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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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50mm Lens Meetup

50mm Lens Meetup

Saturday 27 July
Raymond Dr. - 12pm - 2 Hours
Martina Landolt
The 50mm lens is one of the flexible and useful lenses in any photographer’s gear bag. It is neither a wide-angle or telephoto lens, but allows the camera to see on the same scale as your eye. As such, it can be used for a variety of styles, from landscape and street photography to portrait and product photography. In this meetup, we’ll review the basic camera settings. We’ll then cover some of the advantages of shooting with a prime lens, and some basic techniques to using the 50mm lens. As always, there will be ample opportunities for you to put your new knowledge into practice.
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$47      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 17 August
Knoch Knolls Rd - 11am - 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       5 places left

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      
Intro to Photography - Bring a Friend for Free

Intro to Photography - Bring a Friend for Free

Sunday 22 September
Downtown Naperville - 1pm - 3 Hours
Martina Landolt
Discover the Magic of Photography with a Friend for FREE! Are you ready to unlock your inner photographer and capture unforgettable moments?Join us for an exciting Photography Session that's twice as fun! Bring a mate along at no extra cost and embark on a creative journey together. Whether you're a complete beginner or looking to sharpen your photography skills, this is the perfect opportunity to bond, learn, and unleash your artistic side.What to ExpectExpert Guidance Our experienced photography instructors will guide you through the world of photography, from mastering your camera settings to understanding composition techniques.Scenic Locations Immerse yourself in the beauty of stunning landscapes or explore the charm of urban streets as you snap away with your camera.Fun Friendship Share the joy of photography with your mate, exchange ideas, and capture memories together.Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to learn, laugh, and create amazing memories through the lens. Reserve your spots now and bring a friend for FREE!Limited availability. Act fast to secure your spots! Location is Naperville Riverwalk.Meet at Aurora Ave at the Millennium Carillon.

Location is Naperville Riverwalk.
Meet at : Aurora Ave at the Millennium Carillon.
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$47      

Landscape in Details Large & Small Photography

Landscape in Details Large & Small Photography

Saturday 28 September
Knoch Knolls Rd - 12:30pm - 2 Hours
Martina Landolt
What does the landscape look like at the beginning for the Autumnal Equinox? As temperatures drop, flowers wither, leaves begin to bring out colors, how does this landscape look different from a few months ago.How can you capture the essence of Autumn differently than Summer? While each season brings it's own unique changes and stages, let's venture together to create a new set of landscape images for our palette this year. You will be given challenges , have collaboration and guidance on this unique journey.
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$47      
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       5 places left

Nearby Photography Groups

Headshot Photography Meetup

Headshot Photography Meetup

Sunday 04 August
N Humboldt Dr, Chicago - 12pm - 2 Hours
Chicago Photography Group
Caitlin KellyThompson
A headshot is a tightly framed face shot, typically from the shoulders up. The goal of your headshot is to clearly & creatively showcase your client's professionalism, personality, and brand. As a class, we will focus on creating headshots from the chest up with good lighting on your model's face.
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$47      
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      
Street Photography at Night Meetup

Street Photography at Night Meetup

Sunday 01 September
E Randolph St, Chicago - 8:30pm - 2 Hours
Chicago Photography Group
Caitlin KellyThompson
Street photography encompasses a wide range of genres, and this week we'll be exploring the town at night.

At this meetup, we will practise the basics of shooting in a dark environment as we capture candid images in an urban setting.

By the end of this event, you will be more familiar with:
- How to adjust camera settings for low light.
- Using slow shutter speeds to get brighter images and create light trails.
- Capturing RAW images.
- Guidelines for shooting other people and their property in the real world.
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$47      

Chicago  Henge Meetup

Chicago Henge Meetup

Sunday 22 September
Busstop - 6:30pm - 2 Hours
Chicago Photography Group
Caitlin KellyThompson
Autumn equinox where you can capture the sunlight through the building.
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$47      

Other Nearby Groups

Understanding Portraits

Understanding Portraits

Saturday 27 July
N Clark Street - 10am - 2 Hours
Chicago Art Group
Geanina Zaharia
Discover the magic of portraiture in our "Understanding Portraits Art" class! Whether you're a budding artist or an eager enthusiast, this class is your gateway to mastering the art of capturing likeness and expression. Get ready to unleash your creativity as we delve into techniques that bring faces to life. Don't forget to bring your basic art materials – we'll provide the inspiration! Book your spot now and embark on a journey of artistic discovery. Detailed event information awaits upon confirmation.
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$47      
Mastering the Basics: Fundamentals of Composition Art

Mastering the Basics: Fundamentals of Composition Art

Saturday 21 September
N Clark Street - 10am - 2 Hours
Chicago Art Group
Geanina Zaharia
Unlock the secrets to stunning artwork in our "Fundamentals of Composition Art" class! Perfect for beginners and enthusiasts alike, this class will guide you through the essentials of composition, teaching you how to arrange elements in your artwork to create balance, harmony, and visual impact. With hands-on exercises and expert tips, you'll learn to see your art in a whole new light. Don't forget to bring your basic art materials and get ready to transform your creative vision into breathtaking compositions. Book your spot now, and we'll send you all the details upon confirmation!
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$47      
Step-by-Step Portrait Drawing

Step-by-Step Portrait Drawing

Saturday 28 September
N Clark Street - 10am - 2 Hours
Chicago Art Group
Geanina Zaharia
Step into the world of artistry with our "Step-by-Step Portrait Drawing" class! Whether you're a novice or a dedicated enthusiast, this class is designed to unlock your talent for capturing faces with precision and flair. Guided by expert instructors, you'll learn essential techniques and step-by-step methods to create stunning portraits. Grab your basic art materials and join us for an inspiring journey into the art of portraiture. Reserve your spot today and uncover the secrets to bringing faces to life on paper. Detailed event information will be shared upon booking confirmation.
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$47      

Step-by-Step Portrait Drawing

Step-by-Step Portrait Drawing

Saturday 12 October
N Clark Street - 10am - 2 Hours
Chicago Art Group
Geanina Zaharia
Step into the world of artistry with our "Step-by-Step Portrait Drawing" class! Whether you're a novice or a dedicated enthusiast, this class is designed to unlock your talent for capturing faces with precision and flair. Guided by expert instructors, you'll learn essential techniques and step-by-step methods to create stunning portraits. Grab your basic art materials and join us for an inspiring journey into the art of portraiture. Reserve your spot today and uncover the secrets to bringing faces to life on paper. Detailed event information will be shared upon booking confirmation.
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$47      
Mastering the Basics: Fundamentals of Composition Art

Mastering the Basics: Fundamentals of Composition Art

Saturday 02 November
N Clark Street - 10am - 2 Hours
Chicago Art Group
Geanina Zaharia
Dive into the world of composition with our "Mastering the Basics: Fundamentals of Composition Art" class! Perfect for beginners and art enthusiasts, this class will teach you how to create visually stunning and balanced artworks. With fun, hands-on exercises and expert guidance, you'll learn how to arrange elements to create harmony and impact in your art. Bring your basic art materials and get ready to elevate your creative skills. Reserve your spot now, and we'll send you all the event details upon confirmation!
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$47      
Portrait Perfection: Drawing Techniques for Beginners

Portrait Perfection: Drawing Techniques for Beginners

Saturday 23 November
N Clark Street - 10am - 2 Hours
Chicago Art Group
Geanina Zaharia
Join us for "Portrait Perfection: Drawing Techniques for Beginners," where you'll learn to capture the essence of a face with confidence and skill! Perfect for both beginners and enthusiasts, this class will guide you through essential techniques to create lifelike and expressive portraits. With expert tips and step-by-step instructions, you'll be amazed at how quickly your skills improve. Bring your basic art materials and get ready for a fun, creative journey. Reserve your spot today, and we'll send you all the event details upon confirmation!
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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
    2024-07-11
    Title or Location: Kenai, Alaska
    My husband and I were walking back to our plane that landed on a beach with our pilot when this guy came out of the woods and started walking our way towards the water. I had my camera on my neck so I thought well, all I can do now is take some photos. It is up to the bear whatever happens after that. I kept shooting and he got closer and closer so we started walking very slowly away from the water so he would walk to the water in the front of us and we would walk behind him. He got within 2
    Credit: Yvonne Ibsen

    Naperville Photography Group
    2024-07-11
    Title or Location: Q Center St. Charles, IL
    Taken on my s21 adjusting the ISO and Shutter speed.
    Credit: Fasi
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_click_life
    Naperville Photography Group
    2024-06-28
    Title or Location: Washington, above sea level
    I was visiting the picturesque mountain landscape in WA for the third time in 2023 with my Nikon D850 . This ring of fire is home to Mt. St. Helens which erupted in 1980. On land, the low lying clouds obstructed all my views of this volcanic mountain. On the flight home, from 40,000 feet above sea level I would not believe my eyes. Luckily, I sat on the right side. Suddenly I look up and see Mt. St. Helens became clearly visible behind the small dirty, tinted Boeing window. This aerial v
    Credit: Martina Landolt
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CreatingYourLightPhotography/

    Naperville Photography Group
    2024-06-21
    Title or Location: My backyard
    Spring time is flower time in everyone's yard, My wife and I are no exception. As I'm water them I'm always thinking of a great photo opportunity.
    Credit: Rudy Rodrgiuez Jr
    Facebook: Rudy Rodriguez Jr
    Instagram: rudyrod1

    Naperville Photography Group
    2024-06-16
    Title or Location: Naperville, IL
    This photoshoot was one of the hardest jobs that I have done, it was more than another client, it was my wife and my baby girl, I needed to do something special for them, even when I didn't receive any pay for it and I had to do my dishes &129315 this was absolutely a magic experience in our hometown.
    Credit: Abigail Salazar
    Facebook: Abigail Salazar photography
    Instagram: @abigailsalazarphotography
    Naperville Photography Group
    2024-05-29
    Title or Location: Cosley Zoo, Wheaton
    I love shooting wildlife so I decided to take my gear to Cosley Zoo for a little shoot. This little guy was looking at me like please take my photo. I love how he was positioned in the place with the black background like he was sitting for a portrait. I feel this photo captures his beautiful details.
    Credit: Yvonne Ibsen

    Crawley Photography Group
    2024-07-18
    Title or Location: Otterbourne
    Watched these guys for hours, slowly but surely one of the cubs got the confidence to climb onto the logs!
    Credit: Chris Athawes
    Instagram: Chris_a_photography
    Huntingdon Photography Group
    2024-07-18
    Title or Location: Near Loen, Norway
    This photo was taken after cruising into Olden and taking the Loen Skylift, at the top of which are many trails. We took one away from the crowd and came across this little stream which lined up nicely with what I expect is it's destination. Taken on a Sony RX10IV
    Credit: Clive Durston
    Instagram: Redssnapper
    Brisbane Photography Group
    2024-07-18
    Title or Location: Snapper Rocks Qld
    Some monster waves at the iconic surfing location at Snapper Rocks
    Credit: Emanuel Papamanolis

    Baltimore Photography Group
    2024-07-18
    Title or Location: My garden, Catonsville, MD
    Every year honey bees come to cornflowers in my garden. Bees go to pickerel flowers. I try to capture bees flying. Nikon D700 Nikkor AF 60mm micro with close up rings. I use a flash.
    Credit: Kanji Takeno
    Instagram: Kanjigatortwo
    Albuquerque Photography Group
    2024-07-17
    Title or Location: San Juan Islands-Washington State
    Photo was taken in August of 2023 near the San Juan Islands north west of Seattle. We were following a family of Orca who we believe were teaching their young how to hunt. This photo was of an orca in pursuit of a porpoise. I actually have two other photos of the live pursuit with the orca tracking down and catching the porpoise. I would be happy to provide those as well if you?d like.
    Credit: Robinson Atencio
    Chichester Photography Group
    2024-07-16
    Title or Location: East bank of the River Arun West Sussex
    Out for an evening walk heading up the river Arun, luckily this vessle gave an already colourful photo op a finishing flourish.
    Credit: Steve Smith
    Instagram: PS & H Photography

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