ORLANDO
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP

Upcoming Events

50mm Lens Meetup

50mm Lens Meetup

Sunday the 16th of October
Orlando, Florida - 9am - 2 hours
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 meetup, 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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$39pp     10 places left - requires 3 bookings to proceed
Beginners Photography Class

Beginners Photography Class

Sunday the 30th of October
Winter Park, Florida - 9am - 3 hours
Let's get those cameras off Auto mode and dive into Manual mode. In this class you'll learn how to take full control over the creation of your images. We'll start with covering the various exposure settings of your camera and how to use them in different situations. We'll also talk about how to compose your images well using various techniques. You'll have the chance to put your new knowledge to good use through several fun and challenging exercises.
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$76pp     only 3 places left
Landscape & Wildlife Photography Meetup

Landscape & Wildlife Photography Meetup

Sunday the 13th of November
Christmas, Florida - 9am - 2 hours
Florida has some great outdoors with scenic vistas and amazing wildlife, and it can be a lot of fun and very rewarding to photograph it. In this meetup, we'll review the basic camera settings, focusing on the best settings for landscapes. We'll discuss some of the techniques you can use in your landscape and wildlife photography. Then we'll put your new knowledge to work with some fun and challenging exercises.
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$39pp     8 places left
Intro to Portrait Photography Meetup

Intro to Portrait Photography Meetup

Sunday the 27th of November
Orlando, Florida - 9am - 2 hours
The holidays are here and family photo opportunities will abound! This meetup will prepare you to take some excellent photos of family and friends. Portrait photography is one of the most common kinds of photography, and is also a very challenging kind of photography to do well. In this meetup, we'll cover the best camera settings for portraits and learn some composition techniques that will help you take some great portraits the next time you're out with family and friends. You will get to practice your new skills on a professional model who will demonstrate some posing techniques you can share with your subjects, too.
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$59pp     9 places left - requires 5 bookings to proceed
Street Photography Meetup

Street Photography Meetup

Sunday the 11th of December
Sanford, Florida - 9am - 2 hours
Urban street is a great way to get to know a city. It is a great genre to practice at home, and it's also a great photography tool you can take with you on vacation. In this class, we'll do a review of our camera's manual settings and talk about the best settings for different kinds of street photography. We'll talk about some of the composition tools that will help make your street photography stand out. Then we'll put this learning to practice with a few exercises highlighting different techniques.
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$39pp     7 places left
ABOUT ORLANDO
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 meetups based on a photography theme/technique/style and they take place in various locations across the region.

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 one 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 Orlando Photography Facebook Group here to share your photos after the session.

We ask that everyone attending a meetup follows social distancing guidelines:

Stay home if you have any symptoms of COVID.
Keep 6 feet away from others.
Wear a suitable face mask or show a valid vaccination card indicating that you are vaccinated.
Don't make unnecessary physical contact with others.
* Wash your hands regularly with alcohol-based sanitizer.
REVIEWS
Really great class. Michael is an awesome very interesting and informative instructor. Kept us all engaged.Highly recommended to learn the in and out?s of working ur cameras.
5/5
Kim valentine
September 19th 2022
It was the perfect way to get started
5/5
Charisse Perez
September 18th 2022
It was the perfect way to get started
5/5
Charisse Perez
September 18th 2022
Mike was a great instructor. I had fun
5/5
Frederick Nelsen
August 3rd 2022
I learned a lot and Mike did a great job of conveying the information. And there was a lot of information
5/5
Jennifer Klug (Vreeland)
July 10th 2022
Class was great. The instructor is very informative and has a lot of patience. I enjoy meeting other new enthusiasts like myself and sharing their experiences as well.
5/5
Kristen Curtis
June 27th 2022
great
5/5
PETER LANZARONE
June 13th 2022
It was amazing and taught us all a lot and have us the chance to put to work what we were learning, the instructor is absolutely great and explains things so we all understand it and he helps us improve and shares his knowledge with us to help us!!!! I would recommend his classes to others !!
5/5
Bryon Ritchi
June 12th 2022
5/5
Karen Bell
June 12th 2022
Great class! Thanks Mike
5/5
Maggie Baekey
May 29th 2022
5/5
Claudia
March 13th 2022
I really enjoyed this class! It was great to be able to practice Night Photography in this way.
5/5
Neida Rodriguez
March 13th 2022
INSTRUCTORS
Michael Wacht
Mike has more than 40 years' experience behind the camera, a good deal of that as a professional. A bulk of his work has been as a photojournalist and documentary photographer. This storytelling style informs his other work as an event, portrait/headshot, and travel photographer. Mike traveled in 2003 to Angola, Africa to document the postwar church, documented relief efforts after the 2004 hurricane season, and shot an outdoor wedding next to a glacier in Alaska. Mike holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Washington & Lee University and a master's in strategic communications from Purdue University. He lives in Orlando with his five rescued dogs.
Iván Baella
Ivan Baella has been a photographer for 45 years. He has been the Official Photographer for Camarero Horse Racetrack in Puerto Rico for the past 40 years.He has worked with El Amal Pharmacy Chain doing product photography for 20 years. Has done Event Photography such as the conventions of Puerto Rico Chemist Association,Weddings,Drag Racing Photography at Caribbean International Racetrack. In 2020 he relocated to Orlando.