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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.
Upcoming Dates hosted by Robert Ausura
Saturday the 9th of July 2022
Lake Lawson/Lake Smith: VB's Natural Landscape Meetup - 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.
Instructor: Robert Ausura
$39pp     10 places left - requires 3 bookings to proceed
Saturday the 23rd of July 2022
The Oceanfront Landscape Photography Meetup - 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.
Instructor: Robert Ausura
$39pp     10 places left - requires 3 bookings to proceed
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!
Upcoming Dates hosted by Dawn Rykheart
Saturday the 9th of July 2022
Shooting in Manual Mode Class - 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.
Instructor: Dawn Rykheart
$76pp     only 4 places left
Saturday the 16th of July 2022
Skills Practice Class - 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.
Instructor: Dawn Rykheart
$76pp     only 5 places left - requires 2 bookings to proceed
 
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