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 (3)

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.

Please bring your digital camera, and be sure the battery is fully charged.

You will receive a handout when you arrive at 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 make one, you can take it at another time. ALSO, THE SEMINARS CAN BE TAKEN IN ANY ORDER. And no prerequisites are required.

We will be meeting in the café at the Glastonbury Barnes & Noble Bookstore. You will see a "Meetup" sign on my table. Should you need to contact me, my cell phone number is[masked].

Masks are not required but can be worn if desired.

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!!

Create Your Own Website

Barnes and Noble

$40.00

Many years ago, when I decided to create my first website, I knew that doing so would not be easy. I began by purchasing a few books (thick books!!) on the subject. I poured through them, struggling page after page to make sense of what I was reading. And I took copious notes. Luckily, knowing code was not a requirement. But there was still lots to learn. Finally, after much studying, I began the construction of my new website.

Putting it all together was challenging. Back then, there was little automation incorporated into web-building software. Everything had to be done manually. And because of the software’s complexity, I was constantly referring back to my reference books and notes.

Luckily, this is now a thing of the past. There currently are many website creation companies available that allow for both technical and non-technical people to quickly design and set-up their own websites. This is possible due to the availability of professionally produced templates, lots of design elements that can be added to a website by simply dragging and dropping, and the ability to easily add and modify both text and pictures.

We will be working with Weebly (www.weebly.com) in this seminar – a highly rated and very popular website creation company. As of this writing, the company has four pricing plans that range from $0 to $30 per month. Weebly is what I’ve used to build my four websites: www.peterglass.com, www.stockpeterglass.com, www.lifecoachpeterglass.com, and www.ministerpeterglass.com.

As may be apparent from viewing my sites, I’m no graphic designer. However, the quality of Weebly’s templates and other features they offer are more than enough for producing very inexpensive, high quality, and highly competent websites.

A thorough and complete handout will be passed out at the Meetup. It covers all the material presented in the class. With a bit of practice and with the handout for review, you’ll be ready to design and set up your very own website!!

We will be meeting in the café at the Glastonbury Barnes & Noble Bookstore. You will see a "Meetup" sign on my table. 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.

Wandering Around the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts

Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts

$40.00

The Bushnell Center is the perfect place for wandering into all sorts of picture-taking possibilities. Here is a brief description of the center, taken from its website:

“For over eight decades, The Bushnell has brought Connecticut audiences face-to-face with the world's finest musicians, orchestras, dance companies, plays, and other special attractions. Virtually every major artist of the 20th century has appeared on The Bushnell stage. Toscanini, Bernstein, Pavarotti, Hepburn, Brando, and Garland, along with the exciting stars of the new century such as Baryshnikov, Seinfeld, and Menzel, are just a few of the legendary figures who have played the Bushnell's boards.”

The Bushnell houses two beautifully rendered theaters and many other visually striking locations. We’ll go backstage in at least one of those theaters where you’ll find all sorts of spaces, objects, and devices to photograph. From the stage and balcony, you’ll have wonderful views of the expansive seating area. Along the way, we’ll explore the lobby, staircases, hallways, large hanging glass sculpture, green room, and various nooks and crannies. All offer opportunities for creating wonderful images. You’ll also have the opportunity to photograph one of the Bushnell’s most intriguing features – its autograph wall. This is where many of the most famous show business people have signed their names.

I will be working with you, if you want, as you wander and photograph, suggesting shot locations, setup information, lighting possibilities, and camera angles. I’ll also review your images as you shoot, offering feedback and suggestions. And, I will help those needing assistance operating their cameras.

One or more lenses that go from wide-angle to telephoto will be useful, as will a tripod and cable release.

VERY, VERY IMPORTANT - MASKS ARE ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED TO ENTER THE BUSHNELL. ALSO, PROOF OF VACCINATION OR PROOF OF RECENT NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST IS ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED TO ENTER THE BUSHNELL. PLEASE SEE THE FOLLOWING FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://bushnell.org. THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS IF YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED INTO THE BUSHNELL BECAUSE OF NOT HAVING A MASK OR NOT HAVING PROOF OF A VACCINATION OR A NEGATIVE TEST RESULT.

Please arrive at least a few minutes early. Parking on the street is fine (it’s free on the weekends). You can also park for free in the state lot (165 Capitol Avenue), across from the Bushnell.

We will meet at the main entrance (166 Capitol Avenue) of the Bushnell. 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.

This should be a lot of fun. Hope to see you there.

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