & white pre or post processing. He let us go on or own to find that unique shot at the Oakland public market & Lake Merritt. I'm looking forward to his chasing the sunset class.
    5/5
    rogers
    2024-05-26
    It was fun event, John brought his girlfriend Kat to be my life model, and later we were asking strangers to take pictures of them and they were very enthusiastic and agreeable.
    5/5
    Irina
    2023-12-11
    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    John Dockery
    My name is John Dockery, I'm a photographer based in the bay area, I started doing photography right after high school, and I just fell in love with it. I take a variety of photos from landscape, to portraits, to editorial, but I love documentary photography. I love the story that each individual holds, and how complex and intriguing each and every person is. I hope to travel to different parts of the world and document the untold stories of different cultures and individuals.

    Sonder: The realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.

    John Dockery is available for private bookings

    Available most weekends from 10am-6pm

    I offer one on one tutoring, from the fundamentals of photography, to learning a specific area of photography, whether that's portraits, landscape, street, etc.

    I also do private or corporate events or parties, weddings, engagements, and graduations.

    PHOTOS
    Oakland Photography Group
    2024-01-10
    Title or Location: Shoreline Beach
    I took this photo after shopping at the Daiso store at the Shoreline Shopping Center in Alameda, CA. It had been raining so I knew I would get some great sunset photos with San Francisco in the background.
    Credit: Regina Dailey

    Oakland Photography Group
    2024-01-10
    Title or Location: Rodeo Beach, Fort Cronkite, Marin Headlands, CA
    I had raised the ISO up to 800, as the light was beginning to fade late in the day. And the colors on the horizon were crazy, the clouds in the top of the frame had some crazy textures and colors, too - but there was a great glow to the foreground as wel. I shot this on a Nikon Z7ii with a 24-120mm F4 lens. With the ISO up, I was able to get some good depth of field down to f9.0, and the shutter was set to 1/800 sec, so that I could get a good quick shutter to catch the action on the wave, a
    Credit: John Douglas White
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jdwhitesf/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jdwhitesf/
    Oakland Photography Group
    2024-01-10
    Title or Location: Rodeo Beach, Fort Conkrite, Marin Headlands, CA
    A great afternoon with dramatic light. Some strong winds was blowing the clouds and the spray off the waves, but the surfers were stoked. Shot on a Nikon Z7ii, I went for a low ISO of 100 for detail, and the 70-200mm lens was at 80mm, f5.0 at 1/400 sec.
    Credit: John Douglas White
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jdwhitesf/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jdwhitesf/

    Oakland Photography Group
    2024-01-10
    Title or Location: Golden Gate Bridge, looking north.
    It was a rainy morning, but I was loving what this focal length was getting me with this view. We were at an overlook, just next to Battery Godfrey. December 16, 2023. Nikon Z7ii, 70-200mm f2.8 lens with a TC2.0, for a 400mm practical.
    Credit: John Douglas White
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jdwhitesf/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jdwhitesf/

    Oakland Photography Group
    2023-09-13
    Title or Location: In Oakland, ca,.. Around the corner from happy garden restaurant
    I was on my way to happy garden restaurant and saw the mural!
    Credit: Enid
    Facebook: Enidilenesoolomon
    Instagram: Enidsolomon6
    Oakland Photography Group
    2023-09-08
    Title or Location: Oakland Takes it to Eleven
    I took this shot on my iPhone with a Moment wide angle lens attached, originally the street photography week of a global photography project called 52Frames. I knew I wanted to incorporate one of Oakland's colorful murals, so I planted myself outside the 7-11 on Broadway and 40th and waited for interesting people to walk by.
    Credit: Deb Lyman
    Instagram: Deblyimages

    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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