PALM
BAY
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP

Upcoming Events

Landscape & Wildlife Photography

Landscape & Wildlife Photography

Saturday 02 March
Tillman, Bay Blvd. - 3pm - 2 Hours
Kim Mayes
It can be a lot of fun to photograph the great outdoors with scenic vistas and amazing wildlife. In this meetup, we'll review the basic camera settings, focusing on the best settings for landscapes. We'll discuss some of the techniques you can use in your landscape and wildlife photography. Then we'll put your new knowledge to work with some fun and challenging exercises.
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$43      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 09 March
Pineapple Ave, Melbourne, FL - 9am - 3 Hours
Kate Kharlamova
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       4 places left
Beginner's Class II

Beginner's Class II

Saturday 16 March
Pineapple Ave, Melbourne, FL - 9am - 3 Hours
Kate Kharlamova
We invite you to continue your journey in photography!

This practical session will get you more comfortable with your camera and practice essential skills you've learnt in the Beginner's Photography Class. Indoors/Outdoors class
Optional Assignments with a feedback from Instructor to boost your learning.
Bonus Headshots On-Location!

The theory part will be in the Library classroom.
The practical part will be outside in the nice artistic neighborhood.
book now
$84      

Street Photography

Street Photography

Saturday 23 March
Malabar Rd. NW, Palm Bay - 11am - 2 Hours
Kim Mayes
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. The most rewarding part of the class is learning how to approach interesting people and have them willingly pose for you.

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      
Bird and Nature Photography Meetup

Bird and Nature Photography Meetup

Saturday 30 March
Malabar Road - 3pm - 2 Hours
Kim Mayes
Are you a bird watcher or a nature lover and have also been wondering how to get sharp photos consistently. This session plans to take the guess work out of it and get you on your way to capture the wildlife you love. Some of the topics covered will be, optimal settings, light direction, bird habits, equipment and operation. Come along and lets take some photos that show the natural beauty of birds.
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$43      
Angles and Views

Angles and Views

Saturday 06 April
Minton Road, SE Palm Bay - 10am - 2 Hours
Kim Mayes
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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$43      

Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 13 April
Pineapple Ave, Melbourne, FL - 9am - 3 Hours
Kate Kharlamova
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
$84      
Beginner's Class II

Beginner's Class II

Saturday 20 April
Pineapple Ave, Melbourne, FL - 9am - 3 Hours
Kate Kharlamova
We invite you to continue your journey in photography!

This practical session will get you more comfortable with your camera and practice essential skills you've learnt in the Beginner's Photography Class. Indoors/Outdoors class
Optional Assignments with a feedback from Instructor to boost your learning.
Bonus Headshots On-Location!

The theory part will be in the Library classroom.
The practical part will be outside in the nice artistic neighborhood.
book now
$84      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 11 May
Pineapple Ave, Melbourne, FL - 9am - 3 Hours
Kate Kharlamova
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
$84      

Beginner's Class II

Beginner's Class II

Saturday 18 May
Pineapple Ave, Melbourne, FL - 9am - 3 Hours
Kate Kharlamova
We invite you to continue your journey in photography!

This practical session will get you more comfortable with your camera and practice essential skills you've learnt in the Beginner's Photography Class. Indoors/Outdoors class
Optional Assignments with a feedback from Instructor to boost your learning.
Bonus Headshots On-Location!

The theory part will be in the Library classroom.
The practical part will be outside in the nice artistic neighborhood.
book now
$84      
Composition in the Park

Composition in the Park

Saturday 01 June
Malabar Rd. NW, Palm Bay - 11am - 2 Hours
Kim Mayes
Come and join us as we explore composition in photography.

Composition is one of the most critical element in photography. Composition is how a photographer arranges the visual elements within their image, frame. I promise you that if you search for information on composition you will find plenty You will find formal rules, opinion, some of which you can trace back to historical art movements and painters.

Even in the digital world, composition remains the key to creating strong images. Composition is what guides our eye through an image and gives importance to the subject. It creates the story for the viewer and how we as photographers convey that message.

This meetup will explore composition using our frame and tools available to us as the photographer.


This is a 2-hour meetup.
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$43      
Black and White Photography

Black and White Photography

Saturday 15 June
Minton Road, SE Palm Bay - 10am - 2 Hours
Kim Mayes
Introduction to Black and White Photography. What makes a good Black and White shot?

Without the distraction of color, there must be more emphasis on line, form, light, shade and tone. In this 2-hour meetup we will look at things like contrast, using light and textures to create beautiful shots. We will look for some good examples and set some exercises.

This meetup assumes you understand the basics of photography and controlling your personal cameras settings. All cameras as well as smartphones are welcome to this event.
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$43      

ABOUT PALM
BAY
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 Palm Bay .

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

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    Nicely arranged. I enjoyed the photo walk and the teacher/photographer (Kim) was very helpful.
    5/5
    Marisa
    2024-01-28
    Very enjoyable
    5/5
    Sam
    2024-01-28
    great content, our instructor was so very nice.
    5/5
    Susan
    2023-12-05

    Katrina was very knowledgeable and helpful! She teaches the theory but also in practice and checks your understanding. Definitely recommend!
    5/5
    Alice
    2023-10-08
    Katrina was an excellent instructor that not only imparted practical knowledge and hands on experience, but also inspired the passion in all of us. I look forward to taking more classes with her!
    5/5
    Catherine
    2023-09-11
    I really enjoyed the Beginners Photography class! Katrina was very knowledgeable of the 201c technical 201c stuff , yet made the subject matter fun and entertaining. She is a very personable, warm and kind person that makes you feel welcome and comfortable to ask questions. I highly recommend her class!
    5/5
    Celeste
    2023-08-06

    Really enjoyed the class. Katrina explained things very well and took time to answer any of our questions.
    5/5
    Noel
    2023-07-03
    Kate is a very knowledgeable instructor and is great with explaining the camera and it's applications.
    5/5
    Faust
    2023-06-05
    I am a complete beginner at photography. This class was very informative and taught me the basics that you need to know in order to take nice pictures. The instructor was very knowledgeable and answered all of my questions! I highly recommend this class!
    5/5
    Alycia
    2023-06-04

    I enjoyed the beginner's photography course taught by Kate. She did a great job in teaching the basics of camera use and an excellent job of explaining how the exposure triangle works. The practice activities were fun and I have more confidence in how to operate my camera and play in manual mode to capture the best shots.
    5/5
    Lynette
    2023-03-06
    Katrina was great, very knowledgeable, engaging and friendly. Made learning easy and fun. Thank you!
    5/5
    Diane
    2023-02-06
    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    Kate Kharlamova
    Kathy is an experienced photographer, who specializes in capturing the most precious moments of Love, Beauty, and Kindness through classy and creative portraiture. Her passion is to catch unique emotional shots on her camera and produce the most natural and eye-catching images that will last for a lifetime! Photography allows her to be creative as an artist and bring joy and happiness into this world. She is thankful to be a part of the most wonderful moments of people 2019s lives and capture true emotions and energy of the day. She is volunteering at many local events and does many projects with the local non-profits.
    Kathy loves to share her passion with others, because she truly believes that being a photographer changes the way you look at the world 2026You simply see more details, unique beauty around you and capture it on a camera to share with others.

    Red Hat Studio (www.redhat.studio)
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/redhatstudio/?hl=en
    Kim Mayes
    Kim Mayes has spent the better part of the last 30 years behind the camera with the last 8 of those years as a professional freelance photographer. While she enjoys many categories of photography, her professional career has been mainly in animal and nature photography. She has been honored with the title of Dog Photography Master, a title that less than 10 photographers in the United States hold. Kim also enjoys expressing her artistic mind through creative and surreal photography, using photo editing techniques to invent images that cannot be captured solely through the lens.
    Creating images that are thought-provoking, stimulate emotion and tell a story are at the forefront of her body of work. She loves helping non-profit organizations, photographing at local events and hopes that sharing her incredible passion for photography inspires more people to pick up their cameras and capture the magic that is all around us.

    https://kimmayesphotoart.shootproof.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/kimmayesphotoart/
    PHOTOS
    Palm Bay Photography Group
    2024-02-09
    Title or Location: Palm Bay, Florida
    My two beautiful Siberian Huskies, SuperNova and Spirit. They often snuggle together and on this day they just looked so sweet with their heads smushed together and their bodies forming that heart shape. It made me feel all the love.
    Credit: Kim Mayes
    Facebook: KimMayesPhotoArt
    Instagram: KimMayesPhotoArt

    Palm Bay Photography Group
    2023-11-24
    Title or Location: Merritt Island NWR
    Near Kennedy Space Center, there is Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. People often go and take photos of all kinds of birds. Bird isn't my favorite subject but I have been there a few times. On the east coast of Florida, it's not convenient to take sunset photos, so I decided to give it a try this time. Checked location and direction, waited for the Sun to be at the right level over horizon. This is one of a few I like. Nikon D500/Sigma 18-35. Processed with Lightroom.
    Credit: Fuxue Jin
    Palm Bay Photography Group
    2023-04-17
    Title or Location: Mims,Florida
    Red Sunflower on a bright sunny day
    Credit: Sarah Aguila Piper
    Instagram: Simplysarahwithanh

    Palm Bay Photography Group
    2023-03-08
    Title or Location: Turkey Creek Sanctuary, Palm Bay, FL
    This is one of my favorite sections of the Creek, just beyond the treehouse. Peace and serenity seems to engulf your soul, as you meander through the trees. It was an early Saturday morning, still cool, before the sun.
    Credit: Coreen DeMayo

    Palm Bay Photography Group
    2023-02-04
    Title or Location: Indian River, 528 Bridge
    A perfect Florida sunrise! Last Sunday, I went out onto the water get a great view of the sunrise on the Indian River, and mother nature did NOT disappoint!
    Credit: Gregg McCambley Photography
    Facebook: Gregg McCambley Photography
    Instagram: @mccambley_photography
    Palm Bay Photography Group
    2023-01-25
    Title or Location: Viera Wetlands in Melbourne
    Male Painted Bunting
    Credit: Sarah Piper
    Facebook: Sarah Aguila Piper
    Instagram: Simplysarahwithanh@instagram

    Spokane Photography Group
    2024-02-27
    Title or Location: In my basement office/studio
    Working on trying new things! Plucked this Puff out of my front yard flower bed. Used a small compact mirror to create the shot using natural daylight thorough the window. The black and white spoke drama with such a simple subject. Taken with Canon rebel t7 and efs 18-55mm f/3.5-6.6Settings 1/60 f5.6
    Credit: Aleisha Jones
    Westchester Photography Group
    2024-02-27
    Title or Location: At a farm outside of Ponce, PR
    This was a shot among a field of beautiful pineapples in all different stages of growth. I loved the vibrancy of the coloriPhone 13 Pro
    Credit: Ellie K
    Facebook: Ellie Krolian
    Central Coast Photography Group
    2024-02-27
    Title or Location: Catherine Hill Bay NSW Australia
    I always love this location to capture the Milky Way. Its very peaceful at 3am. I wanted to get in early for the Milky Way season and was very happy with the way it turned out.
    Credit: Ben Stewart
    Facebook: Beautiful Blue Images Photography
    Instagram: beautifulblueimagesinc

    Hertfordshire Photography Group
    2024-02-26
    Title or Location: My back garden in Hemel Hempstead
    As a deep space photographer, I like to take photos of outer space targets that our eyes cannot see. These photos require a lot of patience and a lot of clear nights reason why my telescopes are working almost every night when it isn't cloudy. Astrophotography is very different from all the other types of photography, a single photo sometimes requires tens of hours under the clear night sky but the result is very satisfying.In this photo, I would like to present to you the California Nebula
    Credit: Emil Andronic
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Emil.Andronic.Photography
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ancient_light_by_emilandronic/
    Leeds Photography Club
    2024-02-26
    Title or Location: Under the Arches, Leeds
    This is part of a huge street art display, a real gem in Leeds. I loved the different displays of hands walking, creates a real sense of movement and intrigue. Photo was taken around 11am. The light you see shining on the hand is from a wall light. Camera setting - F4.2, 1/400 shutter and ISO 200.
    Credit: Ruth Rushton
    Victoria Photography Group
    2024-02-26
    Title or Location: Cape Breton

    Credit: Leah Gray (Spirithills.ca)
    Facebook: Spirithills.ca
    Instagram: Spirithills.ca

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