Desired Focus Photography gives amateur shutterbugs the skills to capture images of children, sporting events, or wildlife and nature. Led by Sarah Kobunski, the studio offers an extensive collection of classes that break down the minutia of digital cameras and their sundry parts. Students peek through the lens and learn to manipulate lighting and visual composition. Classes cultivate the skills needed to capture all the treasured moments in daily life, from a baby’s first steps to a toddler’s first deadlift.
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One man crouches low, weapon resting on his shoulder. Another stands erect, a pair of binoculars held to his face. An entire military squad of toy soldiers stands ready for eternal battle within a shadow box crafted by Neal Raffensberger. The shadow box is one of 4,000 framing options showcased inside Raffensberger Photography & Framing's red-brick façade, where professional photographer and custom-framing specialist Neal and his assistant help patrons conserve their most beloved mementos. Multitudes of frames, mats, mountings, and glass—including conservation glass that blocks 99% of color-dulling UV rays—come together to display anything from photographs and posters to jerseys and wisdom teeth. Neal, who first dabbled in photography at the age of 5 in his father's basement darkroom, also flaunts his artistic eye behind the camera in the store's onsite studio. Families, couples, and proof-seeking Bigfoots can capture history in portrait sessions, which use digital photography to allow for immediate viewing after each shoot.
An old-school charm and a modern quirkiness pervade the work of photographer Jessica Nash, owner of Elegant Events Design & Photography. Her black-and-white, color, and paled-and-retro-tinted images capture babies, toddlers, and couples against idyllic natural backdrops. Working primarily with natural light, Jessica commemorates milestones and events at local parks or beaches. She puts her skills in the editing room to good use by carefully editing images to be used for prints, CDs, and cave paintings, and she also works in the abstract to design custom invitations, logos, and T-shirts. Elegant Events has recently teamed up with a Megapixel Party to liven up special events with photo-booth rentals.
DRS Photography's duo of accomplished shutter snappers draws on more than 40 combined years of experience capturing famous performers to tutor pupils in photographic technique before guiding them through practice sessions at their in-house studio. Camera-bearing apprentices absorb rudimentary knowledge and skills during a three-hour course, such as learning about aperture and lenses, controlling shutter speed, manipulating different lighting configurations, composing exciting shots, and persuading Tasmanian devils to sit still during portraits. Subsequent two-hour safari sessions shuffle students among various studio sets based on different themes and images. Though not included with today's deal, customers can also browse an assortment of accessories, such as lenses, cases, film, and time-stopping pocket watches sold in the studio store.
A picture is worth a thousand words, unless it's just a picture of 999 words or less. Today's deal gets you 88% off thoughtful thousand-worders with an in-studio session and three prints from DGN Photography for $25 (a $200 value). Along with your one-hour in-studio session (a $75 value), you get one 11x14 print (usually $75 value) and two 5x7 prints ($25 value each). The 11x14 print is mounted with satin finish, so you don't need any glass to show off everyone's faces (the 5x7s are printed with a lovely luster finish). You may also purchase additional prints or digital files with a 25% discount.
Bugs are fascinating, especially to a six-year-old strapped with a Mickey Mouse 110 camera. These creepily photogenic critters were the first subjects Studio Polaris photographer Maggie Lawler’s ever shot. Though she has since captured images of couples on their wedding day, seniors before their graduation, and canine products for a corporate vendor, Maggie still loves “to act like a five-year-old most days.” She finds the perfect shot by getting to know her clients and hearing their stories. With kids, she gets down to their level, asking them questions about their outfit, their favorite TV show, or their thoughts on whether cotton candy is better to eat or to wear as a wig. Once she’s built the foundation for a relationship, she begins shooting. She searches for the moments in between: the couple tenderly holding hands, the child wholeheartedly laughing. To catch these fleeting seconds, she doesn’t rely on fancy filters or equipment. “Anybody can own a Stradivarius,” she quips, “but not everyone can join the Boston Pops.” So rather than lean on technology’s crutch, she uses her artist’s eye, passed down the limbs of a family tree branched by her grandmother’s paintings and her father’s sculptures. Today, she still is constantly snapping photos, either with her SLR or iPhone, taking shots of her daughter or her neighbors in line at the supermarket. With her work at Studio Polaris, Maggie considers each photo shoot a blessing. “I mean,” she says, “how many families have my work on their walls? It’s awe inspiring. I’m blown away by it.”