What we're about

This group was created for those wanting to learn more about all aspects of photography. It is open to photographers of all levels... absolute beginners, true photographic masters, and everyone else in-between.

The Connecticut Photography Workshops Meetup is run by Peter Glass, a local professional photographer. He has over 25 years of experience shooting commercial and editorial assignments, and is a nonstop creator of stock photography images ( http://www.stockpeterglass.com ).

However, the majority of his time these days is spent working either one-to-one or with small groups as a photography teacher, consultant, or mentor. He also designs and teaches photography classes and workshops for local towns, art centers, libraries, and community colleges. More information can be found at http://www.peterglass.com .

This group is a kind of digital photography school, offering classes of interest to people of all skill levels. The sessions are small in size, affordable, and informative. Many are very hands-on. Comprehensive handouts are distributed in most classes to ensure that only a minimal amount of note-taking by students is necessary. The instructor encourages questions during classes and makes sure all material is well understood by the end of each session.

Suggestions from members and involvement by them are greatly encouraged. Please realize that this is the place not only to beef-up your photography knowledge and skills, but also to mix and work with a great group of like-minded photographers.

We look forward to meeting and getting to know you, and to doing some great photography work together!!

Upcoming events (4)

Digital Photography [Understanding Your Camera]

Barnes and Noble

$40.00

If you are new to your digital SLR or Point-and-Shoot camera, you probably are a bit confused by all its buttons, levers, displays, and menus. And, most likely, you are finding the instruction manual of little help. In this seminar, all the major camera controls will be identified and defined. Included will be the : Diopter Control Quick Control Screen Exposure Compensation Button Shooting Modes RAW vs JPG Settings Drive Modes Auto-focus Modes Focusing Points White Balancing Control Where they are located on your camera and what they do will be explained thoroughly. And, as importantly, the specific settings you need to apply immediately before taking each picture will be made clear. You will receive a handout when arriving to class. It contains lots of information and diagrams, and will greatly simplify the process of understanding your camera's controls. You should bring your digital camera to this seminar, along with the camera's instruction manual (important). Also, be sure you have a full charge on your camera battery (also very important). This seminar is paired with two other Meetup seminars I’m teaching, each also a single three-hour session: Digital Photography [The Basics] Digital Photography [Creating Great Images] To receive a sound fundamental understanding of digital photography, I strongly recommend completing all three seminars. When I teach for various art centers, community colleges, and local towns, these are the three areas I include in my Beginning Digital Photography course, which runs for a total of 9 - 12 hours over a period of 3 - 4 weeks. These three specific seminars will be repeated at later dates. Therefore, if you cannot get to one, you can take it at another time. Also, the seminars can be taken in any order. And no prerequisites are required. Please note that no refunds are allowed unless the seminar is canceled. Also, switching from one seminar to another is not allowed. I need to know the exact number of attendees in a seminar to determine whether or not I can afford to run it. We will be meeting in the café at the Glastonbury Barnes & Noble Bookstore. My cell phone number is[masked]. Hope to see you there!!

Wandering Around the Saint Patrick – Saint Anthony Church

St. Patrick - St. Anthony Church

$40.00

St. Patrick-St. Anthony is Connecticut's oldest Roman Catholic Church. According to theclio.com, “St. Patrick – St. Anthony Church was the work of New York Architect Patrick C. Keeley. He designed the church in 1876 with inspiration from the Gothic Revival Style, utilizing Irish Catholic motifs that remain visible on the structure into the present day. Rough brownstones and a showy gable roof are overlooked by a tall steeple. The building is dotted with the characteristic arches and curves of the Gothic Revival Style and, as a result, stands out from all other buildings in the district.” Like many other Hartford area churches, it’s absolutely beautiful inside. It also has the distinction of housing two separate sanctuaries. Photographers of all levels are welcome, though you should have a basic understanding of your camera’s operation. However, this Meetup also is for learning more about your camera. I’ll be assisting those needing help with their shutter speed, aperture, ISO… anything that’s baffling you. This will be an opportunity for you to ask questions and to get answers. Further, as you wander and photograph, I’ll be suggesting shot locations, camera angles, setup information, and lighting possibilities. I’ll also review your images as you shoot, offering guidance and suggestions. If you own them, zoom lenses with wide-angle and telephoto capabilities will come in handy. A tripod is a must (a cable release is a good idea too). Don’t forget to bring extra camera batteries and an extra camera card. And be sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes. The address of the church is 285 Church Street (next to Ann Uccello Street) in downtown Hartford. There’s a parking lot across the street. If someone’s on duty and you tell him you’re going into the church, you may not be charged for parking. However, keep in mind that on-street parking is free on the weekend. We will be meeting by the church’s large door on Church Street at 1pm. Please arrive a few minutes early. Should you need to contact me, my cell phone number is[masked]. Please note that no refunds are allowed unless the seminar is canceled. Also, switching from one seminar to another is not allowed. I need to know the exact number of attendees in a seminar to determine whether or not I can afford to run it. Thanks. Hope to see you there.

Digital Photography [The Basics]

Barnes and Noble

$40.00

Perhaps you own and shoot with a digital camera, but are ending up with less than satisfactory images. Or maybe you’re producing some great pictures, but don’t know how you’re doing it. This, then, is the course for you. All the basic photography concepts will be presented and discussed in depth. These will include: Aperture settings Shutter settings ISO settings Camera’s light meter Depth-of-field Lenses Backing-up images Cataloging images Digital editing programs You also will learn camera hand-holding techniques, what accessories to bring on photo shoots, whether a camera bag or camera vest is better for your shooting style, and why using a tripod or monopod can be advantageous to your photography. You should bring your digital camera, along with the camera’s instruction manual (Very Important). Also, be sure you have a full charge on your camera battery (ALSO VERY IMPORTANT). You will receive a handout when you arrive to class. It contains lots of information that will allow you to spend less time taking notes and more time listening and participating in class. This seminar is paired with two other Meetup seminars I’m teaching, each also a single, three-hour session: Digital Photography [Understanding Your Camera] Digital Photography [Creating Great Images] To receive a sound fundamental understanding of digital photography, I strongly recommend completing all three seminars. When I teach for various arts centers, community colleges, and local towns, these are the three areas I include in my Beginning Digital Photography course, which runs for a total of nine hours over a three-week period. These three specific seminars will be repeated at later dates. Therefore, if you cannot get to one, you can take it at another time. No Prerequisites Required. We will be meeting in the café at the Glastonbury Barnes & Noble Bookstore. You will be able to recognize my table by the portable monitor or two attached to the laptop computer. My cell phone number is[masked]. You might want to bring a light sweater. Some people find the place a little cool at times. Please note that no refunds are allowed unless the seminar is canceled. Also, switching from one seminar to another is not allowed. I need to know the exact number of attendees in a seminar to determine whether or not I can afford to run it. Thanks. Hope to see you there!!

Take Great Photographs with your Smartphone

Barnes and Noble

$40.00

The quality of smartphone cameras is improving rapidly. Their capabilities extend far beyond what most people seem to use them for... taking selfies. In many situations, they work quite well as stand-ins for SLR cameras. It therefore is no longer necessary to drag around a big camera because you're afraid of missing that great picture opportunity. A good quality smartphone camera can work almost as well. This is a class for those truly interested in producing quality images with their smartphone cameras. That means moving away from the Auto Mode, where control of the camera by you is almost nonexistent, to the Manual or Shutter Priority Modes. The result will be that you the photographer now have almost ultimate control over how your images will turn out. And they no doubt will be much improved. Please note: This class will not cover anything to do with taking selfies. All the information necessary for taking great smartphone pictures will be addressed. Topics to be covered include: • What to look for when buying a new or used smart phone • Finding and installing the best smartphone camera apps • Understanding basic photography theory • Identifying and setting the camera controls • Useful accessories for your smartphone camera • Suggestions for handholding your camera • Specific steps to follow when taking the picture • Downloading your pictures to your computer Very useful handouts will be distributed in class. Don’t forget to bring your smartphone as well as accessories you might have. We will be meeting in the café at the Glastonbury Barnes & Noble Bookstore. A sign on my table will identify who I am. My cell phone number is[masked]. Please note that no refunds are allowed unless the seminar is cancelled. Also, switching from one seminar to another is not allowed. I need to know the exact number of attendees in a seminar to determine whether or not I can afford to run it. Thanks.

Past events (295)

Wandering Around the Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral

$40.00

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