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Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 27 April
20th Street - 10am - 3 Hours
Jesse Najera
Unleash the full potential of your photography skills by mastering your camera's manual settings. This hands-on workshop invites you to delve into the intricacies of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, exploring how these fundamental elements harmoniously interact to shape the exposure of your images. Under the expert guidance of a professional photographer, you'll have the opportunity to apply your newfound understanding in a practical setting, empowering you to confidently step beyond automatic exposure and take control of your photographic vision. Join us for a transformative experience that will elevate the way you capture the world through your lens.
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Rule of Thirds

Rule of Thirds

Saturday 11 May
20th Street - 10am - 2 Hours
Jesse Najera
Discover the transformative power of the Rule of Thirds, a foundational principle of composition that turns ordinary shots into captivating images filled with tension and dynamism. In our next gathering, we'll dive deep into practicing this essential technique in an environment teeming with photographic opportunities. Rediscover this often overlooked rule and elevate your photography from average to extraordinary. Join us for a session full of learning, creativity, and the chance to perfect your application of the Rule of Thirds.
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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 Bakersfield .

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

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
    This was my second excursion onto the downtown streets in Jesse's class. The lessons were even more insightful this time. I especially liked that he gave each of us personal time and reviewed and commented on our photo taking results.
    The instructor was great. The photowalk was amazing. Highly recommended !
    I thoroughly enjoyed Jesse's class. He broke down the basics into clear segments and then we got out on the street and put to practice what we learned. Jesse provided clear exercises and helped us manage our cameras to get the shots we tried for.

    Jesse Najera made class truly enjoyable, easy to understand and, oh, did I mention well paced and fun? He is very knowledgeable and the experience provided a ton of technical skills, which with practice will raise my game going forward. Also, the location was great with unlimited subject matter in the downtown area. I have already highly recommended Jesse's class to friends.
    I enjoyed the hands on experience with the teacher.
    went very well

    I learned more in 3 hours than I have in multi-day courses. Michael was easy to learn from.
    Michelle Etter
    Dr. Perry was great and very inforomative. He had so much knowledge. I will definetly take another class from him. I appreciate that he shared someof his work with us. It was great to see what a professionals photos looked like.
    I enjoyed Michael Perrys class. He is very informative and helps pinpoint many things in our cameras that we have not known about, he is easy to follow along when taking photos and setting up cameras. I do wish to learn more from him.

    Jesse Najera
    Jesse Najera. has been a photography for 15+ years.He does freelance portraiture and event photography. Jesse learned photography with film in a dark room during his teen years. With the new technology, He went back to school to learn multimedia. Jesse was on the college paper as a photographer. He has worked in film and commercial as an assistant camera. Jesse has been a news photographer for the local television station KBAK and for the local broadcaster CANOODLE STUDIOS.
    Jesse started teaching photography in 2022. He enjoys teaching and talking to people.

    Jesse Najera is available for private bookings

    I am able to be privately booked for all of the above mentioned examples.
    Thank you,

    Jesse Najera

    Bakersfield Photography Group
    Title or Location: Ft. Worth, TX
    This image was captured during the totality phase of the solar eclipse on Monday, April, 2024, in Ft. Worth, TX.The gear: Canon Rebel T7, EF 70-200 lens set at 200mm, 2X converter, Lee 100 x 100mm solar filter.The settings: ISO 6400, -2 ev, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec.My thoughts: There are times when a photograph, no matter how impressive, simply can not compare to the enormity of witnessing an event. This was one of those times.
    Credit: Greg Worthing
    Facebook: greg.worthing
    Instagram: g_worthing

    Bakersfield Photography Group
    Title or Location: Downtown Bakersfield California
    Just out walking my Z7II & Z 24-70 f/2.8. Photo is 1/200s, f/11, ISO: 250. This camera & zoom is quite useful for street photography but a bit heavy.
    Credit: Ed Ruth
    Bakersfield Photography Group
    Title or Location: Bakersfield Riverwalk
    I was at Riverwalk early morning with my fianc? as he was there to run a 5K for the Race Against Trafficking which was being held the morning of January 27, 2024. He runs many races in the Bakersfield area so this was just another early start to the day for us. I am new to Bakersfield and have been enjoying photographing Kern County. We both enjoy hiking and nature so I couldn?t resist this gorgeous shot of a Bakersfield sunrise on a chilly January morning.
    Credit: Mary Beth Trama
    Facebook: @mbtrama
    Instagram: @marybethtrama

    Bakersfield Photography Group
    Title or Location: Bakersfield, Ca.
    I attend Bakersfield community college studying BNW film photography and was in the library before class and was drawn to the light on the wall and the student sitting underneath it. Initially I was going to use my film camera but opted for my digital camera to use a quieter electronic shutter and not a loud mirror slap from a film camera, didn?t want attention drawn. Camera used is Fujifilm XE-3 with 23mm f2 lens and ilford HP5 film simulation.
    Credit: Eduardo flores

    Bakersfield Photography Group
    Title or Location: Shafter, California

    Credit: Diego Monterrubio
    Instagram: diego_monterrubio
    Bakersfield Photography Group
    Title or Location: Bakersfield, Breckenridge
    Quick shot of heavy clouds coming over Breckenridge just before the storm.
    Credit: Dupart Photography
    Instagram: Duparthenri

    Cedar Rapids Photography Group
    Title or Location: Coralville Reservoir
    It was taken with a Nikon D7100, set on a 15 second exposure.
    Credit: Scott Shrader
    Instagram: Iowaoutdoorsphotos

    Wollongong Photography Group
    Title or Location: Gerroa, seven mile beach national park
    Thank you for the consideration.Background to this photo.A couple of years ago on our local community page I saw a photo of a tree covered in bioluminescent fungi saying it was found in Gerroa, 5 minutes drive from me. Wow how amazing, so I set out to find it and photography it too. Since then I developed an interest in fungi and look forward to Autumn when there is plenty about. To enable me to photograph ghost fungi ( omphalotus nidiformis) I go for a bush walk during the day mostly
    Credit: Helen Dark
    Instagram: helendark12
    Nashville Photography Society
    Title or Location: Canyonland National Park
    Mesa Arch is about a 25 minute walk from the parking lot in Canyonland National Park. At night, it's the darkest sky I've ever seen. This photo represents 20 stacked images of the Milky Way combined together in Starry Landscape Stacker. The result required the scene to be slightly brightened in post to bring out the foreground.
    Credit: Larry Kraus
    Facebook: Larry Kraus
    Instagram: lkraus01

    Wigan Photography Group
    Title or Location: Yarrow valley

    Credit: Ste Freeman
    Instagram: ste_freeman

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