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Upcoming Events

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

    Sacramento Photography Group
    2024-06-13
    Title or Location: Wengen, Switzerland
    The photo was taken just outside the village of Wengen in the Bernese Oberland region. Spring had just started making its presence felt with wildflowers starting to bloom in the meadows.
    Credit: Abhi Kulkarni
    Instagram: Photoholic1975
    Cairns Photography Group
    2024-06-13
    Title or Location: Elizabeth Bay, Sydney
    I was lucky enough to have this view of Elizabeth Bay in Sydney from my hotel. I just opened the window, prepared my tripod and camera and shot this wonderful night scene.Nikon D7500 with Nikon 18-300mm lensf/1130 secsiso 200Aperture priority -3 exp compfocal length 66mm
    Credit: Brett Paull
    Facebook: Aussiebrat
    Instagram: Aussiebrat7
    Omaha Photography Group
    2024-06-11
    Title or Location: Chicago, IL
    Photo taken during a spring boat ride into the Chicago River and processed using Lightroom and Photo Director.
    Credit: Brian Bruns

    Wollongong Photography Group
    2024-06-11
    Title or Location: VIVID Sydney - Sydney Harbour
    For 2 weeks every winter Sydney is lit up with amazing colours and beams of light over the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, and various buildings throughout the city. I captured this photo of the Opera House from across the water at the Overseas Passenger Terminal. I used a slow shutter speed (of 1 sec) to capture light trails from the passing water craft, and I held my iPhone up against my lens to create an artificial reflection on the water.Canon R6ii, RF 70-200mm f2.8 (@ 70mm), 1s, iso 200.
    Credit: Angelique Kelly
    Facebook: @mylenslovesyou
    Instagram: @angelique_kelly_photography
    St Louis Photography Group
    2024-06-11
    Title or Location: Spirit of Saint Louis Air Show and Stem Expo
    Photograph taken with Olympus OM-1 and Olympus 100-400mm Lens (100mm 1/1250 @ f/11). No real interesting story here. Just like to shoot the air shows when I can. Takes me back to my days in the Navy and seeing the jets coming and going from Hickam AFB when I was stationed at Pearl Harbor NSY&IMF and would shoot a round of golf at Hickam AFB's Mamala Bay golf course after working on the submarines. A couple of the holes on that course are near the runway for the base. The surprise sound of a
    Credit: Brian Smith
    Instagram: @nukebear
    Phoenix Photography Group
    2024-06-10
    Title or Location: Lost Dutchman Park
    This is a focus blend of 2 photos- 1 for the fence and the other for the rest of the photo. It was taken with a Sony A7RIV camera on a Sony 35mm GM lens at F1.8, ISO 2000, 15". The Superstion Mountains were named Monte Superstition by Spanish conquistadors who arrived in the 1540s. Greedy for gold, they tried to get local Apaches to show them where it was however, believing the area was home to the God of Thunder, they refused for fear of angering him. Apaches believe there's a hole to the
    Credit: Edward Mitchell
    Instagram: Edward_Mitchell_photography

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