$49 for a Four-Hour DSLR Photo Essentials Class for One at Balanced Exposure in Schaumburg ($225 Value)

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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 this Groupon.

$49 for a Four-Hour DSLR Photo Essentials Class for One (a $225 value)

During the comprehensive DSLR Photo Essentials class, teachers with more than 20 years of experience guide beginning photogs through the workings of DSLR cameras, acquainting them with the settings, flash, and capabilities of their own equipment. Novices learn how and when to tweak shutter speed, aperture, and white balance to shoot the best possible photo in every situation, from low light to stroboscopic discotheques. For this class, snap-happy pupils must bring their own DSLR camera, memory card, instruction manual, photo ID, and pirate lens patch. Students can check the schedule for class dates and times.

Balanced Exposure

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.

Reviews

I highly recommend this class to anyone that wants to get to know how to use their camera for all it's worth.

Vicki W., Yelp, 8/28/11

Russ was good at sharing his knowledge and experience, and made the class interactive

Amanda B., 2/4/13

In a Nutshell

Professional photographer teaches students basic principles, such as DSLR camera settings and using a flash

The Fine Print

Expires 120 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Appointment required; subject to availability. Must bring own DSLR or hybrid camera, instruction manual, and photo ID. Valid only for Photo Essentials classes. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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