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Golden Hour Gathering: Sunset Photography Meetup

Golden Hour Gathering: Sunset Photography Meetup

Saturday 01 June
Plainfield-Naperville Rd - 6pm - 2 Hours
Martina Landolt
Immerse yourself in the enchanting golden hour light just before sunset, and discover how the ever-changing illumination can define and transform your subject. This experience offers you a hands-on approach to mastering various exposure settings, enabling you to capture the mood and essence you desire in your photographs. Each sunset is unique, providing a fresh palette of colors and shadows for your exploration.

Venture beyond the technical aspects of photography and delve into what the setting sun symbolizes across different cultures and beliefs. It's not merely a natural occurrence; it signifies the end of a day's journey, marking a time for reflection and rest. Join us in capturing more than just images; capture moments that resonate with the universal significance of sunset's tranquil beauty.
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$43      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Sunday 09 June
Knoch Knolls Rd - 12pm - 3 Hours
Martina Landolt
Unlock your camera's potential and elevate your photography skills in an engaging educational event. Dive deep into understanding shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and how these settings influence exposure. This opportunity provides hands-on experience, where a professional photographer guides you to put your newly acquired knowledge into practice. Enhance your creativity and leave the automatic exposure behind. Let your passion for photography guide you in this interactive learning journey.
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$84       5 places left
Abstract Photography Meetup

Abstract Photography Meetup

Saturday 15 June
Greene Road - 11am - 2 Hours
Martina Landolt
Dive into the intriguing world of abstract photography, where the essence of a subject is transformed through an emphasis on shapes, colors, and forms, making it partially or completely unrecognizable. Join our workshop to explore the techniques and principles that allow for the creation of captivating and evocative images through abstraction.

Under the guidance of our seasoned instructor, participants will gain an understanding of composition, color, and texture, crucial elements in the art of abstract photography. The workshop will encompass a range of topics, including drawing inspiration from everyday objects and experimenting with various angles and perspectives to unveil the extraordinary in the mundane.

Embark on this creative journey to discover how abstract photography can open your eyes to a new way of seeing the world around you, transforming ordinary subjects into extraordinary works of art.
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$47      

Shallow Depth of Field Photography Meetup

Shallow Depth of Field Photography Meetup

Saturday 20 July
Book Road - 11am - 2 Hours
Martina Landolt
Dive into the captivating world of photography with our specialized workshop, designed to master the art of creating breathtaking images using a shallow depth of field. Led by an experienced instructor, participants will embark on a journey to unravel the nuances of photography including key concepts such as aperture, focal length, and distance.

Throughout this workshop, attendees will learn how to artfully use a shallow depth of field to craft a distinctive mood, skillfully blur out distracting backgrounds, and employ bokeh effects to make subjects stand out beautifully. Join us for a hands-on experience that promises to enhance your photography skills and allow your creativity to flourish.
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$47      
Street Photography Meetup

Street Photography Meetup

Saturday 31 August
Downtown Naperville - 1pm - 2 Hours
Martina Landolt
Embark on a journey through the bustling streets where cafes hum with life, vendors share their craft, street merchants call out their wares, buskers fill the air with music, and historic buildings stand as silent witnesses to time. Here, amidst art installations and the vibrant urban scene, lies the canvas for mastering the art of street photography.

Discover the power of observation, a fundamental skill that transforms the ordinary into extraordinary. This workshop introduces simple, effective methods to enhance your photographic vision, enabling you to capture the world in its rich, intricate details. Dive into the rewarding experience of engaging with fascinating individuals, learning the art of making them not just subjects, but part of the story you're telling through your lens.

Moreover, gain insightful knowledge about technical aspects such as optimal settings, focusing techniques, and choosing the right lens to seize those fleeting, chance moments that street photography is celebrated for. Join us on this photographic exploration and see the streets through a new lens.
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$47      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 14 September
Knoch Knolls Rd - 2pm - 3 Hours
Martina Landolt

Have you been wanting to learn how to use your camera outside of auto mode and be more confident your photography? Then this small sized class is for you.

Join us as we discuss the exposure triangle to help you learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO and how these settings affect your exposure.

We will put this knowledge to practice with the guidance of a professional photographer.

It will be a fun class of limited size with direct feedback from your host.
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$92      

Fall Foliage Photography Meetup

Fall Foliage Photography Meetup

Saturday 19 October
Herrick Lake Forest Preserve - 1pm - 2 Hours
Martina Landolt
Capture the breathtaking colors of autumn in this focused photography meetup, aimed at exploring and mastering fall landscape techniques.
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$92      

Nearby Photography Groups

Shooting on Manual Mode Meetup

Shooting on Manual Mode Meetup

Sunday 02 June
E Randolph St, Chicago - 12pm - 2 Hours
Chicago Photography Group
Caitlin KellyThompson
This class is for anyone looking to switch their camera mode from Auto to Manual and learn how to shoot using the Manual Mode. The goal is to help everyone become more confident when using their camera settings. We will touch on essential camera functions and the exposure triangle: Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO.
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$43      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 20 July
N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago - 11am - 3 Hours
Chicago Photography Group
Caitlin KellyThompson
Ready to learn more about your camera and get out of automatic exposure? Now is your chance!

Join us as we break down your camera to help you learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO and how these settings affect your exposure.

We will then put your new knowledge to the test with the guidance of a professional photographer.
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$92      
Outdoor Portraits

Outdoor Portraits

Saturday 17 August
Eastlake Terrace, Chicago - 12:30pm - 3 Hours
Chicago Photography Group
Caitlin KellyThompson
This meetup goes over some basic dos and don'ts for posing and looks at issues to do with shooting in daylight for the best results. Included are: shooting different body types, men, women and shooting with strong sunlight and shooting in shade, and designing your background (composition). On this meet,up you are encouraged to bring along family or friends as models.

You will preferably need a normal, 85mm or longer lens, or a zoom. If you have a wide-angle this can also be used as we will be also looking at environmental portraits.

This is the perfect meetup to learn how to take the perfect portraits of family and friends.
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$47      

Other Nearby Groups

The Drawing Class

The Drawing Class

Saturday 25 May
N Clark Street - 10am - 2 Hours
Chicago Art Group
Geanina Zaharia
The Drawing Class is nice art meeting for all beginners or intermediate artists who want to know more about portraiture and portrait/human face in art. We will focus on different methods and techniques in drawing the face on a surface. Also we will start steps by step creating a portrait after a picture reference with my proper guidance.
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$47      
ABOUT NAPERVILLE
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 Naperville.

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

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    A great experience with Martina!! I learned more about my phones camera and enjoyed some useful tips for taking better photos!
    5/5
    Roger
    2024-04-24
    I truly had a great time. Martina's knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for photography is contagious. I received the information that I needed. Excellent opportunity.
    5/5
    Roger
    2024-04-14
    I had a lovely day of shooting photos and the instructor was very knowledgeable.
    5/5
    Brynn
    2024-03-03

    Lisa was very inspiring with her work and experience. She makes you see landscapes as a means of peace and healing. She is a very good communicator.
    5/5
    David
    2023-08-28
    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    Martina Landolt
    As a passionate artist, Martina Landolt has been photographing subjects around her for over 30 years from a spark of an interest using her childhood Kodak camera kit.

    Martina's visions are often framed and formulated before the image is actually captured. She believes that 201cgreat images are the result of what is left out. 201d Trying to 201cget it right 201d in the camera is the goal with post-processing as the enhancer. Primarily self-taught, she graduated from the New York Institute of Photography in 2021 and enjoys helping others hone their craft.
    Finally, she states "Photography is a journey that does not have a final destination."

    Martina Landolt is available for private bookings

    Please note: Available on Saturdays 9am-12pm or after 5pm CST when scheduled with ORBLE on that day.

    Available on Saturdays by appointment from 9am - 8pm CST*
    Available on Sundays by appointment from 12pm - 6pm CST*

  • Weekend availability for outdoor events changes with each season.

    Hours during the week vary and can be scheduled for a week day by appointment.
    **Services include, but not limited to: portraits, engagements, newborns & family, senior students, family event, milestone birthdays. If not listed 2026please ask.

  • PHOTOS
    Naperville Photography Group
    2024-05-13
    Title or Location: Woodridge, IL
    I never thought I'd see the Northern Lights here in Chicagoland of all places like many, it has been a dream of mine to see this. I didn't expect to see anything due to the cloud cover and wasn't prepared: it was 2:45 in the morning of Saturday the 11th, it was wet and cold, I was half-awake standing in my underwear on my deck, and I couldn't find my tripod so the camera had to be literally propped against my grill...but I just couldn't let this slip by. Nikon Z7 with a 20mm f1.8G, 15 Sec at f
    Credit: Alex Lindstrom
    Facebook: alex.lindstrom.98
    Instagram: mushin1989

    Naperville Photography Group
    2024-05-11
    Title or Location:
    AndiWatercolor & Ink
    Credit: Chris Soash
    Instagram: Soash_Art
    Naperville Photography Group
    2024-05-08
    Title or Location: Dagda
    When starting this series I wanted it not only to be about art but shining a light on our relatively forgotten deities and mythological characters from the past Their tails and legend which were told and worshiped by the ancient Gaelic and Brythonic people where as fascinating, legendary and in many cases even surpass the tales more widely known in the Norse , Greco-Roman and Egyptian gods. Some gods even being as important and inspirational as to be adopted into later Christian beliefs such as
    Credit: Mickey Breslin
    Facebook: Mickey Breslin Illustrations
    Instagram: Mickey Breslin Illustrations

    Naperville Photography Group
    2024-05-08
    Title or Location: The Windows of life
    I used abstract as a way to express myself. Hot, bright colors representing the happiness and loving life.
    Credit: Nhat Dang
    Instagram: artbynhat

    Naperville Photography Group
    2024-05-08
    Title or Location: Minneapolis
    Love working with color & lines. This incorporates both.
    Credit: Lynn B
    Instagram: Time2create22art
    Naperville Photography Group
    2024-05-08
    Title or Location: American Icon
    I used a piece of a light textiles that had the image of Marylyn Monroe to glue with gel medium on canvas. Acrylic was added. The work was inspired by the art of Andy Warhol who was the leader in pop art.
    Credit: Nhat Dang
    Instagram: artbynhat

    Brisbane Photography Group
    2024-05-22
    Title or Location: Charlies Hut, Carneys Creek
    As anyone who chases milkyway photos will tell you, they take some careful planning and often a lack of sleep. Charlies Hut is in the Scenic Rim. It's about a 2hr drive from home, and with the help of Photopills, we could see that the moon would have set with the milkyway still visible at about 4am. So alarms were set for 1.30am, coffee was made and off we went. I use the intervalometer on my Canon 6D mark ii to shoot between 15-20 images of the sky. The lens I used was a Samyang 14mm, set
    Credit: Lisa Pritchard
    Facebook: Lisa Pritchard
    Instagram: lisa_pritchard_photography
    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

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