Upcoming Events

Capturing Moments: Photography Scavenger Hunt Meetup

Capturing Moments: Photography Scavenger Hunt Meetup

Saturday 29 June
West Old Town - 10am - 2 Hours
Donovan Noelle Swann
Join us for an exhilarating experience at the Capturing Moments: Photography Scavenger Hunt Meetup, where creativity knows no bounds. Embark on a photographic adventure through the streets of Old Town, exploring its diverse scenery and hidden gems. This unique event offers participants the opportunity to hone their photography skills while immersing themselves in a thrilling scavenger hunt challenge. Whether you're a seasoned photographer seeking inspiration or a beginner eager to explore, this meetup promises excitement, camaraderie, and unforgettable moments captured through the lens. Don't miss out on the opportunity to unleash your creativity and join us for an unforgettable photography adventure!
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Nature Photography Meetup

Nature Photography Meetup

Saturday 06 July
Tingley Beach - 10am - 2 Hours
Donovan Noelle Swann
Join this session for tips on how to use your camera settings to creatively capture nature in a visually interesting way. We will be looking at composition, focus, and colour.

Many professional offices and places of business have large prints gracing their wall space of things such as fields of flowers, a butterfly perched on a leaf, and a single dew drop on a rose petal. These beautiful images are all around us in nature. It just takes that special "eye" to not only see it but to capture it in a way that will turn that simple little piece of nature into a beautiful piece of art. We will learn how to use different angles, light and shadows, and settings to make subjects pop.
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Composition in Photography

Composition in Photography

Saturday 20 July
West Old Town - 9am - 2 Hours
Donovan Noelle Swann
Composition in Photography is how a photographer arranges visual elements within the frame.

In this course, we will discuss five, seven, and even ten, rules that will enhance your photography.

1) Rule of thirds
2) Shapes
3) Negative Space- Positive
4) Line
5) Symmetry and patterns
6) Points
7) Color
8) Tone
9) Distance
10) Balance

As a photographer, beginner, intermediate, or professional. Please join me so we can with together to improve your ability to see the scene you wish to photograph.
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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 Albuquerque .

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

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
    Some Black and White ideas.
    Donovan was knowledgeable and friendly. She had a good plan for the class and helped each of us in an easy going manner.
    Enjoyable! Leader was friendly and helpful. I liked her ideas for shooting but could use more instruction on settings. Next time I?ll try to ask more questions. I would definitely do another one. I?m hoping to find more like minded photographers.

    Nice to be a little challenged. Good outing.
    I walked away with a better understanding of composition and other things. Calvin showed an interest in helping us all improve not only technique but the presentation of an image which is the true art of photography.
    Fun getting out and taking pictures.

    Donovan Noelle Swann
    Donovan Noelle Swann was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico and has spent most of her life in Las Cruces, New Mexico, being raised by her namesake, her grandfather Donovan Lee Swann. She now lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her work focuses on the closely related subject of memory, grief, loss, nostalgia and time, as they relate to archives and family. She is a multimedia artist, primarily utilizing lens-based material in her collages, sculptures, and installations. For the past several years she has focused on honing her skills in film photography and portraiture.

    Donovan Noelle Swann holds an MFA from New Mexico State University. She was exhibited in Float Magazine and included in Fraction Media's 14th Anniversary edition, and additionally featured on the podcast 201cLocal Gems 201d on KRUX 91.5.

    Donovan Noelle Swann is available for private bookings

    Available most Saturdays from 2pm until 7 pm.

    Albuquerque Photography Group
    Title or Location: My backyard rose bush.
    We have lived here in Rio Rancho for 19 years now. I planted two bushes in 2005. These bushes are prolific producers and provide hours of enjoyment. I was very lucky to have been outside pursuing my roses when I quickly grabbed the nearest thing with a lens- my iPhone. I also snapped this photo in color! It is a deep pink.
    Credit: Jeryl Surad

    Albuquerque Photography Group
    Title or Location: La Luz Trail
    I took this photo while on a sunset trail run on the La Luz trail
    Credit: Heather Kick-Abrahamson
    Facebook: Heather Kick-Abrahamson
    Instagram: HeatherAbrahamsonPhoto
    Albuquerque Photography Group
    Title or Location: UNM Duck Pond, Albuquerque NM
    While teaching an Intro to Photo class we explored the UNM campus. There was lots of activity near the duck pond where I photographed this mother and her duckling. This was shot on a Canon 7D Mark 2 using an 85 mm lens, f/4.5, 1/400 sec, ISO 160
    Credit: Donovan Noelle Swann
    Instagram: donovanswannart

    Albuquerque Photography Group
    Title or Location: Albuquerque, NM
    Amidst the whispers of the breeze, the robin sips from a water fountain.
    Credit: Donovan Noelle Swann
    Instagram: donovanswannart

    Albuquerque Photography Group
    Title or Location: Sandia Peak Tram
    This photo was taken during a date night with my wife and her niece. We had a blast doing a photo shoot and other then the portrait shots, this is one of my favorites that captures the moment.
    Credit: Robert Minto
    Albuquerque Photography Group
    Title or Location: Sandia Crest
    This photo was taken at sunset at the Sandia Crest. It is one of my favorite photos and I call it my Lucky Shot. I looked down at my camera, guessing at what settings I should adjust the camera to be set at. I did not look through the view finder , just pointed, back button and released the shutter. NikonD750 1/2000 f 8.3ish. ISO 1000.
    Credit: Minto

    San Francisco Photography Group
    Title or Location: Arches National Park-Moab Utah
    Arches is considered a dark sanctuary meaning using light painting is not allowed. I went to do Astro Photography in June of 2021. This was taken approximately 2am when the Milky Way rose to the center of the arch. While it is a dark sanctuary, someone was hiking on the other side with a headlamp giving me just a touch of light painting to outline the arch. I held the wide angle lens open approximately 13-seconds, ISO 1600.
    Credit: Terry Enlow
    Instagram: @terryenlow
    Murrieta Photography Group
    Title or Location: Bainbridge Circle, Murrieta, CA
    Long Exposure Christmas at Bainbridge Circle - 134 sec f/11 iso400 50mm (DEC 2020)
    Credit: Charles Grandin
    Instagram: @ctgrandin
    Edmonton Photography Group
    Title or Location: This photo was taken at Johnson Lake, just outside of Banff.
    This little guy waited for me to focus, refocus and take a few steps closer and posed like a pro, moving his head from side to side so I could capture his best side. He was quite happy to cooperate for a minute or two!Shot with a Nikon Z50
    Credit: Audrey Wiles
    Instagram: @audreymwiles

    Dublin Photography Group
    Title or Location: Portmarnock Beach

    Credit: kasia the dogographer
    Instagram: dogography_dublin
    Anchorage Photography Group
    Title or Location: 20 miles south of Anchorage
    Taking with a canon 60 mark II, slow shutter speed FLD filter, F 25, taken late spring, the green was just beginning to come out.
    Credit: Steven Randel
    Sacramento Photography Group
    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

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