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Upcoming Events

Beginners Photography Class

Beginners Photography Class

Sunday 23 June
Riccarton, Christchurch - 9:30am - 3 Hours
Matthew Musson
Looking to improve your photography? Our Beginners Class is a great place to start. This 3 hour session is a photo walk that will have you weaned off of Auto mode, and transforming your everyday snaps into professional-looking shots.
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$138       2 places left
Beginners Photography Class

Beginners Photography Class

Sunday 07 July
Riccarton, Christchurch - 9am - 3 Hours
Matthew Musson
Elevate your photography skills with our specially designed Beginners Class. In this immersive 3-hour photo walk session, you can say goodbye to Auto mode and embrace the art of capturing images with a professional touch. With guided instruction and practical experience, watch as your regular photographs transform into stunning visual narratives. Join us on this journey to discover the true potential of your camera and your creative eye.
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$148       2 places left
Bird Photography Meetup

Bird Photography Meetup

Sunday 14 July
Brooklands Lagoon - 9am - 2 Hours
Matthew Musson
Learn how to catch those great bird life images.

During the event, we will be exploring the beautiful habitats in the area and photographing the variety of bird species that reside there.

Whether you are new to bird photography or a seasoned pro, this event is a great opportunity to hone your skills, learn from others, and enjoy the company of like-minded individuals who share your passion for bird photography.
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$47      

Long Exposure Photography Meetup

Long Exposure Photography Meetup

Saturday 27 July
Hereford Street, Christchurch Central - 3:30pm - 2 Hours
Matthew Musson
Learn the basics of long exposure to capture light trails along with tripod photography.

Long exposure refers to a technique where you keep the shutter open for an unusually long period of time. This results to interesting effects in your photographs.
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$47      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Sunday 11 August
Kennedys Bush Road, Kennedys Bush - 9am - 3 Hours
Matthew Musson
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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$148      
Intro to Astro Photography

Intro to Astro Photography

Saturday 17 August
Birdlings Flat 7591 - 8:30pm - 2 Hours
Matthew Musson
Do you gaze up at the night sky with wonder? What about looking up at the stars and thinking, how old that light you are seeing is? Maybe you watch as day and night morph into one, and the stars come out to play.

This meetup is going to cover off everything you need to know to start capturing amazing single shot astrophotography and a few extra bits of helpful advice. The learnt basics of capturing a single frame will form the building blocks of your astrophotography journey. Think of this meetup as your first step on that journey or for those who have already started, maybe a road sign.

Astrophotography looks amazing and packs a real punch, however, you do not need to spend a fortune to partake. Does gear make a difference, the simple answer is yes, but it is not the deciding factor when it comes to astrophotography. This meetup will look at planning your session, camera settings, required equipment. I want this meetup to help you maximise your current gear as your start capturing milky way shots.
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$47       5 places left

Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Sunday 08 September
Kennedys Bush Road, Kennedys Bush - 9am - 3 Hours
Matthew Musson
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.
book now
$148      
ABOUT CHRISTCHURCH
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 Christchurch .

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

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    Lovely to meet a group of similar interest
    5/5
    Mike
    2024-06-11
    This was a good opportunity to photograph Christchurch architecture with like minded people. Matt was very helpful and informative, and a good facilitator.
    5/5
    David
    2024-06-11
    Matt gave a good overview of architectural photography with a handout to accompany it. He managed to get us to multiple locations and spent time with each attendee over the two hours. Very happy with that approach which worked well.
    5/5
    Dave Hart
    2024-06-10

    Excellent event and appreciated the guidance and feedback from Matt. While the early start time on a cool Sunday was initially a shock to the system, it was certainly the best time as there was adequate light and few people around to muddy the view.
    5/5
    Warren
    2024-06-10
    Great to meet others on the photography journey. And good to get some helpful tips from Matt. I found it helpful to be in a small group (of 3) and to interact with the others - looking at their images and talking about what we are doing too. I also appreciated the free time to wander and find places to photograph but to have that meet up time to gather together again and move on.
    5/5
    Kim
    2024-06-10
    I liked the way we would learn one thing then put it into practice before learning the next. I've done a similar course (many years ago) but with 3 hours in a classroom setting before doing ant practical which was very dry.
    5/5
    Mike
    2024-04-23

    It was great I really enjoyed it and learnt a lot
    5/5
    Grant
    2024-04-22
    Location was good and learned lots from Matthew. Great to be amongst other people who love photography.
    5/5
    Catherine
    2024-04-12
    It was a great spot for it. Thanks Matt hood information taken away from it.
    5/5
    JJ
    2024-04-09

    I really enjoyed it, as a very novice photographer i didn't feel like I didn't know enough to be there, and Matt was very helpful and friendly. Great Location
    5/5
    Alice
    2024-04-08
    Matthew has a friendly personality and did a good job, helping someone who does not pick up technology that quickly. Only criticism was that his last e-mail advising the date and location was wrong causing Matthew to turn up at a different place. However, a quick phone call from Matthew rectified the situation and no damage was dfone.
    4/5
    Allan
    2024-03-20
    Thank you- I am loving using manual mode!! You made it super easy to understand!
    5/5
    Amber
    2024-03-19

    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    Matthew Musson
    Originally from Derbyshire, England. I came to New Zealand when I was seven years old. In my last two years of high school, I did photography as an elective and I became passionate about it. I decided to further study in photography, and I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a Post Grad Diploma in Creative Arts at Ara. In 2019 I was fortunate to be one of one of three students to be nominated for the New Zealand Student Photographer of the year award. At this present time my business revolves around photographing events/sports but I also distribute my Wildlife/landscape and creative art photography.
    PHOTOS
    Christchurch Photography Group
    2024-06-12
    Title or Location: Pippa?s Lookout, Lake Lyndon
    Photo taken with EOS M50 with Brightin Star 12mm f2.0 20sec 3200 ISO.This was around 8pm 12-May after the craze on the Southern Lights.
    Credit: Josh Reyes
    Instagram: Joshroamingaround

    Christchurch Photography Group
    2024-06-12
    Title or Location: Hotel Distinction Christchurch city
    This building used to be the offices for the Social Welfare (now WINZ) many years ago. Now an upmarket hotel in Christchurch. It offers interesting curves and lines light and shade. Taken on Canon EOS 80D EF-S18-55mm 1/320 ISO 1000 f8
    Credit: Kim Knight
    Instagram: Kimknightnz
    Christchurch Photography Group
    2024-06-09
    Title or Location: Walk On By
    Out shooting night shots I spotted through an archway this gentleman twirling poi. As he was ignored by the passing group, he placed his poi on his knees and looked ruefully at them as they "walked on by".
    Credit: Dave Hart
    Instagram: deejayaitch101

    Christchurch Photography Group
    2024-06-03
    Title or Location: @ Arthur?s pass national park
    Sun set over the Waimakariri and Mt. Murchison.
    Credit: ?&650398treeimage by Janaka Dissanayake

    Christchurch Photography Group
    2024-05-26
    Title or Location: New Brighton Beach, Christchurch
    The pier is a "go to" photography haunt for me at sunrise. This time I thought I'd try monochrome to give it a different feel to my usual take on it.
    Credit: Dave Hart
    Instagram: deejayaitch101
    Christchurch Photography Group
    2024-05-11
    Title or Location: Wakanui Beach, Ashburton.
    Around 6:30 pm the Aurora was very active down at Wakanui beach. I was using the Panasonic GH5 and a 12-50mm kit lens at 12mm and f3.5 using 10 second exposures.
    Credit: Desmond Downs
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/desmond.downs/

    Sacramento Photography Group
    2024-06-13
    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
    Cairns Photography Group
    2024-06-13
    Title or Location: Elizabeth Bay, Sydney
    I was lucky enough to have this view of Elizabeth Bay in Sydney from my hotel. I just opened the window, prepared my tripod and camera and shot this wonderful night scene.Nikon D7500 with Nikon 18-300mm lensf/1130 secsiso 200Aperture priority -3 exp compfocal length 66mm
    Credit: Brett Paull
    Facebook: Aussiebrat
    Instagram: Aussiebrat7
    Omaha Photography Group
    2024-06-11
    Title or Location: Chicago, IL
    Photo taken during a spring boat ride into the Chicago River and processed using Lightroom and Photo Director.
    Credit: Brian Bruns

    Wollongong Photography Group
    2024-06-11
    Title or Location: VIVID Sydney - Sydney Harbour
    For 2 weeks every winter Sydney is lit up with amazing colours and beams of light over the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, and various buildings throughout the city. I captured this photo of the Opera House from across the water at the Overseas Passenger Terminal. I used a slow shutter speed (of 1 sec) to capture light trails from the passing water craft, and I held my iPhone up against my lens to create an artificial reflection on the water.Canon R6ii, RF 70-200mm f2.8 (@ 70mm), 1s, iso 200.
    Credit: Angelique Kelly
    Facebook: @mylenslovesyou
    Instagram: @angelique_kelly_photography
    St Louis Photography Group
    2024-06-11
    Title or Location: Spirit of Saint Louis Air Show and Stem Expo
    Photograph taken with Olympus OM-1 and Olympus 100-400mm Lens (100mm 1/1250 @ f/11). No real interesting story here. Just like to shoot the air shows when I can. Takes me back to my days in the Navy and seeing the jets coming and going from Hickam AFB when I was stationed at Pearl Harbor NSY&IMF and would shoot a round of golf at Hickam AFB's Mamala Bay golf course after working on the submarines. A couple of the holes on that course are near the runway for the base. The surprise sound of a
    Credit: Brian Smith
    Instagram: @nukebear
    Phoenix Photography Group
    2024-06-10
    Title or Location: Lost Dutchman Park
    This is a focus blend of 2 photos- 1 for the fence and the other for the rest of the photo. It was taken with a Sony A7RIV camera on a Sony 35mm GM lens at F1.8, ISO 2000, 15". The Superstion Mountains were named Monte Superstition by Spanish conquistadors who arrived in the 1540s. Greedy for gold, they tried to get local Apaches to show them where it was however, believing the area was home to the God of Thunder, they refused for fear of angering him. Apaches believe there's a hole to the
    Credit: Edward Mitchell
    Instagram: Edward_Mitchell_photography

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