Beginning Digital Photography

May 13

Beginning Digital Photography


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $90

Saturday, May 13 ~ 11:00am-2:00pm EST

Just got a new camera? Learning how to work it can make all the difference for you to have fun while making great images of your family and vacations or stepping up your photography for exhibition. This beginning workshop for adults and mature teens will cover basic camera controls and how they relate to lighting, getting the correct exposure, getting good color and composition. The goal of this stress-free workshop is to develop a clear understanding of your camera controls while exploring some key elements of photography.  There will be a balance of technical and creative information and include a great publication to follow after the workshop.  “One of the words I often hear from people is ‘afraid’.  “I was afraid to fiddle with it because I was afraid I would not be able to get it back to the settings that would work for me.”  Nancy’s major goal for this workshop is to help take the fear out of this technology for you. By the time we are finished, your fingers and brain will feel more comfortable setting up things in the menu, and most importantly, you will understand why you are doing that. These actions are not random. Nancy will show you what is important to know for the type of photographs you like to make and how to quickly think through the process.”

This class will be conducted live on Zoom. Participants will receive an email from Peters Valley at least 48 hours prior that includes a link and a password. Only registered participants will be admitted.

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Nancy J. Ori

Nancy J. Ori obtained a BA degree in Fine Arts from Elmira College, Elmira, NY and an MS degree in Visual Communications from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.   She worked for 25 years for Ciba-Geigy Pharmaceuticals and Novartis Pharmaceuticals as their in-house corporate photographer and manager of Video and Photography Services for Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Ori is now the owner of New Jersey Media Center, LLC in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey where she continues to do product, portrait, and food photography.  She also enjoys teaching photography globally as well as exhibiting her fine art photographs.  Nancy was taught by Ansel Adams and then affiliated for many years with the Ansel Adams Workshop in California. She is currently on the faculty of several museums and teaches privately. In 1995, she founded the New Jersey Photography Forum, which over the years under Ori’s direction, has become the largest and most recognized group of fine art exhibiting photographers in the state. Ori’s work has been widely collected and exhibited in museums & galleries throughout the globe & has been chosen to participate in numerous grant projects and fine art exhibits. Her work is in numerous permanent museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. Along with exhibiting her own work, Ori has curated and juried hundreds of exhibits for a wide variety of venues internationally.

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