VRABE Regional Adult Based Education

The Joy of Photographing Everyday Objects PH05

12 Seats Available

The Joy of Photographing Everyday Objects




4/6/2021 to 4/20/2021

Location: Instructor:
  • Peter Glass

Meeting Times

  • Tuesday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM



Prerequisite: A basic understanding of how your camera works and feeling comfortable shooting with it.

It seems people often assume the best photo opportunities are found only in exotic travel locations. Or with their cameras pointed at pretty flowers, wild animals, or adorable children. Not true!! This class will show how even the most mundane and ordinary objects can be transformed into spectacular images. It doesn’t matter if it’s a few coins, a length of ribbon, some playing cards, a roll of paper towels, a bent nail, or a child’s doll. By finding an appropriate setting, putting together an interesting composition, and determining the camera’s best settings, some amazing photos can be created. And they’ll get even better manipulating them briefly in a digital editing program.

This class will begin with a review of how to use your camera in the Manual mode. Topics covered will include: the aperture, shutter speed, ISO, obtaining the proper exposure, setting the white balance, focusing where you want to focus, and creatively using depth-of-field. A very helpful handout will be provided.

From there, images similar to what you’ll be photographing in class will be shown. I’ll discuss the methods I used to create them.

I’ll then open some of these pictures in Adobe Camera Raw – a program that is a part of Adobe Photoshop (the premier digital image-editing program), but much, much easier to learn and use. You’ll see its almost unlimited possibilities for fixing and strikingly improving even the bleakest of pictures. By the way, there are lots of other digital image-editing programs available; some for free.

 You’ll then begin shooting some of the objects that you’ve gathered. I’ll be with you every step of the way – offering camera operation tips, shooting ideas and techniques, and feedback on the photos you take.


For our second session, we will review and discuss the images you took the previous week. And please don’t be embarrassed about showing your work. We’re not looking for perfection. It’s all about gaining knowledge and becoming a better photographer. Then, using what you’ve learned, you’ll continue photographing your various objects.


Everyone should have the following for both sessions:

·         digital camera that shoots in a non-automatic (Manual) mode

·         tripod

·         cable release

·         extra batteries

·         a variety of objects to photograph

·         a place to shoot that has a fairly plain background and is decently lit

Other items to consider are extra camera cards, camera instruction booklet, and battery charger.

There are no discounts available for this class.  

Additional Notes

NOTE: This is a LIVE, ONLINE class. You will be able to see and hear and talk to everyone during the session. You’ll also be able to view the same graphics, programs, and websites that I show during my live classes. Once you sign-up, you’ll receive information about how to download Webex (the program I'll be using for the presentation) and how to log-in. In addition, you will receive a PDF file of the class handout. Please print the handout – we will be using it during the class.

You will receive an email with a link to webex prior to the first class.  

Webex is easy and quick to install, and simple to operate. I'll explain how the program works during the class.

IMPORTANT: If you have not downloaded Webex before, please give yourself 15 minutes before the class begins to download and install it.


  • Class Fee $45.00
Total: $45.00

Note: Class has been CANCELLED