Upcoming Events

Street Photography at Night Meetup

Street Photography at Night Meetup

Saturday 27 July
1 John Nolen Drive - 6pm - 2 Hours
Joel Ramsey
Street photography encompasses a wide range of genres, and this week we'll be exploring the town at night.

At this meetup, we will practise the basics of shooting in a dark environment as we capture candid images in an urban setting.

By the end of this event, you will be more familiar with:
- How to adjust camera settings for low light.
- Using slow shutter speeds to get brighter images and create light trails.
- Capturing RAW images.
- Guidelines for shooting other people and their property in the real world.
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Birds and Nature

Birds and Nature

Saturday 10 August
University Bay Drive - 9am - 3 Hours
Joel Ramsey
Are you a bird watcher or a nature lover and have also been wondering how to get sharp photos consistently. This session plans to take the guess work out of it and get you on your way to capture the wildlife you love. Some of the topics covered will be, optimal settings, light direction, bird habits, equipment and operation. Come along and lets take some photos that show the natural beauty of birds.
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$92       5 places left
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 Madison .

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

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
    JOEL is a great instructor. I will return again for another class. I always learned so much.
    Helpful. Not exactly what I needed to know, but I appreciated the unsolicited advice as well as the opportunity to ask some questions.
    Joel helped me ?see? a familiar scene in a new way.

    Joel is very knowledgeable. The group was small size so I felt individual attention and all my questions could be answered. I will continue to take further classes in the future after this great first experience.
    I enjoyed the expertise of the instructor and the input from others in the class.
    Joel was a wonderful instructor who both inspired me in the pursuit of photography and helped me feel more comfortable with my camera. I would highly recommend any of his classes and plan to take more.

    It was a lot of fun and had great information.
    Enjoyed the session. Small group and personal attention was great. I liked that we moved around from Monona Terrace to downtown around the capital and State Street. Joel and son were great. Joel reached out to confirm prior to the meeting which also was nice.
    Great instructor, I really liked Joey.

    The class really opened up my ability to do more with my camera taking it off of auto mode means I have to do a lot more work, but the more I understand the more artistic I can become.
    Joel Ramsey
    Joel Ramsey is a Ph.D. candidate and a university professor with experience writing and presenting topics in public presentation, business, and multicultural communication, and social media and marketing. His studies include; various forms of communication, rhetoric, public address, proposals in social media and marketing, quantitative and qualitative research analysis, media convergence, and copyright law.
    Joel has several years of experience as a freelance photographer shooting street and automotive photography using a cannon 7d and eon-1 mark-v1 with a 150-500mm lens, a 200mm lens, and a 28-105mm lens and recently working with a Sony A7R-II and a 28-70mm lens. He has experience editing with adobe workshops (Photoshop and Lightroom).

    Joel Ramsey is available for private bookings

    Available weekday evenings from 5-9 PM
    Available weekends from 8 AM - 6 PM
    Private tutoring, weddings, portraits, headshot sessions, and events.

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    Title or Location: Lake Mendota Madison Wisconsin 5/30/24
    Young woman water skiing during the sunset
    Credit: Brian Allen

    Madison Photography Group
    Title or Location: Paris, France
    This photo was taken from the Montmartre neighborhood in Paris
    Credit: Jon Coppernoll
    Instagram: @jcoppernoll
    Madison Photography Group
    Title or Location: Capitol building during Street photography class
    This was my second class with Madison Photography Group and Joel Ramsey. After discussing transitioning to mirrorless during the first class, ( was really just looking for an excuse) I went ahead and bought my Nikon Zfc. This was my first day shooting with it and exploring the camera as well as the city. I am always intrigued by the capitol building. I will always appreciate a picture of it.
    Credit: Ken Norton
    Instagram: Kendnorton

    Madison Photography Group
    Title or Location: Mazomanie Wisconsin
    Danae had been bucked off her horse, Hawk, moments before this photo was taken. He was cranky from getting a bath earlier in the day, but calmed down when we brought him to a pasture where his best friend Magic was penned very close by. I used a 35 mm lens on my Nikon D750 at f16 to get the sun ray spikes.
    Credit: Klara Burger
    Instagram: @klaraannphotos

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    Title or Location: Southwest Commuter Path
    Melting and refreezing snow adorns bushes like diamonds, reflecting in a humble ditch-bottom puddle
    Credit: Samuel Warfel
    Facebook: Samuel Warfel
    Instagram: @samuelwarfel
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    Title or Location: Madison Downtown
    This was another busy Thursday. My friend is skydiver, they planned to do jumps ice, but the weather was warm. We went to check ice on the lake. And we saw this gorgeous view.
    Credit: Svetlana Terzeman
    Instagram: sveta_terzeman

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    Title or Location: Otterbourne
    Watched these guys for hours, slowly but surely one of the cubs got the confidence to climb onto the logs!
    Credit: Chris Athawes
    Instagram: Chris_a_photography
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    Title or Location: Near Loen, Norway
    This photo was taken after cruising into Olden and taking the Loen Skylift, at the top of which are many trails. We took one away from the crowd and came across this little stream which lined up nicely with what I expect is it's destination. Taken on a Sony RX10IV
    Credit: Clive Durston
    Instagram: Redssnapper
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    Title or Location: Snapper Rocks Qld
    Some monster waves at the iconic surfing location at Snapper Rocks
    Credit: Emanuel Papamanolis

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    Title or Location: My garden, Catonsville, MD
    Every year honey bees come to cornflowers in my garden. Bees go to pickerel flowers. I try to capture bees flying. Nikon D700 Nikkor AF 60mm micro with close up rings. I use a flash.
    Credit: Kanji Takeno
    Instagram: Kanjigatortwo
    Albuquerque Photography Group
    Title or Location: San Juan Islands-Washington State
    Photo was taken in August of 2023 near the San Juan Islands north west of Seattle. We were following a family of Orca who we believe were teaching their young how to hunt. This photo was of an orca in pursuit of a porpoise. I actually have two other photos of the live pursuit with the orca tracking down and catching the porpoise. I would be happy to provide those as well if you?d like.
    Credit: Robinson Atencio
    Chichester Photography Group
    Title or Location: East bank of the River Arun West Sussex
    Out for an evening walk heading up the river Arun, luckily this vessle gave an already colourful photo op a finishing flourish.
    Credit: Steve Smith
    Instagram: PS & H Photography

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