VIRGINIA
BEACH
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP

Upcoming Events

Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday the 13th of August
Brock Environmental Center - 8:30am - 3 hours
This class will cover the exposure triangle and the part that ISO, aperture, and shutter speed play individually in achieving the perfect exposure. We'll delve into how to choose which setting to prioritize based on the image you want to produce, and how lighting and composition impact those choices. There will be practice activities, and plenty of time for one-on-one coaching. Please bring a camera that can shoot in manual mode, and if you are not familiar with where the settings are on your camera, please also bring the user's manual for your camera.
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$76pp     only 1 place left
Shooting in Manual Mode Class

Shooting in Manual Mode Class

Saturday the 27th of August
Red Wing Park - 8:30 am - 3 hours
This is a beginner to intermediate level class that will review how to shoot in manual mode and discuss composition, file format (RAW v. JPEG), and editing. It's the perfect follow up to the Beginners Photography Class, but even if you haven't taken it, as long as you have some experience using your camera's manual settings, this class is for you! During the three hours, we will have several activities to practice what we're learning, and plenty of time for individual and group feedback.
book now
$76pp     only 5 places left - requires 2 bookings to proceed
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday the 3rd of September
Brock Environmental Center - 8:30am - 3 hours
This class will cover the exposure triangle and the part that ISO, aperture, and shutter speed play individually in achieving the perfect exposure. We'll delve into how to choose which setting to prioritize based on the image you want to produce, and how lighting and composition impact those choices. There will be practice activities, and plenty of time for one-on-one coaching. Please bring a camera that can shoot in manual mode, and if you are not familiar with where the settings are on your camera, please also bring the user's manual for your camera.
book now
$76pp     only 5 places left - requires 2 bookings to proceed
Shooting in Manual Mode Class

Shooting in Manual Mode Class

Saturday the 24th of September
Red Wing Park - 9:00am - 3 hours
This is a beginner to intermediate level class that will review how to shoot in manual mode and discuss composition, file format (RAW v. JPEG), and editing. It's the perfect follow up to the Beginners Photography Class, but even if you haven't taken it, as long as you have some experience using your camera's manual settings, this class is for you! During the three hours, we will have several activities to practice what we're learning, and plenty of time for individual and group feedback.
book now
$76pp     only 6 places left - requires 2 bookings to proceed
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday the 15th of October
Brock Environmental Center - 9:30am - 3 hours
This class will cover the exposure triangle and the part that ISO, aperture, and shutter speed play individually in achieving the perfect exposure. We'll delve into how to choose which setting to prioritize based on the image you want to produce, and how lighting and composition impact those choices. There will be practice activities, and plenty of time for one-on-one coaching. Please bring a camera that can shoot in manual mode, and if you are not familiar with where the settings are on your camera, please also bring the user's manual for your camera.
book now
$76pp     only 6 places left - requires 2 bookings to proceed
Shooting in Manual Mode Class

Shooting in Manual Mode Class

Saturday the 22nd of October
Red Wing Park - 10:00am - 3 hours
This is a beginner to intermediate level class that will review how to shoot in manual mode and discuss composition, file format (RAW v. JPEG), and editing. It's the perfect follow up to the Beginners Photography Class, but even if you haven't taken it, as long as you have some experience using your camera's manual settings, this class is for you! During the three hours, we will have several activities to practice what we're learning, and plenty of time for individual and group feedback.
book now
$76pp     only 6 places left - requires 2 bookings to proceed
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday the 12th of November
Brock Environmental Center - 10:00am - 3 hours
This class will cover the exposure triangle and the part that ISO, aperture, and shutter speed play individually in achieving the perfect exposure. We'll delve into how to choose which setting to prioritize based on the image you want to produce, and how lighting and composition impact those choices. There will be practice activities, and plenty of time for one-on-one coaching. Please bring a camera that can shoot in manual mode, and if you are not familiar with where the settings are on your camera, please also bring the user's manual for your camera.
book now
$76pp     only 6 places left - requires 2 bookings to proceed
Shooting in Manual Mode Class

Shooting in Manual Mode Class

Saturday the 19th of November
Red Wing Park - 10:00 am - 3 hours
This is a beginner to intermediate level class that will review how to shoot in manual mode and discuss composition, file format (RAW v. JPEG), and editing. It's the perfect follow up to the Beginners Photography Class, but even if you haven't taken it, as long as you have some experience using your camera's manual settings, this class is for you! During the three hours, we will have several activities to practice what we're learning, and plenty of time for individual and group feedback.
book now
$76pp     only 6 places left - requires 2 bookings to proceed
ABOUT VIRGINIA
BEACH
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 across the region.

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 Virginia Beach Photography Facebook Group to share your photos after the session.

We ask that everyone attending a meetup follows social distancing guidelines:

Stay home if you have any symptoms of COVID.
Keep 6 feet away from others.
Wear a suitable face mask or show a valid vaccination card indicating that you are vaccinated.
Don't make unnecessary physical contact with others.
Wash your hands regularly with alcohol-based sanitizer.
REVIEWS
I learned a ton from the instructor and seeing what everyone was doing. I can't wait to do this again and I recomend this to anyone who is looking for ways to make thier pictures more interesting to the viewer.
5/5
Linda Sherman
July 27th 2022
very good.
4/5
Greg Frederick
July 25th 2022
Learned a lot -and fun. Nice instructor
5/5
Lynda Stafford
July 23rd 2022
Dawn was a great instructor and really enjoy taking her class. Look forward to many more !
5/5
David Lauthers
July 11th 2022
Awesome Dawn is great she is able to break things down In a way I could easily understand photography
5/5
Katie Hagan
July 9th 2022
I learned a lot and I enjoyed it!
5/5
Lauren Sheehan
July 2nd 2022
The class is formatted and paced well, and goes over sever different types of shots I was interested in.
5/5
Martin McDonald
July 2nd 2022
I learned quite a bit from this event. It was very personal. Dawn did a great job explaining the important aspects of beginners photography.
5/5
Christine Spano
June 12th 2022
Very personable. Small group for one on one. Great location.
5/5
Rita Banks
June 11th 2022
INSTRUCTORS
Dawn Rykheart
Dawn Rykheart is a Virginia Beach photographer and owner of Awestruck Photos, LLC. She has lived in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia since 2004 and was drawn there by the abundance of natural areas to explore. She spends her summers taking family portraits on the beach and has worked as an event photographer for the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, CVS Pharmacy, SunTrust Bank, and other local businesses. For several years she was a contributing photographer to the Hampton Roads Health Journal. She has also volunteered her photography services for the VA Heart Gallery, Sentara Hospice Services, and numerous non-profit fundraisers. Her go-to equipment set includes a Nikon D7100, Sigma 18-35mm lens, and Nikkor 28-300mm lens. She enjoys sharing her love of photography with others, and delights in helping people capture their own unique view of the world!