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Upcoming Events

Sunset Photography Meetup

Sunset Photography Meetup

Saturday 22 June
(35.4097925, -118.9836321) - 6pm - 2 Hours
Jesse Najera
Learn how to use the proper settings to capture a beautiful sunset.

Beyond just being a natural phenomenon, the setting of the sun symbolizes many things to a variety or people and cultures. The setting of the sun represents the completion of a day's work, so it represents the opportunity to rest.
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$47      
The City at Night

The City at Night

Saturday 06 July
On the corner of K st. and Service st. Between 19th and 20th in downtown Bakersfield. - 8pm - 2 Hours
Jesse Najera
Many people don't think about nighttime being a good time to do photography since there's a lack of light. However, armed with knowledge about your camera's settings and the properties of light, nighttime photography can be a lot of fun.

In this meetup, you'll learn about the best camera settings for nighttime photography. We'll also explore the kinds of light available to us and how to use that light to make some awesome photos. As always, there are exercises that will help you put your new knowledge to work.
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$47      
Sunset Photography Meetup

Sunset Photography Meetup

Saturday 03 August
(35.4097925, -118.9836321) - 8pm - 2 Hours
Jesse Najera
Learn how to use the proper settings to capture a beautiful sunset.

Beyond just being a natural phenomenon, the setting of the sun symbolizes many things to a variety or people and cultures. The setting of the sun represents the completion of a day's work, so it represents the opportunity to rest.
book now
$47      

Street Photography

Street Photography

Saturday 14 September
20th Street - 8am - 2 Hours
Jesse Najera
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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$47      
ABOUT BAKERSFIELD
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 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.
  • REVIEWS
    Jesse was nice and knowledgeable. Really enjoyed the class
    5/5
    Samantha
    2024-05-13
    Jesse was very knowledgeable and presented the material in an easy going but thoughtful manner. He answered questions to everyone?s benefit and did not condescend.
    5/5
    Greg
    2024-05-13
    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.
    5/5
    Pete
    2024-03-19

    The instructor was great. The photowalk was amazing. Highly recommended !
    5/5
    Albert
    2024-03-17
    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.
    5/5
    Heather
    2024-01-16
    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.
    5/5
    Pete
    2024-01-14

    I enjoyed the hands on experience with the teacher.
    5/5
    Joseph
    2023-06-20
    went very well
    5/5
    Monica
    2023-06-18
    I learned more in 3 hours than I have in multi-day courses. Michael was easy to learn from.
    5/5
    Michelle Etter
    2023-06-06

    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.
    5/5
    Jocelyn
    2023-06-05
    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.
    5/5
    Isaias
    2023-03-05
    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    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

    PHOTOS
    Bakersfield Photography Group
    2024-06-07
    Title or Location:
    Nikon Z50 & Z 12-28mm, 1/125, f/10, ISO 800, Manual Mode. Taken 2024/05/29 0n 33rd Street West. Exposing here for highlights. "Manhattanhenge" occurs in June when the sun sets due west (/-) in Manhattan.
    Credit: Ed Ruth

    Bakersfield Photography Group
    2024-05-13
    Title or Location: Northern Lights from Bakersfield, CA
    The photo was taken at Highway 178 and Rancheria Rd. in Bakersfield, CA at 12:00 am.I have always been fascinated with space. When I heard that we had the possibility to see the northern lights, I immediately knew I had to go out and see it for myself. So me and my dad drove for 20 minutes to get to a darker part of town with less light pollution. It was so beautiful, you could make out a red, hazy hue in the sky, but the white light rays were so prominent and bright.Camera Settings: Canon
    Credit: Eric Isbell
    Facebook: photosfluke
    Instagram: photosfluke
    Bakersfield Photography Group
    2024-05-03
    Title or Location: Hart Memorial Park, Bakersfield, CA
    Drake (male) Wood Duck, enjoying an evening swim in one of Hart Park's waterways.Canon EOS 5D Mark IIFocal length - 400mmf/5.61/30 sec
    Credit: Greg Worthing

    Bakersfield Photography Group
    2024-04-12
    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
    2024-04-06
    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
    2024-03-02
    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

    Sacramento Photography Group
    2024-06-13
    Title or Location: Wengen, Switzerland
    The photo was taken just outside the village of Wengen in the Bernese Oberland region. Spring had just started making its presence felt with wildflowers starting to bloom in the meadows.
    Credit: Abhi Kulkarni
    Instagram: Photoholic1975

    Cairns Photography Group
    2024-06-13
    Title or Location: Elizabeth Bay, Sydney
    I was lucky enough to have this view of Elizabeth Bay in Sydney from my hotel. I just opened the window, prepared my tripod and camera and shot this wonderful night scene.Nikon D7500 with Nikon 18-300mm lensf/1130 secsiso 200Aperture priority -3 exp compfocal length 66mm
    Credit: Brett Paull
    Facebook: Aussiebrat
    Instagram: Aussiebrat7
    Omaha Photography Group
    2024-06-11
    Title or Location: Chicago, IL
    Photo taken during a spring boat ride into the Chicago River and processed using Lightroom and Photo Director.
    Credit: Brian Bruns

    Wollongong Photography Group
    2024-06-11
    Title or Location: VIVID Sydney - Sydney Harbour
    For 2 weeks every winter Sydney is lit up with amazing colours and beams of light over the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, and various buildings throughout the city. I captured this photo of the Opera House from across the water at the Overseas Passenger Terminal. I used a slow shutter speed (of 1 sec) to capture light trails from the passing water craft, and I held my iPhone up against my lens to create an artificial reflection on the water.Canon R6ii, RF 70-200mm f2.8 (@ 70mm), 1s, iso 200.
    Credit: Angelique Kelly
    Facebook: @mylenslovesyou
    Instagram: @angelique_kelly_photography

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