CHARLESTON
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP

Upcoming Events

WWC (Walk with Camera)

WWC (Walk with Camera)

Saturday 20 July
Mary Murray Drive Charleston - 10am - 2 Hours
Dave Gray
A fun and relaxed walk with our cameras covering a variety aspects of photography from street, landscape, architecture, seascape and abstract.
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$47      
Street Photography at Night Meetup

Street Photography at Night Meetup

Saturday 17 August
The Battery - 7pm - 2 Hours
Dave Gray
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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$47      
Birds and Nature

Birds and Nature

Saturday 21 September
Mary Murray Drive Charleston - 10am - 2 Hours
Dave Gray
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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$47      

Composition in the Park

Composition in the Park

Saturday 12 October
Folly Beach - 10am - 2 Hours
Dave Gray
Come and join us as we explore composition in photography.

Composition is one of the most critical element in photography. Composition is how a photographer arranges the visual elements within their image, frame. I promise you that if you search for information on composition you will find plenty You will find formal rules, opinion, some of which you can trace back to historical art movements and painters.

Even in the digital world, composition remains the key to creating strong images. Composition is what guides our eye through an image and gives importance to the subject. It creates the story for the viewer and how we as photographers convey that message.

This meetup will explore composition using our frame and tools available to us as the photographer.
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$47      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 02 November
Mary Murray Drive Charleston - 10am - 3 Hours
Dave Gray
Ready to learn more about your camera and get out of automatic exposure? Now is your chance!

Join us as we break down your camera to help you learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO and how these settings affect your exposure.

We will then put your new knowledge to the test with the guidance of a professional photographer.
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$92      
Landscape Photography

Landscape Photography

Saturday 23 November
Mary Murray Drive Charleston - 10am - 2 Hours
Dave Gray
Landscape photography is possibly one of the most popular genres, so we'll be looking at how you can improve your shots and help your photos stand out from the crowd. We will be focusing on composition, panoramas, equipment tips and settings to use.

All skill levels welcome! The professional photography instructor will be there to provide advice, feedback and tips on how to improve your photos and camera skills.
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$47      

Christmas Portrait Class

Christmas Portrait Class

Saturday 14 December
Anson St - 10am - 3 Hours
Dave Gray
This meetup goes over some basic dos and don'ts for posing and looks at issues to do with shooting in daylight for the best results. Included are: shooting different body types, men, women and shooting with strong sunlight and shooting in shade, and designing your background (composition). On this meet,up you are encouraged to bring along family or friends as models.

This is the perfect meetup to learn how to take the perfect Christmas portraits of family and friends.
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$92      
ABOUT CHARLESTON
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 Charleston .

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

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    Great time walking around downtown on a beautiful day and taking photos..our instructor Kem was knowledgeable and gave lots of great tips on taking architectural pics.. very enjoyable!
    5/5
    Sam
    2024-01-15
    Had a great time. Learned a good bit. Had time to shoot and get feedback, not rushed. Can?t wait to post photos. Need to download card.
    5/5
    Sandy
    2024-01-14
    Enjoyed the event. Liked learning how to deal with models.
    4/5
    Michael
    2023-07-23

    Kem was a great instructor and I learned a lot from the interaction with out students in the class. I am already signed up for more courses!
    5/5
    Matthew
    2023-07-23
    Excellent experience. Kem was knowledgeable and prepared. He made suggestions and commentary as needed. Very personable. Looking forward to more events with him.
    5/5
    Dave Baker
    2023-06-26
    Great course even for a beginner with an iPhone
    5/5
    Colette
    2023-06-25

    Well informed instruction. The challenge game was fun and instructive.
    5/5
    Neal
    2023-06-25
    I enjoyed the class and the content. It was paced just right and was relaxed and informative
    5/5
    Angela
    2023-05-21
    I had a great time exploring the streets with a wonderful instructor and nice group of photographers.
    5/5
    amy
    2023-05-02

    The BEST class! Kem is the MOST AMAZING teacher 2026.he's the BEST in Charleston!!!! Any class Kem teaches 2026..signup! You will learn a lot.
    5/5
    Michelle
    2023-05-01
    It was great. The instructor was very pleasant and knowledgeable. I'll be back.
    5/5
    Jennifer
    2023-04-30
    My daughter and I both went to the class. had a great time. Kem was so much fun and patient with all of us. There were 4 in the class which was perfect for all of us to take photos, ask questions, model, and get help as needed. We have already scheduled another class.
    5/5
    Aimee
    2023-04-18

    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    Dave Gray
    Hello, I'm Dave. For nearly three decades, I've been committed to teaching and mentoring students who have excelled in roles from leading Audio at Microsoft to game creation for EA Sports, crafting YouTube personalities, and even becoming a professional athlete alongside Sidney Crosby. In the image and creative industries, my journey involves capturing diverse subjects like touring bands, war zones and untouched parts of our planet. I prioritize creative coaching and workshop settings over building traditional portfolios, favoring a pre-photograph work ethic over a 2018let 2019s fix it in post 2019 attitude. My teaching style is fun and flexible, utilizing a wide range of gear from 100-year-old antique lenses to toy phone cameras to modern mirrorless tech. Your learning experience will emphasize imagination and improvisation over rules and tools. I believe your tools do not define your style, your style defines your tools. We will experiment with inventive photography through basic composition ideas that focus on storytelling and emotional connection, helping you uncover your unique style. Your learning environment will have my love for strong communication and passion for history, whether in a online classroom, walking around or jumping out of a airplane. Join me for a visual adventure where we'll unlock the magic of photography together.

    Dave Gray is available for private bookings

    I am available from 11am until 11pm for private bookings. My services include private tutoring, creative coaching, discovering your style and photography for fun events. Whether you're looking to enhance your photography skills or capture special moments, I'm here to provide personalized and professional services tailored to your needs. Let's create beautiful memories together!

    PHOTOS
    Charleston Photography Group
    2024-03-04
    Title or Location: Mouthmill Beach
    I have been wanting to photograph this location for a while and needed to scout the location first to see when the best time to photograph the rock and dogs safely. I took my WCS puppy Pixel as she is the best best trained of our three dogs. She is a bit small and dark in colouring for the type of photo's I was after but she did a wonderful job helping me scout the location.
    Credit: The Darkroom Photography
    Facebook: thedarkroomdevon
    Instagram: the.darkroomphotography

    Charleston Photography Group
    2024-02-11
    Title or Location: Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
    Watching bees do their job of pollination on some beautiful flowers.
    Credit: Victoria Collins
    Facebook: Collins Photographs
    Instagram: collins.photographs
    Charleston Photography Group
    2023-12-10
    Title or Location: Charleston, South Carolina
    Sunset over the Wando River: October 2021
    Credit: Grace McCarthy
    Instagram: @gracecmccarthy

    Charleston Photography Group
    2023-08-20
    Title or Location: White Point Gardens, CHS
    Coincidentally, this scene appeared spontaneously as I was walking back to my car from a Charleston Photography Group class on outdoor portraiture in July. I bought a glass of lemonade from this kind adorable little girl and gave her a big tip if I could take her photo. (Mom was there and approved too). I quickly sat in the middle of Battery Street to get the low angle and shallow depth of field with my long lens. I followed up with the mom and sent them a file.
    Credit: Francois Fontaine
    Facebook: FontaineImages
    Instagram: FontaineImages

    Charleston Photography Group
    2023-07-22
    Title or Location: West Ashley
    I was sitting on my back porch enjoying the day when I saw this beauty checking out my flowers. I went inside to grab my camera, fully expecting it to be gone by the time I returned. I was able to get several great shots while it almost seemed to pose for me.
    Credit: Brian Heins
    Facebook: Brian Heins
    Charleston Photography Group
    2023-04-21
    Title or Location: Folly Beach
    This was in May 2021 at Folly Beach as I was just learning how to take pictures of the Milky Way had just gotten my new Nikkor 20mm f1.8 lens was so excited to try to do this I had always liked how other photographers would shine there flashlights into the Milky Way core I wanted to try it for myself my camera was Nikon D750 and20mm lens ISO 1600 at f2.8 25 seconds long edited in Lightroom this year decided try do some edits using Nik Collection Color Efex Pro 4 which gave the image more pop an
    Credit: Jimmy Hartnett
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jimmy.hartnett.7?mibextid=ZbWKwL
    Instagram: instagram.com/jimmy.hartnett.7

    Crawley Photography Group
    2024-07-18
    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
    Huntingdon Photography Group
    2024-07-18
    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
    Brisbane Photography Group
    2024-07-18
    Title or Location: Snapper Rocks Qld
    Some monster waves at the iconic surfing location at Snapper Rocks
    Credit: Emanuel Papamanolis

    Baltimore Photography Group
    2024-07-18
    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
    2024-07-17
    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
    2024-07-16
    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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