BRIDGEPORT
PHOTOGRAPHY
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Upcoming Events

Bokeh for Beginners

Bokeh for Beginners

Sunday 21 April
Cliff St. - 10am - 2 Hours
Anwar Stokes
Join us for a thrilling photography session where you will master the techniques of creating the unique Bokeh effect in your snaps. Simultaneously, we will enhance your capabilities in capturing the perfect shots even in low light conditions, with or without the use of camera flash. Amplify your photography skills with our engaging and educative session.
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$43      
Outdoor Portraits

Outdoor Portraits

Saturday 11 May
Cliff St. - 10am - 2 Hours
Anwar Stokes
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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$43      
Shooting in Manual Mode Class

Shooting in Manual Mode Class

Saturday 25 May
Barnum Dyke - 10am - 2 Hours
Anwar Stokes
Unleash your creative potential by joining us for a transformative photography class. This unique opportunity allows individuals to transition their camera settings from Auto to Manual mode. Our main aim is to skyrocket your confidence while handling your camera settings. Dive into crucial camera functions and unravel the mysteries of the exposure triangle - Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO. Explore the art of photography as you master the functions of your own camera. Discover the joy of crafting your visual story through the lens. Leave the Auto behind, and take control with Manual mode. Images in your style, from your unique point of view 2013 let us guide you in your journey to becoming an expert photographer.
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$43      

50mm Lens Meetup

50mm Lens Meetup

Saturday 08 June
Noble Ave. - 10am - 2 Hours
Anwar Stokes
Discover the versatility of the 50mm lens, an essential tool in any photographer's kit. Perfectly balanced between a wide-angle and a telephoto lens, the 50mm lets your camera see just as your eye does, opening a world of styles - from stunning landscapes and vibrant street shots to captivating portraits and product photography. This expertly guided event offers an overview of basic camera settings, and then delves into the advantages of working with a prime lens. You'll also master key techniques to get the best out of your 50mm lens. Plus, you'll enjoy plenty of hands-on practice to try your newfound skills and really cement your learning. Transform your perspective and elevate your photography experience with the adaptable 50mm lens.
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$43      
Black and White Photography

Black and White Photography

Sunday 14 July
Temple St - 10am - 2 Hours
Anwar Stokes
Embrace the Timeless Elegance of Black and White Photography

Delve into the nuanced art of monochromatic imagery with our advanced photography course. Discover what transforms a simple photograph into a striking black and white masterpiece, exploring the critical roles of contrast and texture. Learn how your camera interprets light and shadow differently than the human eye and the secrets behind crafting the perfect black and white image, whether in-camera or through post-production finesse.

With guided exercises, you'll hone your skills and gain the ability to discern the subtleties that elevate a photograph to fine art. This course is tailored to those with a solid foundation in the basics of photography and a desire to wield their camera with a more artful, considered approach.

Join us and refine your photographic vision, seeing the world in gradients of shadow and light.
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$47      
Street Photography

Street Photography

Saturday 17 August
Temple St - 10am - 2 Hours
Anwar Stokes
Discover the vibrant heart of the city through the lens of street photography. Immerse yourself in the bustling life where cafes, vendors, street merchants, historic buildings, and art installations become your canvas. At the core of exceptional street photography is the power of keen observation. Our workshop introduces simple yet effective methods to enhance your ability to perceive the world in exquisite detail, transforming everyday scenes into captivating photographic stories.

Dive deeper into the technical aspects of street photography as we explore essential settings, focusing techniques, and lens selections ideal for capturing the serendipity of chance encounters. Join us and unlock a new perspective on the world, seeing beauty and story in the flurry of city life.
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$47      

Using Light & Shadow in Photography

Using Light & Shadow in Photography

Saturday 07 September
Temple St - 10am - 2 Hours
Anwar Stokes
Light and shadow photography is a type of photography that focuses on capturing the interplay between light and shadow in a particular scene. This style of photography often produces dramatic and compelling images that can evoke strong emotions in the viewer.

Harsh light and the contrast between light and shadow can provide some interesting photo
opportunities, as well as some challenges!

In this meetup, we will be looking at how you can use your camera's settings to nail the exposure.
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$47      

Nearby Photography Groups

Using Light & Shadow in Photography

Using Light & Shadow in Photography

Saturday 20 April
Downtown Hartford - 10am - 2 Hours
Hartford Photography Group
Jahvon John
Light and shadow photography is a type of photography that focuses on capturing the interplay between light and shadow in a particular scene. This style of photography often produces dramatic and compelling images that can evoke strong emotions in the viewer.

Harsh light and the contrast between light and shadow can provide some interesting photo
opportunities, as well as some challenges!

In this meetup, we will be looking at how you can use your camera's settings to nail the exposure.
book now
$43      
Photographing Reflections

Photographing Reflections

Saturday 27 April
Great Neck Road - 10am - 2 Hours
Hartford Photography Group
Jahvon John
We will be using natural water reflections and seeking out man-made reflective surfaces in the area to explore how we can use reflections to add depth and intrigue to our images. Reflections can help us to show our subject from an unusual, or from multiple, points of view. We can use reflections to abstract our subject or to make perfect mirror images. We'll even have a look at how we can create our own reflections when there are none around.
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$43      
Long Exposure Photography

Long Exposure Photography

Saturday 04 May
West Hartford - 10am - 2 Hours
Hartford Photography Group
Jahvon John
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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$43      

Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 04 May
Lincoln Park - 10am - 3 Hours
Yonkers Photography Group
Raul Urena
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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$84       5 places left
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 11 May
West Hartford - 10am - 3 Hours
Hartford Photography Group
Jahvon John
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!

Your instructor will guide you through the basics of how ISO affects the brightness of your shot and its grainy or noisy affects.

The numerical identification of shutter speed and how it can be utilized to compliment a shot or dramatize a shot.

And finally, /f stop. The eye of the camera. Your instructor will teach you the relation between your own eye in relation to your cameras /f stop.

Your instructor will provide you an easy, fun and engaging way to understanding your DSLR!

After a bit of class room material, you will venture into the nearby environment and put your skills to the test!

  • Please keep in mind that you will need a DSLR of any make to fully utilize these practices and principles.*

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    $84      
    Street Photography

    Street Photography

    Saturday 18 May
    Downtown Hartford - 3pm - 2 Hours
    Hartford Photography Group
    Jahvon John
    Street photography is a genre of photography that captures candid moments of everyday life in public places, such as streets, parks, and other urban areas. It often involves taking pictures of people, buildings, and objects in their natural environment, without any posing or staging.

    Street photography has a rich history, with notable photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Garry Winogrand, and Vivian Maier having made significant contributions to the genre. It requires a certain level of skill and patience to capture compelling images in the midst of the chaos and unpredictability of the streets.

    Today, street photography continues to be popular among both amateur and professional photographers. With the advent of digital cameras and smartphones, it has become more accessible than ever before. However, there are still certain ethical considerations to keep in mind, such as obtaining permission from individuals before taking their photos and being respectful of people's privacy.
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    $43      

    Landscape Photography

    Landscape Photography

    Saturday 25 May
    Lincoln Park - 10am - 2 Hours
    Yonkers Photography Group
    Raul Urena
    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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    $43      
    Street Photography

    Street Photography

    Saturday 15 June
    Lincoln Park - 10am - 2 Hours
    Yonkers Photography Group
    Raul Urena
    People, cafes, vendors, street merchants, buskers, historic buildings, art installations and much more. The power of observation underpins the art of great street photography. Learning to "see" interesting detail is a practised skill and we introduce you to easy methods that will open your photographer's eye and expose you to a world that is alive with detail.

    We will also go over settings, focusing techniques and lens choices common to street photography to help us capture those random chance encounters.
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    $43      
    Beginner's Photography Class

    Beginner's Photography Class

    Saturday 06 July
    Lincoln Park - 10am - 3 Hours
    Yonkers Photography Group
    Raul Urena
    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
    $92      

    ABOUT BRIDGEPORT
    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 Bridgeport .

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

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    I thought it was outstanding. Very professional?the instructor was really well prepared, had excellent handout materials and had brought his own cameras as well as assisting with the one that I brought. I learned a lot and feel more confident that my skills will evolve now.
    5/5
    Laura
    2023-10-30
    I was the only person signed up for this class so i was able to get one on one instruction from Anwar, which was truly fantastic! I had several gaps in my knowledge which he corrected. I very much appreciate his knowledge, professionalism and insight.
    5/5
    Milind
    2023-09-26
    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    Anwar Stokes
    My name is Anwar Stokes, and I am a professional photographer with a passion for capturing extraordinary moments through the lens. With over 8 years of experience, I have honed my skills in various genres of photography, including portraits, landscapes, and events. My goal is to create images that not only tell a story but also evoke emotions, leaving a lasting impression on viewers.

    Equipped with top-notch equipment and a keen eye for detail, I strive to bring out the essence of my subjects and showcase their true beauty. Whether it's a wedding, a fashion shoot, or a corporate event, I am known for my professionalism, creativity, and ability to make people feel comfortable in front of the camera. From scouting locations and setting up lighting to post-processing and finalizing images, I am committed to delivering exceptional results that exceed my clients' expectations. With every click of the shutter, my aim is to freeze a moment in time and create timeless masterpieces that will be cherished for generations to come.

    Anwar Stokes is available for private bookings

    Available most Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 2pm with enough advanced notice. Private portrait, events, landscape, and weddings

    PHOTOS
    Bridgeport Photography Group
    2024-03-15
    Title or Location: Fairfield Penfield Reef lighthouse

    Credit: Gusztav Menko
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/menkog?igsh=Z2ZjZ3k1bG16Mnhq

    Bridgeport Photography Group
    2024-02-16
    Title or Location: Short Beach, Stratford CT
    This tree is actually one of three growing on a section of the beach. The photo was taken just before sunrise and the orange and blue colors were an unwanted distraction. Black and white seemed the way to go.
    Credit: Thomas Baldwin
    Bridgeport Photography Group
    2024-02-15
    Title or Location: Penfield Reef lighthouse

    Credit: Gusztav Menko

    Bridgeport Photography Group
    2024-01-25
    Title or Location: Walnut Beach Milford Connecticut
    I took this image because of the colors in the sky, Venus and the reflections in the water. I never noticed the Big Dipper until processing it in Lightroom! Walnut Beach always provides me with great photo opportunities.
    Credit: Thomas Baldwin

    Bridgeport Photography Group
    2024-01-07
    Title or Location: captains cove

    Credit: Juan Borrero
    Bridgeport Photography Group
    2023-11-18
    Title or Location: Massachusetts
    I call this picture The Bob Ross because it was a happy accident. I was dropping off some camera gear and while doing so I saw this beautiful landscape. I parked my car walked to the scenery and literally as I went to snap the picture a couple on a boat appeared in front of me. I said this a reminder to myself and other photographers, you don?t need to wait for the perfect shot, just go out and take it.
    Credit: Michael Shyne

    Seattle Photography Group
    2024-04-10
    Title or Location: Edmonds, WA
    Dearing the eclipse of 2017 my family and I sat in our backyard here in WA to watch the 93 totality with our eclipse glasses. With my homemade solar filter attached to my camera, I took a series of photos of the sun during the eclipse. After processing my sun photos, I was disappointed to see that the moon only showed up as a black hole and not its proper form. I am an avid shooter of Astro photography and have several photos of the moon taken from my backyard and multiple other locations. I
    Credit: Amanda Thornton-DeWitt
    Facebook: Amanda Thornton-DeWitt Photography
    Instagram: @amandaswildlifepics

    Memphis Photography Club
    2024-04-10
    Title or Location: Cades Cove,TN
    I took this image on Nov. 2, 2021 at 7 am on Nov. 2, 2001 at 7 am. As I was driving around the Cove I came upon this Buck as I came up over a rise. I had a feeling that he was about to cross the road. My hunch was right. He crossed one fence and eventually crossed the other one. I was ready for his movement. I took a series over shots. It was very exciting.Canon EF 100-400 f4.5 - 5.6L ISO 4,000 f8 1/200s
    Credit: Pat Riley
    Facebook: Pat Riley
    Tulsa Photography Group
    2024-04-08
    Title or Location: Woodward Park, Tulsa, OK
    Canon EOS 800DEF 75-300 f/4-5.675mm1/640F4.5ISO 200I was out practicing my technique. Had spent a little while chasing squirrels around the park. This took me to an area of the park I had not been in. The way these two tulips were complete opposites and yet seem to lean on each other drew my attention to them.
    Credit: Chuck Gilbert
    Austin Photography Society
    2024-04-07
    Title or Location: Terlingua Ghost Town Cemetery, Terlingua, Texas
    Bucket List - Check!!!I finally made it to the Big Bend area. Here's a shot I got at the Terlingua Ghost Town Cemetery, just before sunrise. Canon EOS R, EF 16-35L F2.8, 30 Sec, f2.8, ISO 3200. Used x2 small video lights on lowest power, to light up the foreground. Taken 3/13/2024. Terlingua, Texas.
    Credit: Kirk Brandau
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kbrandau/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kbrandau1/

    Albury Photography Group
    2024-04-07
    Title or Location: Cootamundra NSW Australia
    Captured this Megachile Bee enjoying the sunshine after a two day downpour. Sony A7IV Camera - Sony 90mm Macro Lens - Sony 46 Flash -Radiant Diffuser
    Credit: Stephen Hunt
    Liverpool Photography Group
    2024-04-06
    Title or Location: New Brighton
    I took this photograph just after the sun had set.I used the long exposure setting on my phone to create the wispy water affect.Then I made basic slight adjustments/edits using the lightroom app.
    Credit: Kim Phillips
    Facebook: Intuition photography
    Instagram: Kimberleyphillips77
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