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ORLEANS
PHOTOGRAPHY
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Upcoming Events

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.
book now
$47      
Beginners Flash Photography Class

Beginners Flash Photography Class

Sunday 11 August
Magazine St. New Orleans - 11am - 2 Hours
Donnie Pearson
Learn how to use flash photography. Flash does not have to be intimidating. Using your pop up flash or external flash can help you balance the lighting that pleases your eye. Learn tips and tricks to start on your flash photography journey.
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$47      
I Shoot it, You Shoot it

I Shoot it, You Shoot it

Sunday 01 September
Magazine St. New Orleans - 1pm - 2 Hours
Donnie Pearson
This session, will have a wide variation of subjects and creative lighting. The idea is that you can see how I shoot a scene, and then you place your camera in position and shoot the same way. This is a very effective way to study and learn new techniques.
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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.
book now
$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
    2024-04-29
    Title or Location: Egypt
    I captured this beautiful sunrise while enjoying my first hot air balloon ride while visiting Egypt. Sony6600 45mm 1/1600 f/6.3 ISO 100
    Credit: Levi Wells
    Instagram: Now_you_nola

    New Orleans Photography Group
    2024-04-20
    Title or Location: on the levee in Reserve, LA
    I had been wanting to get photos of some Bald Eagles in a nest on the batture of the Mississippi River in Reserve, LA. I procrastinated too long and the leaves of the tree was hiding the nest and the adult eagles were not there, but I was able to capture a shot of an immature eagle in the nest. The highlight of the outing was this photograph of a Red-shouldered Hawk on the way back home who seemed to pose for me. Taken from the levee with my Nikon D810 at 200mm, f/5.6, 1/1,250.
    Credit: Bertis Tamplain
    New Orleans Photography Group
    2024-04-15
    Title or Location: Dallas TX 2024
    Drove 500 miles to Dallas the day before eclipse. It was forecasted to be cloudy with high changes of storm during eclipse. Fortunately with over cast sky and I was able to photograph the solar eclipse of 2024 in between clouds.
    Credit: Swee Huang
    Facebook: Swee E Huang

    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

    Oshawa Photography Group
    2024-05-21
    Title or Location: Just north of Brechin on Hwy 169.
    May 10 the northern lights hit a G5 storm, a KP index of 9, the highest it will go, and the best storm we've seen in over 20 years. I drove my 10 year old son north to see them, this was a chance of a lifetime. I managed to get several amazing photos. Canon R6M2, RF10-20mm lens at 10mm, 30sec at f4, iso 1000, manual focusing. This was looking more north-west as most of the bright colours could be seen to the south, west and just north of us.
    Credit: Diane Schlichting
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61558842215195
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/littlebearphotographyca/
    Sydney Photography Group
    2024-05-21
    Title or Location: Cremorne Point
    Cremorne Point is always a favourite choice to capture the southerly sunsets with the Sydney Opera House and the city skyline in the frame. This isn't a long exposure shot but a motion blur added to the water in post production.
    Credit: Oindrila Mitra
    Instagram: oindrilaclicks
    Tucson Photography Group
    2024-05-20
    Title or Location: San Rafael Valley, AZ
    Taken on a backroad photo trip through the San Rafael Valley of Southern Arizona. I shot the image with a Sony A6000 converted to 830nm infrared. Some editing in Lightroom.
    Credit: Andy Baldwin
    Instagram: @abaldwinphoto

    Portland Photography Group
    2024-05-20
    Title or Location: Stub Stewart State Park Hilltop area
    This was the day of famous Northern Lights visible in most of the North America. Stubs Stewart is the most ideal dark area for star gazing so I reached there around 11pm. As expected, it was full of enthusiasts. The lights were predicted to be at peak between 10pm - 2am. Around 2pm, when we though the "show was over", the lights started getting incredibly bright, and that is when this picture was taken. Interestingly, the lights were bright in some regions and other regions were faded enough to
    Credit: Ashish Kushwaha
    Sydney Photography Group
    2024-05-19
    Title or Location: Curly dick Rd ,Meadow flat
    It's a famous road for Golden Poplars, but I wanted to capture the Milky way passing over trees that have lost their leaves. it was early evening, but the Milky Way was already high up, so I quickly took some photos and returned to Sydney.
    Credit: eric
    Sydney Photography Group
    2024-05-17
    Title or Location: Tacking Point Lighthouse, Port Macquarie
    Last February, I left Sydney with my friends at 6pm to capture the first Milky Way view of 2024. I was very anxious because I saw a lot of clouds on the way, but I was really happy to see clear skies as I passed Newcastle. When we arrived at the lighthouse, fortunately we were the only ones in the group, so we were able to take photos without any disturbance. The lighthouse light, which was not too bright, was very helpful in filming.
    Credit: Eric

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