What we're about

Bradenton JPI Photo Group main purpose is to create, inspire and educate the world about photography. We do this through classes, seminars, workshops, photo walks and other photo group experiences. The group is an extension of the educational department of Johnson PhotoImaging - located at 6709 53rd Ave E, Bradenton, FL.

Johnson PhotoImaging has been at the forefront with its photo education programs in Manatee County since 1999. We offer targeted workshops and classes that take your photographic efforts to the next level; whether you are a beginner or advanced photographer.

Our professional instructors are experienced in the topics they teach, and are up-to-date with the latest industry equipment and techniques. Lifelong hobbies have been established and careers have been launched from our educational programs.

Programs include intro camera, digital photography, macro, portrait, lighting, nature, wildlife, landscape and astro photography. Through out the year we also have special guest speakers. Past speakers have included - Peter Baumgarten, Scott Bourne, David Robert Farmerie, Don Hamilton Jr, George Lepp, Ron Magill, and John Williamson.

You can find a complete list of upcoming classes at www.jpiphoto.com

Upcoming events (5+)

Macro Photo Walk Palma Sola

Palma Sola Botanical Park


Discover the world of Macro Photography. Join JPI for a macro photo walk to Palma Sola Botanical Park. You'll wander through the 10 acre lush tranquil gardens around the three lakes. Armed with a macro lens, a tripod and a water bottle, you'll explore the ability to make photographs of small items larger than life size. This is for all levels of photographers on practical macro tips on equipment, composition and depth-of-field. Equipment - You'll need an interchangeable lens camera (ILC), a tripod and a macro lens. Optional macro accessories: macro filters, reversing rings or a lenses with macro like capabilities. Optional tripod accessories for use in macro photography: a focusing rail, an "L" bracket and a bean bag. Bring a bottle of water and a decent pair of walking shoes. Also, some set-ups maybe easier with a portable stool to sit on. Field Trip Fee – $75 - You can pay day of the event cash or check. To pay by credit card please call Johnson PhotoImaging (941)[masked] during normal store hours. 30% of the fee is to be donated to the park. *This is a rain or shine event! Additional meeting details will be emailed 48 hours before the event. Refunds – There are no refunds. However, If the event is cancelled then a refund will be issued. Class duration may vary, somewhat, from the designated time - depending on group size, and group involvement. The class has an active participation part and expects full interaction with each student. The goal is for everyone to learn, create and enjoy.

Working with Lightroom

Johnson PhotoImaging


Adobe’s Lightroom software has a unique set of tools that is very popular among photographers. Primarily a multi-level organizer, it also has simple but powerful editing tools for the dedicated photographer. Join Mike Faron, as he walks you through various steps to enhance your photography experience. The class is limited to 6 students and runs 2 hours approximately. Bring your fully charged laptop with a copy of Lightroom. *If you have a version older than the current creative cloud version, contact our education department for a private lesson. Base level knowledge of your computer's filing system, storage locations, and operational shortcuts will go a long way towards enhancing your experience in this course and with your computer system. FEE: 75 - You can pay in store the day of or call Johnson PhotoImaging (941)[masked] to pay by credit card. Class duration may vary, somewhat, from the designated time - depending on group size, and group involvement. The class has an active participation part and expects full interaction with each student. The goal is for everyone to learn, create and enjoy.

JPI Olympus User Group

Johnson PhotoImaging

The JPI Olympus User Group is open to the public and photographers interested in Olympus micro 4/3 mirrorless systems. This a very active group with presentations, field trips and other photo events. There are no fees or dues for joining this group, however some group activities have fees. The group meets once a month on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Hosted by Steve & Faith Hutchinson, Olympus Ambassadors and Workshop Partners. For more info about them go to OurPhotoTribe.com. If you have any questions, you can reach Steve or Faith at JPI - (941)[masked]. You can also contact them through Facebook @JPIOlympusGroup.


Johnson PhotoImaging

Sony Specialist, Ranieri Palavicini, will be here Friday March 29th for a Sony Demo Day as we near the end of Sony's Trade Up Program. A perfect time to upgrade your firmware, check out some new lenses and possible trade up into a Sony Mirrorless System. Also the new FE 135mm F1.8 GM will be here to try out! For a limited time, trade in any working digital interchangeable-lens camera and receive bonus savings towards select purchases. Apply your savings towards select full-frame cameras, such as the α7 III.

Past events (18)

Venice Rookery With Canon

Venice Rookery

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