Come along to our bimonthly 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 casual photo walk with other local photographers. No formal lectures, just a chance to meet-up, share ideas and receive feedback!
We have a different photo theme bimontly and the two hour sessions take place in different outdoor locations around Honolulu. It's a great opportunity to try something new with the guidance of a professional photographer, and come away with some new shots for your portfolio or album.
Who can attend? Open to all skill levels, from amateurs to professionals. The photography instructor is there to help you with camera settings and provide any advice you need.
Complete beginner? Please complete a Beginners Photography Class before attending a regular group session. This is a 3 hour structured workshop where you’ll learn the basics of using your camera with more 1-on-1 time with the instructor. Scroll down for dates.
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!
What’s involved? Each session starts with an introduction to the theme, and the photography instructor will chat about the camera settings and techniques to use. You’ll then have time to take lots of photos, with the instructor present to answer any questions. You’ll receive feedback and have a chance to chat with everyone to share tips and ideas. We’re a social bunch!
After group editing session. After each group the instructor runs an optional 1.5 hour critique, select, and edit session to help you improve your important post-shoot skills. While much editing can be done on modern cameras, it's best to bring a tablet or laptop with editing software to get the most out of this session. Select this option when booking to attend.
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.
Enjoyed the outing. I like sunset photography and Julie introduced me to a new loation. Who doesn't like sunsets? 5/5 by Joe Peace 1-3-2020
I enjoyed the hike and the weather was perfect for this event. Julie did a good job of teaching us how to use our cameras as well as how to find objects that would make interesting pictures. 5/5 by Meetup - Darlynn Donohue 10-2-2020
Julie took the time to answer all of my questions and I got a good bump start. I look forward to going on her next event at Ho'omaluhia Park. 5/5 by Darlynn Donohue 4-2-2020
There was lots to shoot and as always Julie was a big help. Getting to the location early was the best idea! Once it got dark it got very crowded. Looking forward to more upcoming events. 5/5 by Reece OLAYVAR 15-12-2019
5/5 by LAURIE KIBOTA-SMITH 8-12-2019
Great. Talked a lot about white balance. 5/5 by Michael O'Connor 2-11-2019
It was great! 5/5 by Jazzmina Moore 7-10-2019
It was great meeting new people with an interest in Photography. It was neat taking pics of the mushrooms together. 4/5 by Francis Valenzuela 6-10-2019
This event was fantastic. We ended up getting a personalized guided tour to areas we didn’t even know were there. Julie was a great help when I was having trouble with some shots in the changing conditions. I came in thinking this will be a challenge as it is not my usual style. Gotta stretch those boundaries. I came away with lots of photos I was happy with. Mahalo for the meetups. 5/5 by Reece Olayvar 22-9-2019
It was great! 5/5 by Jazzmina Moore 17-9-2019
I love these photography meet ups. Not only do I meet other photographers but the theme helps me to look at things differently, resulting in shooting out of my norm. Julie is always there to help if I get stuck. Mahalo for putting these together. 5/5 by Reece Olayvar 8-9-2019
4/5 by Edna G. Gappe 4-9-2019
It was a hot one but at least there was a breeze. I liked the second location better. 4/5 by Reece Olayvar 1-9-2019
I learned about reflections and how I can be creative in my shots. 5/5 by Pat Dietrich 12-8-2019
The connection and tips and tricks learned made this meetup an awesome experience. I am looking forward to the next one. 5/5 by Dwayne “Dee” Priester 12-8-2019
Great - enjoyed the people I was with 5/5 by Michael O'Connor 12-8-2019
Julie Takamori was an excellent facilitator. I enjoyed the event and was able to learn some tips from other more seasoned photographers and gained experience, as well as photos for my portfolio. 5/5 by Lucy Wong 29-7-2019
The event was amazing. Everything ran smoothly and both the models and photographers were friendly. I had a lot of fun taking photos and talking to everyone. I’d definitely participate again! 5/5 by Adam Lucena 29-7-2019
So much fun !!! 5/5 by Marla Merlano Kraintz 28-7-2019
It was really ran well by Julie Takamori. I really enjoyed myself. Julie was very helpful to me as the model and gave me and the photographers a lot of tips. She is very knowledgeable in photography and I enjoy her joyful personality! 5/5 by Sherri Vincent 28-7-2019
The photo shoot was a lot of fun. Great location, and the instructor and photographers were awesome. 5/5 by Christopher Lopez 27-7-2019
It was a great small group setting at an outdoor location. Julie went over details as to how the camera's main features work and how the different components work well together. The outdoor setting and weather were perfect for picture taking! 5/5 by Rosa M. Ambrose 21-7-2019
As always, I liked the informal set-up.
Instructor Julie is very approachable and encouraging 4/5 by Edna G Gappe 14-7-2019
I learned a lot! 5/5 by Pat Dietrich 3-7-2019
Nice choice of venue. 5/5 by Edna G Gappe 17-6-2019
5/5 by Kelly Mendoza 10-6-2019
Awesome! 5/5 by Flourence Perez 18-5-2019
Very informative and fun. Julie is a great instructor and helpful. I kook forward to more events. 5/5 by Terri Wise 13-5-2019
I really did not think I would find much to shoot but found tons of things. I also struggle with night photography but Julie helped out so much and I came away with some great photos. 5/5 by Reece 13-5-2019
Julie was a great facilitator... encouraging lots of experimenting. I gained a whole new comfort level playing with the manual settings on my Nikon.
Julie also had a friendly, fresh “upbeat” air that made the walk enjoyable.
I mentioned I’d love to do something similar in Kakaako capturing some of the amazing graffiti wall “art.” 5/5 by Jim Kennedy 12-5-2019