As memory cards replaced film reels, many photographers—both professional and amateur—felt befuddled by the new technology. That's where Digital Photo Academy stepped in. Since 2007, the business has facilitated workshops that explore all aspects of digital imagery, from operating cameras and uploading digital files to editing images and airbrushing realistic mustaches. Seasoned professionals lead the courses, helping understudies hone their use of light, framing, and timing. Students furnish their own cameras, and can tote along any ancillary equipment such as tripods, laptops, and flashes that relate to the course at hand.
After the recession claimed his job in a local steel mill, Julius Oliver started washing cars for neighbors in his driveway. He did such an impeccable job that he had more customers than space, so he started Kingly Hand Wash & Wax. Though it's been more than five years, Oliver continues to please customers with his attention to detail and quick services, leaving vehicles looking like new after washes, waxes, and detailing.
Andy Santor Golf Academy helps golfers hone their swing mechanics using real-time data analysis from high-speed cameras. Analyzing 120 frame-per-second film, a golf expert helps players of all skill levels tweak the mobility and stability of their swings. Clients receive a voiceover swing analysis by email, so they can continue to rewind and examine their technique after the lesson or just watch grass grow in slow motion.
As a teenager, Lissa Bell developed vitiligo, a condition that causes depigmentation in the skin. As a result, Lissa decided to research and develop natural skincare products. Today at Lissa's Natural Skin Care, as a licensed esthetician, herbalist, and holistic-skincare therapist, she uses organic skincare products during custom facials, and skin resurfacing treatments to treat a myriad of skin issues.