FRESNO
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP

Upcoming Events

Natural Light Portraiture Meetup

Natural Light Portraiture Meetup

Saturday the 11th of December
Fresno State Campus - 10am - 2 hours
We'll look at light, posing, lens choice, and camera settings to achieve stunning portraits with natural light.
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$35pp     11 places left - requires 4 bookings to proceed
Using Your New Camera

Using Your New Camera

Saturday the 8th of January
Sunnyside - 9am - 3 hours
Learn the basics of operating your new camera. This is a hands-on class that will help demystify the controls of your camera. We will cover aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, lenses, focus, scene modes, and more.
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$35pp     open - requires 4 bookings to proceed
Landscape at the Japanese Gardens

Landscape at the Japanese Gardens

Saturday the 15th of January
Woodward Park - 9am - 2 hours
Join us as we photograph a Fresno treasure. The Shinzen Japanse Gardens offer amazing opportunities to practice shooting and capture beautiful images. All levels are welcome. The group will be lead by Jonathan Mathis who will be there to help with technical and aesthetic considerations.
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$42pp     10 places left - requires 4 bookings to proceed
ABOUT FRESNO
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 around Fresno.

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 Fresno Photography Facebook Group here to share your photos after the session.

Our classes and photography sessions are limited to a max of 5 students - due to current COVID restrictions

We ask that everyone attending a meetup follows social distancing guidelines:

Stay home if you're sick.
Keep 6 feet away from others.
Don't make unnecessary physical contact with others. Avoid physical greetings, such as handshakes, hugs and kisses.
Wash your hands regularly with alcohol-based sanitiser.
Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Use a flexed elbow or a tissue.

REVIEWS
Jonathan is an excellent instructor. He works with each participant individually and is also able to bring everything together into a group think format. The setting was beautiful and a great value for the cost.
5/5
Tony Fazio
October 31st 2021
Awesome! It was great listening to Jonathan and getting his expert advice on portrait photography. Caroline was very sweet and great model for us. She has gorgeous eyes and hair. Made it so fun to photograph her.
5/5
RALPH G AMEZCUA
October 16th 2021
A lot of information covered in two hours. Having Caroline serve as a model was really helpful.
5/5
Chris Schneider
October 16th 2021
Composition is so important in photography, the location Jonathan chose for the event was excellent! Jonathan is great about giving precise information and expanding on it as we go along taking pictures, noticing what the students are seeing or doing to further expand the information
5/5
Hilda
October 12th 2021
Great lesson. Lots of useful Photography Knowledge learned. Phenomenal Teacher.
5/5
Stevie C Hereford
October 11th 2021
Composition is so important in photography, the location Jonathan chose for the event was excellent! Jonathan is great about giving precise information and expanding on it as we go along taking pictures, noticing what the students are seeing or doing to further expand the information
5/5
Hilda
October 10th 2021
Jonathan Mathis was very informational, Helpful aweson!!!
5/5
Linda Jalhayan
September 25th 2021
Loved the small group! Love the easy way the instructor explained things. Loved learning it and applying it right then and there. Instructor answers everyone?s questions. Nice class for All levels of photography experience
5/5
Hilda McQueen
September 19th 2021
Everything I mean Everything that was on the agenda
5/5
Linda Jalhayan
September 19th 2021
Everything I mean Everything that was on the agenda
5/5
Linda Jalhayan
September 19th 2021
When I say everything I mean everything
5/5
Linda Jalhayan
September 19th 2021
Great class with a great teacher!
5/5
Caryl Boatman
September 18th 2021
INSTRUCTORS
Jonathan Mathis
Jonathan was born in Oakland and raised in Fresno (Roosevelt Class of 84). He graduated with a B.A. from UC Berkeley back in the late 80s and received his M.A. in fine art photography from Fresno State. His interests include music, reading (mostly nonfiction), basketball (a lifetime Warriors fan), graphic design, and, of course, photography! He’s been a photographer since his early 20s and has an interest in portraiture, street photography, and photographic history. Currently, Jonathan teaches full-time at Fresno City College in the Graphic Communications and photo departments. He is the dad of two college kids and runs a household of several pets. Jonathan believes that each of us, regardless of background or circumstances, has an inner artist and he loves working with his students to help bring that out!