PALM
BAY
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP

Upcoming Events

Landscape & Wildlife Photography

Landscape & Wildlife Photography

Saturday 25 May
Tillman, Bay Blvd. - 5pm - 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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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      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 08 June
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 15 June
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      
Bird and Nature Photography Meetup

Bird and Nature Photography Meetup

Saturday 22 June
Grant-Valkaria, FL - 10am - 2 Hours
Kim Mayes
Bird and nature photography is a type of photography that focuses on capturing images of birds, wildlife, and natural landscapes. It involves capturing the beauty and diversity of the natural world, and showcasing the unique features and behaviors of various species.
Are you a bird watcher or a nature lover and have also been wondering how to get sharp photos consistently. This 2-hour meetup 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 and wildlife in their natural environments.
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$47      
Black and White Photography

Black and White Photography

Saturday 29 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.
book now
$43      

Angles and Views

Angles and Views

Saturday 13 July
Tillman, Bay Blvd. - 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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$47      
50mm Lens Meetup

50mm Lens Meetup

Saturday 27 July
Port Malabar Rd NE, Palm Bay - 10am - 2 Hours
Kim Mayes
The 50mm lens is one of the flexible and useful lenses in any photographer’s gear bag. It is neither a wide-angle or telephoto lens, but allows the camera to see on the same scale as your eye. As such, it can be used for a variety of styles, from landscape and street photography to portrait and product photography. In this meetup, we’ll review the basic camera settings. We’ll then cover some of the advantages of shooting with a prime lens, and some basic techniques to using the 50mm lens. As always, there will be ample opportunities for you to put your new knowledge into practice.
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$47      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 10 August
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
$92      

Beginner's Class II

Beginner's Class II

Saturday 17 August
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
$92      
Using Light & Shadow in Photography

Using Light & Shadow in Photography

Saturday 31 August
Minton Road, SE Palm Bay - 10am - 2 Hours
Kim Mayes
Light and shadow photography is a type of photography that focuses on capturing the interplay between light and shadow in a particular scene. This style of photography often produces dramatic and compelling images that can evoke strong emotions in the viewer.

Harsh light and the contrast between light and shadow can provide some interesting photo
opportunities, as well as some challenges!

In this meetup, we will be looking at how you can use your camera's settings to nail the exposure.
book now
$47      
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
    Great learning opportunity. Fantastic Instructor who was very helpful and talented!
    5/5
    Michael
    2024-04-18
    I was an informative and great photographic opportunity.
    5/5
    Michael
    2024-04-01
    Enjoyed the time taking pictures with an experienced photographer that was ready to meet us at the level we were at individually. I really enjoyed the class and the other participants!
    5/5
    Tamara
    2024-04-01

    Fantastic event with enthusiastic teacher and students
    5/5
    Brandon
    2024-03-18
    This is an amazing class and fully recomend to anybody new to photography.
    5/5
    Brandon
    2024-03-11
    I really enjoyed the event. Kim was incredibly knowledgable and patient. It was relaxed and fun and I feel I learned a lot.
    5/5
    Tami
    2024-03-03

    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

    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
    2024-05-05
    Title or Location: Turkey Creek Sanctuary
    I shot this picture on a Palm Bay Photography Group meet up at Turkey Creek Day. These flowers stood out at the entrance to the sanctuary, like a bright welcome to the day. I used a Panasonic Lumix camera, F/4, Exposure 1/800 sec, ISO 125, Focal length 146.
    Credit: Tami Sergent

    Palm Bay Photography Group
    2024-03-09
    Title or Location: Northern Lights Lofoten Islands , Norway.
    I recently joined a photography tour with 9 other people and 2 guides in the Lofoten Islands in Norway. We were fortunate enough to view the lights for several hours that night.. I used a long exposure of 5 seconds, ISO of 6400 ,11mm. My camera is a Nikon D500 with a Tokina 11-20 mm lens. I did use Topaz Denoise in post production, and increased the exposure slightly in LRC.
    Credit: Carol Escher
    Palm Bay Photography Group
    2024-03-05
    Title or Location: Ridge Manor Estates, Merritt Island, Fl 32952
    Living in the greater Palm Bay/Melbourne region is such a blessing. One of these blessings is the early light show that present during the early spring, each year. I rise early during and witness the amazing shows whenever they present. The best combination is a layered thin cloud cover and low to no wind to allow the sun to reflect of both the clouds and the many waterways we have. What is so amazing is that each one is different even with the best combination outlined above and are extreme
    Credit: Rich Plane

    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

    Brisbane Photography Group
    2024-05-22
    Title or Location: Charlies Hut, Carneys Creek
    As anyone who chases milkyway photos will tell you, they take some careful planning and often a lack of sleep. Charlies Hut is in the Scenic Rim. It's about a 2hr drive from home, and with the help of Photopills, we could see that the moon would have set with the milkyway still visible at about 4am. So alarms were set for 1.30am, coffee was made and off we went. I use the intervalometer on my Canon 6D mark ii to shoot between 15-20 images of the sky. The lens I used was a Samyang 14mm, set
    Credit: Lisa Pritchard
    Facebook: Lisa Pritchard
    Instagram: lisa_pritchard_photography
    Oshawa Photography Group
    2024-05-21
    Title or Location: Just north of Brechin on Hwy 169.
    May 10 the northern lights hit a G5 storm, a KP index of 9, the highest it will go, and the best storm we've seen in over 20 years. I drove my 10 year old son north to see them, this was a chance of a lifetime. I managed to get several amazing photos. Canon R6M2, RF10-20mm lens at 10mm, 30sec at f4, iso 1000, manual focusing. This was looking more north-west as most of the bright colours could be seen to the south, west and just north of us.
    Credit: Diane Schlichting
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61558842215195
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/littlebearphotographyca/
    Sydney Photography Group
    2024-05-21
    Title or Location: Cremorne Point
    Cremorne Point is always a favourite choice to capture the southerly sunsets with the Sydney Opera House and the city skyline in the frame. This isn't a long exposure shot but a motion blur added to the water in post production.
    Credit: Oindrila Mitra
    Instagram: oindrilaclicks

    Tucson Photography Group
    2024-05-20
    Title or Location: San Rafael Valley, AZ
    Taken on a backroad photo trip through the San Rafael Valley of Southern Arizona. I shot the image with a Sony A6000 converted to 830nm infrared. Some editing in Lightroom.
    Credit: Andy Baldwin
    Instagram: @abaldwinphoto
    Portland Photography Group
    2024-05-20
    Title or Location: Stub Stewart State Park Hilltop area
    This was the day of famous Northern Lights visible in most of the North America. Stubs Stewart is the most ideal dark area for star gazing so I reached there around 11pm. As expected, it was full of enthusiasts. The lights were predicted to be at peak between 10pm - 2am. Around 2pm, when we though the "show was over", the lights started getting incredibly bright, and that is when this picture was taken. Interestingly, the lights were bright in some regions and other regions were faded enough to
    Credit: Ashish Kushwaha
    Sydney Photography Group
    2024-05-19
    Title or Location: Curly dick Rd ,Meadow flat
    It's a famous road for Golden Poplars, but I wanted to capture the Milky way passing over trees that have lost their leaves. it was early evening, but the Milky Way was already high up, so I quickly took some photos and returned to Sydney.
    Credit: eric

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