CAIRNS
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Upcoming Events

Black and White Photography

Black and White Photography

Saturday 02 March
Cairns North - 10am - 2 Hours
Joshua Prieto
Discover the timeless elegance of black and white photography in our dedicated workshop designed to enhance your understanding of contrast and image processing. This class dives deep into the techniques needed to transform your color images into striking monochromatic masterpieces, highlighting different textures and narratives hidden within the shades of gray.

Our experienced instructors will guide you through the intricacies of exposure and composition, empowering you with the skills necessary to produce captivating black and white photographs. Whether you aim to eliminate distractions, focus on the subject, or explore the sheer aesthetic beauty of grayscale, this session promises to set you on a path of continuous improvement and artistic discovery. Join us and unlock the potential of your photographic expression in the beautiful world of black and white.
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$43      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 09 March
Ryan Weare Park - 8:15am - 3 Hours
Joshua Prieto
Step into a world of creative photography and master your camera like never before. Take a leap from automatic exposure to a manually controlled universe teeming with endless photographic possibilities. Our immersive class begins with the foundations of exposure and composition, paving the way for you to create captivating pictures of your dear subjects. Dive deeper into maximizing the potential of your kit and gain insights on the apt settings and focal lengths for diverse situations. Enhance your photographic skills and watch as your cherished subjects come to life in pictures.
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$138       2 places left
Bird Photography

Bird Photography

Sunday 17 March
Kuranda - 1:30pm - 2 Hours
Joshua Prieto
Discover the art of captivating bird photography in an engaging workshop that offers hands-on experience and professional guidance. Immerse yourself in the techniques of composing and exposing stunning bird life images. Our expert instructor will share essential skills for approaching avian wonders, whether they flutter freely in the wild or thrive within the serene surroundings of an aviary.

This workshop is tailored for photography enthusiasts at all levels, providing a platform for beginners to lay a solid foundation and for professionals to refine their craft. Embrace the chance to connect with fellow bird photography aficionados, draw inspiration from their insights, and delight in the camaraderie of a shared interest.

Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of how to photograph wildlife, particularly within controlled environments, focusing on mastery over exposure and composition. These valuable lessons will elevate your future wild bird photography adventures, granting you the proficiency to capture your favorite species with ease and confidence.

The event takes place against the vibrant backdrop of Birdworld Kuranda, home to a spectacular array of both Australian and exotic bird species. The controlled setting of a large aviary presents unique opportunities for creative expression and access that may be challenging in natural habitats.

As an added bonus, the cost of the workshop includes admission to the park, ensuring you have full access to explore and enjoy the diverse bird life during your time here. Join us for an enriching experience that promises to enhance your wildlife photography portfolio and expand your skillset.
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$60      

Sunrise Photography Meetup

Sunrise Photography Meetup

Sunday 07 April
Trinity Beach - 5:30am - 2 Hours
Joshua Prieto
Wake up to the allure of dawn with our engaging sunrise photography workshop. As you greet the day in the breathtaking Cairns region, our experienced instructor will provide expert guidance on capturing the rising sun in all its glory. Learn the ins and outs of proper exposure, refine your understanding of focal lengths, discover the secrets of composition, and master the art of timing. Transform the early morning's golden hues into stunning photographic memories. This workshop is an opportunity for photography enthusiasts to witness and capture the serene beauty of landscapes bathed in the first light. Join us for a rewarding experience that promises to make the early start absolutely worth it.
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$43      
Action Sports Photography Class

Action Sports Photography Class

Sunday 14 April
Thomson Rd. - 8:30am - 3 Hours
Joshua Prieto
Discover the art of action photography and master the technique of shutter speed manipulation to freeze moments in time. Join our hands-on session and delve into the essentials of capturing dynamic subjects. With expert guidance, you will learn the gear and settings necessary for photographing athletes and other fast-moving scenes. Not only will you gain practical experience, but the knowledge you acquire will also enhance your future endeavors in sports, motorsport, and wildlife photography. Embrace the challenge and advance your skills to create compelling images that convey speed and motion.
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$43      
Depth Of Field And Bokeh

Depth Of Field And Bokeh

Sunday 02 June
Cairns Esplanade - 3pm - 2 Hours
Joshua Prieto
As well as part of the exposure triangle, your lens' aperture is a great creative tool for separating your subject from the background also helps us to make beautiful balls of light or 'bokeh'.
During this session we'll learn how to get the most out of your lens by opening and closing your aperture and working at different distances from your subject to make your images pop by expanding your knowledge of depth of field.
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$43      

Long Exposure Photography Meetup

Long Exposure Photography Meetup

Friday 28 June
Cairns Esplanade - 6:15pm - 2 Hours
Joshua Prieto
Master the art of long exposure photography to transform ordinary scenes into captivating images. This technique involves prolonging the camera's shutter open time, allowing you to beautifully depict the dance of light and time. Delve into the world of light trail magic and capture the essence of movement like never before. Ideal for landscape photography aficionados and those looking to add a touch of the extraordinary to their portfolio. Join us for a hands-on session where the intricacies of time become your canvas.
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$43      
ABOUT CAIRNS
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 Cairns .

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

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    This was fun, informative and creative photography but quite different to what I first imagined. I imagined flower reflections through a water drop but it was explosive fast shutter speed popping water balloons to capture the splash instead. Lots of fun. A nice small group. Joshknows his photography and is interesting, helpful, and encouraging. I would like to attend more sessions in the future.
    5/5
    Sandra
    2024-02-12
    A good introduction to street photography. Joshua made sure he spent his time amongst participants assisting and suggesting. I liked that he also took photos.
    5/5
    Jill
    2024-02-06
    I loved the walk-around take-photos session! Still feeling a bit rusty, but improving
    4/5
    Judy
    2024-02-05

    Joshua was friendly and so helpful
    5/5
    Jennifer
    2024-02-01
    It was good to get some insight into MACRO as that is a favourite of mine. The Botanic Gardens were good, we didn't get to the pond area which would have been good, I know it is hard to get a group to all move and not stop. In general the class was good..
    5/5
    Carolyn
    2024-01-30
    Another excellent sesssion run by Joshua, Timing was perfect (not too hot) and perfect location.
    5/5
    Brett
    2024-01-29

    Well organised and informative. Joshua has a wealth of knowledge
    5/5
    Jennifer
    2024-01-16
    Fantastic. With the expertise and training by Josh I was able to experiment with different perspectives/compositions and exposure using CPL and ND Filters.
    5/5
    Brett
    2023-11-27
    Awesome. Learnt lots that also taught me I need to learn more. Joshua has a wonderful ability to communicate very easily snd effectively.
    5/5
    Von
    2023-11-21

    Fantastic. I learned a lot from Josh. He was a very good trainer and communicator. Location was ideal
    5/5
    Brett
    2023-11-20
    The event was great. I'm a total novice, I had all the gear but didn't know how to use it. Joshua was very patient with me and instructed me in such a way that I was able to understand what I had to do. At the end of the two hours I came away from the event feeling a lot more confident and with some idea of what I was doing and how to achieve it. Joshua was very easy to understand and was able to converse in a manner I understood. I loved the class and hope there will be further macro classes in future. I have trouble with Saturdays as I have other sporting commitments, so Sunday is the only day I can do a class. Hopefully, if Joshua is willing a few more Sunday classes would be great. Thanks for running this class.
    5/5
    Kerry Ryan
    2023-11-07
    Joshua took us through theory and examples of different settings and creative approaches before we set off to to experiment and learn by experience. Excellent tutor, knowledgeable and personable. Thank you, I learned a great deal.
    5/5
    moira
    2023-10-30

    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    Joshua Prieto
    Joshua Prieto, Australian photojournalist currently based in Holloways Beach, Queensland

    Having always been fascinated about the world both natural and cultural, he found photography to be the perfect medium to express himself. Josh loves learning about the world and the people, places and animals in it and sharing what he sees through his eyes. Josh likes to take his time with his subjects as they gift him the opportunities needed to create his imagery.

    Josh is looking forward to assisting class attendees to improve their technical and conceptual knowledge of photography and how best to create awesome pictures of their favourite subjects!

    www.joshuaprietophotography.com

    Joshua Prieto is available for private bookings

    Available for private photography instruction. Would find a mutually convenient time to tutor prospective students. This could be on weekends or weekdays.

    PHOTOS
    Cairns Photography Group
    2024-02-25
    Title or Location: in my front yard Bayview Hts
    this is the first shot taken with my new Nikon Z8, Its partner is sitting on 2 eggs nearby, I have no idea what the feather is for they don't build nests, the eggs are just laying in the garden bed
    Credit: David Jopson

    Cairns Photography Group
    2024-02-17
    Title or Location: Ryan Ware Park, Cairns
    One person holds a balloon filled with water in one hand and a sharp object in the other hand. My camera was ready with a fast shutter speed of 30 frames per second. Count down 3...2...1...shoot to capture the moment of impact resulting in the explosion of water drops.
    Credit: Sandra Workman
    Cairns Photography Group
    2024-02-04
    Title or Location: Dew Drops - Cairns Botanical Garden
    Taken at the Cairns botanical Garden early in the morning while attending a Macro Class with Joshua Prieto - thanks Joshua for a great morning.
    Credit: Kerry Ryan
    Facebook: Kerry Ryan

    Cairns Photography Group
    2024-02-01
    Title or Location: Flecker Botanical Gardens in Cairns
    Photo was taken whilst participating in a Cairns Photography Group macro session. During an enjoyable few hours of learning and practicing macro photography, I found this plant and looked at different angles to take the photo before deciding to allow it come directly into the lens. Taken with a Nikon D7500 with a Nikkor DX 18-300mm VR lens.F/6.31/1500 secISO 2000300mm (450mm crop)
    Credit: Brett Paull
    Facebook: Aussiebrat
    Instagram: Aussiebrat

    Cairns Photography Group
    2024-01-27
    Title or Location: Machans Beach FNQ
    Taken at 5.20am on 26.1.24 from the esplanade at Machans. I used my IPhone 14. Post editing was the use of the wand symbol (sorry I am a very amateur photographer). We live in a beautiful part of the world.
    Credit: Paula Angell
    Cairns Photography Group
    2024-01-21
    Title or Location: It was taken in Melbourne, Australian
    It was taken by OPPO findx2 pro cameras, and edited by snapseed app.
    Credit: Chi King Ng
    Facebook: chikingng
    Instagram: chikingng

    Hertfordshire Photography Group
    2024-02-26
    Title or Location: My back garden in Hemel Hempstead
    As a deep space photographer, I like to take photos of outer space targets that our eyes cannot see. These photos require a lot of patience and a lot of clear nights reason why my telescopes are working almost every night when it isn't cloudy. Astrophotography is very different from all the other types of photography, a single photo sometimes requires tens of hours under the clear night sky but the result is very satisfying.In this photo, I would like to present to you the California Nebula
    Credit: Emil Andronic
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Emil.Andronic.Photography
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ancient_light_by_emilandronic/
    Leeds Photography Club
    2024-02-26
    Title or Location: Under the Arches, Leeds
    This is part of a huge street art display, a real gem in Leeds. I loved the different displays of hands walking, creates a real sense of movement and intrigue. Photo was taken around 11am. The light you see shining on the hand is from a wall light. Camera setting - F4.2, 1/400 shutter and ISO 200.
    Credit: Ruth Rushton
    Victoria Photography Group
    2024-02-26
    Title or Location: Cape Breton

    Credit: Leah Gray (Spirithills.ca)
    Facebook: Spirithills.ca
    Instagram: Spirithills.ca

    Syracuse Photography Group
    2024-02-25
    Title or Location: Upper Antelope Canyon
    Photographing Upper Antelope Canyon was on my 'list'. I'm glad I researched suggestions to get successful photos during the tour. This was shot at ISO800, f4 and 16mm around 3pm local.
    Credit: Marc Gerbsch
    Facebook: marc.gerbsch
    Hartford Photography Group
    2024-02-24
    Title or Location: Case Mountain, Manchester, CT
    Shot with Canon RP w/ 24-105mm lens with ND1000 filter 30 sec at f8.0 ISO 100. Edited in Lightroom for minor tweaks. Converted the color shot to Black and White and liked that version so much better!
    Credit: Richard D Mitchell, Jr
    Facebook: rdmitchelljr photography
    Instagram: rmitchelljrphotography
    Sunderland Photography Group
    2024-02-24
    Title or Location: Scarborough
    One of the creative artistic edits of my images. I love to create motion and fluidity in an image to set it apart from the run of the mill shot by creating drama and emotion using my post processing skills.
    Credit: Kenneth Fisher

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