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Upcoming Events

Street Photography

Street Photography

Sunday 23 June
Smallman Street - 3pm - 2 Hours
Dominique Murray
People, cafes, vendors, street merchants, buskers, historic buildings, art installations and much more. The power of observation underpins the art of great street photography. Learning to "see" interesting detail is a practised skill and we introduce you to easy methods that will open your photographer's eye and expose you to a world that is alive with detail. The most rewarding part of the class is learning how to approach interesting people and have them willingly pose for you.

We will also go over settings, focusing techniques and lens choices common to street photography to help us capture those random chance encounters.
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$43      
The City at Night

The City at Night

Sunday 07 July
Grandview Ave - 8pm - 2 Hours
Dominique Murray
Many people don't think about nighttime being a good time to do photography since there's a lack of light. However, armed with knowledge about your camera's settings and the properties of light, nighttime photography can be a lot of fun.

In this meetup, you'll learn about the best camera settings for nighttime photography. We'll also explore the kinds of light available to us and how to use that light to make some awesome photos. As always, there are exercises that will help you put your new knowledge to work.
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$47      
50mm Lens Meetup

50mm Lens Meetup

Sunday 21 July
Beechwood Blvd - 11am - 2 Hours
Dominique Murray
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      

Street Photography at Night Meetup

Street Photography at Night Meetup

Sunday 04 August
Commonwealth Place - 7:30pm - 2 Hours
Dominique Murray
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      
Motion Blur - Using Blur in Photography

Motion Blur - Using Blur in Photography

Sunday 18 August
Shady Avenue - 6:30pm - 2 Hours
Dominique Murray
Learn to use intentional motion blur to enhance your photography. We will cover a range of blurring techniques including long exposures, panning and intentional camera movement for artistic purposes. Not all blurry photos are accidents!

Knowing how to control the blur can help lead you to new creative opportunities, expanding your photographic possibilities.
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$47      
Traffic Trails

Traffic Trails

Friday 06 September
Grandview Ave - 7pm - 3 Hours
Dominique Murray
Photograph the beautiful light-trails of cars and other vehicles in motion, against the panorama of static architecture at night. for this class you will need a tripod and a zoom or wide-angle lens is preferable but you can still get good results with a normal prime or really any lens. It is the exposure and composition that is the important part. Hi-viz clothing and reflective jackets /clothing is advisable.
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$92      

Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 21 September
Downtown Pittsburgh - 10am - 3 Hours
Paul Vladuchick
Master the art of manual photography with our expert-led event designed for enthusiasts eager to take control of their camera settings. Dive into an immersive session where we demystify the nuances of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, and discover how these crucial elements combine to impact your photographs.

After absorbing the essentials, you'll have the opportunity to apply your newfound skills in a practical setting, guided by a seasoned professional photographer. Elevate your craft and capture images with the confidence and finesse that manual exposure affords. Join us in stepping beyond automatic exposure and unlocking the full potential of your camera.
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$92       5 places left
Beginner Photography II - Beyond the Basics

Beginner Photography II - Beyond the Basics

Saturday 05 October
Downtown Pittsburgh - 10am - 2 Hours
Paul Vladuchick
After you have a grasp of the basics of exposure, start to advance your skills by forming your creative compositions by concentrating on focal length, perspective and depth of field.

If you have a camera with two lenses (say, a 70-200 or 70-300) and don't know what to do with it, this is the class for you. We'll be working with longer focal lengths and seeing what incredible images we can compose. Longer focal lenses allow for some really fantastic perspectives that can be very useful for powerful story telling.
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$47      

Other Nearby Groups

Beginner's Acrylic Painting Class

Beginner's Acrylic Painting Class

Saturday 22 June
Bellevue - 10am - 2 Hours
Pittsburgh Art Group
Camila Centeno Bonnet
Unleash your inner artist in our Beginner's Acrylic Painting Class! Join us for a fun and relaxed journey into the world of acrylics, where no prior experience is needed. Our friendly instructor will guide you step-by-step, helping you to explore vibrant colors, various techniques, and your unique creative voice. Whether you're looking to de-stress, learn a new hobby, or simply have a great time, this class is the perfect place to start.
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$47      
ABOUT PITTSBURGH
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 Pittsburgh .

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

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    This is the second time I've had a class with Paul and it was just as enjoyable as the first time. He's very straightforward/knowledgeable in his advice and will answer any questions you may have...and I asked a lot! The small class size - only 6 in today's session - allowed for plenty of one-on-one time, too. Definitely recommend this class!
    5/5
    Mark Buchek
    2024-04-21
    Paul was engaging and super enthusiastic! Had a wonderful and educational time out in the city.
    5/5
    Lindsey
    2024-04-21
    Really enjoyed spending time with Paul and the group! After watching too many YouTube videos, it was great to work with a pro in person to discuss photography via real-life situations. I'm looking forward to taking more classes in the future and highly recommend spending time with someone in the PPG.
    5/5
    Mark
    2024-04-07

    The class was informative and fun. Dominique led an interesting class and I learned a lot.
    5/5
    Russell
    2024-03-12
    It was very informative
    5/5
    Russ
    2024-03-11
    Great class!! Never did a portrait session before and Dominique was very through in explaining different lighting techniques and scenarios. Lexi was awesome as the model for the evening. Great all around experience!!!!
    5/5
    Tom
    2024-03-11

    Very good. Learned alot. Teacher set up alot of examples before arriving. Spent alot of time teaching individuals.
    5/5
    travis
    2023-12-18
    Great event! Learned a ton and able to contact with questions. Really enjoyed the fact that all items/links were shared so can know what we worked with to purchase.
    5/5
    Cara
    2023-12-17
    Very good. The instructor was flexible for each student. showed alot of passion and excitement for photography.
    5/5
    Travis
    2023-12-12

    It was wonderful. I learned a lot and enjoyed the opportunity to practice what I learned right on the spot.
    5/5
    Katie
    2023-11-05
    I thought that the event was great!
    5/5
    Paul
    2023-09-17
    Great workshop, enjoyed it.
    5/5
    angela
    2023-06-26

    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    Paul Vladuchick
    Paul Vladuchick is a Pittsburgh based photographic artist born outside of Detroit, Michigan. Self-taught in the fundamentals of photography in the time before the internet, he relied on his public library and their many books on photography, composition, lighting and exposure, significant amounts of experimentation and trips to the Detroit Institute of Art Museum where he had a particular interest in sculpture.

    Paul's images are typically an exploration of the contrast between the artificial lights of the city of Pittsburgh and the darkness of the night. His modern artistic vision started in the mid 2010s after moving back to Pittsburgh from California. Wanting to explore and photograph the city and only having time in the evening to do so, he started to experiment with various techniques in low and artificial light.

    Paul Vladuchick is available for private bookings

    Available most weekends before 5 PM
    Available most weekdays after 7 PM.

    Private tutoring in portraits, events, travel photography.
    Private tutoring in post processing using either Lightroom and Skylum Luminar

    Dominique Murray
    Dominique Murray, a proud alumna of Robert Morris University, stands at the intersection of artistry and innovation. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts, specializing in photography, Dominique has artfully woven her passion for photography into the very fabric of her life.

    From a young age, Dominique's heart has been entwined with the art of photography, and her journey has been nothing short of captivating. Her work has graced the pages of local and national publications, leaving an indelible mark in visual storytelling. Her compelling imagery is found in esteemed publications such as Canvas Rebel, The Gazette 2.0, Upper St. Clair Today, SouthPointe Neighbor, and many more.

    Dominique's photographic prowess extends far beyond the ordinary. Her lens captures the essence of people and moments, breathing life into portraits and events like no other. Her goal is simple yet profound: to create an immersive and unforgettable experience, allowing you to see yourself in a way you never thought possible.

    With Dominique Murray, every image is a masterpiece, every event is an unforgettable memory, and every endeavor is a testament to the profound impact of art. Join her on this extraordinary journey, where creativity knows no bounds and community comes first. Explore, experience, and engage with a true artist who believes in the transformative power of the visual medium and the boundless potential of a caring community.

    Dominique Murray is available for private bookings

    Availability varies by week

    Private tutoring for portraits, headshots, and events.

    PHOTOS
    Pittsburgh Photography Group
    2024-05-25
    Title or Location: Allegheny River Bank looking into the city
    Was out capturing sunrise before work and while I was walking around I noticed the sun was reflecting off of the building. Set my F Stop to 16 and got this nice sun star. Thanks for looking.
    Credit: Jim Sippey
    Facebook: James Robert
    Instagram: Jimsip4104

    Pittsburgh Photography Group
    2024-05-15
    Title or Location: Along the Allegheny River shore on the Northside
    I found it interesting to contrast the newly developed trees with the skyline to produce a natural landscape photo.
    Credit: Christine Montgomery
    Facebook: Christine Montgomery
    Instagram: Redhead15014
    Pittsburgh Photography Group
    2024-05-13
    Title or Location: West Carson Street
    A great profile shot of Pittsburgh showcasing its urban landscape. Taken at sunrise to bring out the silhouette and beauty of the sky.
    Credit: Christine Montgomery
    Instagram: Redhead15014

    Pittsburgh Photography Group
    2024-04-03
    Title or Location: Three Rivers Heritage Trail
    These particular cherry blossom trees are prized amongst many photographers. I took this on a day where the petals were falling. Gorgeous day.
    Credit: Christine Montgomery
    Instagram: Redhead15014

    Pittsburgh Photography Group
    2024-03-11
    Title or Location: Allegheny Landing
    Whenever it rains. I always look for interesting puddles that will render the best reflections. This particular puddle always gives me the best pano shot along the North Shore.
    Credit: Christine Montgomery
    Instagram: Redhead15014
    Pittsburgh Photography Group
    2024-02-27
    Title or Location: Ohiopyle State Park
    February 17, 2024 didn't seem like a great day to be outdoors, let alone a great day for outdoor photography. The sky was gray, snow was piling up in the mountains, and the Yough was churning. The weather had driven the usual crowds at Ohiopyle away, though, turning the park into a true sleepy winter town. Kit: FujiFilm XS10 body with a Sigma 10-18mm lensFocal length: 18mmSS: 1/800Aperture: f/8ISO: 800Editing: The edits on this photo were designed to emphasize the highs and lows
    Credit: Lindsey Morgan

    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
    St Louis Photography Group
    2024-06-11
    Title or Location: Spirit of Saint Louis Air Show and Stem Expo
    Photograph taken with Olympus OM-1 and Olympus 100-400mm Lens (100mm 1/1250 @ f/11). No real interesting story here. Just like to shoot the air shows when I can. Takes me back to my days in the Navy and seeing the jets coming and going from Hickam AFB when I was stationed at Pearl Harbor NSY&IMF and would shoot a round of golf at Hickam AFB's Mamala Bay golf course after working on the submarines. A couple of the holes on that course are near the runway for the base. The surprise sound of a
    Credit: Brian Smith
    Instagram: @nukebear

    Phoenix Photography Group
    2024-06-10
    Title or Location: Lost Dutchman Park
    This is a focus blend of 2 photos- 1 for the fence and the other for the rest of the photo. It was taken with a Sony A7RIV camera on a Sony 35mm GM lens at F1.8, ISO 2000, 15". The Superstion Mountains were named Monte Superstition by Spanish conquistadors who arrived in the 1540s. Greedy for gold, they tried to get local Apaches to show them where it was however, believing the area was home to the God of Thunder, they refused for fear of angering him. Apaches believe there's a hole to the
    Credit: Edward Mitchell
    Instagram: Edward_Mitchell_photography
    Albury Photography Group
    2024-06-09
    Title or Location: Bethanga Bridge - Lake Hume Albury NSW
    This photo is one I took in september 2023. On this night I captured quite a few different photos and perspectives of the milky way over and around the bridge. My goal on this evening was to take full advantage of the position of the milky way as there are very few opportunities that you can photograph the milky way positioned near the bridge during the year. I found this photo with other ones from that night I had not edited. Astro photography needs conditions to be right in relation to moon,
    Credit: Andrew Osborne
    Facebook: Andrew Osborne - Landscapes
    Instagram: https:www.instagram.com/andrews_landscapephotos/
    Bellevue Photography Group
    2024-06-09
    Title or Location: Cannon Beach, Oregon
    Strolling along the beach. Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, ORCanon PowerShot S230f/41/400 sec.11 mm
    Credit: Timmy DeHan

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