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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.
Upcoming Dates hosted by Michael Wacht
Sunday the 16th of October 2022
50mm Lens Meetup - 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.
Instructor: Michael Wacht
$39pp     10 places left - requires 3 bookings to proceed
Sunday the 30th of October 2022
Beginners Photography Class - 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.
Instructor: Michael Wacht
$76pp     only 3 places left
Sunday the 13th of November 2022
Landscape & Wildlife Photography Meetup - 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.
Instructor: Michael Wacht
$39pp     8 places left
Sunday the 27th of November 2022
Intro to Portrait Photography Meetup - 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.
Instructor: Michael Wacht
$59pp     9 places left - requires 5 bookings to proceed
Sunday the 11th of December 2022
Street Photography Meetup - 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.
Instructor: Michael Wacht
$39pp     7 places left
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.
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