Photographers preserve subjects' precious memories, abolishing the need to hastily scoop reflections out of nearby fountains. Seek permanence with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a three-hour photography workshop at Dave Cross Workshops in Oldsmar (a $79 value). Workshops will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on January 20, 23, and 25; from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on January 24 and 29; and from 9 a.m. to noon on January 29. More sessions will be added to the schedule as needed.
At Dave Cross Workshops, expert shutterbugs explain photography basics while showing pupils how to manipulate DSLR cameras during three-hour workshops. Students should tote along their own DSLR cameras, lenses, and manuals, then hire a hunky bodyguard to tote them, camera and all, into the classroom. Hands-on instruction helps demystify the basics of exposure, shutter speed, and aperture. Inside Studio 3, Dave Cross Workshops’ facility, classroom and studio spaces let acolytes apply their new skills in an expert’s setting, and personal feedback from the teacher will help hone each pupil’s approach to capturing smiling faces. Discussions about lighting, posing, and lenses also can facilitate better snapshots of kids, dogs, and talking houseplants.
Dave Cross Workshops
Software guru Dave Cross, a 2009 inductee in the Photoshop Hall of Fame, has been sharing his picture-manipulating wisdom with thousands of students since 1987, leading seminars on popular computer programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. In just the past 12 years, Cross has traveled to every state in the United States to teach the ins and outs of Photoshop, and he continues to run digital-photography and image-editing workshops at Studio 3 in Oldsmar. He has taught hundreds of students how to get their cameras out of automatic mode and to take better photographs. A man who wears many hats, Cross is also the lead instructor for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, a co-host of a web-based show called Photoshop User TV, and the voice behind a weekly podcast known as “Ask Dave,” in which he answers user questions about Photoshop and doles out free advice on how to airbrush ghosts out of family portraits.