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Upcoming Events

Beginner Photography II - Beyond the Basics

Beginner Photography II - Beyond the Basics

Saturday 20 April
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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$43      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 11 May
Commonwealth Place - 2pm - 3 Hours
Dominique Murray
Discover the full potential of your camera beyond automatic exposure. Delve into the fascinating world of photography by mastering the crucial settings of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, and understanding their impact on your images. This hands-on workshop, led by an experienced professional photographer, offers the perfect opportunity to apply your newfound skills in a practical environment. Elevate your photography and capture the world in ways you've never imagined. Join us for a transformative experience that will enhance your approach to photography.
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$84      
Black and White Photography

Black and White Photography

Sunday 09 June
Commonwealth Place - 6pm - 2 Hours
Dominique Murray
Introduction to Black and White Photography. What makes a good Black and White shot?

We will look at the contrast and using textures. How does the camera see the image and how do we create Black and White images in a camera or in post-production. We will look for some good examples and set some exercises.

This is a more advanced course and assumes you understand the basics of photography and controlling your camera.
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$43      

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      

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
    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
    This was a great time! The instructor was very friendly and knowledgeable. I would sign up with his events again.
    5/5
    Marci
    2023-06-25
    Very thorough, given to the opportunity to ask questions, time to take photos to demonstrate what I learned & given constructive criticism
    5/5
    Paul
    2022-11-13

    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
    2024-04-03
    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

    Pittsburgh Photography Group
    2024-02-19
    Title or Location: Squirrel Hill South, Pittsburgh, PA
    The neon signs of a shoe repair shop along historic Murray Avenue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill Neighborhood add some vibrant color to a dark winter night. Although the shop was closed for the day, the interior still felt full of life, with the shelves lined with cobbling tools and other materials that aren't commonly seen in modern shoe stores.
    Credit: Elias Shingleton
    Facebook: Eli Shingleton
    Instagram: @therealelishingleton

    Pittsburgh Photography Group
    2024-02-09
    Title or Location: Along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail
    I enjoy photographing the skyline alongside our beautiful bridges. Tonight I wanted to capture the Highmark lit for Heart Health Month accented by the yellow Roberto Clemente Bridge.
    Credit: Christine Montgomery
    Facebook: Christine Montgomery
    Instagram: Redhead15014
    Pittsburgh Photography Group
    2024-01-29
    Title or Location: West end overlook park
    Just have fun and take some shotMake me feeling so goodAnd i hope people like to see my pictureThank you so much
    Credit: Dony crische
    Facebook: Don chrische
    Instagram: Donny_chrische

    Seattle Photography Group
    2024-04-10
    Title or Location: Edmonds, WA
    Dearing the eclipse of 2017 my family and I sat in our backyard here in WA to watch the 93 totality with our eclipse glasses. With my homemade solar filter attached to my camera, I took a series of photos of the sun during the eclipse. After processing my sun photos, I was disappointed to see that the moon only showed up as a black hole and not its proper form. I am an avid shooter of Astro photography and have several photos of the moon taken from my backyard and multiple other locations. I
    Credit: Amanda Thornton-DeWitt
    Facebook: Amanda Thornton-DeWitt Photography
    Instagram: @amandaswildlifepics
    Memphis Photography Club
    2024-04-10
    Title or Location: Cades Cove,TN
    I took this image on Nov. 2, 2021 at 7 am on Nov. 2, 2001 at 7 am. As I was driving around the Cove I came upon this Buck as I came up over a rise. I had a feeling that he was about to cross the road. My hunch was right. He crossed one fence and eventually crossed the other one. I was ready for his movement. I took a series over shots. It was very exciting.Canon EF 100-400 f4.5 - 5.6L ISO 4,000 f8 1/200s
    Credit: Pat Riley
    Facebook: Pat Riley
    Tulsa Photography Group
    2024-04-08
    Title or Location: Woodward Park, Tulsa, OK
    Canon EOS 800DEF 75-300 f/4-5.675mm1/640F4.5ISO 200I was out practicing my technique. Had spent a little while chasing squirrels around the park. This took me to an area of the park I had not been in. The way these two tulips were complete opposites and yet seem to lean on each other drew my attention to them.
    Credit: Chuck Gilbert

    Austin Photography Society
    2024-04-07
    Title or Location: Terlingua Ghost Town Cemetery, Terlingua, Texas
    Bucket List - Check!!!I finally made it to the Big Bend area. Here's a shot I got at the Terlingua Ghost Town Cemetery, just before sunrise. Canon EOS R, EF 16-35L F2.8, 30 Sec, f2.8, ISO 3200. Used x2 small video lights on lowest power, to light up the foreground. Taken 3/13/2024. Terlingua, Texas.
    Credit: Kirk Brandau
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kbrandau/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kbrandau1/
    Albury Photography Group
    2024-04-07
    Title or Location: Cootamundra NSW Australia
    Captured this Megachile Bee enjoying the sunshine after a two day downpour. Sony A7IV Camera - Sony 90mm Macro Lens - Sony 46 Flash -Radiant Diffuser
    Credit: Stephen Hunt
    Liverpool Photography Group
    2024-04-06
    Title or Location: New Brighton
    I took this photograph just after the sun had set.I used the long exposure setting on my phone to create the wispy water affect.Then I made basic slight adjustments/edits using the lightroom app.
    Credit: Kim Phillips
    Facebook: Intuition photography
    Instagram: Kimberleyphillips77

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