Upcoming Events

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.

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    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
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    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
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    Birmingham Photography Group
    Title or Location: Wellesbourne Mountford Airfield
    Vulcan XM655, landed at Wellesbourne Airfield in Feb 1984, Still in running order.At a paid-for up close and personal event there.After a downpour in the afternoon, I managed to get down low and muddy to line up a handheld reflection as a bracketed HDR of 7 shots.As the sun started to set behind me, giving a nice reflective sun hue over the aircraft and minimising shadows. The resulting standing water gives a great reflection in reverse.45mm 1/30 f4
    Credit: Craig Burley
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    Reading Photography Group
    Title or Location: New Forest wildlife park
    Worth a visit to the New Forest wildlife park , great to see wolves in the Forest again ..&128522
    Credit: Mark Isaacs
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    Sacramento Photography Group
    Title or Location: Osaka Aquarium, Osaka, Japan
    Photo taken at Osaka Aquarium, Osaka, Japan. This was a pretty cool aquarium. Several tanks were several stories tall with viewing area on each floor. This photo is of a Black Crown Night Heron. Shot with my Nikon Z8 Nikon Z24-120S 4.0Processed with Photoshop Topaz . I shoot raw so I used several adjustment layers to achieve the desired look.
    Credit: John P Simpson
    Ocala Photography Group
    Title or Location: Christmas Boxer
    I was testing out a new backdrop that I purchased for a family mini Christmas shoot that I have coming up. I used to make my children be my models but since they are grown Zeus, my boxer, was such a good boy and was my model. This was shot on a Canon EOS 6D with the EF 24-105mm f/4L at 24mm, ISO 320, 1/160. I used two Alien B800 strobes with white umbrellas.
    Credit: Sharon Howard Photography
    Facebook: Sharon La Casse Howard

    Pasadena Photography Group
    Title or Location: Glendora
    In 1989 I started a tradition of Photos with Santa. At the time I was Public Relations Director and Event coordinator for Bless Keller, later to merge with Dilbeck Realtors as Director of P.R. and Special Events. When I started this event we had 3 offices and Santa and I would show up at each office for a Holiday Party and Free Santa Photos. This was a client appreciation event as well as an introduction event to our communities. Over the years we increased our locations to 14 offices. This
    Credit: Bev Widney
    Peterborough Photography Group
    Title or Location: Ham Cut at Ferry Meadows.
    Kingfishers are very active at the moment. This one caught a fish and I was lucky enough to catch the picture as it turned it's prey around to swallow it head first.
    Credit: Rob Walker
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