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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.

    Madison Photography Group
    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

    Madison Photography Group
    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
    Madison Photography Group
    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

    San Francisco Photography Group
    Title or Location: Arches National Park-Moab Utah
    Arches is considered a dark sanctuary meaning using light painting is not allowed. I went to do Astro Photography in June of 2021. This was taken approximately 2am when the Milky Way rose to the center of the arch. While it is a dark sanctuary, someone was hiking on the other side with a headlamp giving me just a touch of light painting to outline the arch. I held the wide angle lens open approximately 13-seconds, ISO 1600.
    Credit: Terry Enlow
    Instagram: @terryenlow
    Murrieta Photography Group
    Title or Location: Bainbridge Circle, Murrieta, CA
    Long Exposure Christmas at Bainbridge Circle - 134 sec f/11 iso400 50mm (DEC 2020)
    Credit: Charles Grandin
    Instagram: @ctgrandin
    Edmonton Photography Group
    Title or Location: This photo was taken at Johnson Lake, just outside of Banff.
    This little guy waited for me to focus, refocus and take a few steps closer and posed like a pro, moving his head from side to side so I could capture his best side. He was quite happy to cooperate for a minute or two!Shot with a Nikon Z50
    Credit: Audrey Wiles
    Instagram: @audreymwiles

    Dublin Photography Group
    Title or Location: Portmarnock Beach

    Credit: kasia the dogographer
    Instagram: dogography_dublin
    Anchorage Photography Group
    Title or Location: 20 miles south of Anchorage
    Taking with a canon 60 mark II, slow shutter speed FLD filter, F 25, taken late spring, the green was just beginning to come out.
    Credit: Steven Randel
    Sacramento Photography Group
    Title or Location: Wengen, Switzerland
    The photo was taken just outside the village of Wengen in the Bernese Oberland region. Spring had just started making its presence felt with wildflowers starting to bloom in the meadows.
    Credit: Abhi Kulkarni
    Instagram: Photoholic1975

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