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Behind the Scenes: Sydney Photoh Group

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The Photoh groups are fortnightly meet-up sessions that focus on different themes and techniques within photography. Rather than being a structured class, the group allows you to meet other photographers, and to learn how to improve your photography in a more relaxed, casual setting.

Participants are welcome to bring a DSLR, bridge camera, compact point and shoot or camera phone to join in.

The Sydney group is hosted by professional photographers Nick and Adam, who are on hand throughout the two hour session; sharing tips and setting photo challenges.

Each of the fortnightly classes have a different photography theme, and the sessions are held at complementing locations across the city's CBD.

We sent photographer Zac Alviz along to two of the group sessions to capture what everyone gets up to!

Model Elena

The theme for the session held in October was 'Portraits in Dramatic Light', and took place in the pedestrian tunnels adjacent to Central Station.

Nick takes some example shots for the group

Instructor Nick starts the session by introducing everyone to the topic, and explains what settings are best to use for taking photographs of people, which is ideal if you are venturing into using shutter speed and aperture!

This was a great opportunity for everyone to practice their portrait skills with a model, and a good excuse to try out ideas and poses.

With every group theme, there's a competition for the best photo taken that fortnight, with the winner receiving a $100 voucher. Check out all the 'Portraits in Dramatic Light' entries and finalists here.

Two sessions later, on a much warmer November day, the focus was switched to Nature Photography.

The class was held at the Botanic Gardens, to explore the huge range of flora and fauna on offer.

Assistant instructor Adam provides tips and feedback to one of the group members.

As well as having regular feedback during the session, you are welcome to explore the chosen location and put all your skills into practice. It's a great exercise to see how everyone photographs subjects differently.

Use the links below to see when the groups are next meeting in your city:


You can also keep up to date with the latest competitions on Facebook.

Thanks to instructors Nick and Adam, and to Zac for taking all of the photographs used in this article.

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