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Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 16 December
Bakersfield, CA 93308, United States - 10am - 3 Hours
Jesse Najera
Enhance your photography skills and take control over your camera's settings by mastering manual exposure modes. Dive into an in-depth session where you'll gain an understanding of the essential elements 2013 shutter speed, aperture, and ISO 2013 and how they collaboratively shape the final image.

Following the informative tutorial, apply your newfound knowledge in a practical setting, guided by the expert eye of a seasoned professional photographer. This learning experience is perfect for photographers eager to elevate the quality of their work by stepping away from automatic exposure and embracing the art of manual photography. Join this educational adventure and unlock the full potential of your camera.
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Street Photography

Street Photography

Saturday 30 December
Dagny's Coffee Co - Bakersfield - 10am - 2 Hours
Jesse Najera
Immerse yourself in the vibrant urban tapestry that awaits your lens. Step into a living canvas of bustling cafes, spirited street vendors, and charismatic buskers, all set against the backdrop of historic architecture and captivating art installations. At the heart of exceptional street photography is the honed ability to discern the extraordinary in the everyday—a skill that we're eager to help you develop. Join us for an engaging workshop where we introduce time-tested methods to enhance your observational prowess, allowing you to uncover a world brimming with nuanced detail.

In this session, we will not only sharpen your "photographer's eye" but also guide you through the intricacies of candid portraiture. Discover the art of connecting with intriguing individuals and capturing their essence, as they become willing subjects in your visual narrative.

Additionally, we'll delve into the technical aspects that make street photography so compelling. Learn about the optimal camera settings, focusing techniques, and lens selections that are most effective for seizing those fleeting, serendipitous moments. Whether you are a seasoned photographer or an enthusiastic beginner, this workshop promises a wealth of knowledge to enhance your street photography expertise.
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Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 13 January
Lake Road - 10am - 3 Hours
Jesse Najera
Elevate your photography skills and master manual exposure by diving into the intricacies of your camera. Our workshop offers an in-depth exploration of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, teaching you how these pivotal settings shape your images. With the mentorship of a seasoned professional photographer, you'll have the opportunity to apply your newfound understanding in a practical session. This is your invitation to step beyond automatic modes and take control of your photography journey. Join us for a transformative experience that will empower your creative expression.
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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.

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    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: Bakersfield, CA
    Just a normal Bakersfield morning. About the only good and beautiful thing in Bakersfield.
    Credit: Henri D.
    Facebook: Henri Dupart
    Instagram: Duparthenri

    Bakersfield Photography Group
    Title or Location: Bakersfield, CA
    I was originally looking for birds to photograph, but as life would have it, I just looked and there down the road was the shot.
    Credit: Henri Dupart
    Facebook: Henri Dupart
    Instagram: duparthenri
    Bakersfield Photography Group
    Title or Location: Sierra Way just above Kernville
    I happened to see this scene while looking for another photo. I just had to turn around and go back!
    Credit: Christine Hesse
    Facebook: Christine Hesse
    Instagram: eightsixseven_photography

    Bakersfield Photography Group
    Title or Location: Bakersfield, California
    I was sitting in my front yard trying to photograph a hawk that sometimes visits our area. While sitting there I took notice of the heavy airline traffic overhead. I have wanted to get a shot of a jet passing between the moon and I for many years. As I watched the flight paths, I could tell that they would be in the path of the moon soon. So I picked my settings and waited about an hour and then it happened. I got the shot. Taken with my Canon R6mkii and Sigma 150-600mm hand held. I got thi
    Credit: Cory Dison
    Instagram: Corydisonphotography

    Bakersfield Photography Group
    Title or Location: The Ovation Theatre
    A Promotional shoot for the musical Cabaret!The KitKat Club goes through a transformation in 1930's Berlin.
    Credit: Brian Purcell
    Instagram: b.purcell_photography
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    Title or Location: Morro Bay, CA
    I wanted to take my new/used camera out & try my 300mm lens.This was taken the morning before a severe rainstorm. The waves were so choppy & the spray was amazing. It was beautiful & I had to capture it.
    Credit: Sherry Bettencourt

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    Title or Location: The vistas
    Shot at 120m over my house in the vistas
    Credit: Brandon Gilmartin
    Instagram: aerial_empire
    Christchurch Photography Group
    Title or Location:
    Aurora captured at Lake Ellesmere Christchurch NZ
    Credit: Vaughan Morrissey
    Instagram: life_of_a_crazy_kiwi
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    Title or Location: Mashatu Reserve, Botswana
    Photo taken October 29, 2023. Camera Nikon Z8, lens Nikkor 180-600 f5.6-6.3 VR. Settings 240mm, f5.6 , 1/1000. Location: Mashatu Reserve, Botswana
    Credit: Al VanderLaan

    Huddersfield Photography Group
    Title or Location: Elland, Westyorkshire
    I had gone for a walk in the woods with my friend. We were looking up into the tree's to see if we could spot any Owls chatting away, as I looked back down to the path this beautiful fox was walking towards us.
    Credit: Kirsty Collins
    West London Photography Group
    Title or Location: Crane Park, Whitton.
    Taken with Nikon D7500 with 300mm Nikkor lens. Two male Kingfishers possibly adult male and offspring sitting low by the River Crane. Light was low so had to use a high ISO. Because of this the image had to be denoised . It was then cropped and clarity and texture added in Lightroom. I have a nice triptych of them sitting in three different poses.
    Credit: Sam Downie
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    Title or Location: Swindon Designer Outlet
    It's feeling very festive at Swindon Designer Outlet &127876&127877&127882
    Credit: Rimpy Sharma
    Instagram: @rimpysharma19

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