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!
next available date
Saturday the 14th of August 2021
Botanical Photography at Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens Meetup - Stockbridge, Edinburgh - 10:00 AM - 2 Hours
A gentle and fun session suitable for beginners and intermediate photographers, to explore macro and other techniques of photographing flowers, plants, and trees.
We will also experiment with abstract techniques to hopefully produce some innovative photographs!
We run two hour photography sessions based on a photography theme/technique/style and they take place in various locations across the region.
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.
Drone and Aerial photography is increasingly becoming more affordable and accessible for hobbyist photographers. Scotland has some beautiful scenery that lends itself well to drone photography, and having this new perspective can really help add to your creativity.
This session is for photographers and beginners who are interested in trying a drone and just want to see some of the possibilities it offers both stills photography and video.
I am a CAA registered / qualified drone operator and this session will include safety and CAA requirement training, basic flying training and hopefully 10-15 minutes each of flying a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone near Edinburgh.
Please don't worry about crashing or losing the drone - this is unlikely to happen with the skills taught!
For safety reasons we will be using just one drone so this class has an absolute maximum of 5 attendees.
£18pp 9 places left - requires 4 bookings to proceed
Saturday the 21st of August 2021
Seascape - Intimate Landscapes at Gullane Beach Meetup - Gullane Beach, Gullane, East Lothian - 10:00 AM - 2 Hours
Gullane Beach is renowned for some amazing geological formations which showcase fantastic colors, patterns, and textures in the coastal sandstone and sedimentary rocks.
This session will look at the intimate landscapes that can be shot in such a location. If students wish to use some filters - such as ND filters to capture wave movement - we will also cover how to use filters for seascape photography. This should be a gentle introduction to seascapes and intimate landscape photography, suitable for all.
£18pp 11 places left - requires 4 bookings to proceed
Saturday the 4th of September 2021
Beginners Guide to Photography - Getting Started Class - Stockbridge, Edinburgh - 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM - 3 Hours
The complete Photography 101 session intended to get you up and running with your DSLR or Mirrorless camera.
We cover all the basics from getting to know your camera, how the camera works and the basic functions, then understanding ISO, shutter speed and aperture, lens choice, focal lengths, focusing, and some basic 'rules' of composition.
A popular session, we start along the Water of Leith, then practice aperture in the Botanic Gardens before moving on to practice focusing and shutter speed with some dog portraiture and photography in Inverleith Park.
Suitable for complete beginners who want a grounding in how to get off 'Auto' mode. I love teaching beginners so even if you have never turned on your camera, please know you are welcome!
£18pp 12 places left - requires 4 bookings to proceed
4.8/5from 28 reviews
4/5 by Ethan Wild 26-7-2021
5/5 by Ethan Wild 17-6-2021
5/5 by Julia Lima 12-6-2021
Great lesson nice sized group, just a shame the Scottish weather didn't play ball for us. 4/5 by julie roy 29-5-2021
5/5 by Ethan Wild 29-5-2021
First time Iíve ever went on a course. Virginia was excellent, very friendly and happy to answer any questions. As someone who shoots on Auto 99.9% of the time, I came away with the confidence to switch to manual. Thank you 5/5 by Cathie wallace 22-5-2021
Loved it. I've always struggled with the "mess and noise" that woods and forest present to the photographer. This session cleared up so much and Virginia was excellent and pitched the session at all levels 5/5 by John 16-5-2021
Good location and range of subjects. Advice for all levels 5/5 by Sarah Prentice 15-5-2021
Enjoyable event. Interesting talk at beginning of session. Access to Queen St Gardens was a bonus. Relaxed atmosphere and no pressure on technical side but useful comments. 4/5 by Sarah Prentice 8-5-2021
Felt welcomed and enjoyed the therapy aspect to photography, nice to meet others 5/5 by Meetup - Irene Lavery 8-5-2021
It was a good experience. I learned a lot. The instructor is an expert in her field. It is worth it 5/5 by Melvin Arce 2-5-2021
Another excellent event facilitated by Virginia Wilde. As always i learnt loads and snagged a couple of decent shots of flocks of geese. Highly recommended 5/5 by John Adams 26-10-2020
Great, apart from the weather.
Virginia had researched the area beforehand so we didnít have to search for the birds. I was also very grateful for use of her lens for the session. I look forwards to the next session. 5/5 by Huw Lewis 24-10-2020
Was a great way to spend a morning, there wasn't a question that wasn't answered, really informative and finally got me off automatic mode. Virginia was extremely knowledgeable and passionate and thought of everything from models being arranged to hand warmers with is being outside. 5/5 by Samantha Douglas 11-10-2020
I really enjoyed it. Has definitely improved my confidence to start learning how to use my camera. 5/5 by Patricia McLaughlin 10-10-2020
i learned to be more confident using the menu and settling the aperture and how to set the ISO and shutter speed to get the best light etc 4/5 by Morag McRostie 10-10-2020
This was a great event and Virginia done a great job, especially during these challenging COVID times. 5/5 by Steve Lennie 30-9-2020
Another excellent event facilitated by Virginia Wilde. I learnt so much whilst have real fun photographing dogs in various ways 5/5 by John Adams 14-9-2020
Very Good. 5/5 by Huw Lewis 13-9-2020
5/5 by Alasdair 12-9-2020
Great friendly day where I came away with some great knowledge about taking better photos. Setting was perfect and so were the models. Really great morning and a nice bunch of people
5/5 by Julie Roy 12-9-2020
Thoroughly enjoyed with a good bunch of fellow photographers. Virginia was excellent, and during the introduction put my mind at ease about taking street photography photos of people, Thank you. 5/5 by Huw 30-8-2020
5/5 by Craig Clark 30-8-2020
Another very good session by Virginia all about street photography. I always learn loads 5/5 by John Adams 29-8-2020
Excellent 2 hour session learning about filters and shooting seascapes 5/5 by John Adams 10-8-2020
Very enjoyable and Virginia was friendly and knowledgable. 4/5 by Alexander Lees 15-3-2020
The knowledge brought to these events by Virginia is second to none. I loved this session 5/5 by John 14-3-2020
This is the first event of this type I have attended and was really nervous. The host Lara really put me at ease and was great throughout the morning. It was great that there was only 3 of us, Lara was able to split her time most generously between us all. A great price, not prohibitive at all. 5/5 by Angela Robertson 7-10-2018