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Basic Photography Fundamentals

Basic Photography Fundamentals

Saturday 03 June
Kern County - 9am - 3 Hours
Join us as we explain the fundamentals of shutter speed, aperture and ISO and how these settings affect your exposure in new, creative ways! Then let's see how good composition techniques can turn your ordinary snapshots into art. We will then put your new knowledge to the test with the guidance of Dr. Michael Perry, a professional photographer. After explaining details of Exposure, White Balance and Composition, we'll explore sites in Hart Park and the Mighty Kern to put your new skills into practice. Please bring your enthusiasm and an adjustable camera and zoom lens, if you have one. Borrow one if necessary. Bring water and snacks like power bars & trail mix. It's going to be fairly hot in the morning; bring a hat and sunscreen. Wear sensible shoes! Please arrive by 8:45.
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Beginner/ Intermediate Photo Class

Beginner/ Intermediate Photo Class

Saturday 17 June
Kern County - 9am - 3 Hours
Take your Beginner Photo Skills to Intermediate and your Intermediate to Advanced! Look deeper into what the secrets of Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO can do for you. Discover why Good Composition is so essential to memorable photos. Beyond the essential theory, this is a "Hands On" practical skills class. We will find unique spots in Hart Park and the Mighty Kern to put our new ideas into practice. Let's turn your boring photos into art worthy of your walls. Please bring your enthusiasm and an adjustable camera, if you have one. Borrow one if necessary. Bring a tripod, neutral density and polarizer filters if you have any. Bring water and snacks like trail mix. It's going to be fairly hot in the morning; bring a hat and sunscreen. Wear sensible shoes! Please arrive by 8:45.
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Street Photography

Street Photography

Saturday 15 July
Downtown - 10am - 2 Hours
People, cafes, vendors, street merchants, buskers, historic buildings, art installations and much more. The power of observation underpins the art of great street photography. Learning to "see" interesting detail is a practised skill and we introduce you to easy methods that will open your photographer's eye and expose you to a world that is alive with detail. The most rewarding part of the class is learning how to approach interesting people and have them willingly pose for you. We will also go over settings, focusing techniques and lens choices common to street photography to help us capture those random chance encounters.
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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.
    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.
    Michael Perry
    One of the joys of a profession in photography is capturing, and sharing with others the beauties of nature: the mountains vibrant with fall colors, the exuberance of a field of poppies, the mysterious geometry of stars moving in the night sky.

    Decades of landscape photography as well as a career as a psychologist have guided me to offer images sometimes simple, sometimes otherworldly.

    My tools include medium format and 35mm film cameras and wet darkroom. Now I use 35mm digital cameras, Photoshop and Lightroom. My images have appeared in various publications and in three coffee-table fine-art books.

    I love the art expressed in a photographic image. And the craft of photography excites me too. I love to teach!
    I hold a California Teaching Credential in Photography and have taught Photography from the 8th grade to Jr. College level.
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