Photographer's Lounge broadens the horizons of aspiring artists by connecting them with top professionals and challenging field work. The studio hosts an expansive curriculum of classes and workshops designed to engage photographers with their environment and teach the skills to capture fireworks, master the laws of photography, or market themselves as a small business. The studio also spearheads international photo tours that travel to Iceland, Venezuela, and Paris in search of rare images of foreign cultures and geography.
At Sosa Gliding Club, instructors and tow pilots don't receive paychecks; they teach others simply to share the joy of gliding. And since the club owns the Rockton Airport-which has two grass runways, a fleet of single- and two-seat gliders, and a clubhouse-they can pass on their knowledge through ground courses. Through cross-country soaring classes, for instance, they teach potential pilots to soar in gliders, finding invisible rising air currents to carry them upward rather than simply gliding the aircraft to the ground. Once students achieve basic piloting prowess, club instructors can then give aerobatic instruction, showing students how to perform slow rolls, loops, and wingovers during adrenaline-pumping staring contests with eagles.
The staff at Wintronic Computers Plus scrub excess muddle from hardware and software and sweep both PC and Apple systems of viruses. Desktop computers and laptops undergo a thorough hard-drive organization, which rids drives of extraneous digital clutter and creates space for future downloaded videos of babies rapping. Smudged surfaces and cracks emerge free of dust and miscellaneous flotsam after a safe exterior cleaning. To keep computers running smoothly and free of pernicious bugs, Wintronic's technicians make a full sweep of every file to scan for errant worms, Trojan horses, and the virus that causes relatives to forward chain letters. The store promises a quick turnaround on service and offers a warranty on all cleaning and repair work.
At Elementz of Fotographie, shutterbug Judy Cormier's boudoir sessions come in two shades: light and dark. Light sessions incorporate a minimum of 50 shots with three outfits, while dark sessions trace a model's progress from scantily clad to tastefully nude. Photo shoots occur inside Judy's 1900-built studio, where natural light illumines a cozy bedroom. To keep things personal and uninhibited, Judy only allows her client, female assistant, and the ghosts of supportive flappers on set. The customized sessions result in three optionally retouched digital images, as well as albums for which clients choose the final pictures and design. Besides boudoir shoots, which can also accommodate expectant moms or couples, Judy draws on 10-plus years of experience to capture images of families, children, and pets.
Armed with extensive training and an in-depth understanding of the Canon brand’s cameras and optical advances since 1973, stalwart instructors unveil the inner workings of DSLRs for new photographers of all ages. They hold intensive five-hour, hands-on workshops in hotels, zoos, and boutique pet hotels to give attendees a practical understanding of manual camera basics. Over the course of each workshop, they demonstrate and let students practice controlling lens exposure; using the mode dial; and selecting proper lenses for shooting moving objects, shooting in various levels of light, or catching candids of ghosts brushing their teeth. To complement the hands-on instruction, teachers also answer any questions to further prepare attendees for varied camera use.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous study facilities understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having to scribble them on your hand. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results.