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Action Sports Photography Class

Action Sports Photography Class

Sunday 21 April
Thomson Rd. - 8:30am - 2 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      
Bird Photography

Bird Photography

Sunday 21 April
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       1 places left
Understanding Metering

Understanding Metering

Saturday 25 May
Munro Martin Parklands - 8:45am - 2 Hours
Joshua Prieto
Discover the essentials of mastering metering in photography, the crucial fourth element to achieving the perfect exposure alongside aperture, ISO, and shutter speed. Embark on a comprehensive journey to understand the various metering options, learning both the theory and practical application to enhance your shots with creative lighting. Unlock the secrets to transforming your photographs through precise exposure control, elevating your photography skills to new heights. Join us for an enlightening experience where you'll gain invaluable insights into the art and science of metering in photography.
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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      
Street Photography

Street Photography

Sunday 09 June
Abbott Street, Cairns - 2pm - 2 Hours
Joshua Prieto
Street Photography is the act of photographing the streets or urban environments with people or evidence of their presence. The technique may be creative or artistic and the effect can be emotive or even evoke commentary on our modern world.
During this meetup, we will practice the basics of shooting candid images in an urban setting.
By the end of this event, your instructor will help you to be more familiar with approaching human subjects and environments during the day, paying attention to settings, composition and focal lengths.
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$43      
Long Exposure Photography Meetup

Long Exposure Photography Meetup

Saturday 29 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      

Waterfall Photography Meetup

Waterfall Photography Meetup

Sunday 07 July
Crystal Cascades, Lamb Range - 8am - 2 Hours
Joshua Prieto
Photographing waterfalls is a sort of landscape photography that requires specific techniques, but done well can make for beautiful images of running water in natural environments.

This session will explore essential gear and settings as well as tips on the best times of day to shoot and creative use of shutter speed.
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$47      
Nature At Night

Nature At Night

Sunday 21 July
Collns Avenue - 6pm - 2 Hours
Joshua Prieto
During this session we'll practice the key skills in photographing wildlife and plants at light, using flash and torches to correctly light our subjects.

Finding and photographing exciting wild subjects at night can be a fun challenge.

This class will help you to become more familiar with locating wild subjects, composition, and correctly exposing and lighting your images at night.
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$47      
Learn Your Lens

Learn Your Lens

Sunday 04 August
Munro Martin Parklands - 8:45am - 2 Hours
Joshua Prieto
Ever wanted to really learn about how to choose and use the right lens?
During this session we'll look at what focal lengths, image stabilisation, crop factors, distortion, minimum focus, maximum aperture and compression really mean and do.

After the class you'll be better prepared to choose the right lens for the job, be it your favourite portrait, wildlife, landscape, macro subject.
The session will also assist in your ability to choose the right gear to purchase in future.
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$47      

Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Sunday 18 August
Ryan Weare Park - 8:45am - 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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$148      
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.

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  • REVIEWS
    Really enjoyed the session. Josh was very helpful
    5/5
    Katrina
    2024-04-16
    Brilliant as always, Josh is very knowledgeable, patient and has a great way of teaching at the right pace.
    5/5
    Stuart
    2024-04-09
    Joshua was great, really informative and was very patient with all questions asked.
    5/5
    Cathryn
    2024-03-10

    It was really interesting to take black and white images and to look at contrasts and use shutter speed/aperture to create various effects
    5/5
    Judy
    2024-03-05
    Excellent. Training and communication by Josh were excellent. I learned a lot regarding b&w photography
    5/5
    Brett
    2024-03-04
    Loved the class was great to learn black n white photography techniques
    5/5
    Kylie
    2024-03-03

    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

    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
    2024-04-15
    Title or Location: Kuranda Birdworld
    I wanted to try bird photography for the first time, so I visited Kuranda birdworld to practice. I was lucky to get some amazing shots of birds in flight, and in battle, and learned of the difficulties in exposing correctly for bird action shots versus still shots.Taken with Nikon D7500 with Nikkor 70-200mm lens. Settings were:75mmf/2.81/1000 seciso 1600
    Credit: Brett Paull
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    Instagram: Aussiebrat7

    Cairns Photography Group
    2024-04-08
    Title or Location: Sunset Fishing Boat, Jerman beach, Bali, Indonesia
    Jerman beach is a quiet beach in Bali, Indonesia and is a 5 min walk from the hotel I was staying at. I was searching for some compositions to shoot during golden hour and sunset on the beach. There are always traditional fishing boats moored at the beach and this boat was just in the right position, with a beautiful orange sky in the background as the sun was setting and throwing purple onto the clouds.Photo was taken with my trusty Nikon D7500 with a Nikkor 18-300mm lens. Settings used were
    Credit: Brett Paull
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    Instagram: Aussiebrat
    Cairns Photography Group
    2024-03-20
    Title or Location: Tinaroo
    After all the rain it was nice to get out and see clear skies this was taken about 5.30 am using Nikon d850 with 24-70 2.8 lens settings were F2.8 10sec 30mm ISO 3200
    Credit: Bob Sinclair
    Facebook: Bob Sinclair Photography

    Cairns Photography Group
    2024-03-15
    Title or Location: Bayview Hts
    I was in our front room and got the shot from the window through a gap in the garden foliage, its late just on sunset and a bit of light has come under the clouds and its raining. The bird is watching over a pair of 1 day old chicks. iso 1250 5.6 1/160 Nikon Z8 with 5.6 200-500 Amount lens on FTZ adaptor. edited in Nikon NX studio
    Credit: David Jopson

    Cairns Photography Group
    2024-03-09
    Title or Location: palm cove
    processed in lightroom. 10 stop nd filter and 0.9 half grad filter f/10. 20sec exposure. iso 64. Nikon mirrorless camera with 24-70 lens set at 24mm.
    Credit: stan chun
    Cairns Photography Group
    2024-03-08
    Title or Location: Nandroya falls
    Nandroya falls is located deep in the National park off the Palmerston highway north QLD approximately 4km return walk easy to moderate
    Credit: Bob Sinclair

    Seattle Photography Group
    2024-04-17
    Title or Location: Cannon Beach Oregon
    While visiting Cannon Beach, Oregon for Spring Break this year, we were treated to beautiful blue skies, warm weather, stars AND airglow at night! I was absolutely giddy about seeing those stars! Now I hope you all know how extremely rare this combination is on the pacific coast in spring. It's normally overcast and raining and definitely no stars to be seen. Thank you universe for allowing your magic to flow this evening. I truly appreciate you and your powers ??
    Credit: Amanda Thornton DeWitt
    Facebook: Amanda Thornton-DeWitt Photography
    Instagram: @amandaswildlifepics
    Milton Keynes Photography Group
    2024-04-17
    Title or Location: Milton Keynes
    to create this I used a piece of Teal vinyl for the backdrop, I had the camera, with a 30 mm Marco lens on a tripod set to manual focus, with focus staking of 10 shots I only used 5 in the end). for lighting I had two static lights on mini stands so I could play about with their placement to get the effect I was looking for. The dandelion seed was held in place, by putting it into a piece of white tack, I then sprayed it using a little electronic face atomiser (bought from Amazon) and loa
    Credit: Diane Langford
    Nashville Photography Society
    2024-04-17
    Title or Location: Franklin Tennessee
    This photo captures a serene moment in my front yard, where I lay on a blanket beneath a amazing tree. The weather was ideal, prompting me to grab my micro lens and focus on this exquisite dandelion.
    Credit: Kimber Weathers
    Facebook: Kimber
    Instagram: kimberlan30wea

    Dallas Photography Group
    2024-04-17
    Title or Location: My house in Lewisville
    Decided to make a composite that resembles the photo that NASA took with their millions of dolllar photo equipment. 2 months ago I photographed the full moon and placed it on top of the most recent solar eclipse photo I took. The moon normally get its light from the sun so getting the perspective with moon visibility is impossible during an eclipse unless you have nasa gear. My photo was taken with a canon R5, RF400mm F2.8 and cropped in.
    Credit: (MyJdProductions) Justin Dickinson
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/share/pE91wQnHYf6JVB7A/?mibextid=eQY6cl
    Instagram: @myjdproductions
    Middlesbrough Photography Group
    2024-04-15
    Title or Location: Saltburn by the Sea
    This is Saltburn?s furnicular Cliff Lift before sunrise in the golden hour. Lovely light, a high tide and a heavy sea made a really nice composition.Canon R8 & EF16-35mm f/4L @ 29mm, f/6.3, 2 seconds & ISO400
    Credit: Edward Bilcliffe
    Instagram: @edwardbilcliffe
    Gold Coast Photography Group
    2024-04-15
    Title or Location: Cloudy bay, Bruny island, Tasmania
    Was my third attempt at catching the aurora. Got to campsite set up camp and looked up at the cloudy night. The clouds started to clear and managed to get down the road and get some snaps &128077
    Credit: Simon garrett
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