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50mm (75mm cropped-sensor) Meetup

50mm (75mm cropped-sensor) Meetup

Saturday 06 July
Shopping Centre precinct - 10am - 2 Hours
Ray Galea
The human eye is often compared to a 48mm focal length in terms of field of view and perspective. This is why the classic 50mm lens, once the mainstay of 35mm film photography, is referred to as a basic lens. If you use a cropped-sensor camera the equivalent is 75mm.
Known as the nifty fifty, this is one of the flexible and useful focal lengths in any photography bag. It is neither a wide-angle, nor telephoto focal length, 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 street photography to portraiture, landscape, and product photography.
In this session, we will review this basic focal setting, then cover some of the advantages of photographing with either a prime lens or zoom alternative, and some basic techniques to using this focal length.
This 2-hour workshop allows participants to explore their creativity cultivating what it takes to be a visual-communication designer. In other words, participants will learn the importance of integrating design elements, visual composition, and planning story-telling pictures.
As always, participants will receive the latest digital manual on this topic. There will be ample opportunities for you to put your new knowledge into practice.

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$47      
Photography for Beginners

Photography for Beginners

Saturday 03 August
Town Green - 9am - 3 Hours
Ray Galea
This 3-hour tutorial introduces students to various aspects of this medium, from gaining an understanding of the Exposure Triangle, learning the different types of camera lenses and their specifications, angle of view, depth of field, shooting modes, photographer's stances to take sharp images, metering modes, exposure compensation, the three main aspects of photography, and more!

Digital camera and lens technology continues to improve and expand, more and more people are finding a passion for photography. Many learn photography by buying a camera and experiment with various settings and features. Others prefer to learn the basics in-person. Explore the world of this creative medium with our three-hour session. No prior experience needed.

Learn every basic aspect of still photography. You will be provided clear and straightforward explanations of digital terminology and teach you technical and artistic skills so that you can confidently capture portraits, travel photos, food photos, landscapes, or any other type of photography you choose. Or maybe you will discover you love the variety of capturing different things each day.

Our Photography for Beginners workshop is led by a highly skilled and experienced photographer who is passionate about teaching and sharing his knowledge. The expert guidance will give you personalised attention and valuable insights to accelerate your learning process. You will also receive a digital manual to enhance your learning process.

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$148       5 places left
ABOUT PORT
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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 Port Macquarie .

  • 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.

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    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    As usual Ray was generous in the sharing of his wide knowledge and very flexible in his delivery to cater for the varied skill level of the attendees. He was also very hospitable in changing the venue at the last moment due to weather conditions.
    5/5
    Sue
    2024-03-18
    A really enjoyable morning. Was great to learn the basics of photography. Would definitely recommend the session and looking forward to doing more.
    5/5
    Susan
    2024-01-21
    Fabulous evening. Ray is a fantastic teacher. I learnt a lot and have more confidence with my camera.
    5/5
    Debra Deane
    2023-12-21

    Ray was excellent. He was able to clearly and concisely impart his knowledge while adapting to the needs of his participants. His coursework is really good and easy to understand. He made the morning both enjoyable and educational. 10/10
    5/5
    Debra Deane
    2023-11-20
    I thought it was fabulous and exceeded my expectations. There were only 2 of us in the group so I was thrilled the class went ahead. Ray, the presenter, has incredible knowledge and a real ability to get it across to those less capable. A real skill. He provided excellent supporting notes as well. Most importantly I really appreciated the way Ray adapted the session to our individual ability, knowledge, interests and questions we asked. His personal and flexible approach to the session meant both of the participants left really feeling that we had learned so much. A most worthwhile experience
    5/5
    Sue
    2023-11-20
    Enjoyed the small group and the setting. Ray was an encouraging and knowledgeable presenter
    5/5
    Sue
    2023-11-06

    Lovely setting. Ray is very knowledgeable and is welcoming.
    5/5
    Lyn
    2023-11-05
    very informative workshop lovely group of people attending great location for landscape
    5/5
    Gai
    2023-09-24
    It was fabulous being with like minded people in pursuit of their best shot. Tutor was very interesting and patient.
    5/5
    Lyn
    2023-09-24

    Really enjoyed this workshop. Ray was well-prepared, provided great material to enhance my understanding, and helped us work through the info on our own cameras. He was very patient and was great at answering any questions. Definitely made me want to do many of the other workshops listed.
    5/5
    Leanne
    2023-09-18
    Very informative, practical and easy to understand.
    5/5
    Kim
    2023-09-11
    Ray is very easy to talk to and was happy to clarify our questions. We were all about the same level which was good. I looking forward to attending more of the courses
    5/5
    Tania
    2023-09-10

    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    Ray Galea
    Photography allows me to slow down and pay attention to the small details and moments happening in the environment around me. Whether I am conducting a portraiture or commercial shoot for a client, or casually capturing landscapes or indulging in street photography and other genres in vibrant or standard colour or deep contrast monochrome, I generally find the experience of creating a photo image is more important than the final result.

    Ray Galea is available for private bookings

    Available for tutoring, weddings, private portraiture, and events.

    PHOTOS
    Port Macquarie Photography Group
    2024-05-17
    Title or Location: Beechwood NSW
    Taken from our driveway. Olympus EM1 Mk3ISO 6400 7mm f2.8 20sShot in RAW and processed in LR
    Credit: Gerald Bong
    Facebook: Gerald N Josie Bong

    Port Macquarie Photography Group
    2024-04-15
    Title or Location: Flagstaff headland
    This early morning shot was taken from behind the take-off spot at Flagstaff during the large swell we experienced in early April1/800 - f/5.0 - ISO1250 @280mm
    Credit: Andrew Lister
    Facebook: Andrew Lister
    Instagram: ajlister
    Port Macquarie Photography Group
    2024-03-05
    Title or Location: Montague Island, Narooma
    This was taken on a Sea Lion snorkeling tour of Montague Island on 25/02/24. I was told the jelly is called a "Lion's Mane" and it was floating in the shallows close to the sea lion colony where we anchored up.Canon R7 in a gDome water housing. Canon Efs 10-18mm lens @11mm1/800 - f/5 - ISO 1000
    Credit: Andrew Lister
    Facebook: Andrew Lister
    Instagram: ajlister

    Port Macquarie Photography Group
    2024-02-20
    Title or Location: Looking for Love (:
    I belong to a Facebook Group which set weekly photographic challenges- they range from take a picture of something blue, something with curved lines, something that starts with the letter B etc it is surprising what you find when you have a set focus.While on a hunt looking for a heart shape I stumbled upon this rock platform - which had several heart shape pools on it- surrounded by love &10084&65039
    Credit: Kim Ambrose
    Facebook: @kimambrose
    Instagram: @saltyfox_fotography_xo

    Port Macquarie Photography Group
    2024-02-10
    Title or Location: Town Beach Port Macquarie
    The surf was a little small, but it was one of the first mornings where we'd had a clear sky. So I swam out with the camera's water housing to see what I could findThis was a group of women who were surfing the waves right on front of the salty crew kiosk. Jess is the name of the surfer in middle of frameThe shutter speed was a lot higher than I'd normally use for a shit like this as I'd just captured a surfer flying past. 1/2500 - f/3.5 - ISO 100. Taken with a Canon R7 with ef-s 10-18mm
    Credit: Andrew Lister
    Facebook: Andrew Lister
    Instagram: @ajlister
    Port Macquarie Photography Group
    2024-02-01
    Title or Location: Mud Bishops Flat, Old Bar
    I was with a group at Mud Bishops and we clambered down to the waters edge. It was only when we turned around to come back up that we noticed that every move we had made had been closely observed by these four Tawny Frogmouths.
    Credit: Valerie brodin

    Dublin Photography Group
    2024-06-15
    Title or Location: Portmarnock Beach

    Credit: kasia the dogographer
    Instagram: dogography_dublin
    Anchorage Photography Group
    2024-06-14
    Title or Location: 20 miles south of Anchorage
    Taking with a canon 60 mark II, slow shutter speed FLD filter, F 25, taken late spring, the green was just beginning to come out.
    Credit: Steven Randel
    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

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