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Shooting in Manual Mode Class

Shooting in Manual Mode Class

Saturday 24 February
Magazine St. New Orleans - 1pm - 3 Hours
Donnie Pearson
This class is for anyone looking to switch their camera mode from Auto to Manual and learn how to shoot using the Manual Mode. The goal is to help everyone become more confident when using their camera settings. We will touch on essential camera functions and the exposure triangle: Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO.
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Wedding Photography for Beginners Class

Wedding Photography for Beginners Class

Saturday 02 March
Magazine St. New Orleans - 1pm - 3 Hours
Donnie Pearson
Wedding photography can be very challenging. This meet up will help go over basics and ideas to educate yourself. Networking, being a second shooter, engaging with friends and family and how to showcase your work.

Weddings for beginners. A basic introduction of sharing tips and tricks in real raw human form.
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$84       5 places left
Composition in the Park

Composition in the Park

Saturday 16 March
Magazine St. New Orleans - 5pm - 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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Dusk & Night Landscapes

Dusk & Night Landscapes

Sunday 24 March
French Quarter - 6pm - 2 Hours
Donnie Pearson
In this workshop, we will explore the art of capturing stunning and dramatic landscape images during the hours of dusk and night.

Our experienced instructor will guide you through the process of understanding and applying the principles of landscape photography, including composition, exposure, and lighting. We will cover topics such as capturing the mood and atmosphere of a scene, using long exposures to create unique effects, and using light sources to add interest and depth to your images.
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$43      
Street Photography Meetup

Street Photography Meetup

Sunday 07 April
French Quarter - 2pm - 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
$43      
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.
book now
$43      

Wedding Photography for Beginners Class

Wedding Photography for Beginners Class

Saturday 04 May
Magazine St. New Orleans - 2pm - 3 Hours
Donnie Pearson
Wedding photography can be very challenging. This meet up will help go over basics and ideas to educate yourself. Networking, being a second shooter, engaging with friends and family and how to showcase your work.

Weddings for beginners. A basic introduction of sharing tips and tricks in real raw human form.
book now
$43      
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
$43      
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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$43      

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
$84      
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
    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
    2024-02-19
    Title or Location: Off US 61 in Norco, LA
    Coming home from doing some photography at the lakefront, I often drive slowly on the Airline Hwy looking for a good bird or alligator shot. This Great Egret presented itself for me and allowed me to get close enough to get a good photo.
    Credit: Bertis Tamplain

    New Orleans Photography Group
    2024-02-08
    Title or Location: New Orleans Yacht Club at dawn
    It was cold this morning, and was hoping for a wonderful sunrise, and was fortunate to capture the colors in this image before the sky turned dark.
    Credit: Alan Anderson
    New Orleans Photography Group
    2024-01-27
    Title or Location: New Orleans Yacht Club at dawn
    Best sunrise images captured on 1/22/24 near the New Orleans Yacht Club were before sunrise. Afterward, there were little to no colors. This image was taken with my cellphone.
    Credit: Alan Anderson

    New Orleans Photography Group
    2024-01-26
    Title or Location: Norco, Louisiana
    Tuesday morning I made a visit to Bonnet Carre Spillway. Saw this Red Tail Hawk?, sitting in the tree. The Sun broke thru the over cast sky to give some nice soft light. 01/23/24
    Credit: Jim Zawadzki

    New Orleans Photography Group
    2024-01-25
    Title or Location: French Quarter near the court house
    This was taken right before the cold snap. It was gloomy by I wanted to drone the area before the temperature dropped. I used my DJI Mavic 3 Pro Cine with an ND4 filter.
    Credit: Steve Sobrado
    Facebook: Dronalism
    Instagram: Bumble bee productions
    New Orleans Photography Group
    2024-01-22
    Title or Location: New Orleans Lakefront
    When I was at the New Orleans Lakefront on 1/29/24 when at about 3:30, I saw the sky and anticipated a great sunset. So I drove over to the west end by the boat launch to get a good view point and a few Brown Pelicans were flying. In between getting shots of the gorgeous sky, I was able to shoot some good photos of the pelicans. These are the best photos I ever shot of this beautiful bird.
    Credit: Bertis Tamplain

    Colchester Photography Group
    2024-02-20
    Title or Location: Essex, UK
    A Gerbera cut flower taken in my lightbox using my Sigma Macro Lens. The gerbera makes such a lovely subject.
    Credit: Richard march
    Facebook: Photography by Richard March
    London Photography Group
    2024-02-20
    Title or Location: American Kestrel at the Canadian Raptor Conservancy
    First off, I have to say that I am not a "Birder". But I love challenging my photographic skills and abilities. The American Kestrel is not a big bird, and it is fast. So even when you know its takeoff is imminent, it is still hard to get a nice clear photo of the bird. This particular image was shot with a Canon R6 camera, with the RF100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens at 1/5000 sec, f/7.1 and ISO 4000. I used the animal eye-tracking feature of this mirrorless full frame camera, and was very plea
    Credit: Kevin Rodger
    Facebook: Kevin Rodger
    Instagram: ckrodger
    Syracuse Photography Group
    2024-02-19
    Title or Location: Horseshow Bend in Page, AZ
    I had shot the sunrise at Horseshoe Bend the same morning and was hoping for a blazing sunset at this location after talking to the other photographers present at sunrise. Even with some clouds, we were not so fortunate and when the sunlight was casting on the water I switched to black and white mentality and was able to capture this photo. You can just see the setting sun in the upper right corner for the photo.
    Credit: Marc Gerbsch
    Facebook: marc.gerbsch

    Peterborough Photography Group
    2024-02-19
    Title or Location: Nene Valley Railway - Wansford
    I was on a leisurely family walk going towards Nene Valley Railway in Wansford when serendipity struck, and I found myself in the perfect spot to capture a captivating moment. The sight of a steam train preparing to depart from the station sparked a rush of excitement and nostalgia. The timeless allure of steam trains and the bustling atmosphere of the railway added a touch of history and charm to my photography experience.
    Credit: Darnell
    Instagram: Viewfinderd
    Wichita Photography Group
    2024-02-19
    Title or Location: Halstead Kansas, outside my house
    It was a cloudy day and my cat was up in the tree. he had always had very deep blue, but with all the defused light from the clouds and the contrast from the tree bark, It sent me running for my camera.I shot it on a Nikon D5600, with a 70 - 200mm lens, on January 25, 2024.I shot it raw while in manual mode, the aperture was 4.1, the iso 100, and the shutter speed was 1 over 700.
    Credit: Matthew Rowe
    Swansea Photography Group
    2024-02-19
    Title or Location: Three Cliffs Bay, The Gower, Swansea
    This one took a bit of planning to catch the Milky Way in the place I wanted, the Weather, Moon, and Milky Way core all had to be right and as you might guess it took a few seasons for it to come together, every time it was a walk in the dark over the sand dunes from Pennard to get to the right spot on the cliff edge, I'm a little picky when it comes to star trails and although there are certain formulas for shutter speed to "visibly" limit star trails I'd rather have none, so I dragged my Star
    Credit: Terry Brooks

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