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Upcoming Events

Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Sunday 16 June
Winter Park - 9am - 3 Hours
Michael Wacht
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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$84       0 places left
Outdoor Portrait Photography Meetup

Outdoor Portrait Photography Meetup

Sunday 30 June
Winter Park - 9am - 2 Hours
Michael Wacht
We, as photographers, are called many times to do outdoor portrait work. Studios can be expensive or may not be available, clients may want an on-location shots, or you're shooting at an outdoor event. Whatever the reason, it's good to know how to see and control outdoor natural light in order to get the best portrait photos. This class will cover outdoor lighting and some basics of working with a model/subject.

This is an advanced portrait meetup. I recommend you take the Beginners Class first to learn manual mode and composition. Also, it would be helpful to complete the Introduction to Portrait Photography meetup, too, though not required.
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$43      
50mm Lens Meetup

50mm Lens Meetup

Sunday 14 July
Downtown Sanford, Florida - 9am - 2 Hours
Michael Wacht
The 50mm lens is one of the flexible and useful lenses in any photographer's gear bag. It is neither a wide-angle nor 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 for using the 50mm lens. As always, there will be ample opportunities for you to put your new knowledge into practice.
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$47      

The City at Night

The City at Night

Saturday 27 July
Winter Park, Florida - 8pm - 2 Hours
Michael Wacht
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 11 August
Winter Park - 9am - 3 Hours
Michael Wacht
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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$92      
Street Photography Meetup

Street Photography Meetup

Sunday 25 August
Sanford, Florida - 9am - 2 Hours
Michael Wacht
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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$47      

Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Sunday 15 September
Winter Park - 9am - 3 Hours
Michael Wacht
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.
book now
$92      
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 sessions based on a photography theme/technique/style and they take place in various locations in Orlando .

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

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    Great. Learned a lot.
    5/5
    Jorge
    2024-05-27
    excellent event. I learned several new techniques and reviewed the basics as well. Mike is always very patient and he is passionate about his work. I always enjoy the lessons with him and plan on scheduling more in the future.
    5/5
    Penny
    2024-05-06
    This was an excellent class and very welcoming for true beginners. I walked into the class not even understanding the settings in my camera but left with the knowledge and confidence to adjust settings effectively for a desired effect. Mike is quite knowledgeable and also a great teacher, I will definitely be signing up for additional classes with him!
    5/5
    Danielle
    2024-04-29

    Mike was great! It was a wonderful experience and I can?t wait to sign up for more classes.
    5/5
    Amanda
    2024-03-25
    Instructor was very knowledgeable and conveyed the information in a clear and easy to understand way. I will be booking more events with him.
    5/5
    Claudia
    2024-03-25
    Great event, Mike Wacht is a great instructor. Make the class fun and challenges the student to be a better photographer.
    5/5
    Carlos
    2024-03-25

    I consider myself an intermediate photographer, but took the beginning class because I always believe there is something new to be learned. Mike was great and provided good information. Some of it was refresher information for me, but he also provided information and recommendations that I hadn't learned before that proved to be very helpful. The location was great for the class and it really felt like I had solid one on one time with him.
    5/5
    Barbie
    2024-03-12
    Excellent class. I learned a lot.
    5/5
    Catherine
    2024-02-12
    it was excellent. Great review of composition. He is very helpful with all the participants and pays attention to each one of us. I will continue to attend his classes.
    5/5
    Penny
    2024-01-24

    I really enjoyed the event. Mike Wacht is a excellent instructor and I learned a lot..
    5/5
    Carlos
    2024-01-22
    Taught well. Very informative.
    5/5
    Catherine
    2024-01-01
    It was helpful. I learned something useful to remember.
    5/5
    Didi
    2024-01-01

    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    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.

    Michael Wacht is available for private bookings

    Please inquire for available dates.

    PHOTOS
    Orlando Photography Group
    2024-05-25
    Title or Location: Lake County, Florida

    Credit: Jay McMullan - Fine Art Photographer
    Facebook: JayMcFineArt
    Instagram: jaymc1025

    Orlando Photography Group
    2024-05-21
    Title or Location: Juniper Springs, Florida
    Golden Orb Weaving Spider
    Credit: Jay McMullan - Fine Art Photographer
    Facebook: JayMcFineArt
    Instagram: jaymc1025
    Orlando Photography Group
    2024-05-20
    Title or Location: Titusville,Florida
    I want everyone to meet London London is a remarkable toddler of 2 years, who has autism, and her life has been a tumultuous journey. However, thanks to the unwavering love and support of her adoptive mother, Takeisha, and the newfound network of care surrounding her, including my wife Shantel, who is her Godmother, she is finally receiving the nurturing she requires. Thus, we made the decision to take the children to the park, and on a whim, we decided to capture the moment with a photo s
    Credit: Brandon Scott (Magik Touch photography)
    Instagram: Photos_by_magik

    Orlando Photography Group
    2024-05-03
    Title or Location: Juniper Springs, Florida
    Golden Orb Weaving Spider
    Credit: Jay McMullan - Fine Art Photographer
    Facebook: JayMcFineArt
    Instagram: jaymc1025

    Orlando Photography Group
    2024-05-01
    Title or Location: Mirror Lake in the High Uintah Mountains of Utah
    Panorama of Mirror Lake and the surrounding landscape.
    Credit: Jay McMullan - Fine Art Photographer
    Facebook: JayMcFineArt
    Instagram: jaymc1025
    Orlando Photography Group
    2024-04-13
    Title or Location: Lake Apopka, Florida
    Black bellied whistling ducks gathered together near Lake Apopka.
    Credit: Jay McMullan Fine Art Photographer
    Facebook: JayMcFineArt
    Instagram: @jaymc1025

    Swindon Photography Group
    2024-05-29
    Title or Location: RIAT RAF Fairford, Glos
    The RAF Parachute Display Team (The Falcons) are based in Brize Norton.This shot is from the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in 2009.I managed to catch them coming back over their smoke trails which gave this shot impact and added interest.
    Credit: Steve K
    Facebook: Steve Kingston
    Instagram: sk_xh558
    Phoenix Photography Group
    2024-05-29
    Title or Location: Date Creek Ranch, AZ
    Lone Joshua tree in the Arizona desert. Captured in Date Creek Ranch just off the Joshua Tree Parkway, north of Wickenburg. It's this city's glow causing the light pollution on the horizon.Wickenburg was once called the "Dude Ranch Capital of the World". It still has several ranches and a decidedly western vibe. It's a great place to check out if you wanna get some old west dust in your lungs. Stack of 4, 15" photos. Sony A7RIV, 14mm F1.8, ISO3200.
    Credit: Ed Mitchell
    Instagram: Edward_Mitchell_Photography
    Worcester Photography Group
    2024-05-29
    Title or Location: Barre ,Ma.
    Giving my Bullmastiff puppy some time outside to play. Nikon D850 135 sigma art lens, ISO 400, f2, 1/800
    Credit: Tara Chumsae
    Facebook: Tara Chumsae
    Instagram: Tara Chumsae

    St Albans Photography Group
    2024-05-27
    Title or Location: Night-time at Portland Bill lighthouse
    The weather forecast for the night Friday the 3rd May looked very good and because the last time I went to Portland Bill I didn't manage to get home with anything good, I thought of giving it another go. Even though it was a 4 hour drive from my house, I'm over the moon I went there because I haven't seen the sky so nice and clean in a very, very long time, it was just perfect.I took quite a few photos and this one is the first that I want to show you because I love it to bits.As always, I
    Credit: Emil Andronic
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Emil.Andronic.Photography
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ancient_light_by_emilandronic/
    New Orleans Photography Group
    2024-05-27
    Title or Location: St. Charles Parish Wetlands Watchers Park
    Saturday night, 5/11/24, I went out to the St. Charles Parish Wetlands Watchers Park wanting to capture some photos of the Northern Lights as the Solar Storm made the aurora visible down here in Louisiana. It was a cloudy night so we didn't get to see any of it. But a thunderstorm was was approaching and "heat lightning" was seen in the distance. As it got closer, the lightning strikes were getting more and more visible even though the storm was still miles away. So I repositioned my camera and
    Credit: Bertis Tamplain
    Santa Clara Photography Group
    2024-05-27
    Title or Location: Yosemite Valley
    I went on a hike in Yosemite Valley and unexpectedly found this tree that had a heart shaped hole in the trunk. I stayed until dusk and used my red light on my headlamp to cast the red glow inside the heart. I was inspired by my then girlfriend. I love LOVE!
    Credit: Cody Mattson
    Facebook: codymattsonphotography

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