Workshop: Camera and Photography Basics with Tom Amsterburg, Tony Mistretta, and Ken Salome

The event was held on Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

This workshop will help you to learn how to use your digital camera.  If you find yourself always using Auto mode and not using the many other creative camera capabilities, this workshop is for you. This will be a two session workshop on Oct 16th and Oct 23rd.

This workshop is for beginners and experienced photographers wanting a refresh on basics.  It will cover the things you need to know to make good pictures with your digital camera.  We will survey the group participants prior to the workshop to determine what cameras they primarily use, so we can be ready to help them as needed.

We will cover as time permits:

  • Exposure: shutter speed, aperture and ISO and their relationship to one another
  • Use of histograms
  • Focusing: auto and manual modes, techniques for getting sharp images
  • Lenses: types and characteristics
  • Color balance
  • Black and white
  • Use of available and artificial light (flash)
  • Composition
  • Best practices for landscapes, portraits, action, macro
  • High dynamic range (HDR)
  • Uploading digital photos to your computer

The workshop will include some group exercises to immediately put what you learn to practice. 

This will be an expansion of the very popular workshop that was presented in the past two years.  This year’s workshop will be conducted in two three-hour sessions on October 16 and 23, 2021.  There will be three presenters:  Tom Amsterburg, Tony Mistretta and Ken Salome. 

About the Presenters:

Tom Amsterburg is an avid amateur photographer who is especially interested in landscape, nature, and night photography.  He is a member of the Greater Boston Night Photographers Group and also teaches adult photography classes at the Lifelong Learning Collaborative in Providence, RI.  Tom currently serves as Vice President and chair of the Program Committee at Stony Brook Camera Club.

Tony Mistretta is a creative and award-winning photographer who enjoys capturing life moments to share with others.  He will photograph almost anything of interest, but especially enjoys people, events, nature and surrealism.  Tony is currently competition chair and past president of the Stony Brook Camera Club.

Ken Salome is a self-taught photographer focusing on the everyday world around him. He has exhibited locally at the Attleboro Arts Museum, Next Door Gallery, MMAS Gallery, and other galleries and was a 2017 Attleboro Arts Museum 8-Visions artist. His photographs have been published in Photographer’s Forum Best of Photography and Lenswork Magazine. His works claimed Image of the Year in both 2019 (landscape) and 2020 (portrait) in the Stony Brook Camera Club.

If you sign up for the workshop and want to have something else covered that is basic, please email, so he can try to work it into the class.



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If you have questions or require further information please contact Tony Mistretta.
Email: 508-951-1512

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