Workshop, a Fundamentals Class, or a Digital-Camera Crash Course at REDred Photo School & Studio (Up to 73% Off)

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Photography field trips focus on such topics as long exposure and shooting at dusk; in-studio classes cover photography basics and DSLR 101

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Expires Sep 25th, 2013. Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Registration required. 24hr cancellation notice required. $12 lunch fee not included for DSLR crash course. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $39 for a two-part Composition Basics class with hands-on photo field trip and online course notes (a $129 value)

These roaming workshops set their sights on such landmarks as the Space Needle at dusk, the skyline viewed from Alki Beach, and the ferris wheel on the waterfront. Workshops may also send students roaming via photo-scavenger hunts in Pioneer Square and Pike Place, taking them in search of photographable findings. About a week before the scheduled venture, students gain access to an online learning module meant to prepare them for the trip. Afterward, an online discussion board moderated by the instructor allows shutterbugs to trade shots and comments, and receive expert advice. Starting in January, these three- to four-hour classes will be held at least once per month, either during the day on the weekend or in the evening during the week.

The next cycle of Photography Fundamentals classes begins on Saturday, January 19, and starts roughly once per month. The first session covers light exposure, explains the reasons behind underexposure and overexposure, and reveals how to achieve the brightness desired using ISO, aperture, and camera-sized sunglasses. In the second class, Metering 101, students learn how to use a camera’s built-in meter as well as different handheld meters. During the third session, they'll make creative use of shutter speed to stop motion and blur time; the final class covers depth of field and all things that go into blur in the background.

The DSLR crash course runs about one Saturday per month from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In the studio classroom, students learn the basics of exposure, their camera’s auto modes, and most importantly, how not to use their camera’s auto modes. Lunch and a practice session in the International District follow, tailed by a discussion of lenses at a nearby Starbucks. The class wraps up in the studio with a Q&A and a few practical tips about real-world situations such as dealing with digital files.

REDred Photo School & Studio

Founder Neil Buckland grew up with a Canon FTb in his hands, and as an adult, parlayed his affinity for striking images into a lucrative career in advertising design and branding. But something wasn’t right. As time passed, Buckland was spending more and more time finding excuses to ditch work and take some snapshots. Finally in 2008, he gave into his true calling, ditched the workaday world of office life, and founded REDred Photo School & Studio.

Today, his accessible workshops and classes help students learn some of the trickier intricacies of modern photography—from understanding what exposure is and how to manipulate it to how to rejigger a DSLR’s auto-modes so that it actually takes decent pictures. Other classes cover more technical concepts such as studio lighting, while still others such as The Art of Photography focus on the aesthetic side. Buckland’s studio is available to rent for personal or commercial photo shoots of any kind, and, for additional fees, the staff can augment such shoots with make-up services, lighting assistance, models for hire, and old-fashioned pterodactyl-powered cameras.

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