TACOMA
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP

Upcoming Events

Natural Light Portraits

Natural Light Portraits

Saturday 01 June
North End of Tacoma - 6pm - 2 Hours
Sama Rahbar
This meet-up will explore how we can take beautiful portraits using natural light and backgrounds. We will explore how to recognize flattering light and how to manipulate it whilst shooting in a less controlled environment than a studio. We will explore how we can work collaboratively with our subject to achieve a portrait that captures their personality and style. We will also look at posing and setting your subject at ease. Technical learning points will include accurate focusing and metering for skin tones.

Note: Basic understanding of ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture is necessary for this meetup. You should also have knowledge of your camera and how to access different settings.
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$43      
Sunset Photography Meetup

Sunset Photography Meetup

Saturday 08 June
West End - 9pm - 2 Hours
Sama Rahbar
Learn how to use the proper settings to capture a beautiful sunset.

Beyond just being a natural phenomenon, the setting of the sun symbolizes many things to a variety or people and cultures. The setting of the sun represents the completion of a day's work, so it represents the opportunity to rest.

Note: Basic understanding of ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture is necessary for this meetup. You should also have knowledge of your camera and how to access different settings.
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$43      
WWC (Walk with Camera)

WWC (Walk with Camera)

Sunday 23 June
North End of Tacoma - 6pm - 2 Hours
Sama Rahbar
A fun and relaxed walk with our cameras covering a variety aspects of photography from street, landscape, architecture, seascape and abstract.

Note: Basic understanding of ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture is necessary for this meetup. You should also have knowledge of your camera and how to access different settings.
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$43      

Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 13 July
Ruston - 10am - 3 Hours
Sama Rahbar
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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$92       3 places left
Angles and Views

Angles and Views

Saturday 27 July
Historic District - 9am - 2 Hours
Sama Rahbar
In this session we'll be looking at how we can challenge ourselves to find new viewpoints and perspectives when out with our camera, and how different angles can tell different photographic stories.

Finding strong landscape compositions using Angles and Point of View.
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$47      

Nearby Photography Groups

Unveiling the Extraordinary: Closed Frame Photography Meetup

Unveiling the Extraordinary: Closed Frame Photography Meetup

Saturday 25 May
Downtown Seattle - 10am - 2 Hours
Seattle Photography Group
Arshia Ashari
A closed frame refers to a composition in images that focus on a particular subject without providing any information regarding their surroundings. In photography, among many other uses, closed frames allow for a way to create beautiful and visually compelling images of very ordinary subject matters.
In this meetup, we will discuss the techniques of closed frames, and compare and contrast them with open frames, and learn how to capture the most rudimentary objects in a way that will present as appealing and intriguing.
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$43      
Long Exposure Photography Meetup

Long Exposure Photography Meetup

Saturday 08 June
Pike Place Market - 10am - 2 Hours
Seattle Photography Group
Arshia Ashari
Discover the art of capturing mesmerizing light trails by mastering longer exposure techniques in photography. This session will guide you through the process of leaving the camera shutter open for extended durations, unlocking the potential for captivating visual effects and adding a unique aesthetic to your photographic repertoire.
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$47      
Monochrome Moments: Black and White Photography Meetup

Monochrome Moments: Black and White Photography Meetup

Saturday 22 June
Downtown Seattle - 10am - 2 Hours
Seattle Photography Group
Arshia Ashari
Discover the secrets behind captivating black-and-white photography. Join us for an enlightening session where we explore the critical aspects that make a monochrome image truly stand out. Delve into the art of form, contrast, textures, and delve deeper into the fundamental principles and elements that craft the essence of a photograph. Beyond the basics, we'll also journey through the diverse styles of black-and-white photography, uncovering the rich variety within this classic genre. Engage in an immersive discussion and enhance your understanding and appreciation of the timeless appeal of black-and-white imagery.
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$43      

ABOUT TACOMA
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 Tacoma.

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

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    We braved the cold for some nighttime photography fundamentals with Sama. Sama provided us with good explanations on settings for night pictures and gave us some challenging scenes to photograph. Definitely more of a challenge than a bright sunny day but I did learn some more about my camera settings and how to deal with low light.
    5/5
    Tom
    2024-04-08
    I thought Sama did a great job of teaching the intro class. He broke down the three elements of the exposure triangle into manageable pieces and had us apply them in different situations. He always provided clear instructions and was patient with our novice questions. I would recommend his class to others who want to learn some basics.
    5/5
    Tom
    2024-03-31
    Leader was very enthusiastic and helpful. Very nice experience.
    5/5
    MARK
    2024-03-11

    Fun walkabout; shame the weather wasn't warmer, but our guide rolled with it (we stopped for a warm-up about halfway through). Would like to do it again in warmer weather
    5/5
    Sharon
    2024-01-16
    Fun evening. Very relaxed. Knowledgeable instructor and it was fun to see what others came up with.
    5/5
    Linda
    2023-09-15
    Really helpful material and it was fun to take pictures at night.
    5/5
    Angelie
    2023-09-13

    I loved it. Jessica was a great instructor. Will be coming to future events.
    5/5
    Jean
    2023-09-11
    As usual Jessica did a great job
    5/5
    Wendall(Bill)
    2023-08-28
    Enjoyable with great class members and a knowledgeable instructor.
    5/5
    Steve
    2023-08-27

    Absolutely loved the event and loved the teacher. I learned a lot. She explains things well and never makes me feel dumb with my beginner questions. She's friendly, knowledgeable and if she doesn't know something she's says so and then tries to help figure it out. I love how she teaches then has a go take some pictures for what we just learned then come back discuss and do it again. This is my 2nd event with her and I plan to take more of her events.
    5/5
    Cheryl Coy
    2023-08-05
    Great claaa. Very eye opening, even for a longtime photographer. Jessica is knowledgeable, friendly and encourages interaction between herself and all the students, including with one another. Highly recommend!!! Looking forward to next workshop.
    5/5
    Steve
    2023-08-04
    Great information, great instructor. She was willing to answer everyone's individual questions and camera issues.
    5/5
    Angelie
    2023-07-30

    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    Sama Rahbar
    Meet Sama, an accomplished art director and photographer based in the vibrant city of Seattle. With a career spanning since 2014, Sama has worn multiple hats in the industry, excelling as a set designer, art director, and photographer. Specializing in the realms of fashion, still life, and editorial photography, Sama's lens captures the essence of beauty in diverse forms.

    Beyond the structured world of studio shoots, Sama finds inspiration in the raw and unscripted moments of life. Street photography and candid shots are a particular passion, revealing a belief in the power of spontaneity and genuine expression. For Sama, photography is not just a profession but a profound form of self-expression.

    In Sama's view, every click of the camera is an opportunity to tell a story. Through the lens, Sama strives to connect people on a deeper, more emotional level. The belief that photography serves as a medium to showcase the world through the photographer's unique perspective resonates strongly. For Sama, the beauty of the world is not just observed but captured and shared, creating a visual dialogue that transcends words.

    Sama Rahbar is available for private bookings

    Editorial and still life photography, Fashion and products, food and couple's photography.

    Available weekends and weekdays.

    PHOTOS
    Tacoma Photography Group
    2024-05-10
    Title or Location: Multnomah Falls
    I was visiting Portland for the first time and decided to go out and look for a place to take pictures. Multnomah Falls happened to be along the route I was driving, so I stopped, got some hot chocolate, then walked up the stairs to take pictures. Thanks to the rain and fog, all the pictures I took that day have a very ethereal quality that makes me mad I didn?t take more.
    Credit: Jordan Paulin

    Tacoma Photography Group
    2024-05-10
    Title or Location: Owens Beach
    Took my 3 year old to Owens Beach to enjoy the sunset and take some pictures, I know I'll be able to see Mt Rainier from there wanted to get a good shot. Waited for the ferry to dock for a perfect picture!
    Credit: Jerico
    Instagram: jcruzmediaworks
    Tacoma Photography Group
    2024-05-03
    Title or Location: Multnomah Falls
    This was taken at The iconic Multnomah Falls one of the tallest falls in the USA. After i had taken the photo my partner and I hiked to the top to see the amazing views.
    Credit: Kirrily Steele
    Facebook: Ylirrik Enna
    Instagram: Kirrilyas

    Tacoma Photography Group
    2024-04-29
    Title or Location: Lake Crescent , WA
    Taken on an early morning drive along the shore of Lake Crescent.
    Credit: Kirrily Steele
    Facebook: Ylirrik Enna
    Instagram: Kirrilyas

    Tacoma Photography Group
    2024-04-13
    Title or Location: Early morning in Eastsound on Orcas Island, Washington
    Early morning in Eastsound, the beautiful small town on Orcas the largest Island in the San Juan Islands. The inland marine sea surrounding the San Juan Islands is called the Salish Sea and named after those earliest inhabitants, the Coast Salish people.
    Credit: Marilyn Gould
    Facebook: Marilyn gould
    Instagram: mg.photo.imagery
    Tacoma Photography Group
    2024-03-15
    Title or Location: Stadium High Performing Arts Center
    Photo was taken on stage during an intermission. Noticed Judah doing some jumps and asked him to give me three more.
    Credit: Major Inskeep
    Facebook: Major Inskeep
    Instagram: major.inskeep

    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

    Dublin Photography Group
    2024-05-15
    Title or Location: Skerries beach
    I was thinking about proper sunset session for long time, as ive never done any, and one day weather was calling.So i packed my camera, my boys and went to Skerries.I couldnt imagine more beautiful sunset.On the photo my little son Henry with his dad. 2 out of 3 boys I love the most.
    Credit: kasia the dogographer

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