Beginning Photography with Peter Bennett (Online Learning – 12 Sessions)
Photo by Alon Goldsmith

Beginning Photography with Peter Bennett (Online Learning – 12 Sessions)

  • November 2, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • November 4, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • November 9, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • November 11, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • November 16, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • November 18, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • November 30, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • December 2, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • December 7, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • December 9, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • December 14, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • December 16, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Online Learning Class via Zoom

In this beginning workshop, students will learn all the controls and functions on their digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras, basic camera operation (including f-stop, shutter speed and ISO), fundamental concepts of photography, and how to control the photograph’s final look. Discussions include composition and light, how to get the background in or out of focus, how to stop or blur motion, why to use one ISO over another, when to use a tripod, and how to use the camera’s light meter to provide the best exposure. Other topics covered include using the appropriate lens for a desired effect (the difference between a prime lens and a zoom lens), how to hold the focus on a subject if changing camera positions (exploring auto focus modes and manual focus), and how to properly hold the camera.

Digital camera technology will be covered thoroughly, such as how to adjust the camera’s white balance, how to view and delete images, the difference between shooting RAW and JPEG, choosing the appropriate memory card, and how to transfer the image from the camera to a computer. The goal is to provide each participant with the technical information needed to operate his or her digital SLR camera properly and with the confidence and ability to shoot consistently in manual mode.

Students will work in both black-and-white and color while learning how to “see” in the chosen mode. Weekly assignments will be given followed by critiques during the next class session.

Open to students who own a Digital Single Lens Relfex (DSLR) or Mirrorless camera.

Students are encouraged to continue their studies by enrolling in the sequential class, Intermediate Photography.

Peter Bennett( has been a successful travel and environmental photographer for over 25 years. From 1998 to 2014 he owned and ran Ambient Images, a photo agency specializing in New York, California and environmental imagery and represented the work of over thirty photographers including his own. In 2015 he formed Citizen of the Planet, LLC, devoted exclusively to the distribution of his stories and work that focus on environmental subjects such as fracking, drought, green construction, alternative energies, urban farming and water and air quality issues.
A link for the Zoom class meeting will be emailed to the attendees prior to the start date. Please read the instructions included in the email. If you have additional questions please contact Kevin Weinstein or Janis McGavin at

12 Sessions
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, November 2 – December 16, 6:30-8 pm PST (no mtg. 11/23 & 11/25)
Enrollment Limit: 15 students
Skill/Experience Level: Beginning
Tuition: $415




This course will be meeting online via Zoom. We encourage you to install and test the software on your device prior to the class.

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