RALEIGH
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP

Upcoming Events

Black and White Photography

Black and White Photography

Saturday 20 July
Chapel Hill - 10am - 2 Hours
Richard Tholen
Introduction to Black and White Photography. What makes a good Black and White shot?

We will look at the contrast and using textures. How does the camera see the image and how do we create Black and White images in a camera or in post-production. We will look for some good examples and set some exercises.

This is a more advanced course and assumes you understand the basics of photography and controlling your camera.
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Low Light Portrait Photography Class

Low Light Portrait Photography Class

Sunday 21 July
Durham - 5pm - 3 Hours
Cammel Hurse
Join our Low Light Portrait Photography class and unlock the secrets of capturing stunning portraits in challenging lighting conditions. Whether you're a beginner or an enthusiast, this class will empower you to capture captivating portraits that truly shine, even in the dimmest of environments.
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$92       2 places left
Motion Blur - Using Blur in Photography

Motion Blur - Using Blur in Photography

Saturday 27 July
Chapel Hill - 10am - 2 Hours
Richard Tholen
Learn to use intentional motion blur to enhance your photography. We will cover a range of blurring techniques including long exposures, panning and intentional camera movement for artistic purposes. Not all blurry photos are accidents!

Knowing how to control the blur can help lead you to new creative opportunities, expanding your photographic possibilities.
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$47      

Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 03 August
Durham - 10am - 3 Hours
Richard Tholen
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       5 places left
Studio Photography Class

Studio Photography Class

Saturday 10 August
Central Park - 10am - 3 Hours
Richard Tholen
A 3 hour class showing the fundimentals of having and using a studio. Production photography, flash and lighting power. Settings and materials like white board and reflectors.

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$92       2 places left
Architecture Photography

Architecture Photography

Saturday 17 August
Moores Square - 10am - 2 Hours
Richard Tholen
Discover the hidden beauty in the urban landscape of downtown Raleigh through our architectural photography event.

In this meetup, we will be focusing on buildings lines and shapes in downtown Raleigh and learn how to capture a good photo for architectural photography.

Come and join us!
book now
$47      

85mm Photography Meetup

85mm Photography Meetup

Saturday 17 August
Western Blvd - 4pm - 2 Hours
Cammel Hurse
Join us for an exciting photography meetup centered around the versatile 85mm lens! Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned photographer, this event offers a unique opportunity to explore the creative possibilities of this popular focal length. Bring your camera and unleash your creativity as we capture stunning portraits and scenes together.
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$47      
Abstract Photography

Abstract Photography

Saturday 24 August
Chapel Hill - 10am - 2 Hours
Richard Tholen
Abstract photography involves capturing a subject in a way that renders it either partially or completely unrecognizable, emphasizing instead on the interplay of shapes, colors, and form.

In this workshop, we will explore the art of creating striking and thought-provoking images through the use of abstraction.

Our experienced instructor will guide you through the process of understanding and applying the principles of abstract photography, including composition, color, and texture. We will cover topics such as finding inspiration in everyday objects, experimenting with different angles and perspectives.
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$43      
Headshot Photography Class

Headshot Photography Class

Saturday 24 August
Downtown Raleigh - 4pm - 3 Hours
Cammel Hurse
A headshot is a tightly framed face shot, typically from the shoulders up. The goal of your headshot is to clearly & creatively showcase your client's professionalism, personality, and brand. As a class, we will focus on creating headshots from the chest up with good lighting on your model's face.
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$92       4 places left

Rule of Thirds

Rule of Thirds

Saturday 31 August
University Drive - 10am - 2 Hours
Richard Tholen
One of the most basic tenets of composition is the Rule of Thirds. Although most people are familiar with this technique it is often forgotten in the haste to take a photo. However you ignore it at your peril as it can make an average snap into something which is has tension and dynamism.

In this meetup we will practice using the Rule of Thirds in a setting full of photographic possibility.
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$47      
Macro Photography Class

Macro Photography Class

Saturday 07 September
Western Blvd - 10am - 3 Hours
Richard Tholen
Macro photography is a unique form of photography that involves photographing small objects to make them look life-sized or more significant in the photo. The usual subjects include flowers and small insects, which we don't normally get to see up close with the naked eye.

The class will start when the insects are more active. So be ready to explore and capture breathe-taking macro images.
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$92       5 places left
Creative Shapes

Creative Shapes

Saturday 14 September
Blue Ridge Rd - 10am - 2 Hours
Richard Tholen
We live in a world of shapes and designs all around us. Let's explore dynamic shapes, not only in architecture but how to add shapes as backgrounds to portraits and other main subject choices.
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$47      

Flash Photography Class

Flash Photography Class

Saturday 21 September
Downtown Raleigh - 4pm - 3 Hours
Cammel Hurse
As a photographer, mastering flash photography will hugely improve your photography and understanding of lighting.

In this class, we will cover how to properly use your external Camera Flash/Speedlite and learn the settings and modes, including the widely used TTL Metering mode, which is a common mode in your camera that fosters seamless communication between your camera and Speedlite.

Lastly, we will also learn the difference between fill light and key light. Exploring the interplay between available lighting and flash photography.

We'll explore these concepts as we troubleshoot, make adjustments, and skillfully capture portraits and landscapes.
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$92      
Photography 101 Exposure

Photography 101 Exposure

Sunday 22 September
Downtown Raleigh - 3pm - 3 Hours
Cammel Hurse
What is Exposure? The action of exposing a digital sensor or photographic film to light. 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 cameras. We will touch on the exposure triangle Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO.
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$92      
Action Sports Photography

Action Sports Photography

Saturday 28 September
Chapel Hill - 4:30pm - 2 Hours
Richard Tholen
This session will show you how to capture those high action sports shots with use of quick shutter speeds and dynamic angles. We will also look at how to do a portrait of a sports person, not as a standard portrait, but the use of props and angles of their chosen sport. This will be high action photography at its best.
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$47      

50mm Lens Photography Class

50mm Lens Photography Class

Saturday 05 October
Downtown Raleigh - 2pm - 3 Hours
Cammel Hurse
The 50mm lens is one of the flexible and useful lenses in any photographer's gear bag. It is neither a wide-angle or telephoto lens, but allows the camera to see on the same scale as your eye. As such, it can be used for a variety of styles, from landscape and street photography to portrait and product photography.

In this class, we'll review the basic camera settings. We'll then cover some of the advantages of shooting with a prime lens, and some basic techniques to using the 50mm lens. As always, there will be ample opportunities for you to put your new knowledge into practice.
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$92       4 places left
Black and White Photography

Black and White Photography

Saturday 12 October
Chapel Hill - 10am - 2 Hours
Richard Tholen
Introduction to Black and White Photography. What makes a good Black and White shot?

We will look at the contrast and using textures. How does the camera see the image and how do we create Black and White images in a camera or in post-production. We will look for some good examples and set some exercises.

This is a more advanced course and assumes you understand the basics of photography and controlling your camera.
book now
$47      
Street Photography at Night Meetup

Street Photography at Night Meetup

Saturday 19 October
Durham - 7pm - 2 Hours
Richard Tholen
Street photography encompasses a wide range of genres, and this week we'll be exploring the town at night.

At this meetup, we will practise the basics of shooting in a dark environment as we capture candid images in an urban setting.

By the end of this event, you will be more familiar with:
- How to adjust camera settings for low light.
- Using slow shutter speeds to get brighter images and create light trails.
- Capturing RAW images.
- Guidelines for shooting other people and their property in the real world.
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$47      

Nearby Photography Groups

Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 27 July
Kildaire Farm Road - 10am - 3 Hours
Cary Photography Group
Freeman Long
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       3 places left

Other Nearby Groups

Creative Wellness: Art Therapy Meetup

Creative Wellness: Art Therapy Meetup

Saturday 03 August
Beryl Rd. - 10am - 2 Hours
Raleigh Art Group
Alicia Deras
Join the Creative Wellness: Art Therapy Meetup to experience the transformative power of art as a tool for self-care and self-expression. In this supportive environment, attendees have the opportunity to chat and create, fostering connections with their art and freeing up their minds from everyday stressors. Through guided exercises and creative prompts, individuals can delve into their emotions, gain insights, and cultivate mindfulness. This meetup offers a safe space for exploration and growth, where participants can harness the therapeutic benefits of art to enhance their overall well-being. Join us for an enriching experience of self-discovery, connection, and creative expression in a community dedicated to nurturing wellness through art therapy.
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$47      
Beginner's Drawing Meetup

Beginner's Drawing Meetup

Saturday 17 August
Ashe Ave. - 10am - 2 Hours
Raleigh Art Group
Alicia Deras
Unleash your artistic potential through our comprehensive drawing class designed to bridge the gap between inspiration and creation. With a focus on mastering the essentials, you'll embark on a creative journey guided by our seasoned instructors. Delve into the critical aspects of drawing, including perspective, proportion, shading, and composition, laying a solid foundation for expressive artwork.

Moreover, we'll introduce you to diverse Mark Making techniques, transforming the intimidating blank page into a canvas of possibilities. This class is thoughtfully curated for those at the very start of their artistic path, promising a welcoming and enriching experience for complete beginners. Join us and unlock the door to your creative expression.
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$47      
Architectural Sketching: Art Therapy Meetup

Architectural Sketching: Art Therapy Meetup

Saturday 31 August
W Main St - 10am - 2 Hours
Raleigh Art Group
Alicia Deras
Join the "Architectural Sketching: Art Therapy Meetup" to delve into the therapeutic benefits of art while exploring the intricate beauty of architectural design. This unique meetup offers the opportunity to immerse oneself in the historic district of downtown Garner, where participants can sketch the captivating architecture while experiencing the calming effects of artistic expression. Through guided exercises and creative exploration, attendees can unwind, relieve stress, and foster mindfulness as they connect with their surroundings through art therapy. Whether seeking relaxation, inspiration, or simply a moment of creative introspection, this event provides a nurturing environment for individuals to enhance their well-being while honing their sketching skills. Join us for a transformative journey of self-discovery, creativity, and architectural appreciation in a supportive community of like-minded individuals.
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$47      

ABOUT RALEIGH
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 Raleigh .

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

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    It was great to meet other local photographers, and the class was about what I expected, great for newer folks interested in photography, and Rick was great and seemed very helpful!
    4/5
    Matt
    2024-07-15
    Great instructor! Learned alot and feel much better at headshots now! Thank you!
    5/5
    Katie Alonzo
    2024-05-20
    So much fun! Small class so was able to ask more questions.
    5/5
    Susan
    2024-04-30

    Absolutely wonderful!! Camel is a great teacher, and loved that he brought a model! He truly went above and beyond.
    5/5
    Zechariah
    2024-03-26
    I appreciated the hand-on class. The instructor did a great job of pointed out thing he'd typically capture, and also encouraging the class to get what they'd like. He was very helpful when asked specific questions or for feedback on adjusting the camera for a better shot when shown images.
    5/5
    Korrin
    2024-03-18
    Rick was great! He provided great information and improvisation that I never thought to do. It was a safe space to ask questions and support idea for the shoot we did with the model that did an exceptional job as a subject to make our job easy! Can?t wait to attend another class
    5/5
    Mya
    2024-01-30

    Great event and gained a lot of knowledge about studio photography. Look forward to the next event.
    5/5
    Susan
    2023-11-27
    Cammel was wonderful, patient and thourough!
    5/5
    Ginger
    2023-09-06
    Rick is awesome. He makes things easy to understand and helps you with anything you need.
    5/5
    Neal
    2023-08-06

    Great free form photo shoot. Mostly self directed, which is fine for me, a seasoned photographer, but I think others may have wanted for more direction. I loved the event, and Rick was supportive and helpful to me.
    5/5
    Carl
    2023-08-06
    A good class. I learned more about the use of a histogram in photography. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to take this class.
    5/5
    Robert
    2023-07-12
    It was a very good, informative seminar. Cammel is skilled and knowledgeable.
    4/5
    Gary
    2023-06-19

    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    Cammel Hurse
    Hey everyone! I'm Cammel Hurse, and I'm absolutely obsessed with photography. For more than ten years, I've been on a thrilling journey as a freelance photographer, capturing everything from breathtaking headshots to showcasing the latest fashion trends and immortalizing unforgettable events. Whether it's working with businesses on commercial projects, photographing weddings, or creating stunning portraits here in the Raleigh-Durham & Phoenix areas, my creativity knows no limits. I thrive on blending technical expertise with innovative vision to bring concepts to life.

    Embark on a photography adventure with me where you'll not only master the basics in Photography 101, but also delve into advanced lighting techniques and unleash your own unique style. Let's transform your love for photography into an exhilarating and creative journey!

    Cammel Hurse is available for private bookings

    Join us for an exclusive experience! Our private classes offer personalized mentoring and shadowing on photo shoots. Book your spot for Mondays, Fridays, and Sundays.

    Richard Tholen
    You can call me Rick! I'm a fun and laidback photo and editing enthusiast with about 20years experience from darkroom lab work to the digital art world. Product photography and creative photshoots are my specialty. Super excited to be sharing the knowledge with all in fun capturing atmospheres. Looking forward to meeting you soon.

    Richard Tholen is available for private bookings

    Reach out for details..

    PHOTOS
    Raleigh Photography Group
    2024-06-08
    Title or Location: Moore's Square, Raleigh
    This was just one of those 'oh wow, that looks super pretty" snapshots that turned out to be one of the best from the day. the pink petals in the sunlight just screamed to be captured, so I happily obliged. I don't care how many pictures I take of flowers, it will never be enough.
    Credit: Caleb Rome
    Facebook: realcalebrome
    Instagram: realcalebrome

    Raleigh Photography Group
    2024-06-03
    Title or Location: American Tobacco Warehouse

    Credit: Caren Enloe
    Instagram: @shutterbugnc
    Raleigh Photography Group
    2024-05-22
    Title or Location: Apex NC
    A sculpture that I found kinda blah from eye level? so I crawled underneath to get a better angle
    Credit: Kevin Pugh

    Raleigh Photography Group
    2024-05-06
    Title or Location: Duke Gardens, Durham, NC
    My husband bought me a Nikon and I never used it because it intimidated me. So I took the photography 101 class and some of my pictures came out better than I expected. With more practice, I'll get better (I hope).
    Credit: Shannan Parrish

    Raleigh Photography Group
    2024-04-03
    Title or Location: Downtown Raleigh
    Low light photography class with Cammel Hurse
    Credit: Susan Gaudioso
    Facebook: Magnolia photography NC
    Instagram: Magnoliaphotography_pics
    Raleigh Photography Group
    2024-04-03
    Title or Location: Double exposure class with Rick tholen
    My son and I taking a double exposure class in downtown Durham. Just trying to be creative.
    Credit: Susan Gaudioso
    Facebook: Magnolia photography nc
    Instagram: Magnoliaphotography_pics

    Crawley Photography Group
    2024-07-18
    Title or Location: Otterbourne
    Watched these guys for hours, slowly but surely one of the cubs got the confidence to climb onto the logs!
    Credit: Chris Athawes
    Instagram: Chris_a_photography
    Huntingdon Photography Group
    2024-07-18
    Title or Location: Near Loen, Norway
    This photo was taken after cruising into Olden and taking the Loen Skylift, at the top of which are many trails. We took one away from the crowd and came across this little stream which lined up nicely with what I expect is it's destination. Taken on a Sony RX10IV
    Credit: Clive Durston
    Instagram: Redssnapper
    Brisbane Photography Group
    2024-07-18
    Title or Location: Snapper Rocks Qld
    Some monster waves at the iconic surfing location at Snapper Rocks
    Credit: Emanuel Papamanolis

    Baltimore Photography Group
    2024-07-18
    Title or Location: My garden, Catonsville, MD
    Every year honey bees come to cornflowers in my garden. Bees go to pickerel flowers. I try to capture bees flying. Nikon D700 Nikkor AF 60mm micro with close up rings. I use a flash.
    Credit: Kanji Takeno
    Instagram: Kanjigatortwo
    Albuquerque Photography Group
    2024-07-17
    Title or Location: San Juan Islands-Washington State
    Photo was taken in August of 2023 near the San Juan Islands north west of Seattle. We were following a family of Orca who we believe were teaching their young how to hunt. This photo was of an orca in pursuit of a porpoise. I actually have two other photos of the live pursuit with the orca tracking down and catching the porpoise. I would be happy to provide those as well if you?d like.
    Credit: Robinson Atencio
    Chichester Photography Group
    2024-07-16
    Title or Location: East bank of the River Arun West Sussex
    Out for an evening walk heading up the river Arun, luckily this vessle gave an already colourful photo op a finishing flourish.
    Credit: Steve Smith
    Instagram: PS & H Photography

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