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Upcoming Events

Historic Walks 1: Architecture at Auckland Uni

Historic Walks 1: Architecture at Auckland Uni

Saturday the 9th of July
Auckland University, City Campus. - 9.30am - 2 hours
This is the first of historic walks around Auckland, taking in different themes and points of interest. This is going to be a nice one - the main mission will be to capture the old world feel of Auck uni contrasted with recent changes, and to portray the ambience of the place. I, as a kid - used to browse with awe all the noticeboards showing all the clubs you can join as a student. This is your chance to show Auckland Uni in 2022 - what is still there and what has changed. Your challenges will focus on using your wide-angle and other lenses to your advantage and effectively capturing the atmosphere of the place. We will grab a coffee and compare images somewhere on or near campus and keep shooting. See you there! Bring wide-angle lenses, zooms or normals are fine too. The main thing is to capture the mood and your mood in being there!
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$39pp     only 6 places left
Beginners Class: 26 Plus Boats

Beginners Class: 26 Plus Boats

Sunday the 10th of July
Mt Wellington - 9am - 3 hours
This Class will give you some fun, beautiful images and a feeling of mastery over your camera. We will look at the 3 essential elements of good exposure - ISO, shutter speed and aperture. We will understand and practice depth of field and rules of composition such as rule fo thirds, perspective and design principles. And - we will photograph beautiful, gorgeous unique boats! ANYONE of ANY level is welcome to come along!
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$125pp     only 6 places left - requires 2 bookings to proceed
Portable Flash with Ambient Light

Portable Flash with Ambient Light

Sunday the 17th of July
Mission Bay - 4.30pm - 2 hours
In this Meetup we will practice using portable flash in two situations: Flash with sunlight (as fill and key light) and flash with tungsten/other ambient light. You will get to grips with using your flash as a tool in controlling the light how you want it. Fun! The idea is this will be hands-on and have minimal technical rhetoric. Bring a model if you have one. Otherwise, you can use elements from your environment or available subjects (people/animals) down there. Bring your portable flash, a tripod if you have one (not essential) and any lenses you have
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$39pp     11 places left - requires 3 bookings to proceed
Beginners Class: Auckland Museum

Beginners Class: Auckland Museum

Saturday the 23rd of July
Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland Domain - 9am - 3 hours
This Class will give you some fun, beautiful images and a feeling of mastery over your camera. We will look at the 3 essential elements of good exposure - ISO, shutter speed and aperture. We will understand and practice the depth of field and the rules of composition such as the Rule of Thirds, Perspective and other design principles We will be shooting around the Auckland War Memorial Museum and going inside if it is raining - so there will be a lot of fo practice on! Bring a 50mm or longer lens as we will be practising depth of field. But if you don't have one - that is fine - there is a lot to practice and keep you occupied, and the principles can still be applied with any lens.
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$125pp     only 6 places left - requires 2 bookings to proceed
Night Photography at Downtown

Night Photography at Downtown

Sunday the 7th of August
Auckland Viaduct - 5.30pm - 2 hours
Rejuvenate the glamour and pizazz of Precovid Auckland Downtown - capture the lights, the architecture, and shiny things with your camera, a tripod, and your creative impulses. This meetup will focus on the urban beauty of Auckland at night - starting with dusk as the evening lights start coming on and moving into the neon-lit wonderland that is Auckland! We will use depth of field to capture mood (Bokeh!) and lines to create strong design motifs. The interplay of light and dark will truly be something to get your juices going! If you are coming to the Flash with Ambient meetup - why not try using your knowledge for this Meetup! Bring your flash as well!
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$39pp     11 places left - requires 3 bookings to proceed
One Light Studio Portraits

One Light Studio Portraits

Sunday the 14th of August
Dunkirk Activity Centre - 7.15pm - 2 hours
This meetup will show how just one studio flash can create a range of lighting strategies for portaits. You will experiment with getting a soft beauty light through to moody fashion style portraits, and play around with getting a range of expressions from your subjects. Be prepared to jump straight in and set up lights and choose your backdrop/space. You will need to bring your own models or be willing to take turns modelling for each other. This is a good chance for a friend or family member to break into the modelling industry! But actually - anyone can be fine, as the theme is portraits of everyday people. See how one light can transform a human into an artwork! Men or Women or Men with Women on Motorcycles are Alloiwable!
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$50pp     12 places left - requires 6 bookings to proceed
Beginners Class

Beginners Class

Saturday the 27th of August
Karangahape Rd - 9am - 3 hours
Come along to an inspiring setting and practice the 3 essentials for a well-exposed picture - f stops and depth of field, shutter speed and ISO. Learn about composition and creating feeling in images, all the while experiencing the excitement and hipness of K Rd All levels are welcome but bring along your beginner's sense of wonder and joy! An SLR digital camera with zoom or 50mm and telephoto would be good and a data card with a lot of space! Make sure your camera is fully charged up and rearing to go!
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$125pp     only 6 places left - requires 2 bookings to proceed
Birds of a Feather - Bird Photography at Western Springs

Birds of a Feather - Bird Photography at Western Springs

Saturday the 3rd of September
Western Springs Lakeside Park - 9am - 2 hours
Come for a stroll around Western Springs Reserve and shoot a variety of inspiring birds. Practice using your telephoto and/or get in close to these amazing creatures. If you are new at this, the skills you will practice here will stand you in good stead for other genres. Capture texture, vibrant colours, movement, and composition - all the while getting the weekend off to a healthy start with cool winter air! Bring your zooms, macros portable flash (not necessary) a lot of patience and your excitement for the great outdoors.
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$39pp     12 places left - requires 3 bookings to proceed
ABOUT AUCKLAND
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 Auckland 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're sick.
Keep 1.5 metres away from others.
Don't make unnecessary physical contact with others. Avoid physical greetings, such as handshakes, hugs and kisses.
Wash your hands regularly with alcohol-based sanitiser.
Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Use a flexed elbow or a tissue; if you use a tissue, dispose of it immediately and appropriately.

REVIEWS
Variety of activities. Great tips for people at different levels of experience.
5/5
Helen Harvey
June 19th 2022
It was thoroughly enjoyable after the thought of tasks! Learned so much, thanks to Alex and the others there too!!!
5/5
Adrienne White
June 18th 2022
It was a fun event. I liked that there were objectives and also room for happenstance moments.
5/5
Helen Harvey
June 4th 2022
This was a well run, well paced and enjoyable event
5/5
Carl Marinkovich
May 17th 2022
A fun event with a variety of subjects to photograph
5/5
Helen Harvey
May 15th 2022
I like this event, I would like to continue being part of different events
4/5
Daniel
May 14th 2022
Great fun, Alex is a knowledgeable and entertaining tutor
5/5
Ross Verry
May 14th 2022
Great fun, Alex is a knowledgeable and entertaining tutor
5/5
Ross Verry
May 14th 2022
Cheers Alex for a great meet up shooting street in the hood, I found extremely valuable in terms of improving how I see differing prospective to shooting what is in front of me and has helped ignite more creative possibilities going forward. I would like to suggest more outdoor ideas like night, astro, water landscapes, long exposure
5/5
Aaron Hudson
May 14th 2022
Even though i am not so much into portrait photography i thoroughly enjoyed the activities and posing lessons from Alex. I only took this course because i was asked if i can do a portrait photoshoot for a former work colleague and his family. Def learnt a lot from yesterdays session. Def recommend this class to friends
5/5
Joseph Mokaraka
May 1st 2022
Thoroughly enjoyed the event and learnt a lot. Thank you
5/5
Liz Cain
May 1st 2022
Must learns of basic photography were well covered and explained. Kudos!
5/5
Chiq Tolentino
April 24th 2022
INSTRUCTORS
Alex Henderson
From the age of Four Alex loved holding an Instamatic camera his father had given him. From there he graduated to a Paxette rangefinder, and then SLRs - summers spent in darkrooms enjoying the power of images to create a new world. Selling his first image to an Adidas basketball sponsor at age 15, he has lived, studied and worked in Asia and Australia - assisting commercial, fashion,, industrial and wedding photographers in Melbourne and Auckland, and shooting for models, businesspeople and designers. He regularly covers NZ Fashion Week and shoots portraits when he is not being dragged around by the two dogs that he looks after.