Upcoming Events

On the Road

On the Road

Saturday 16 March
Saint Anthony - 10am - 3 Hours
Tom Archibald
This "Road Trip" we will be looking at highways and roads to photograph what is right in front of you every day you travel. Scenery, unique architecture, animals, or anything interesting that speaks to you as a potentially great photo.
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Interior Portraits (Window Light)

Interior Portraits (Window Light)

Saturday 30 March
University of Minnesota, East Bank Campus - 12pm - 2 Hours
Tom Archibald
Discover the art of interior portraits illuminated by the soft glow of window light in our upcoming interactive session. Delve into the nuances of photography as we explore essential techniques to capture the perfect image. Our discussion will cover a range of key topics, including:

- Mastering the metering process to determine the ideal ISO settings for optimal exposure.
- Learning the art of posing to harness the full potential of natural window light.
- Effective utilization of reflectors, as well as strategic placement for achieving desired lighting effects.
- Choosing the right reflection materials—be it silver, gold, or white—to enhance your subject.

Join us for an enriching experience that will elevate your photography skills and allow you to create stunning portraits with the natural allure of window light. We look forward to sharing valuable insights and tips with fellow photography enthusiasts.
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Outdoor Portraits

Outdoor Portraits

Saturday 13 April
Loring - 10am - 2 Hours
Tom Archibald
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.

You will preferably need a normal, 85mm or longer lens, or a zoom. If you have a wide-angle this can also be used as we will be also looking at environmental portraits.

This is the perfect meetup to learn how to take the perfect portraits of family and friends.
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Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 27 April
Willow Street - 10am - 3 Hours
Tom Archibald
Elevate your photography skills and gain a deeper understanding of your camera's capabilities. Immerse yourself in an educational session focused on mastering the nuances of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, and uncover how these critical settings shape the quality and character of your photographs.

Following the interactive tutorial, you will have the unique opportunity to apply what you've learned in a practical setting, with the expert guidance of a seasoned professional photographer, who will be there to provide real-time feedback and support. This hands-on experience is designed to refine your technique and enhance your confidence behind the lens. Whether a hobbyist or an aspiring professional, this is the perfect chance to hone your craft and capture stunning images.
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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 Minneapolis .

  • 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.

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    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
    It was unfortunately very cold, but I did have a good time getting out shooting photos I normally don't shoot. It was good
    Mark McCahon
    Learned quite a bit in a short time. The pace was good. As it turned out there were only two of us, so that made it really easy to get questions answered.
    I enjoyed meeting Alexis. He's a personable guy with some good insights to share and showed some flexibility in going with the flow--and engaging the participants, willing to answer questions. I picked up a few tips that I can incorporate in the near future, so in that regard the class was helpful. The smaller number of participants (two) was also beneficial. As a teacher, I'm always cognizant of having my learners staying engaged, on topic, productive--getting more bang for the buck during classroom engagements. Thus, I tend to naturally observe any classes I take with that background filter in mind.

    Location was good. instructor was knowledgeable and helpful
    Enjoyed learning the basics of photography and getting the chance to practice the concepts. The instructor was very knowledgeable.
    Tom Archibald
    Tom holds two degrees from Hennepin Technical College in Eden Prairie. One for Portraiture & Wedding and the other for Photographic Digital Technology. Tom's photography journey began in high school (40 plus years ago). He's been taking photos ever since.

    Tom also has two decades of Radio/Television broadcasting experience and many years as an actor. His career includes several years in the Country Music industry in Nashville. Behind the camera Tom shoots Portraiture, Commercial work, and Food. When not working, Tom also does Videography and Voice Acting from his studio located in Saint Anthony Village where he collects vintage cameras and radios, and loves to cook.

    Tom Archibald is available for private bookings

    Available most evenings and weekends for Photography Tutoring.
    Photography 101
    Food Photography
    Street Photography
    Photoshop Basics

    Minneapolis Photography Group
    Title or Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
    This is the view from the Memorial Bench for my father along 3 mile drive.It was a stunning Fall day. iPhone 12 Pro.
    Credit: Joe Kandiko
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    Instagram: joekandiko

    Minneapolis Photography Group
    Title or Location: Minnehaha Falls, Minneapolis Minnesota
    October FallsFall is my favorite season and I wanted to capture the feeling of those final days before November?s bare trees and blue skies take over.This image was shot in mid October after a heavy rain. Sea Salt was closed but the Falls were in full flow. It was my second attempt at long exposure using a 10 stop neutral density filter. This time it was successful.I used a Canon R5, 24 - 105 lens on a tripod. Exposure was 5 sec at f9.
    Credit: Thomas Corcoran
    Instagram: corcoranimages
    Minneapolis Photography Group
    Title or Location: Minneapolis Sunset from the Witches Hat 1
    I was north of the city taking photos of the skyline from a new (for me) location. As I was doing so, I noticed the crescent moon in the sky to the west. I have always wanted to get a photo of the crescent moon above the city during the twilight hour but I have always been horrible at keeping track of when it would be visible. So I made my way over to Prospect Park and the Witches Hat water tower. Unfortunately, by the time I arrived, the moon was no longer visible. Fortunately, the colors in th
    Credit: William Drew Photography
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    Instagram: williamdrewphotos

    Minneapolis Photography Group
    Title or Location: Minneapolis, MN
    As I was looking up at the sky I noticed a Delta Airlines plane getting configured to land at MSP International Airport. I was tracking the plane thru the camera and got this shot as it came thru the trees.
    Credit: Nick Kiage
    Facebook: kiagemedia
    Instagram: kiagemedia

    Minneapolis Photography Group
    Title or Location: On the patio...
    Early one Sunday morning a little movement within a potted plant gave away the location to this tiny little guy who didn't mind posing for the camera.
    Credit: Earl J. Ebensteiner
    Minneapolis Photography Group
    Title or Location: Franconia Sculpture Park
    The image was taken inside one of the art exhibits found at the Franconia sculpture park located near Stillwater.While using the cameras self timer and placing the camera on the floor, a simple point-n-shoot Fujifilm camera was used to capture the image.
    Credit: Earl J. Ebensteiner

    Spokane Photography Group
    Title or Location: In my basement office/studio
    Working on trying new things! Plucked this Puff out of my front yard flower bed. Used a small compact mirror to create the shot using natural daylight thorough the window. The black and white spoke drama with such a simple subject. Taken with Canon rebel t7 and efs 18-55mm f/3.5-6.6Settings 1/60 f5.6
    Credit: Aleisha Jones
    Westchester Photography Group
    Title or Location: At a farm outside of Ponce, PR
    This was a shot among a field of beautiful pineapples in all different stages of growth. I loved the vibrancy of the coloriPhone 13 Pro
    Credit: Ellie K
    Facebook: Ellie Krolian
    Central Coast Photography Group
    Title or Location: Catherine Hill Bay NSW Australia
    I always love this location to capture the Milky Way. Its very peaceful at 3am. I wanted to get in early for the Milky Way season and was very happy with the way it turned out.
    Credit: Ben Stewart
    Facebook: Beautiful Blue Images Photography
    Instagram: beautifulblueimagesinc

    Hertfordshire Photography Group
    Title or Location: My back garden in Hemel Hempstead
    As a deep space photographer, I like to take photos of outer space targets that our eyes cannot see. These photos require a lot of patience and a lot of clear nights reason why my telescopes are working almost every night when it isn't cloudy. Astrophotography is very different from all the other types of photography, a single photo sometimes requires tens of hours under the clear night sky but the result is very satisfying.In this photo, I would like to present to you the California Nebula
    Credit: Emil Andronic
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Emil.Andronic.Photography
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ancient_light_by_emilandronic/
    Leeds Photography Club
    Title or Location: Under the Arches, Leeds
    This is part of a huge street art display, a real gem in Leeds. I loved the different displays of hands walking, creates a real sense of movement and intrigue. Photo was taken around 11am. The light you see shining on the hand is from a wall light. Camera setting - F4.2, 1/400 shutter and ISO 200.
    Credit: Ruth Rushton
    Victoria Photography Group
    Title or Location: Cape Breton

    Credit: Leah Gray (Spirithills.ca)
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    Instagram: Spirithills.ca

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