$49 for a Four-Hour Basic Photography Workshop and a Two-Hour Photo Expedition ($450 Value)

Salt Lake City

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In a Nutshell

Learn shutter, aperture, ISO, and composition before snapping pics on a photo expedition

The Fine Print

Expires Feb 15th, 2013. Limit 5 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Registration required. Subject to availability. Must provide own camera. May redeem across visits. Workshop and expedition must be used by the same person. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Before cameras, people seeking to leave a legacy could only hope to secure their place in future textbooks by poisoning the emperor. Avoid being a mere footnote with this Groupon.

$49 for a Six-Hour Beginners’ Photography Package ($450 Value)

The package includes the following:

Photographers Stephanie Adriana and Val Westover coach photographers of all experience levels during four-hour overviews of basic camera function and techniques. In a classroom setting, they teach them how to control ISO image sensors; how to use aperture and shutters to control light, depth of field, and movement; and how to arrange subjects in a composition without resorting to a human pyramid. Throughout the course, they divulge step-by-step tips and practice exercises. Following the workshop, they guide students outdoors for two-hour, on-location photo shoots, during which they practice the techniques they learned. Students meet at the University of Utah for workshops on Friday, January 18; Saturday, January 19; or Friday, February 15. Workshops begin at 9 a.m., and the photo expeditions depart at 2:30 p.m.

Capturing True Emotion

Val Westover and Stephanie Adriana, both authors and photographers, draw from diverse artistic backgrounds. Val once trained hundreds of photographers as the manager of a nationwide portrait studio, and Stephanie has seen her work featured in an array of photography and fashion magazines. Applying fine-tuned artistic styles, they snap candid photojournalistic compositions and posed portraits of new couples, newborns, mothers-to-be, families, and secret families.

They also pass on their skills through step-by-step workshops, during which they use a blend of professional tips and practice exercises to teach the basics of ISO, shutter, and aperture alongside applied artistic principles. They then give protégés free rein to practice what they’ve learned in hands-on, on-location photo safaris, during which students capture shots of wildlife and people.

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