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Upcoming Events

Golden Hour Gatherings: Sunset Photography Meetup

Golden Hour Gatherings: Sunset Photography Meetup

Saturday 01 June
Kepler Dr - 6pm - 2 Hours
April Leigh
Learn how to use the proper settings to capture a beautiful sunset.

Beyond just being a natural phenomenon, the setting of the sun symbolizes many things to a variety or people and cultures. The setting of the sun represents the completion of a day's work, so it represents the opportunity to rest.
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$43      
Radiant Portraits: Natural Light Photography Meetup

Radiant Portraits: Natural Light Photography Meetup

Saturday 13 July
Czech Village - 10am - 2 Hours
April Leigh
This class is your time to learn and gain a proper understanding of Composition and the importance of light to help boost your photography skills.

We, as a class, will be photographing a model without any on-camera flash or strobe photography. Just the available light, we will walk through, troubleshoot, make adjustments and capture a portrait successfully.

We will also learn how to use light modifiers like a reflector to help capture appropriately exposed shots in not-so-great lighting
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$47      
Capturing Architectural Marvels: Photography Meetup

Capturing Architectural Marvels: Photography Meetup

Saturday 24 August
5th Ave SE - 10am - 2 Hours
April Leigh
Architectural photography can be a great way of exploring and documenting a city, whether it's your home or on holiday. Its about capturing not only the design and accurate representation of a building, but to have the shots be aesthetically pleasing to the viewer's eye. An architectural photographer makes pictures, not takes pictures.

In this session, we will be covering how to better understand Architecture photography and we'll be looking at ways to take some impressive shots and the camera settings to use.
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$47      

Delightful Dishes: The Art of Food Photography Meetup

Delightful Dishes: The Art of Food Photography Meetup

Saturday 05 October
Czech Village - 10am - 2 Hours
April Leigh
Indulge your passion for photography and culinary delights by joining our "Delightful Dishes: The Art of Food Photography Meetup." Partnering with a local eatery, we offer a unique opportunity to capture their delectable creations in a styled photoshoot. Whether you're a seasoned photographer looking to refine your skills or a beginner eager to explore the world of food photography, this meetup promises valuable insights and hands-on experience. Learn the art of composition, lighting, and styling while immersing yourself in the vibrant culinary scene of our community. Don't miss out on this delectable opportunity to elevate your photography portfolio and savor the artistry of food through your lens!
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$47      
Capturing the Beauty of the Seasons: Seasonal Scenery Photography Meetup

Capturing the Beauty of the Seasons: Seasonal Scenery Photography Meetup

Saturday 16 November
Otis Rd SE - 10am - 2 Hours
April Leigh
Embark on a photographic journey through the mesmerizing landscapes of our Seasons Scenery Photography Meetup, situated near Cedar Rapids. With each passing season, this scenic location transforms into a canvas of breathtaking beauty, offering photographers a wealth of captivating subjects to capture. Whether it's the vibrant hues of autumn foliage, the serene blankets of winter snow, the blossoming blooms of spring, or the lush greenery of summer, there's something enchanting to photograph in every season. Join us to hone your skills, explore new techniques, and immortalize the ever-changing splendor of nature in stunning photographs. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with fellow enthusiasts and unleash your creativity amidst the awe-inspiring beauty of the seasons.
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$47      
ABOUT CEDAR
RAPIDS
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 Cedar Rapids.

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

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    It was a delight to meet Mykael and I found renewed excitement for photography.
    5/5
    Pat
    2024-04-24
    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    April Leigh
    Mykael Leigh is a published photographer based in Eastern Iowa. She received her B.F.A in digital photography in 2013 from the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago. She has worked and exhibited in Chicago and neighboring cities. Her specializations are portraiture, boudoir, and senior portraits. She loves the arts and enjoys creating projects that speak to the client's interest.

    As a fine artist, she create sharp images that reflect the individual. She uses fine art and documentary elements with portraiture throughout many of her works. In many situations, she connects with the client by making them feel comfortable.

    April Leigh is available for private bookings

    Saturdays from 12pm until 6pm for portraits.

    PHOTOS
    Cedar Rapids Photography Group
    2024-04-22
    Title or Location: Coralville Reservoir
    It was taken with a Nikon D7100, set on a 15 second exposure.
    Credit: Scott Shrader
    Instagram: Iowaoutdoorsphotos

    Cedar Rapids Photography Group
    2024-03-15
    Title or Location: Small rural town in Iowa
    I was just driving thru a small country town. This old car was sitting on a corner. Taken with a Nikon D7100 18-55 mm.
    Credit: Scott Shrader
    Instagram: Iowaoutdoorsphoto
    Cedar Rapids Photography Group
    2024-03-15
    Title or Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
    This is a cropped image of an original photo which I do not believe I have anymore but it depicts the Eagle looking around his perch, possibly for food.
    Credit: Buddy Burton
    Instagram: @buddy.burton.photography

    Cedar Rapids Photography Group
    2024-03-15
    Title or Location: Masonic library in cr

    Credit: Preston

    Cedar Rapids Photography Group
    2024-03-09
    Title or Location: Redington Beach, FL
    As I stood on the beach, the sun was setting into the west, over the ocean. A lovely sunset on a beautiful beach in January.
    Credit: kerry lawrence
    Cedar Rapids Photography Group
    2024-02-24
    Title or Location: North Liberty Iowa
    This was taken with a Nikon D7100 set on on long exposure. Steel wool was in a kitchen wish tied on a string. Lit on fire and spun in a circle.
    Credit: Scott Shrader
    Instagram: Iowaoutdoorsphotos

    Oshawa Photography Group
    2024-05-21
    Title or Location: Just north of Brechin on Hwy 169.
    May 10 the northern lights hit a G5 storm, a KP index of 9, the highest it will go, and the best storm we've seen in over 20 years. I drove my 10 year old son north to see them, this was a chance of a lifetime. I managed to get several amazing photos. Canon R6M2, RF10-20mm lens at 10mm, 30sec at f4, iso 1000, manual focusing. This was looking more north-west as most of the bright colours could be seen to the south, west and just north of us.
    Credit: Diane Schlichting
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61558842215195
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/littlebearphotographyca/
    Sydney Photography Group
    2024-05-21
    Title or Location: Cremorne Point
    Cremorne Point is always a favourite choice to capture the southerly sunsets with the Sydney Opera House and the city skyline in the frame. This isn't a long exposure shot but a motion blur added to the water in post production.
    Credit: Oindrila Mitra
    Instagram: oindrilaclicks
    Tucson Photography Group
    2024-05-20
    Title or Location: San Rafael Valley, AZ
    Taken on a backroad photo trip through the San Rafael Valley of Southern Arizona. I shot the image with a Sony A6000 converted to 830nm infrared. Some editing in Lightroom.
    Credit: Andy Baldwin
    Instagram: @abaldwinphoto

    Portland Photography Group
    2024-05-20
    Title or Location: Stub Stewart State Park Hilltop area
    This was the day of famous Northern Lights visible in most of the North America. Stubs Stewart is the most ideal dark area for star gazing so I reached there around 11pm. As expected, it was full of enthusiasts. The lights were predicted to be at peak between 10pm - 2am. Around 2pm, when we though the "show was over", the lights started getting incredibly bright, and that is when this picture was taken. Interestingly, the lights were bright in some regions and other regions were faded enough to
    Credit: Ashish Kushwaha
    Sydney Photography Group
    2024-05-19
    Title or Location: Curly dick Rd ,Meadow flat
    It's a famous road for Golden Poplars, but I wanted to capture the Milky way passing over trees that have lost their leaves. it was early evening, but the Milky Way was already high up, so I quickly took some photos and returned to Sydney.
    Credit: eric
    Sydney Photography Group
    2024-05-17
    Title or Location: Tacking Point Lighthouse, Port Macquarie
    Last February, I left Sydney with my friends at 6pm to capture the first Milky Way view of 2024. I was very anxious because I saw a lot of clouds on the way, but I was really happy to see clear skies as I passed Newcastle. When we arrived at the lighthouse, fortunately we were the only ones in the group, so we were able to take photos without any disturbance. The lighthouse light, which was not too bright, was very helpful in filming.
    Credit: Eric

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