CHRISTCHURCH
PHOTOGRAPHY
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Upcoming Events

Architecture Photography

Architecture Photography

Sunday 09 June
Hereford Street, Christchurch Central - 8:30am - 2 Hours
Matthew Musson
Architectural photography can be a great way of exploring and documenting a city, whether it's your home or on holiday. Its about capturing not only the design and accurate representation of a building, but to have the shots be aesthetically pleasing to the viewer's eye. An architectural photographer makes pictures, not takes pictures.

In this session, we will be covering how to better understand Architecture photography and we'll be looking at ways to take some impressive shots and the camera settings to use.
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$47      
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       4 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      

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      
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
    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
    Great meet-up, just the right length of time and an interesting topic
    4/5
    stuart
    2024-03-09
    I thought the event was really good, and genre I hadn't tackled before, and I found it really great to listen to Matt on suggestions on how to photograph people. I was pleasantly surprised how easy it actually is
    5/5
    Gunther
    2024-03-08

    Very informative, well worth the money, Mathew who took the class was excellent.
    5/5
    Grant
    2024-02-26
    Mathew was a great teacher, god examples to help understand how the triage works. Class size was just right as well
    5/5
    Tracey
    2024-01-30
    A great opportunity to spend time with a small group of people and a leader. Matt guided us into feeling much more confident with our cameras. A stroll around the Botanic gardens - a beautiful setting plus the increased knowledge about the Exposure Triangle/Trinity. Very helpful. Highly recommend!
    5/5
    Kim
    2024-01-30

    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
    2024-05-11
    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/

    Christchurch Photography Group
    2024-05-10
    Title or Location: Time For School
    As part of my digital photography diploma that I have recently started part-time, I was attempting some contre-jour shots this week. This was taken as students made their way down a school driveway on a cold morning.
    Credit: Dave Hart
    Instagram: deejayaitch101
    Christchurch Photography Group
    2024-05-06
    Title or Location: Gibraltar Rock
    I've just moved to Christchurch and decided to go for a drive up the hills overlooking Christchurch - Sime clouds rolled in and the sun was partially out which made the whole scene moody and perfect for B&W - Absolutely loving Christchurch so far ?
    Credit: Terry Harkin

    Christchurch Photography Group
    2024-04-27
    Title or Location: Adelaide, Australia
    Taken on holiday in Adelaode at the beach
    Credit: Stephen Wilson
    Facebook: Stephen Wilson

    Christchurch Photography Group
    2024-04-26
    Title or Location: New brighton, Christchurch, NZ
    This was taken around 7AM in the morning. I start my work at 7:30 AM and I usually have my camera gear in my car. I was driving to work and couldn't resist to stop after looking at beautiful glow of the first light. Now It was the race with time as I had to be at work at 7:30AM , I quickly took some shots and merged them into this pano in post. quite happy with the results I got in this short bracket of time.
    Credit: Saravdeep Singh
    Facebook: Saravdeepsingh
    Instagram: Freee_bird
    Christchurch Photography Group
    2024-04-26
    Title or Location: Te Roto o Wairewa Banks Peninsula Canterbury New Zealand
    Stunning morning walk by the lake.
    Credit: Barb Gaeth

    Portland Photography Group
    2024-05-20
    Title or Location: Stub Stewart State Park Hilltop area
    This was the day of famous Northern Lights visible in most of the North America. Stubs Stewart is the most ideal dark area for star gazing so I reached there around 11pm. As expected, it was full of enthusiasts. The lights were predicted to be at peak between 10pm - 2am. Around 2pm, when we though the "show was over", the lights started getting incredibly bright, and that is when this picture was taken. Interestingly, the lights were bright in some regions and other regions were faded enough to
    Credit: Ashish Kushwaha
    Sydney Photography Group
    2024-05-19
    Title or Location: Curly dick Rd ,Meadow flat
    It's a famous road for Golden Poplars, but I wanted to capture the Milky way passing over trees that have lost their leaves. it was early evening, but the Milky Way was already high up, so I quickly took some photos and returned to Sydney.
    Credit: eric
    Sydney Photography Group
    2024-05-17
    Title or Location: Tacking Point Lighthouse, Port Macquarie
    Last February, I left Sydney with my friends at 6pm to capture the first Milky Way view of 2024. I was very anxious because I saw a lot of clouds on the way, but I was really happy to see clear skies as I passed Newcastle. When we arrived at the lighthouse, fortunately we were the only ones in the group, so we were able to take photos without any disturbance. The lighthouse light, which was not too bright, was very helpful in filming.
    Credit: Eric

    Vancouver Photography Group
    2024-05-15
    Title or Location: Vancouver Lake, Vancouver, WA
    I took this photo after work on the night of Friday 5-10-24. I was seeing posts about people seeing the northern lights as low as Oklahoma. I went home and grabbed my camera and equipment and went to Vancouver Lake not sure if I could capture anything. I was pleasantly surprised when I was able to capture photos. This is just one of many pleasant surprises from that evening, enjoy.
    Credit: David Lopez
    Wirral Photography Group
    2024-05-15
    Title or Location: New Brighton
    Photo of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) taken on New Brighton promenade on Friday 10th May 2024 (around 11:53pm) - the night when the Northern Lights was visible from much of the UK.I'd be thinking of heading out to try and catch a photo of the Northern Lights for the past few weeks as had seen notifications on various apps and on Facebook that there might be a chance of seeing them. I finally decided to go out and see if I could see them on that evening, and I was extremely lucky tha
    Credit: Mike Rhodes
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mike.rhodes.7528
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mike_6480/
    Aberdeen Photography Group
    2024-05-15
    Title or Location: Aberdeen beach front
    The leading lines of the old wooden groynes lead you forward to the breakwater rocks. These were put in a few years ago to ensure Aberdeen had a permanent sandy beach all year round
    Credit: David Esson
    Instagram: Daviedimples

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