Photography groups near California
Monterey Photography Meetup
Welcome to the Monterey Photography Meetup Group!
We welcome all photographers of all skill levels. Our goal is to help everyone learn more and grow as a photographer and to have fun while doing so. We offer a variety of workshops, outings, events, etc., some free, others fee-based. We welcome your input regarding the kinds of workshops, events, trips, presentations, demonstrations, etc., you would like to see us offer. If you have special skills or knowledge you would like to share with the group, please email the organizer.
There is a $5/year membership fee which is used to support this website, outings, events, etc.
We look forward to you joining our group!
David J. Gubernick, Organizer
Carmel, Monterey and Big Sur Photography Classes Meetup
This is a group that wants to get maximum leaning in the shortest possible time! These 'fun-shops' are taught by Michael Seewald, a working master fine-art photographer that has created, and shown, photographic art the world over. His passion for teaching equals his photographic art skill level. Says who? Say the grads who've come from all all over the country to join him, from New York to Miami, and from San Francisco to San Diego. For some 30 years he's been sharing his knowledge gleaned from a degree in photography and, now, 40 years of practice in it. He's won dozens of national and international awards. We hope you take the opportunity to join Michael in one of his rare workshops in the Monterey area, or join him a little further out of town, in Yosemite or Napa, or even in his home town, based in San Diego. See ya soon, Valerie Seewald (past Seewald collector, now wife!)
Mighty Monterey Nature and Social Adventures Meetup
The Purpose of "Sky is the Limit" Adventures Monterey is to live life to the fullest! We all need some fun and it can be done safely outdoors for now. Everyone is welcome... singles, couples, professionals, dog lovers, photographers, artists, musicians, nature lovers, and explorers. I will be your tour guide and together we will sample the very best places of the Central Coast (Monterey, Seaside, Carmel, Carmel Valley! ). My goal for each event is to provide people with some kind of outdoor adventure & exercise, followed by time to mingle socially and relax with some great, affordable food, wine, beer or coffee in the area.
*Live Music & Dancing
*Nature Hiking & Dog Walks
*Kayaking/Paddle Boarding & Swimming
*Photography & Art Adventures
*Wine Tasting & Craft Beer & coffee & tea
*History and Art Walking Tours
*International Food & Drinks
I look forward to exploring the outdoors with everybody!
True Colors Queer Women's Meetup Monterey Bay
Welcome! This group is for all queer women. If you self-identify as a queer woman, this group is for you :) 🏳️🌈
As the Admin and Organizer of this group, one of my primary objectives is to create well-defined boundaries so that the members of this community feel safe. With this in mind, you are welcome to become a member of True Colors if you are a lesbian, bi female, or an MTF trans lesbian.
Established mid-October of 2020, this social club offers adult (18+ years of age) women, of all colors, single & partnered, an opportunity to create new and meaningful friendships and participate in common interest activities in the Monterey Bay Area.
Activities, adventures, and events will include but are not limited to hiking, biking, walking, running, kayaking, ropes courses, ziplining, backpacking, camping, frisbee in the park, book clubs, photography, coffee and tea, breaking bread, pub nights, farmer's market meetups, dancing, escape rooms, board and dice games, cards, tours, concerts, movies, parties, BBQs, trips, travel, whitewater rafting/tubing, skiing/snowboarding. The sky is the limit!
On average we offer about five meetups each month, usually one meetup per weekend, and then an occasional meetup on a weeknight. Often our weekend meetups are short local hikes or coffee & pastry get-togethers although occasionally we turn it up a notch and run a bigger, less local meetup such as whale watching, kayaking, or an e-bike ride. Our weeknight events have been brewery meetups so far, while we do have a full moon hike coming up in July and we'll add monthly Twilight Cycling at Laguna Seca when they get up and running again.
We primarily hold our meetups in the greater Monterey Bay (Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove, Marina, Seaside, Salinas, Santa Cruz). We've talked about putting together trips to Guerneville and the Mendocino area this coming summer or fall.
Everyone will be given a warm welcome. An ethos/culture of mutual respect, courtesy, warmth, dignity, 'positivity', and inclusivity for all members is expected. We endeavor to create an environment where members can feel confident, comfortable, and happy being their true selves. Our group vibe is warm, friendly, welcoming, inclusive, casual, and social.
Feel free to suggest any ideas you have for events; your ideas are always welcome ;) After coming to a few events, you will likely also have the opportunity to become an Event Organizer and host events, if you wish.
This Club is non-commercial/non-profit. Membership is free.
Please add a profile photo before applying to join our group.
Note: Unless otherwise stated, True Color events are for queer adult women only. Just to be super clear, no pets, kids, or allies are invited to attend unless specified for a one-off event. If specified, the event will clearly state "+ dogs" or "allies welcome" in the event title or near the top of the post.
Bradley Gallery Events and Workshops
Pacific Grove, CA
This group is for anyone interested in the craft of photography or the creative process. The Bradley Gallery is new to the Monterey Peninsula and we intend to host a slew of free talks, workshops, and seminars both in classroom settings and in the field. If you are interested in photography techniques, Lightroom, Photoshop, digital workflow, lighting, composition, landscapes, wildlife, or fine-art printing, this group is for you.
Peninsula Nature Photographers Unite
Mountain View, CA
This is a group for people who love nature and are up for exploring new places. Goal is to create astounding images and help each other improve.
All ages and skill-levels welcome. Whether you are a seasoned photographer, a beginner looking to improve and learn how your camera works, or just want to meet these types of people and hang out and be awesome, this is the group for you. I started this group because while there seem to be many hiking groups, many groups interested in photography, not many focused specifically on going to beautiful places with the express purpose of taking great photos. We'll do some hikes, but we'll do them very leisurely, and with a focus on arriving on destinations where we can take good photos outside - this may include some of all of: flowers, scenic views, wildlife, and really anything we feel like it. Lessons in photography will provided for those interested.
L. A. Photoshoots and Workshops
Porter Ranch, CA
(Formerly: Nick’s photography workshops)
This meetup will give every photographer, from those just starting out to professionals, the opportunity to take their camera skills to the next level. Understanding light, improving your shooting skills and learning the secrets of exposure and composition are all techniques covered on your workshop. The end result is a wonderful portfolio of pictures, the knowledge and skill to recreate them with confidence.
Aqua Tutus Diving Club
San Leandro, CA
Diving the California Coast since 1955.
Aqua Tutus Diving Club was founded in 1955 and became a non-profit organization in 1958. Our goal is to educate the general public about the sport of Skin and SCUBA diving through quality instruction.
We hold a General Meeting at 7:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, at the Ricky's Sports Theatre and Grill located at 15028 Hesperian Blvd in San Leandro, CA. The meeting is held in the large banquet room alongside the parking lot and is open to the public. If you're interested in scuba diving or want to learn about the marine environment, please join us.
Aqua Tutus Diving Club's membership is made up of a diverse group of individuals with common interests in sport diving, skin diving, diving instruction, underwater photography and abalone diving. Two of our members are PADI-certified dive instructors who offer subsidized training to Aqua Tutus members. Membership costs $40 a year and there is a discount for members living in the same household and for students. Club membership subsidizes diver training and guest speakers who come to our meetings to talk about marine ecology and dive sites around the world.
Our members have a wide range of diving ability from not-yet-certified to thousands of dives. They hail from all over the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as our extended family in Washington, Nevada, Hawaii and the Monterey Bay area. We dive primarily in the Monterey Bay area each month and organize a couple California North Coast dives each year. Some members plan trips to warm water destinations, such as Mexico and countries in the South Pacific, and make those trips available to other club members.
The Circle of Models Photography Group
Hello and welcome!
Let's create together!
The Circle of Models is not just a portfolio building group for photographers, we also work with actors, models, hair/make up artists and designers/shops and artists from beginning to advanced.
We have open model shoots, themed photo shoots and working on starting photography work shops. We welcome you to build or expand your portfolio.
Models, Make Up, Hair Stylists, Designers, Boutiques & Nail Technicians, if you are interested in working with us, please sign up for our group as a member and anyone interested in modeling with us, please text me at 916-284-7382 or email a head shot with your height, dress size (or pant size for guys) and shoe size to email@example.com , along with your availability. Models who work with us are sometimes compensated but mostly participate on a TFP basis.
Make sure you join our closed Facebook page to share your photos and receive information about upcoming events. The link is https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheCircleofModelsPhotographyGroup/
Society of Model Photographers - Bay Area
San Jose, CA
The Society of Model Photographers (SoMP) welcomes all photographers, models, make-up artists, and stylists who want to work together to create stunning photographs.
All are welcome to this group from amateurs to professionals. You must be 18 years or older to join this group. We will be focused on beauty, glamour, portrait, and fashion model photography. Join this group if you are looking to learn photography, expand your portfolio, gain new techniques, and learn about upcoming photographic equipment.
Meetups will range from studio shoots, outdoor shoots, on location shoots, classroom instruction, and guest speakers/lecturers. We will also be scheduling joint meetups with our sister group BAMPS - Bay Area Model Photo Shoots. Look forward to meeting everyone!
*** BY JOINING OR CLICKING ON "JOIN US!", YOUR ARE CONFIRMING YOU ARE 18 YEARS OLD OR OLDER. ***
How Photographers Think
San Luis Obispo, CA
The creation of a photograph is a process that involves numerous decisions and actions. Where does that process begin, and what is the hierarchy of decisions and actions to be taken? How do choices made now affect the outcome? What are the options in the editing process? For a novice, the process may seem daunting, even frustrating. For the experienced, every change in subject represents a challenge in managing and organizing all the known variables and choices. Decisions must be made before actions are taken. This requires planning and discipline. Most of all, it requires an ordering of thoughts. What tools are useful in the ordering of the process? How can my process be more reliable?
How Photographers Think takes you beyond the “how to” into the thinking process of creating a digital image. We start from a premise that photography is a process of intention that requires planning. We explore how we might adapt to the challenges of different subjects and different situations.
This series of presentations, discussions, workshops, classes, and excursions will help you to understand how we think about planning and execution of digital images. You will learn from the experiences of advanced veterans and their processes. And by forming a community of collective experience we learn from each other.
And by the way, we also have a lot of fun.
The Grapevine: A Business Network for Women
The Grapevine was created for enthusiastic COMMITTED professional business women by enthusiastic COMMITTED professional business women.
The purpose of the group is to: 1) help each other grow our business networks by developing trustworthy professional relationships through our weekly and one-to-one meetings 2) exchange quality referrals through our weekly 1-minute commercials and weekly 15-minute business highlight presentations 3) develop members' leadership and business skills and encourage personal and professional development through our weekly Tip of the Day.
Our group has a few requirements for membership. Members meet every week on Tuesdays from 11am to 12:30pm. Membership fees are $25/six months (OR $40/year) plus your lunch from Coco's (ranging from $5-$15 depending on your personal order). Members will receive a roster of all members, 15-minute business highlight opportunity every 6-8 weeks, and leads from the group. Guests can visit us up to three times for FREE (just pay for your lunch).
We are looking for women business owners or representatives who value INTEGRITY, QUALITY, PROFESSIONALISM, COMPASSION, and RELATIONSHIPS. Most importantly we especially welcome business women who have a PASSION and COMMITMENT for their business and LOVE to laugh.
CURRENT MEMBERS ARE WITH:
Chiropractor & Acupuncturist
DoTerra Essential Oils
Farm Girl Edibles (Jam & Candy)
Delish Doggy Droolers
Professional Home Organizer
Naturally Plus Hydrogen Water
Mary Kay Beauty
EXP Residential Real Estate
Wedding & Event Planning & Coordination
Damsel in Defense
Hotellife Sheets & Pillows
ID Theft Shield
Extra Pair of Hands
Cornerstone Swarovski Crystal
Professional Photographers of Santa Clara Valley
San Jose, CA
Professional Photographers of Santa Clara Valley (PPSCV) is a non-profit organization whose objectives and purposes include the advancement of photography as an art and as a profession.
If you’re already a professional photographer, or an aspiring one, and are in the greater San Jose area please consider attending one of our monthly meetings. You'll meet great people who share your passion for photography. We are an association of professional photographers with a variety of experience and interest in the field. We have a guest speaker each month, speaking on many different aspects of this profession. You'll learn how to take great photos, as well as how to actually make a living as a photographer. We look forward to meeting you at our next meeting. After you've attended a meeting, you'll see the benefit of membership.
We'd love for you to become a member of PPSCV and get involved in the association. We have lots of opportunities for you to make a difference, both in your business and in the profession as a whole. See you soon.
If you have questions about PPSCV, please feel free to email.
We look forward to meeting you!
There is a $25 guest fee for PPSCV monthly meetings for non-members. Save $5 if you pay in advance vial PayPal. Please see the payment link on each meeting announcement.
Monthly meetings are always free for PPSCV members.
Delta Digital Camera Club
The focus of this club is to provide a forum for photographers of all skill levels to meet and learn about digital photography. Our goal is to have at least one Meetup per month, so that members can gain essential photography skills to capture impressive images. The activities will include: Photo shoots and field trips- both East Contra Costa County and beyond. Photography workshops. Keynote speakers. Member presentations and exhibits. The ultimate goal of the club is for our members to gain a better understanding of their digital cameras and have fun in the process and at the same time access the vast resources throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Note:Most events will be free to attend others may require fees to cover facility costs, instructors, guest speakers, models. Other expenses could include park fees or parking fees associated with an event.
Explorers of Lights & Landscapes
Welcome to Explorers of Lights & Landscapes!
We are a group of very passionate landscape & travel photographers. In our field photography meetups, participants and the group leaders will work side by side, sharing their knowledge, vision, philosophy and experience together in the field. We want you to make great photographs and therefore the emphasis is on being out in the field when the light is best. We are always on hand for any advice or instruction you may need and we will work together as a team.
Great landscape photographs are in fact very challenging to create and often the supreme disappointment. The key of this group is we only photograph when the condition is right… that is to say optimal lighting condition and weather. We use planning tools and weather to be in the right place at the right time, often we get out at very short notice when condition is right.
A small group of participants (maximum of 8 to 12 plus leaders) guarantees a more personal and intimate experience than bigger meetups can provide.
So if you are one of those inspired landscape photographer, then join us and let’s explore together!!!
Photography Basics Class
Newport Beach, CA
If you have a new DSLR or mirrorless camera, or if you have a camera that has gone unused for too long, these classes are for you. All 9 parts of our 9-part series of location classes are absolutely free. Settings, Composition & Portfolio review classes offered inside at office locations are competitively priced as are our occasional photo excursions.
The class meets on Saturdays in Newport Beach, California. The 9-part structure can be completed in four months. If you miss one, no worries, the class will be given again four months later. After completing the entire course, which includes several amazing Newport Beach, California location shoots and a few composition classes, you will feel ready and confident to take your photography wherever you want it to go.
After completing all 9 parts, I encourage students to return to help teach new photographers. Please feel free to give and get advice from other photographers. This is how we all get better.
Bay Area Studio Fashion Photography Workshops
Our workshops are exclusively for those photographers searching for coveted information about the often secretive and highly guarded world of fashion photography.
WATCH MORE ABOUT OUR WORKSHOPS: https://youtu.be/QsEC7Cq1CNs
Fashion photography is a genre of photography which is devoted to displaying clothing and other fashion items. In doing so, your goal is to accomplish three things; sell a product/garment, sell a lifestyle and sell a story.
Fashion photography is most often conducted for advertisements or fashion magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, or Elle. Over time, fashion photography has developed its own aesthetic in which the clothes and fashions are enhanced by the presence of exotic locations or accessories. Fashion Photographers not only photograph garments but also interpret the underlying ideas or themes of the season, the clothing range, the designer or the brand.
They work in studios and on location to produce imaginative and eye-catching images that advertise clothes, accessories and lifestyle. Fashion photographs are commissioned for a variety of publications, ranging from mail-order catalogues and websites, to high-fashion magazines and Sunday supplements.
Fashion photography is a is not only an art, most importantly, it’s a business!
Learn: creative lighting techniques, visual composition & perspective, fashion vs beauty photography, difference between editorial & ad campaign, directing a creative team, image manipulation, mood board development, from inspiration to concept, high end retouching, enhance your marketing & networking skills.
The workshops are hosted by award winning, published fashion & portrait photographer Robert Silver
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Los Angeles Commercial and Editorial Photoshoots
Los Angeles, CA
** During Covid, our shoots will focus on outdoor venues for safety. Many light painting workshops are to come. Want to see what this is about? Check out my Instagram and see for yourself: https://www.instagram.com/redheadkatrina/ once it is safe, we will resume our in studio shoots, thank you!**
Los Angeles Commercial and Editorial Photoshoots will provide photography shooting opportunities to all experience levels to build portfolios and network with other photographers. Learn skills to shoot commercial imagery to build your career!
A note for those wondering why our shoots cost money:
Our shoots cost us money. Lots of money. I pour all of my energy into styling and props to create a beautiful theme for you to shoot. You don't have to schedule everything it takes to do this. Our beautiful studio space comes at a hefty price too which is why our shoots cost a tad more than most. Is it worth it? Look around at other shoots, their photographs, how many photographers they let shoot. Would you rather spend 10.00 to shoot with 25 photographers or would you rather spend more to shoot with 6? Your portfolio will show the difference.
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BAY AREA SINGLES
San Francisco, CA
Bay Area wide, our first priority is to meet others individually and at activities. Social Mixers, Hiking, biking, photography, art museums and galleries, dinner parties, big and small off the beaten path adventures including cooking lessons, sailing and even Tango lessons. . Join us, we are here to have fun and make new connections.
PhotoFly Travel Club
San Francisco, CA
PhotoFly Travel Club - Established 2009
Whether you’re an avid photography enthusiast or just enjoy taking pictures, PhotoFly Travel Club is the perfect way to vacation, go on an adventure, and meet great people. Our members love travel, adventure, culture, and often photography as well! All of our destinations offer amazing opportunities to capture unforgettable photographs and each trip has at least one activity that is perfect for taking pictures.
If you have some cool local events that you think this kind of group would enjoy, send us a message.