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ORLEANS
PHOTOGRAPHY
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Upcoming Events

Composition in the Park

Composition in the Park

Sunday 21 April
Magazine St. New Orleans - 2pm - 2 Hours
Donnie Pearson
Come and join us as we explore composition in photography.

Composition is one of the most critical element in photography. Composition is how a photographer arranges the visual elements within their image, frame. I promise you that if you search for information on composition you will find plenty You will find formal rules, opinion, some of which you can trace back to historical art movements and painters.

Even in the digital world, composition remains the key to creating strong images. Composition is what guides our eye through an image and gives importance to the subject. It creates the story for the viewer and how we as photographers convey that message.

This meetup will explore composition using our frame and tools available to us as the photographer.
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$43      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Sunday 02 June
Uptown/Carrollton, New Orleans - 11am - 3 Hours
Donnie Pearson
Ready to learn more about your camera and get out of automatic exposure? Now is your chance!

Join us as we break down your camera to help you learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO and how these settings affect your exposure.

We will then put your new knowledge to the test with the guidance of a professional photographer.
book now
$84      
WWC (Walk with Camera)

WWC (Walk with Camera)

Sunday 09 June
French Quarter - 1pm - 2 Hours
Donnie Pearson
Join us for a captivating photography walk where creativity flows as freely as the conversations. This event is designed for enthusiasts of all levels who wish to explore the diverse facets of photography, including street, landscape, architecture, seascape, and abstract. With your camera in hand, immerse yourself in the art of capturing moments while enjoying a leisurely stroll. Whether you're looking to hone your skills or simply share your passion with fellow photography lovers, this gathering promises a enriching experience wrapped in the beauty of our surroundings.
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$43      

Bokeh for Beginners

Bokeh for Beginners

Sunday 30 June
Magazine St. New Orleans - 1pm - 2 Hours
Donnie Pearson
The goal of this session is to learn how to add the Bokeh affect to your photos. We will also be working on photography in low light with and with camera flash.
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$43      
Street Photography Meetup

Street Photography Meetup

Sunday 07 July
French Quarter - 1pm - 2 Hours
Donnie Pearson
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      
Street Photography Meetup

Street Photography Meetup

Sunday 27 October
French Quarter - 1pm - 2 Hours
Donnie Pearson
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.
book now
$47      

The City at Night Photography Meetup

The City at Night Photography Meetup

Sunday 10 November
French Quarter - 7pm - 2 Hours
Donnie Pearson
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      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Sunday 01 December
Uptown/Carrollton, New Orleans - 11am - 3 Hours
Donnie Pearson
Ready to learn more about your camera and get out of automatic exposure? Now is your chance!

Join us as we break down your camera to help you learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO and how these settings affect your exposure.

We will then put your new knowledge to the test with the guidance of a professional photographer.
book now
$92      
ABOUT NEW
ORLEANS
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 New Orleans .

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

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    The street photography class was very useful. It made me stop and pay attention to the details on the street in everyday life and Donnie was helpful in telling us different angles to shoot from and different ways to compose our shots. Great refresher course on getting the correct lighting exposure on my photos. Great class.
    5/5
    Daniel
    2024-04-08
    In the short time we had I learned quite a bit from Donnie. He was patient, informative & a fun person to explore our surroundings with. Also, I enjoyed our group interactions. I'll definitely do this again!
    5/5
    Jo
    2024-03-26
    Donnie was very personable and knowledgeable. I was able to get more familiar with my own flash set up, and with a few other flash scenarios and the necessary equipment for them.
    5/5
    Melanie
    2022-12-25

    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    Donnie Pearson
    My name is Donnie, I have been shooting professionally for over 13 years. As I have grown in photography, I focused on commercial lighting and sharper photos. "I shoot raw!"

    I use adobe software for all of my editing and retouching. Inside my camera bag I carry 2 full frame Nikon 610's, 4 Nikon flashes (800's & 910's) , Nikon 24-70 2.8 zoom lens and a Nikon 70-200 2.8 zoom lens. As a back up for natural light and street photography is a full frame and mirrorless Nikon z5 with a 24-200 zoom lens. I have an in home studio where I converted a 2 car garage into a full use studio.

    Donnie Pearson is available for private bookings

    Private tutoring, weddings, natural light portraits, events, lighting and flash, off camera flash, studio portraits, basic intro to manual settings, Quincea f1era, street photography, maternity and new borns.

    PHOTOS
    New Orleans Photography Group
    2024-04-01
    Title or Location: The Fly, Audubon Riverview Park.
    Showing out of country friends about Mighty Mississippi River at The Fly during sunset. The interesting silhouettes of Chinese tallow tree branches with beautiful setting sun caught my eyes, It was a picture perfect scenery at end of the day. The picture was taken with an iPhone.
    Credit: Swee E Huang

    New Orleans Photography Group
    2024-03-26
    Title or Location: Bayou Metairie in New Orleans City Park.
    Spring Time, and the Louisiana Iris are starting to bloom!
    Credit: Jim Zawadzki
    New Orleans Photography Group
    2024-03-23
    Title or Location: French Quarter New Orleans
    This photo was taken a few years ago while walking the French Quarter in April during the French Quarter Festival. It was a beautiful day with Spring blooming all around.
    Credit: Kevin Barraco
    Facebook: @kevinbarraco
    Instagram: @barracokevin

    New Orleans Photography Group
    2024-03-18
    Title or Location: Lake Lawn Cemetery
    This shot was taken at the old Metairie cemetery situated near the city of New Orleans. An incredible story behind this cemetery and quite a few famous folks to boot have been buried here. What stands out to me though are the amazing crips, headstones and mausoleums along with the landscape. just makes for a perfect day to reflect and click away?..
    Credit: Arnesto S. Sobrado
    Facebook: Dronalism
    Instagram: Bumble Bee Productions

    New Orleans Photography Group
    2024-03-11
    Title or Location: Canal Street, New Orleans
    We were in New Orleans for a concert. Just strolling downtown on a nice spring evening.
    Credit: Russell Vaughan
    Facebook: rimagev
    Instagram: rimagev
    New Orleans Photography Group
    2024-03-07
    Title or Location: Cleary Heights
    Shot on @ilfordphoto's XP2 120mmfilm in the early morning fog. No editing - straight from the camera. &127902 This film picks up excellent contrast, even in extremely low light conditions. We highly recommend! Taken at the Hoover Lake Dam in Cleary Heights - Florence, Mississippi. ------blackandwhite film filmphoto filmphotography analog analogphotography bnw bnw_greatshots foggy atmosph?re blackandwhitephotograpy filmphotographer fineart ghostly ilford xp2 35mm filmc
    Credit: Jason & Amanda Ray
    Facebook: @doublenegativephoto
    Instagram: @doublenegativephotography

    Seattle Photography Group
    2024-04-10
    Title or Location: Edmonds, WA
    Dearing the eclipse of 2017 my family and I sat in our backyard here in WA to watch the 93 totality with our eclipse glasses. With my homemade solar filter attached to my camera, I took a series of photos of the sun during the eclipse. After processing my sun photos, I was disappointed to see that the moon only showed up as a black hole and not its proper form. I am an avid shooter of Astro photography and have several photos of the moon taken from my backyard and multiple other locations. I
    Credit: Amanda Thornton-DeWitt
    Facebook: Amanda Thornton-DeWitt Photography
    Instagram: @amandaswildlifepics
    Memphis Photography Club
    2024-04-10
    Title or Location: Cades Cove,TN
    I took this image on Nov. 2, 2021 at 7 am on Nov. 2, 2001 at 7 am. As I was driving around the Cove I came upon this Buck as I came up over a rise. I had a feeling that he was about to cross the road. My hunch was right. He crossed one fence and eventually crossed the other one. I was ready for his movement. I took a series over shots. It was very exciting.Canon EF 100-400 f4.5 - 5.6L ISO 4,000 f8 1/200s
    Credit: Pat Riley
    Facebook: Pat Riley
    Tulsa Photography Group
    2024-04-08
    Title or Location: Woodward Park, Tulsa, OK
    Canon EOS 800DEF 75-300 f/4-5.675mm1/640F4.5ISO 200I was out practicing my technique. Had spent a little while chasing squirrels around the park. This took me to an area of the park I had not been in. The way these two tulips were complete opposites and yet seem to lean on each other drew my attention to them.
    Credit: Chuck Gilbert

    Austin Photography Society
    2024-04-07
    Title or Location: Terlingua Ghost Town Cemetery, Terlingua, Texas
    Bucket List - Check!!!I finally made it to the Big Bend area. Here's a shot I got at the Terlingua Ghost Town Cemetery, just before sunrise. Canon EOS R, EF 16-35L F2.8, 30 Sec, f2.8, ISO 3200. Used x2 small video lights on lowest power, to light up the foreground. Taken 3/13/2024. Terlingua, Texas.
    Credit: Kirk Brandau
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kbrandau/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kbrandau1/
    Albury Photography Group
    2024-04-07
    Title or Location: Cootamundra NSW Australia
    Captured this Megachile Bee enjoying the sunshine after a two day downpour. Sony A7IV Camera - Sony 90mm Macro Lens - Sony 46 Flash -Radiant Diffuser
    Credit: Stephen Hunt
    Liverpool Photography Group
    2024-04-06
    Title or Location: New Brighton
    I took this photograph just after the sun had set.I used the long exposure setting on my phone to create the wispy water affect.Then I made basic slight adjustments/edits using the lightroom app.
    Credit: Kim Phillips
    Facebook: Intuition photography
    Instagram: Kimberleyphillips77

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