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Upcoming Events

Lake Lawson/Lake Smith: VB's Natural Landscape Meetup

Lake Lawson/Lake Smith: VB's Natural Landscape Meetup

Saturday the 9th of July
Lake Lawson/Lake Smith Natural Area - 7:00 am - 2 hours
The Lake Lawson/Lake Smith Natural Area is among VB's best-kept secrets. The preserve's 42 acres in the Bayside Borough include miles of wooded trails and 12,000 feet of lake shoreline. The meetup, starting at 7:00 am, will give beginning and experienced landscape/nature photographers an opportunity to refine their skills for identifying and framing interesting subjects, controlling depth of field, capturing motion, and visualizing in black-and-white. No skill set is required. Everything needed will be taught.
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$39pp     10 places left - requires 3 bookings to proceed
Shooting in Manual Mode Class

Shooting in Manual Mode Class

Saturday the 9th of July
Red Wing Park - 8.30am - 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.
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$76pp     only 4 places left
Skills Practice Class

Skills Practice Class

Saturday the 16th of July
Pagoda & Oriental Garden - 8.30am - 3 hours
This is an opportunity to hone those skills you've been learning in our Beginner and Manual Mode classes! Less lecture and more practice, we will have activities that begin with a short skill review followed by an assignment to practice that technique.
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$76pp     only 5 places left - requires 2 bookings to proceed
The Oceanfront Landscape Photography Meetup

The Oceanfront Landscape Photography Meetup

Saturday the 23rd of July
Boardwalk side of Atlantic Avenue - 8am - 10am - 2 hours
The VB oceanfront is a creative photographer’s playground. Wide stretches of beach, a historic 880-foot fishing pier, an active marina community (Rudee Inlet), and a three-mile boardwalk lined with shops, bars, and restaurants. Launch your summer photography and refine your skills for identifying and framing interesting subjects, controlling depth of field, capturing motion, and visualizing in black-and-white.
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$39pp     10 places left - requires 3 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 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
Robert Ausura
Over decades of photographing landscapes, still lifes, food, events, and commercial products, Robert Ausura has never lost his enthusiasm for the art. While his father was a professional photographer, Robert is largely self-taught and professes that continual practice and trial-and-error are the best tutors. He has exhibited at galleries and art shows in Frederick, Gaithersburg, Oxford, and Rockville in his home state of Maryland, and currently has a photograph on view (through September 4) at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach.
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!