ST
LOUIS
PHOTOGRAPHY
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Upcoming Events

Beginner's Class

Beginner's Class

Saturday the 15th of October
Rockwell Beer Garden, 5300 Donovan Ave., St. Louis - 9am - 3 hours
By the end of this class, you will have a good grasp on the fundamentals of photography, We'll start with getting your camera set up, then dive into the exposure triangle, composition, lenses, histograms and more. All the lessons will apply to both film and digital photography. After about two hours of instruction, we'll take a short photo walk and put your new skills into action, answering any questions you have as we go.
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$76pp     only 5 places left - requires 2 bookings to proceed
Vernacular Landscape Photography Meetup

Vernacular Landscape Photography Meetup

Saturday the 5th of November
Francis Park, St. Louis - 4pm-6pm - 2 hours
Landscape photos don't have to only capture sweeping vistas and shouldn't be limited to once-in-a-lifetime trips. Drawing from the "new topographic" movement -- what I call vernacular landscape photography -- we will learn how to capture beauty in everyday environments, such as a city park. We will discuss various compositional techniques, talk about the qualities of light that can really set photos apart, and run through a series of challenges as we explore the park.
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$39pp     9 places left
ABOUT ST
LOUIS
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 across the region.

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 one 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 St Louis Photography Facebook Group to share your photos after the session.


We ask that everyone attending a meetup follows social distancing guidelines:

Stay home if you have any symptoms of COVID.
Keep 6 feet away from others.
Wear a suitable face mask or show a valid vaccination card indicating that you are vaccinated.
Don't make unnecessary physical contact with others.
* Wash your hands regularly with alcohol-based sanitizer.
REVIEWS
The class Intentional Photography was very informative and gave inspiration to stop and think before pressing the shutter. Mark is very knowledgeable and shared interesting quotes and insights. I enjoyed the photowalk in Kirkwood!
4/5
Manuela Bartelsmeyer
June 2nd 2022
I in joyed the photo shoot it was informative and he would show us and explain how to take the pictures to get good results
5/5
Jerry Booker
March 6th 2022
5/5
Kristy Kessler
January 27th 2022
Knowledgeable teacher
5/5
Dan Kingery
January 24th 2022
It was very informative, I learned a lot about black and white photography and came away more confident to use more of the features on my camera.
5/5
Mark Serafino
January 22nd 2022
Very interesting, Mark is very knowledgeable.
5/5
Shannon Ware
November 21st 2021
4/5
Jen Jackson
October 24th 2021
Overall it was a great experience. I learned some new things about photographing fall colors and I had never been to Lafayette Park before so it was cool to explore a new place. If only the weather had been a bit nicer and there were a few more fall colors.
4/5
Jay Johnson
October 24th 2021
informal but with specific objectives
5/5
Greg Kristensen
October 24th 2021
Street Photography class in Alton - Thomas Tourney shared many useful tips on composition and approaching people on the street. There were 3 of us taking the class and there was plenty of attention given to our questions. He also shared many technical tips such as lighting (fill flash) and post processing that helped me feel better about the struggles I have with both. My confidence as an average amateur photog went up after this class.
5/5
Scott Olson
April 21st 2021
Fantastic, great to have the hands on teaching and Aaron was very patient and was able to share knowledge very easily.
5/5
prasnee luebke
January 25th 2021
Aaron Cooke is an excellent teacher. He is very knowledgeable and explains concepts very well. He was gracious with his time, allowing us to ask many questions and addressing all of them with explanations, photos and shooting opportunities. I look forward to taking more classes with him.
5/5
Karen Zelle
January 24th 2021
INSTRUCTORS
Mark Abeln
Mark S. Abeln studied physics at Caltech, but loved architecture. He took up photography to document buildings that were in danger of demolition, but his early photos were poor quality, and he falsely blamed his camera. He then realized that photography is an art, and a photographer needs to think like an artist, and so he spent years learning photography and studying the arts full-time. This work led to his photos being displayed in three art museums, several galleries, a number of books from Reedy Press, and numerous publications. He also does occasional commercial work for architects and interior designers. He lately has been studying the psychology of human vision and how unconscious factors lead to disappointing photography, applying these insights to his teaching. Photograph of Mr. Abeln courtesy of Slava Bowman.
Jeremy Ryne Danielson
J. Ryne Danielson is a photojournalist and documentary photographer based in St. Louis, Missouri. He has worked as a writer, photographer and copy editor and holds a master's degree in political science and a bachelor's in anthropology. He is a professional member of the National Press Photographer's Association, and his work has appeared in the MUSC Catalyst newspaper, Charleston Post and Courier, Hilton Head Island Packet, Moultrie News, St. Louis American, St. Louis Magazine, the 2020 St. Louis Visitor's Guide and on Yahoo News, MSN and Patch.com.