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LOUIS
PHOTOGRAPHY
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Upcoming Events

Winter Black and White Photography Meetup

Winter Black and White Photography Meetup

Saturday the 22nd of January
Washington, Missouri - 9:00am - 2 hours
Black and white photography can be challenging, since it does not respond well to all subjects. But winter landscapes are nearly monochrome, and the same goes for much architecture. Join us in the historic and charming Missouri River town of Washington, Missouri, less than a hour's drive west of St. Louis, for a walk around the downtown area and a visit to the riverfront. If we are lucky, there will be ice floes, making a quiet shushing noise as they float down the river. Through a series of challenges, we'll learn about the value of monochrome photography, how to set our cameras, identify good subjects for black and white photography, and how to evaluate the results. Maybe Rocky the Shih Tzu will join us!
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$35pp     8 places left
Film February! Black and White Film Photography Meetup

Film February! Black and White Film Photography Meetup

Saturday the 19th of February
Saint Louis, Missouri - 9:00 am - 2 hours
Film encourages you to slow down and be more careful with how you photograph. Black and white film encourages you to more carefully study your scene, looking for interesting forms, without be distracted by color. The historic and quaint Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri has plenty of interesting buildings and details for black and white film photography. As we walk around the neighborhood, through a series of challenges, we'll learn about how film photography differs from digital, and how to more carefully analyze the scene before taking the photo, as well as finding and using recommended exposure settings. Also, the instructor will give suggestions on developing the film.
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$35pp     11 places left - requires 3 bookings to proceed
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
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
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 24th 2021
Aaron did a great job teaching how do take portraits under natural light! Very useful class! Definitely will recommended to others!
5/5
George Spyropoulos
December 8th 2020
Definitely run Aaron was extremely helpful!
5/5
Keenan Hill
December 6th 2020
Very informative. I've read how to do long exposure photography but never went out and did it myself. Was fun to do it in the company of others and with an expert teacher.
5/5
Eileen M Lenkman
February 16th 2020
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.