Class Information

  Camera Club

This class is for past Camera Club members as well as new students. All levels of experience are welcome. Our class will do something new this year in that I will reach out to Palaestra’sentrepreneurs who are running businesses and offer to have our students photograph the products that are being sold. All interested business owners may contact me directly to set up a photo shoot on a Friday during our class. The images may be used by the business owner if they desire to do so. At the beginning of the semester, we will refresh ourselves on the basics of shooting and also look at issues with the various cameras that students are using. We will bring back the “Phone Photo Contest” as well as Critique Days. I have found that the students greatly benefit from having their images reviewed by their peers and it reveals which photos have the strongest appeal to other people.


Materials Fee: $15


What kind of camera should you have?


I really like the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Digital Camera for students. It costs $479.00 as of June 2016.

The more you can do in Manual Mode the better. Most cameras in the $250-$350 range will be sufficient. Look to see if your camera can turn off the automatic flash and if it has and ‘M’ setting for going manual. Also, a camera that can get very close to objects using Macro mode is extremely valuable for this class. A tripod would be a great thing to have on hand as well.

There is a new camera shop in Livonia on Plymouth Road called PRO CAM Photo & Video Gear. The address is 34224 Plymouth Road and the website is This would be a great place to see all kinds of cameras and get a feel for what is best for you.


Course Requirements

Own a camera with a memory card

Have access to email so you can submit your images every week

Passion for photography!


Please contact Mrs. Schmidt at with any questions.

  Instructor: Schmidt, Maribeth
  Instructor Bio:
  Mrs. Maribeth Schmidt has been homeschooling her three children for twelve years and has taught Marvelous Michigan, Nifty Fifty and Camera Club at Palaestra over the past four years. Married to her high school sweetheart, Jim, for 22 years, Maribeth attends North Ridge Church in Plymouth and is actively involved in children’s ministry every weekend. The University of Michigan – Dearborn is her alma mater with a B.A. in Music with a minor in English Literature. Upon completing her studies in 1992, Maribeth was hired as a portrait photographer for a national portrait studio chain. Her new career led her to work for commercial photographers in Detroit and Seattle until she was blessed to become a mother in 1998. Photography, music, history, politics, and children’s ministry are her passions in addition to educating her children. She loves teaching at Palaestra and has enjoyed getting to know all her students throughout the years.
  Fee: $85
  Material Fee: $15
  Minimum Age: 11
  Maximum Age: 18
Day:FridayTime:12:30 pmLength:1 Hours
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