OAKLAND
PHOTOGRAPHY
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Upcoming Events

Shooting in Manual Mode Class

Shooting in Manual Mode Class

Saturday 04 May
Main Street, Alameda - 9am - 3 Hours
John Dockery
This class is for anyone looking to switch their camera mode from Auto to Manual and learn how to shoot using the Manual Mode. The goal is to help everyone become more confident when using their camera settings. We will touch on essential camera functions and the exposure triangle: Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO.
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$84      
Black and White Photography

Black and White Photography

Saturday 25 May
Lakeshore Drive - 9am - 2 Hours
John Dockery
Introduction to Black and White Photography. What makes a good Black and White shot?

We will look at the contrast and using textures. How does the camera see the image and how do we create Black and White images in a camera or in post-production. We will look for some good examples and set some exercises.

This is a more advanced course and assumes you understand the basics of photography and controlling your camera.
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$43      
Industrial Landscape Photography

Industrial Landscape Photography

Saturday 15 June
Marina District - 6pm - 2 Hours
John Dockery
We will be starting with an overview of landscape photography technique, how to decide what to take a picture of and how to compose shots, we will then move into settings and more technical challenges to get an idea of when the camera behaves best for landscapes.

You can use buildings and other man-made structures compositionally in the same way other landscape photographers use trees and rolling hills. Wind farms, harbours, cement works, power stations, quarries, pylons and building sites are just a few of the industrial landscapes you can photograph. The Liverpool docks are the perfect setting for this kind of photography meetup.
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$43      

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 27 April
Castro Street - 7:30pm - 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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$43      
Street Photography

Street Photography

Saturday 11 May
Downtown Concord - 10am - 2 Hours
Concord Photography Group
Maxine Arton
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 practiced 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      
Landscape Photography

Landscape Photography

Saturday 01 June
Reliez Valley - 10am - 2 Hours
Concord Photography Group
Maxine Arton
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      

Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 22 June
Reliez Valley - 10am - 3 Hours
Concord Photography Group
Maxine Arton
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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$84      
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      

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
    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

    Seattle Photography Group
    2024-04-17
    Title or Location: Cannon Beach Oregon
    While visiting Cannon Beach, Oregon for Spring Break this year, we were treated to beautiful blue skies, warm weather, stars AND airglow at night! I was absolutely giddy about seeing those stars! Now I hope you all know how extremely rare this combination is on the pacific coast in spring. It's normally overcast and raining and definitely no stars to be seen. Thank you universe for allowing your magic to flow this evening. I truly appreciate you and your powers ??
    Credit: Amanda Thornton DeWitt
    Facebook: Amanda Thornton-DeWitt Photography
    Instagram: @amandaswildlifepics
    Milton Keynes Photography Group
    2024-04-17
    Title or Location: Milton Keynes
    to create this I used a piece of Teal vinyl for the backdrop, I had the camera, with a 30 mm Marco lens on a tripod set to manual focus, with focus staking of 10 shots I only used 5 in the end). for lighting I had two static lights on mini stands so I could play about with their placement to get the effect I was looking for. The dandelion seed was held in place, by putting it into a piece of white tack, I then sprayed it using a little electronic face atomiser (bought from Amazon) and loa
    Credit: Diane Langford
    Nashville Photography Society
    2024-04-17
    Title or Location: Franklin Tennessee
    This photo captures a serene moment in my front yard, where I lay on a blanket beneath a amazing tree. The weather was ideal, prompting me to grab my micro lens and focus on this exquisite dandelion.
    Credit: Kimber Weathers
    Facebook: Kimber
    Instagram: kimberlan30wea

    Dallas Photography Group
    2024-04-17
    Title or Location: My house in Lewisville
    Decided to make a composite that resembles the photo that NASA took with their millions of dolllar photo equipment. 2 months ago I photographed the full moon and placed it on top of the most recent solar eclipse photo I took. The moon normally get its light from the sun so getting the perspective with moon visibility is impossible during an eclipse unless you have nasa gear. My photo was taken with a canon R5, RF400mm F2.8 and cropped in.
    Credit: (MyJdProductions) Justin Dickinson
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/share/pE91wQnHYf6JVB7A/?mibextid=eQY6cl
    Instagram: @myjdproductions
    Middlesbrough Photography Group
    2024-04-15
    Title or Location: Saltburn by the Sea
    This is Saltburn?s furnicular Cliff Lift before sunrise in the golden hour. Lovely light, a high tide and a heavy sea made a really nice composition.Canon R8 & EF16-35mm f/4L @ 29mm, f/6.3, 2 seconds & ISO400
    Credit: Edward Bilcliffe
    Instagram: @edwardbilcliffe
    Gold Coast Photography Group
    2024-04-15
    Title or Location: Cloudy bay, Bruny island, Tasmania
    Was my third attempt at catching the aurora. Got to campsite set up camp and looked up at the cloudy night. The clouds started to clear and managed to get down the road and get some snaps &128077
    Credit: Simon garrett
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