Photography Basics – Backup

2021 Schedule and Course Outline

Session 1 (9 February 2021)

Know Your Camera

  • Break from “Auto” Setting
  • Master the Controls
  • Customize Your Camera

Session 2 (9 March 2021)

Introduction to Composition

  • Discover Your Subject
  • Less is More
  • Guides to Composition

Session 3 (13 April 2021)

“Good” vs. “Great Images”

  • Create “Tack-sharp” Images
  • Selecting Focus Points
  • Controlling Depth of Field

Session 4 (11 May 2021)

Introduction to Flower Photography

  • Pattern of Threes
  • Depth of Field
  • Controlling the Light

Session 5 (13 July 2021)

Introduction to Water Photography

  • Selecting Shutter Speed
  • Managing the Light
  • Filter Selection

Session 6 (10 August 2021)

Introduction to Action/Sports Photography

  • Camera Settings
  • Lens Choice
  • Shooting Positions

Session 7 (14 September 2021)

Post-processing With Lightroom

In this class, we will address the basic adjustments in Lightroom.  I will be discussing the “why,” as well as the “how,” in my own workflow.  Using Lightroom, I will process several landscape images submitted by participants.  Even if you are not a Lightroom user, the same adjustments can be used in Camera Raw.

Open the members and non-members but registration is required.


These 45-minute sessions will be held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00PM.

This class is designed for beginners who wish to build a firm foundation for their photography. 

These will be online using Zoom. Register here.

These classes are free of charge, and open to members and non-members.

Gale Stoner

Gale Stoner Photo

Gale Stoner photographs people, places and things.  He began photographing landscapes in the mid-sixties while stationed in Duluth, MN.  After a successful 21-year career in the Air Force and then as a professional speaker for the past two decades, Gale returned to his love of photography.

Although he spends most of his time shooting the beauty of God’s creation, he enjoys capturing a variety of subjects.  “I like to photograph subjects that are personally interesting to me, and there is added enjoyment when my image brings pleasure and delight to others.”

Gale, a resident of middle Tennessee since 1986, found an appreciation of the rural landscapes.  “Farmland, forests, waterfalls, and mountains provide an opportunity to nurture the vision I see in nature.”

Gale’s work has been highlighted in the international publication, Photoshop User magazine, KelbyOne Insider Column, and his image of Old Faithful at sunrise was published in Outdoor Photographer magazine.  One of Gale’s images was selected for the cover of the 2019 Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Visitors Bureau guide booklet.  Gale has served as the 2018-2019 Photographer Laureate for the City of Murfreesboro Cultural Arts Department.

On a personal note, Gale is a two-time cancer survivor.  “I believe this personal challenge has helped me be more sensitive to the beauty in people and the world we live in.  I try to capture that beauty in the images I capture.”

To view his galleries of work, visit his website.

The Photography Basics class is just one of the many activities that our group provides. Check out some of our others…