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Upcoming Events

Capturing Nature's Beauty: Photography Meetup in the Great Outdoors

Capturing Nature's Beauty: Photography Meetup in the Great Outdoors

Saturday 20 April
Otis Rd SE - 10am - 2 Hours
April Leigh
Immerse yourself in the serene tranquility of nature while honing your photography skills amidst breathtaking landscapes. Our Capturing Nature's Beauty: Photography Meetup offers a unique opportunity to connect with fellow photography enthusiasts and explore the wonders of the great outdoors. Whether you're a seasoned photographer or just starting out, you'll have the chance to capture stunning shots of wildlife, flora, and scenic vistas while learning new techniques from experienced mentors. Join us for an unforgettable experience of creativity, camaraderie, and discovery as we embark on an inspiring journey through nature's captivating beauty.




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$43      
Urban Perspectives: Street Photography Meetup

Urban Perspectives: Street Photography Meetup

Saturday 11 May
Czech Village - 10am - 2 Hours
April Leigh
People, cafes, vendors, street merchants, buskers, historic buildings, art installations and much more. The power of observation underpins the art of great street photography. Learning to "see" interesting detail is a practised skill and we introduce you to easy methods that will open your photographer's eye and expose you to a world that is alive with detail. The most rewarding part of the class is learning how to approach interesting people and have them willingly pose for you.

We will also go over settings, focusing techniques and lens choices common to street photography to help us capture those random chance encounters.
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$43      
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      
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.
  • 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
    2024-03-15
    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
    Cedar Rapids Photography Group
    2024-02-24
    Title or Location: University of Iowa
    Taken with a Nikon D7100, 18-55 Nikkor zoom lens.
    Credit: Scott Shrader
    Instagram: Iowaoutdoorsphotos

    Seattle Photography Group
    2024-04-17
    Title or Location: Cannon Beach Oregon
    While visiting Cannon Beach, Oregon for Spring Break this year, we were treated to beautiful blue skies, warm weather, stars AND airglow at night! I was absolutely giddy about seeing those stars! Now I hope you all know how extremely rare this combination is on the pacific coast in spring. It's normally overcast and raining and definitely no stars to be seen. Thank you universe for allowing your magic to flow this evening. I truly appreciate you and your powers ??
    Credit: Amanda Thornton DeWitt
    Facebook: Amanda Thornton-DeWitt Photography
    Instagram: @amandaswildlifepics
    Milton Keynes Photography Group
    2024-04-17
    Title or Location: Milton Keynes
    to create this I used a piece of Teal vinyl for the backdrop, I had the camera, with a 30 mm Marco lens on a tripod set to manual focus, with focus staking of 10 shots I only used 5 in the end). for lighting I had two static lights on mini stands so I could play about with their placement to get the effect I was looking for. The dandelion seed was held in place, by putting it into a piece of white tack, I then sprayed it using a little electronic face atomiser (bought from Amazon) and loa
    Credit: Diane Langford
    Nashville Photography Society
    2024-04-17
    Title or Location: Franklin Tennessee
    This photo captures a serene moment in my front yard, where I lay on a blanket beneath a amazing tree. The weather was ideal, prompting me to grab my micro lens and focus on this exquisite dandelion.
    Credit: Kimber Weathers
    Facebook: Kimber
    Instagram: kimberlan30wea

    Dallas Photography Group
    2024-04-17
    Title or Location: My house in Lewisville
    Decided to make a composite that resembles the photo that NASA took with their millions of dolllar photo equipment. 2 months ago I photographed the full moon and placed it on top of the most recent solar eclipse photo I took. The moon normally get its light from the sun so getting the perspective with moon visibility is impossible during an eclipse unless you have nasa gear. My photo was taken with a canon R5, RF400mm F2.8 and cropped in.
    Credit: (MyJdProductions) Justin Dickinson
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/share/pE91wQnHYf6JVB7A/?mibextid=eQY6cl
    Instagram: @myjdproductions
    Middlesbrough Photography Group
    2024-04-15
    Title or Location: Saltburn by the Sea
    This is Saltburn?s furnicular Cliff Lift before sunrise in the golden hour. Lovely light, a high tide and a heavy sea made a really nice composition.Canon R8 & EF16-35mm f/4L @ 29mm, f/6.3, 2 seconds & ISO400
    Credit: Edward Bilcliffe
    Instagram: @edwardbilcliffe
    Gold Coast Photography Group
    2024-04-15
    Title or Location: Cloudy bay, Bruny island, Tasmania
    Was my third attempt at catching the aurora. Got to campsite set up camp and looked up at the cloudy night. The clouds started to clear and managed to get down the road and get some snaps &128077
    Credit: Simon garrett
    Facebook: Slystyles_art
    Instagram: Slystyles_art

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