OAKLAND
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP

Upcoming Events

Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 06 July
Main Street, Alameda - 9am - 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      
Chasing the Light

Chasing the Light

Sunday 14 July
Rodeo Beach - 6pm - 2 Hours
John Dockery
Join us for "Chasing the Light," a captivating photography event where we'll immerse ourselves in the mesmerizing dance of light and shadow along the picturesque beachfront. Over the course of two hours, we'll explore the golden hour and beyond, capturing the stunning interplay of sunlight and sea. Whether you're a seasoned photographer or just starting out, come discover new perspectives and techniques in the company of fellow enthusiasts. Let's chase the fleeting beauty of the sunlight together!
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$47      

Nearby Photography Groups

The City at Night

The City at Night

Saturday 29 June
Castro Street - 8:30pm - 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.
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$47      
Composition in Photography

Composition in Photography

Saturday 13 July
Downtown Concord - 10am - 2 Hours
Concord Photography Group
Maxine Arton
Composition in Photography is a fundamental aspect that revolves around how a photographer meticulously arranges visual elements within the frame to create compelling images. Throughout this course, we will delve into various rules and principles that will undoubtedly elevate your photography skills. From the classic Rule of Thirds to the intricate exploration of shapes, negative space, lines, symmetry, patterns, points, color, tone, distance, and balance, we will uncover the secrets behind crafting visually captivating photographs. Whether you're a novice, an intermediate enthusiast, or a seasoned professional, I invite you to join me in this journey as we work together to enhance your ability to perceive and capture the essence of the scenes you wish to photograph.
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$47      
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      

Portrait Photography Meetup

Portrait Photography Meetup

Saturday 03 August
Park Ave., San Jose - 4pm - 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      
Portrait Photography Meetup

Portrait Photography Meetup

Saturday 21 September
Park Ave., San Jose - 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      
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

    Peterborough Photography Group
    2024-06-24
    Title or Location: Bourne lincs
    Waiting for an Osprey and a red kite decided to get in on the act
    Credit: Tony garratty
    Instagram: Nikongasman
    Wichita Photography Group
    2024-06-24
    Title or Location: Wichita
    Young female fox trying to get a better view of the area around her.
    Credit: Scott Hinkle
    St Louis Photography Group
    2024-06-24
    Title or Location: Oregon Coast
    I had the pleasure of traveling to the Oregon Coast for a photo workshop. This is one of many shots I took while there, This is a blue hour blend where I took one photo right after sunset and another photo from the same spot hours later to capture the night sky then blended the 2 together. Thanks for looking!
    Credit: Frank Kuszaj
    Facebook: Frankly Living Photography
    Instagram: Frankly_Living_

    Canterbury Photography Group
    2024-06-23
    Title or Location: Sunny Sands, Folkestone
    This morning was not very promising, but still I was determined to get out and take pictures! Headed to Sunny Sands and found these two rocks in the sand that caught my interest. The tide was rising and the sun started glowing in the sky! "Perfect moment", and the a wave caught me by surprise and made my feet soaking wet! Apparently sign of good luck, and maybe so, it's one of my best images and was definitely worth it!
    Credit: Dario Canada
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    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/streets_n_scapes?igsh=MW1uMWI4MDVrb28zcw3D3D&utm_source=qr
    Rochester Photography Group
    2024-06-22
    Title or Location: Cornwall
    A weeks break in Cornwall and found this beautiful place called menacuddle in St austal
    Credit: Terry Bodkin
    Sydney Photography Group
    2024-06-22
    Title or Location: Sydney Opera House
    Sydney Opera House lit up on Vivid Sydney and a colourful party boat moving on the waters of Sydney harbour produces a bright rainbow coloured light trail.
    Credit: Oindrila Mitra
    Instagram: oindrilaclicks

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