MODESTO
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP

Upcoming Events

Natural Light Portraits

Natural Light Portraits

Saturday 22 June
Edgebrook Drive, Modesto - 5pm - 2 Hours
Sarina Schieferstein
This meet-up will explore how we can take beautiful portraits using natural light and backgrounds. We will explore how to recognise 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.
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$47      
Shooting in Manual Mode

Shooting in Manual Mode

Saturday 17 August
Downtown Modesto - 10am - 2 Hours
Sarina Schieferstein
This class is for anyone looking to switch their camera mode from Auto to Manual and learn how to shoot using the Manual Mode. The goal is to help everyone become more confident when using their camera settings. We will touch on essential camera functions and the exposure triangle: Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO.
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$47      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 14 September
Downtown Modesto - 9am - 3 Hours
Sarina Schieferstein
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      

Nearby Photography Groups

The City at Night

The City at Night

Saturday 29 June
Castro Street - 8:30pm - 2 Hours
Fremont Photography Group
Uyen Ta
Many people don't think about nighttime being a good time to do photography since there's a lack of light. However, armed with knowledge about your camera's settings and the properties of light, nighttime photography can be a lot of fun.

In this meetup, you'll learn about the best camera settings for nighttime photography. We'll also explore the kinds of light available to us and how to use that light to make some awesome photos. As always, there are exercises that will help you put your new knowledge to work.
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$47      
Portrait Photography Meetup

Portrait Photography Meetup

Saturday 03 August
Park Ave., San Jose - 4pm - 2 Hours
Fremont Photography Group
Uyen Ta
Whether you wish to up your selfie game or begin developing a portfolio, this workshop will help you learn the basics of portrait photography and push your creativity and technical understanding.

Learn which settings are best to use, how to select the best locations, and what lighting and poses highlight a model's best features. We will also learn how to build rapport to get the best reactions and genuine emotions from a person.
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$47      
Portrait Photography Meetup

Portrait Photography Meetup

Saturday 21 September
Park Ave., San Jose - 5pm - 2 Hours
Fremont Photography Group
Uyen Ta
Whether you wish to up your selfie game or begin developing a portfolio, this workshop will help you learn the basics of portrait photography and push your creativity and technical understanding.

Learn which settings are best to use, how to select the best locations, and what lighting and poses highlight a model's best features. We will also learn how to build rapport to get the best reactions and genuine emotions from a person.
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$47      

ABOUT MODESTO
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 Modesto.

  • 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.
  • REVIEWS
    Sarina is a treasure. i enjoyed the two tour through both contemporaryl murals and classical architecture of Modesto?s history. She was attentive to my safety snd shared a few tips for efficient camera settings.
    5/5
    Phil Payne
    2024-05-21
    I extremely enjoyed the photography class, it was a great outdoor experience. I want to emphasize that Frankie was a great instructor, she answered each of our questions and gave us her full support. In addition to preparing a fairly complete theoretical material. It was a very pleasant experience for me and I would do it again with Frankie. I 100% recommend this photography class.
    5/5
    Karla
    2023-07-20
    Frankie was very detailed in her presentation and packet provided for us to keep and refer back to at a later date when needed. What I appreciate the most is that she's kept in contact with me to follow up and also provide feedback on a couple different photo shoots completed and made great recommendations. Thank you Frankie. I'll be back soon!!
    5/5
    Marissa
    2023-05-23

    I love it , I did know I can learn alot about photography in 3 hours we have a good teacher ...
    5/5
    Griselda
    2023-04-16
    I learned a lot in the class, Aaron was very patient and all the information he gave me helped me to start enjoying taking photos and the tips he gave me will help me improve, I am very happy to have taken the class
    5/5
    Laura
    2023-01-31
    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    Sarina Schieferstein
    My name is Sarina and I have been a proud local here in the Modesto area all my life. I have been a photographer for over 20 years working in studios, doing events and just about every type of photography. I currently own a portrait studio in downtown Modesto and offer my services to all of the Central Valley. I love to photograph people and get to know each one of my clients. As well as running my studio I also enjoy sharing my love of photography with others and seeing others create beautiful images.

    Sarina Schieferstein is available for private bookings

    Available for private tutoring as well as portraits and special occasions. By appointment only, please reach out to schedule.

    PHOTOS
    Modesto Photography Group
    2024-05-10
    Title or Location: Modesto CA
    This is the view that greets you as you enter downtown Modesto, California. I've always loved this sign, and was thrilled to capture it in this shot. The day I took this was May the 4th, during a celebration of all things Star Wars. I'm proud to be from Modesto, and I hope George Lucas is too!
    Credit: Mello Video & Photo
    Facebook: @mell.video.photo
    Instagram: @mello_video_photo

    Modesto Photography Group
    2024-05-10
    Title or Location: Morgan territory, Livermore
    First time hiking this area and wanting to connect to a trail I had recently taken. On my decent to the valley I came around a corner to vaqueros reservoir and was in shock and awe when I saw the view.
    Credit: Jimmy McTiernan
    Facebook: Jimmy McTiernan
    Instagram: Jimmyhatesoutdoors
    Modesto Photography Group
    2024-05-03
    Title or Location: Yosemite National Park
    I try to visit Yosemite once a month to take photos as the views are always spectacular and ever changing. This shot was taken in April from the Cook's Meadow Loop Trail not far from the Northside Road. The photo was taken on my tripod and is a bracketed shot of three photos, merged together in Lightroom creating this HDR image.
    Credit: Doug Smith
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Douglas.K.Smith47?mibextid=LQQJ4d
    Instagram: @dksmithphotography1

    Modesto Photography Group
    2024-05-03
    Title or Location: Sunrise in Rural America
    This photo was taken at 7:07 AM in the east central part of rural San Joaquin County. I really like this photo because it seems to capture the essence of rural america starting to wake up.Photo specs:Camera: Canon R6 MkII, Lens: EF 70-200 F4 set at @ 200mmSS:1/60, F-stop: f/32, ISO:100Edited with Luminar Neo.This is one photo out of a batch of about a dozen
    Credit: Tom Machado Photography
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tom.Machado.Photography
    Instagram: @tom_machado_photography

    Modesto Photography Group
    2024-04-27
    Title or Location: Ceres River Bluff Regional Park
    The photo is actually a macro photo. The flowers were smaller than a penny.
    Credit: Ranferi Hernandez
    Instagram: 6vi6_photography
    Modesto Photography Group
    2024-04-07
    Title or Location: Harlan rd french camp California
    Spotted the rainbows while driving through french camp pulled over to get this shot over the field and train tracks
    Credit: Zero_photography_209
    Facebook: Spike mignone
    Instagram: Zero_photography_209

    Sacramento Photography Group
    2024-06-13
    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
    Cairns Photography Group
    2024-06-13
    Title or Location: Elizabeth Bay, Sydney
    I was lucky enough to have this view of Elizabeth Bay in Sydney from my hotel. I just opened the window, prepared my tripod and camera and shot this wonderful night scene.Nikon D7500 with Nikon 18-300mm lensf/1130 secsiso 200Aperture priority -3 exp compfocal length 66mm
    Credit: Brett Paull
    Facebook: Aussiebrat
    Instagram: Aussiebrat7
    Omaha Photography Group
    2024-06-11
    Title or Location: Chicago, IL
    Photo taken during a spring boat ride into the Chicago River and processed using Lightroom and Photo Director.
    Credit: Brian Bruns

    Wollongong Photography Group
    2024-06-11
    Title or Location: VIVID Sydney - Sydney Harbour
    For 2 weeks every winter Sydney is lit up with amazing colours and beams of light over the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, and various buildings throughout the city. I captured this photo of the Opera House from across the water at the Overseas Passenger Terminal. I used a slow shutter speed (of 1 sec) to capture light trails from the passing water craft, and I held my iPhone up against my lens to create an artificial reflection on the water.Canon R6ii, RF 70-200mm f2.8 (@ 70mm), 1s, iso 200.
    Credit: Angelique Kelly
    Facebook: @mylenslovesyou
    Instagram: @angelique_kelly_photography
    St Louis Photography Group
    2024-06-11
    Title or Location: Spirit of Saint Louis Air Show and Stem Expo
    Photograph taken with Olympus OM-1 and Olympus 100-400mm Lens (100mm 1/1250 @ f/11). No real interesting story here. Just like to shoot the air shows when I can. Takes me back to my days in the Navy and seeing the jets coming and going from Hickam AFB when I was stationed at Pearl Harbor NSY&IMF and would shoot a round of golf at Hickam AFB's Mamala Bay golf course after working on the submarines. A couple of the holes on that course are near the runway for the base. The surprise sound of a
    Credit: Brian Smith
    Instagram: @nukebear
    Phoenix Photography Group
    2024-06-10
    Title or Location: Lost Dutchman Park
    This is a focus blend of 2 photos- 1 for the fence and the other for the rest of the photo. It was taken with a Sony A7RIV camera on a Sony 35mm GM lens at F1.8, ISO 2000, 15". The Superstion Mountains were named Monte Superstition by Spanish conquistadors who arrived in the 1540s. Greedy for gold, they tried to get local Apaches to show them where it was however, believing the area was home to the God of Thunder, they refused for fear of angering him. Apaches believe there's a hole to the
    Credit: Edward Mitchell
    Instagram: Edward_Mitchell_photography

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