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Beginner's Photography II Class (Shooting in Manual Mode)

Beginner's Photography II Class (Shooting in Manual Mode)

Saturday 29 June
General Booth Blvd - 8:30am - 3 Hours
Dawn Rykheart
Continue your photographic journey with our Advanced Photography Course. After mastering the basics, delve into in-depth concepts covering composition, the analysis of RAW vs JPEG image formats, in-detail photo editing, comprehensive file storage, and plenty of practice for honing your manual mode shooting skills.

If you know the ropes of operating your camera and are keen to refine the quality of your photos, you're more than welcome to join. With our three-hour interactive sessions, you'll participate in numerous activities for practical learning, and be a part of insightful discussions offering individual and group feedback. Unleash your full potential and turn your vision into captivating art.
book now
$84       0 places left
Beginner's Photography I Class

Beginner's Photography I Class

Saturday 13 July
Brock Environmental Center - 8am - 3 Hours
Dawn Rykheart
Master the Art of Photography: A Journey Through the Exposure Triangle

Unlock the secret to impeccable photography by grasping the integral components of the exposure triangle: ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. Our comprehensive class is meticulously designed to illuminate the individual roles these settings play in crafting the perfect exposure.

Dive into a hands-on learning experience as we explore the nuances of selecting the optimal settings to echo your creative vision. Understand the profound influence of lighting and composition on your photographic choices and refine your skills through practical exercises.

Benefit from personalized guidance with ample opportunity for one-on-one coaching to ensure you confidently navigate through the complexities of manual camera operation.

Participants are kindly requested to bring a camera capable of shooting in manual mode. For an enhanced learning experience, please also bring your camera's user manual, particularly if you are unfamiliar with its settings.

Embark on your path to creating visually stunning photographs with precision and intention. Join us and transform the way you capture moments forever.
book now
$92      
Beginner's Photography II Class (Shooting in Manual Mode)

Beginner's Photography II Class (Shooting in Manual Mode)

Saturday 27 July
General Booth Blvd - 8am - 3 Hours
Dawn Rykheart
Continue your photographic journey with our Advanced Photography Course. After mastering the basics, delve into in-depth concepts covering composition, the analysis of RAW vs JPEG image formats, in-detail photo editing, comprehensive file storage, and plenty of practice for honing your manual mode shooting skills.

If you know the ropes of operating your camera and are keen to refine the quality of your photos, you're more than welcome to join. With our three-hour interactive sessions, you'll participate in numerous activities for practical learning, and be a part of insightful discussions offering individual and group feedback. Unleash your full potential and turn your vision into captivating art.
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Beginner's Photography I Class

Beginner's Photography I Class

Sunday 11 August
Brock Environmental Center - 8am - 3 Hours
Dawn Rykheart
Master the Art of Photography: A Journey Through the Exposure Triangle

Unlock the secret to impeccable photography by grasping the integral components of the exposure triangle: ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. Our comprehensive class is meticulously designed to illuminate the individual roles these settings play in crafting the perfect exposure.

Dive into a hands-on learning experience as we explore the nuances of selecting the optimal settings to echo your creative vision. Understand the profound influence of lighting and composition on your photographic choices and refine your skills through practical exercises.

Benefit from personalized guidance with ample opportunity for one-on-one coaching to ensure you confidently navigate through the complexities of manual camera operation.

Participants are kindly requested to bring a camera capable of shooting in manual mode. For an enhanced learning experience, please also bring your camera's user manual, particularly if you are unfamiliar with its settings.

Embark on your path to creating visually stunning photographs with precision and intention. Join us and transform the way you capture moments forever.
book now
$92      
Sunset Photography Meetup

Sunset Photography Meetup

Saturday 24 August
Cape Charles - 7pm - 2 Hours
Dawn Rykheart
Capture a beautiful sunset over the water! We'll talk about the optimal camera settings to balance light and capture the rich colors of the sky, and we'll play with reflections in the water. Keep a lookout for seabirds wrapping up dinnertime and enjoy the peace that settles in as the day comes to a close.
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$47      
Beginner's Photography I Class

Beginner's Photography I Class

Saturday 07 September
Brock Environmental Center - 8:30am - 3 Hours
Dawn Rykheart
Master the Art of Photography: A Journey Through the Exposure Triangle

Unlock the secret to impeccable photography by grasping the integral components of the exposure triangle: ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. Our comprehensive class is meticulously designed to illuminate the individual roles these settings play in crafting the perfect exposure.

Dive into a hands-on learning experience as we explore the nuances of selecting the optimal settings to echo your creative vision. Understand the profound influence of lighting and composition on your photographic choices and refine your skills through practical exercises.

Benefit from personalized guidance with ample opportunity for one-on-one coaching to ensure you confidently navigate through the complexities of manual camera operation.

Participants are kindly requested to bring a camera capable of shooting in manual mode. For an enhanced learning experience, please also bring your camera's user manual, particularly if you are unfamiliar with its settings.

Embark on your path to creating visually stunning photographs with precision and intention. Join us and transform the way you capture moments forever.
book now
$92       5 places left

Beginner's Photography II Class (Shooting in Manual Mode)

Beginner's Photography II Class (Shooting in Manual Mode)

Saturday 21 September
General Booth Blvd - 8:30am - 3 Hours
Dawn Rykheart
Continue your photographic journey with our Advanced Photography Course. After mastering the basics, delve into in-depth concepts covering composition, the analysis of RAW vs JPEG image formats, in-detail photo editing, comprehensive file storage, and plenty of practice for honing your manual mode shooting skills.

If you know the ropes of operating your camera and are keen to refine the quality of your photos, you're more than welcome to join. With our three-hour interactive sessions, you'll participate in numerous activities for practical learning, and be a part of insightful discussions offering individual and group feedback. Unleash your full potential and turn your vision into captivating art.
book now
$92      
Up Close with Flowers Meetup

Up Close with Flowers Meetup

Sunday 29 September
Norfolk Botanical Garden - 9am - 2 Hours
Dawn Rykheart
Discover the intricate world of flora and fauna through your lens at the serene Norfolk Botanical Gardens. Delve into the art of macro photography and learn to capture vivid and engaging images that afford your audience a glimpse into the often overlooked elegance of nature. This session provides an opportunity to develop the skill of photographing the minute details and dynamic colors of flowers, alongside the captivating insects they attract.

With a focus on clarity, color, and composition, you will acquire techniques to create photographs that seize the viewer's curiosity and appreciation. As autumn graces the gardens, it's prime time to document the vibrant activity of Monarch butterflies fueling up for their impending migration and bees bustling about in their annual harvest of pollen.

Join us for a photographic exploration that promises not only to enhance your skills but also to enrich your perspective on the simple yet awe-inspiring beauty that lies within a petal's reach.
book now
$47      
Beginner's Photography I Class

Beginner's Photography I Class

Saturday 12 October
Brock Environmental Center - 9am - 3 Hours
Dawn Rykheart
Master the Art of Photography: A Journey Through the Exposure Triangle

Unlock the secret to impeccable photography by grasping the integral components of the exposure triangle: ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. Our comprehensive class is meticulously designed to illuminate the individual roles these settings play in crafting the perfect exposure.

Dive into a hands-on learning experience as we explore the nuances of selecting the optimal settings to echo your creative vision. Understand the profound influence of lighting and composition on your photographic choices and refine your skills through practical exercises.

Benefit from personalized guidance with ample opportunity for one-on-one coaching to ensure you confidently navigate through the complexities of manual camera operation.

Participants are kindly requested to bring a camera capable of shooting in manual mode. For an enhanced learning experience, please also bring your camera's user manual, particularly if you are unfamiliar with its settings.

Embark on your path to creating visually stunning photographs with precision and intention. Join us and transform the way you capture moments forever.
book now
$92      

B&W Photography Walk & Talk Meetup

B&W Photography Walk & Talk Meetup

Sunday 27 October
Elmwood Cemetery - 2:30pm - 2 Hours
Dawn Rykheart
Embark on a photographic journey of contrasts and shapes, where composition and lighting take center stage in the absence of color. Dive into the art of black and white photography, an experience crafted for enthusiasts of all skill levels and open to any type of camera, from DSLRs to smartphones.

Join us for an afternoon session perfectly timed to capture the dramatic long shadows that accentuate the monochromatic beauty of our surroundings. Over two enriching hours, you'll get hands-on experience and insights into the powerful role of mood in photography.

Our chosen canvas is the historic Elmwood Cemetery, a peaceful resting place founded in 1853. This location boasts an array of markers, family mausoleums, and standalone sculptures set against a serene park-like backdrop. Also, within this setting, lies West Point Cemetery, with its own rich history dating back to 1875, which includes the burial grounds for 58 Union Army volunteers.

Discover the storied past and visual splendor of these hallowed grounds, and let their timeless beauty inspire your photographic narrative. Whether a seasoned professional or an eager novice, this meet-up is a unique opportunity to refine your skills and view the world through a different lens.
book now
$47      
Beginner's Photography II Class (Shooting in Manual Mode)

Beginner's Photography II Class (Shooting in Manual Mode)

Saturday 02 November
General Booth Blvd - 9am - 3 Hours
Dawn Rykheart
Continue your photographic journey with our Advanced Photography Course. After mastering the basics, delve into in-depth concepts covering composition, the analysis of RAW vs JPEG image formats, in-detail photo editing, comprehensive file storage, and plenty of practice for honing your manual mode shooting skills.

If you know the ropes of operating your camera and are keen to refine the quality of your photos, you're more than welcome to join. With our three-hour interactive sessions, you'll participate in numerous activities for practical learning, and be a part of insightful discussions offering individual and group feedback. Unleash your full potential and turn your vision into captivating art.
book now
$92      
Beginner's Photography I Class

Beginner's Photography I Class

Saturday 16 November
Brock Environmental Center - 9am - 3 Hours
Dawn Rykheart
Master the Art of Photography: A Journey Through the Exposure Triangle

Unlock the secret to impeccable photography by grasping the integral components of the exposure triangle: ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. Our comprehensive class is meticulously designed to illuminate the individual roles these settings play in crafting the perfect exposure.

Dive into a hands-on learning experience as we explore the nuances of selecting the optimal settings to echo your creative vision. Understand the profound influence of lighting and composition on your photographic choices and refine your skills through practical exercises.

Benefit from personalized guidance with ample opportunity for one-on-one coaching to ensure you confidently navigate through the complexities of manual camera operation.

Participants are kindly requested to bring a camera capable of shooting in manual mode. For an enhanced learning experience, please also bring your camera's user manual, particularly if you are unfamiliar with its settings.

Embark on your path to creating visually stunning photographs with precision and intention. Join us and transform the way you capture moments forever.
book now
$92      

Beginner's Photography I Class

Beginner's Photography I Class

Sunday 08 December
Brock Environmental Center - 9am - 3 Hours
Dawn Rykheart
Master the Art of Photography: A Journey Through the Exposure Triangle

Unlock the secret to impeccable photography by grasping the integral components of the exposure triangle: ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. Our comprehensive class is meticulously designed to illuminate the individual roles these settings play in crafting the perfect exposure.

Dive into a hands-on learning experience as we explore the nuances of selecting the optimal settings to echo your creative vision. Understand the profound influence of lighting and composition on your photographic choices and refine your skills through practical exercises.

Benefit from personalized guidance with ample opportunity for one-on-one coaching to ensure you confidently navigate through the complexities of manual camera operation.

Participants are kindly requested to bring a camera capable of shooting in manual mode. For an enhanced learning experience, please also bring your camera's user manual, particularly if you are unfamiliar with its settings.

Embark on your path to creating visually stunning photographs with precision and intention. Join us and transform the way you capture moments forever.
book now
$92      

Nearby Photography Groups

Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Sunday 30 June
Museum Drive, Newport News - 3pm - 3 Hours
Newport News Photography Group
Tamara Heckstall
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      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 20 July
Museum Drive, Newport News - 3pm - 3 Hours
Newport News Photography Group
Tamara Heckstall
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      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 17 August
Museum Drive, Newport News - 3pm - 3 Hours
Newport News Photography Group
Tamara Heckstall
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      

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 in Virginia Beach .

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

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    Our instructor was so helpful, she took time to give us a great overview and worked individually with each student
    5/5
    Kerry
    2024-05-12
    I thought it was great. A good blend of instrumental time and hands on photography time. Also the ideal duration not too long, not to short. Learned a lot. Also enjoyed the one on one time with instructor
    5/5
    Patrick
    2024-05-12
    I enjoyed the teaching and helpful.
    5/5
    Nicole
    2024-05-12

    I enjoyed the exercises in the class as it helped me practice using my camera with a goal in mind. The pace of the class was great and Dawn is very personable and a great teacher.
    5/5
    Nikki
    2024-05-03
    Dawn is always very personable and makes the class and learning fun! Hands down she's awesome at what she does. I encourage anyone who hasn't been to her class or meet up to go -you won't be disappointed!
    5/5
    Rece
    2024-04-30
    Very informative. Excellent venue.
    5/5
    Robert
    2024-04-29

    Excellent, very good instruction. Learned slot of very useful information Will definitely be signing up for other classes
    5/5
    Steve
    2024-04-08
    Dawn is wonderful! The class was very informative and fun.
    5/5
    Minna
    2024-03-20
    I enjoyed it, learned a bunch, and feel inspired!
    5/5
    Jackie
    2024-03-18

    5
    5/5
    Rece
    2024-02-12
    Truly enjoyed this class! Dawn, was so knowledgeable and helpful! Cannot wait to take more classes!!
    5/5
    Adjani
    2023-11-13
    The event was well organized. Dawn did a great job answering questions and asking if we had any questions, provided good guidance as well.
    5/5
    Dean Kokoris
    2023-10-24

    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    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!

    Dawn Rykheart is available for private bookings

    Available days most weekends, and evenings during the week starting at 6pm

    PHOTOS
    Virginia Beach Photography Group
    2024-06-10
    Title or Location: At my home
    I planted these 3flowers a few years ago and this is the only one that came back. I used a Nikon 3300 my wife bought for me after I lost my mom to kind of cheer me up. So I was just practicing and shooting anything that I thought was pretty.
    Credit: Howard Nicholson Jr.

    Virginia Beach Photography Group
    2024-05-31
    Title or Location: Local Flavor Cafe
    In Eureka Springs Arkansas visiting family. Brunch at Local Flavor Cafe. A piece of their Baked Brie.
    Credit: Rayna Grindley
    Facebook: My name
    Virginia Beach Photography Group
    2024-05-25
    Title or Location: Prosperity
    A gathering, a tasting, sharing experiences and food exploration.
    Credit: Adriana Valverde
    Instagram: Libelula.photo

    Virginia Beach Photography Group
    2024-05-22
    Title or Location: 8th Ave & 35th Street Manhattan NYC
    On a brisk chilly night, after we walked from Manhattan to Brooklyn and back again, we decided to stop for something to eat. As we began to approach the food truck, across from Madison Square Garden, we saw this homeless lady with a soft but powerful sign. It spoke volumes , I thought to myself as I ordered my food upon placing my order, not only did I purchase a meal for her but also gave monetarily to her. It?s one of my bitter sweet photos from NYC.
    Credit: Michael Ray
    Instagram: Vivian_Deloris_Photography

    Virginia Beach Photography Group
    2024-05-20
    Title or Location: At a wedding reception
    I was actually looking at another subject to take a pic of when this one captured my eye. It said so much about the good time being had without a face being shown. My favorite photo of the night.
    Credit: Capture Allen
    Facebook: Capture Allen
    Instagram: @capturetheshutterbug
    Virginia Beach Photography Group
    2024-05-17
    Title or Location: Indian River Park (Virginia Beach, VA)

    Credit: David Coleman

    Portsmouth Photography Group
    2024-06-18
    Title or Location: Southsea
    Red arrow display for the 80 tribute to the fallen.
    Credit: ian gray
    Facebook: Ian Gray Promotional filming and photography
    Instagram: iangrayimages

    San Francisco Photography Group
    2024-06-18
    Title or Location: Arches National Park-Moab Utah
    Arches is considered a dark sanctuary meaning using light painting is not allowed. I went to do Astro Photography in June of 2021. This was taken approximately 2am when the Milky Way rose to the center of the arch. While it is a dark sanctuary, someone was hiking on the other side with a headlamp giving me just a touch of light painting to outline the arch. I held the wide angle lens open approximately 13-seconds, ISO 1600.
    Credit: Terry Enlow
    Instagram: @terryenlow
    Murrieta Photography Group
    2024-06-17
    Title or Location: Bainbridge Circle, Murrieta, CA
    Long Exposure Christmas at Bainbridge Circle - 134 sec f/11 iso400 50mm (DEC 2020)
    Credit: Charles Grandin
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/charles.grandin
    Instagram: @ctgrandin

    Edmonton Photography Group
    2024-06-17
    Title or Location: This photo was taken at Johnson Lake, just outside of Banff.
    This little guy waited for me to focus, refocus and take a few steps closer and posed like a pro, moving his head from side to side so I could capture his best side. He was quite happy to cooperate for a minute or two!Shot with a Nikon Z50
    Credit: Audrey Wiles
    Instagram: @audreymwiles

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