Amateur photography often leads to sinister red eyes, cropped faces, and strongly worded cease-and-desist letters from Bigfoot's attorneys. Capture visual mysteries with today's Groupon to Balanced Exposure in Schaumburg near the Woodfield Mall. Choose between the following options:
- For $50, you get a six-hour introductory group class on the use of the DSLR camera (a $250 value).
- For $50, you get a six-hour introductory group class on the use of the digital point-and-shoot camera (a $250 value).
Balanced Exposure’s staff members spread out a smorgasbord of photographic knowledge as they guide students through the basics of camera performance, operation, and digital editing. Wallow in wisdom like Socrates in a ball pit as professional shutterbug Russell Lowe draws upon 20 years of experience to expound on the importance of aperture control and the effects of shutter speed, ISO, and licking the camera lens. Students must bring their own camera and instruction manual, as the course is primarily intended to wean them off their equipment's auto setting. Classes are available in two three-hour sessions or as a single 9 a.m.–4 p.m. meeting (with a lunch break in between).
With a career spanning more than 20 years, Balanced Exposure's owner, Russell Lowe, has worn many hats, including forensic photographer, wedding photographer, and commercial photographer. Russell has always had a passion for teaching, which is why he finally opened up his own studio space. He and his staff help novice photographers shake hands with their shutter button during introductory Photo Essentials classes for DSLR cameras, whereas DSLR Advanced classes lead intermediate students further into the world of flash lighting by exploring how to use external flashes, set up studio lighting, and sell paparazzi-style photos of local squirrels to National Geographic. Crime-scene processing classes draw on Russell's background as a court-qualified expert in forensic photography and an evidence technician to teach techniques used by real-world forensics experts. Aspiring wedding and studio photographers hone their craft and practice postproduction techniques in the fully equipped studio, which also hosts professional portrait shoots.