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Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 24 February
Cottage Grove Avenue - 10am - 3 Hours
Frorence Mtimukeye
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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$84       5 places left
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 Des Moines .

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

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
    Frorence Mtimukeye
    Hey! I'm Frorence Mtimukeye, also known as Fro, a passionate portrait photographer based in the Midwest/Des Moines Area. I find great joy in capturing beautiful moments and turning them into timeless memories.
    Des Moines Photography Group
    Title or Location: Iowa State Capital Building
    Ironically enough, as it doesn't seem to be the case for most people out here, I'm actually a transplant from Arizona - my wife being an Iowa native. We'll, we've had quite a few visitors come from Arizona, which has meant checkout out a lot of the local landmarks. We took a tour of the capital building - and as a huge history nerd, the building immediately spoke to me. I've seen a lot of really neat buildings (D.C. has some of my favorite spaces in the country), but I was impressed with how uni
    Credit: Steven Kreschollek
    Instagram: @murmrs

    Des Moines Photography Group
    Title or Location: My front yard flower patch in Des Moines, Iowa
    For days I walked by this flower patch observing an amazing flurry of bee business around the cone flowers. Today I felt the need to document these hard working determined pollinators.
    Credit: Melvin Bobo
    Des Moines Photography Group
    Title or Location: West Des Moines, Iowa
    This is a photo that I took with a new DJI Mini 3 Pro drone that I just purchased. This is actually the first photo I've taken with it. I flew it from my backyard over to the west side of West Des Moines. I knew I wanted to test it out in low light conditions with a sunset.
    Credit: Nate Riggins
    Facebook: Nate Riggins
    Instagram: nate_riggins_photography

    Des Moines Photography Group
    Title or Location: Front yard garden patch of home in Des Moines, Iowa. August 2023.
    The flower patch is located a short distance from the front door of our home. Everyday I walk by this area and observe the bees busy doing their bee work. On this day I felt it was a good day to capture the splendor and elegance of their activity in the flower patch. This picture was taken in Des Moines, Iowa with the Nikon D500 and Sigma 150mm Macro Lens.
    Credit: Melvin Bobo

    Des Moines Photography Group
    Title or Location: The pond between Jamie Hurd Amphitheater and the West Des Moines Public Library, 4100 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50265
    As I was taking my usual evening stroll around the pond that separates the Jamie Hurd Amphitheater from the West Des Moines Public Library, the sky began to turn a brilliant shade of gold. It was 8:07 pm and the sun was setting into the thick blanket of Canadian wildfire smoke that had wafted for days above the Great Plains. As the fireball dipped into the fountain, its rays filtered through the mist with a startling prismatic effect that coaxed brilliant shades of red and green into view. At t
    Credit: Bob Cunningham
    Des Moines Photography Group
    Title or Location: Des Moines ,IA 50312

    Credit: Abdulkhaleq ALSAADI
    Facebook: Abdulkhaleq Alsaadi
    Instagram: Alsaadi_ph8

    Colchester Photography Group
    Title or Location: Essex, UK
    A Gerbera cut flower taken in my lightbox using my Sigma Macro Lens. The gerbera makes such a lovely subject.
    Credit: Richard march
    Facebook: Photography by Richard March
    London Photography Group
    Title or Location: American Kestrel at the Canadian Raptor Conservancy
    First off, I have to say that I am not a "Birder". But I love challenging my photographic skills and abilities. The American Kestrel is not a big bird, and it is fast. So even when you know its takeoff is imminent, it is still hard to get a nice clear photo of the bird. This particular image was shot with a Canon R6 camera, with the RF100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens at 1/5000 sec, f/7.1 and ISO 4000. I used the animal eye-tracking feature of this mirrorless full frame camera, and was very plea
    Credit: Kevin Rodger
    Facebook: Kevin Rodger
    Instagram: ckrodger
    Syracuse Photography Group
    Title or Location: Horseshow Bend in Page, AZ
    I had shot the sunrise at Horseshoe Bend the same morning and was hoping for a blazing sunset at this location after talking to the other photographers present at sunrise. Even with some clouds, we were not so fortunate and when the sunlight was casting on the water I switched to black and white mentality and was able to capture this photo. You can just see the setting sun in the upper right corner for the photo.
    Credit: Marc Gerbsch
    Facebook: marc.gerbsch

    Peterborough Photography Group
    Title or Location: Nene Valley Railway - Wansford
    I was on a leisurely family walk going towards Nene Valley Railway in Wansford when serendipity struck, and I found myself in the perfect spot to capture a captivating moment. The sight of a steam train preparing to depart from the station sparked a rush of excitement and nostalgia. The timeless allure of steam trains and the bustling atmosphere of the railway added a touch of history and charm to my photography experience.
    Credit: Darnell
    Instagram: Viewfinderd
    Wichita Photography Group
    Title or Location: Halstead Kansas, outside my house
    It was a cloudy day and my cat was up in the tree. he had always had very deep blue, but with all the defused light from the clouds and the contrast from the tree bark, It sent me running for my camera.I shot it on a Nikon D5600, with a 70 - 200mm lens, on January 25, 2024.I shot it raw while in manual mode, the aperture was 4.1, the iso 100, and the shutter speed was 1 over 700.
    Credit: Matthew Rowe
    Swansea Photography Group
    Title or Location: Three Cliffs Bay, The Gower, Swansea
    This one took a bit of planning to catch the Milky Way in the place I wanted, the Weather, Moon, and Milky Way core all had to be right and as you might guess it took a few seasons for it to come together, every time it was a walk in the dark over the sand dunes from Pennard to get to the right spot on the cliff edge, I'm a little picky when it comes to star trails and although there are certain formulas for shutter speed to "visibly" limit star trails I'd rather have none, so I dragged my Star
    Credit: Terry Brooks

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