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Come along to our bimonthly 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 casual photo walk with other local photographers. No formal lectures, just a chance to meet-up, share ideas and receive feedback! We have a different photo theme bimontly and the two hour sessions take place in different outdoor locations around San Diego. It's a great opportunity to try something new with the guidance of a professional photographer, and come away with some new shots for your portfolio or album.

Who can attend? Open to all skill levels, from amateurs to professionals. The photography instructor is there to help you with camera settings and provide any advice you need.

Complete beginner? Please complete a Beginners Photography Class before attending a regular group session. This is a 3 hour structured workshop where you’ll learn the basics of using your camera with more 1-on-1 time with the instructor. Scroll down for dates.

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!

What’s involved? Each session starts with an introduction to the theme, and the photography instructor will chat about the camera settings and techniques to use. You’ll then have time to take lots of photos, with the instructor present to answer any questions. You’ll receive feedback and have a chance to chat with everyone to share tips and ideas. We’re a social bunch!

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.

We also occasionally hold more formal beginners classes which last 3 hours and are limited to 6 people. These classes are perfect for complete beginners who want to start using manual mode and those who want to brush up on the basics. See the dates below.

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Refund Policy: Full refunds given with 5 days notice. Dates can be changed with 3 days notice.
Photos by Zac Alviz
4.8/5 from 57 reviews
Learned a lot, which made it worth it. Would definitely take another class.
4/5 by Rebecca Gardon
I found it super helpful and I feel like I learned a lot of good information to get me started.
4/5 by Tiffany Bullistron
I felt we covered all the basics. Individual attention.
5/5 by Meetup - Tom Hathaway

4/5 by Arthur Stoddard
It was great! Very friendly and helpful.
4/5 by Amy Lovejoy
It was a good event
5/5 by Roger Young
Very helpful! I appreciate all the things I learned.
5/5 by Joyce Sanchez
Very Helpful
5/5 by Noreen Cabrera
Going into it I did not realize it was going to be mainly portraits. But it turned out to be fun and interesting.
4/5 by Becky Paetow
The limited number of participants made it so that it felt like a personalized workshop, and any question I had was promptly answered.
5/5 by Angelo Mella
My head was about to explode. So much information but given in a very understandable format.
5/5 by Rick Dally
I really enjoyed the Butterfly Farm. It was nice to have Desi there giving pointers.
5/5 by Patricia Crockett
It is always great to get out with other photographers and try something new or different. Desi does a great job giving instruction and finding fun places to practice our photography skills.
5/5 by Anne & Mark Smith
Perfect location. Desi was there for all questions and suggestions.
5/5 by Becky Paetow

5/5 by Craig Levitt
I had a lot of fun with the group and learned A lot. Especially like how I capture the eagle My friend and I are going do it again
5/5 by Tamara Davila
Awesome event
5/5 by Craig Levitt
I learned a lot about the subject. The instructor incorporated several elements into the session and was able to answer all of my questions.
5/5 by Monica Slack
Very enjoyable. Desi was very knowledgable and personable.
5/5 by Bernadette Clowers
I enjoyed it very much. Very informative. And I liked the class size.
5/5 by Becky Paetow
Excellent location. Desi did his usual great job.
5/5 by Steve Looby
Great way to get through the road blocks as a beginner .
5/5 by Renee Lee
Great way to get through the road blocks as a beginner .
5/5 by Renee Lee
Very informative. Excited about getting to know my camera.
4/5 by Becky Paetow
Great instructor and location
5/5 by jay castillo
Always an amazing class with Desi, but I think today was the beat. It was so much fun!!
5/5 by Dena Meeder
It was amazing! I learned a lot from the instructor and the venue was perfect. I also enjoyed meeting others in the group.
5/5 by Monica Slack
Desi is a great instructor! He laid back attitude makes him a natural for events like this. I appreciate the fact that he makes himself available to us via his email. He was kind enough to respond to my inquiry about a particular location I wanted to try a shot at.
5/5 by Steve Looby
loved it, learned a lot.
5/5 by Nikkk Hildebrand
Very informative. The instructor was very personable and knowledgeable. I will definitely be signing up for some future events.
5/5 by Steve Looby
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