The first cameras took so long for a single exposure that it was impossible to produce candid shots of mountains or photograph a reptile before it evolved into a bird. Capture fresh vistas with today's Groupon to Alaska Photography Academy in Palmer. Choose between the following options:
- For $199, you get a Hatcher Pass photo safari and four-hour photography workshop (a $499 value).
- For $499, you get an ATV photo safari and refresher workshop (a $1,300 value).
Seasoned photographers Chance and Roxie Mayberry sharpen eyes and fortify hearts with camera-accompanied hikes to beautiful and remote locations around the Mat-Su Valley. The Hatcher Pass safari begins with a four-hour intensive photography workshop introducing ideas and methods of lighting, aperture, composition, and getting fidgety trees to pose. The ensuing 2- to 3-hour hike leads passengers from Hatcher's Pass in Mat-Su Valley to the top of the canyon at Independence Mine State Historical Park. Along the way, photographers preserve august vistas and minute views using their newfound camera techniques.
ATV excursions focus more on the trek, beginning with a 60- to 90-minute workshop focused on refreshing elements of technique and demonstrating the wide-angled panorama shot ideal for the southern Alaskan landscape and for catching any rams trying to sidle out of frame. Up to 10 camera bearers then mount ATVs and embark on an up-to-10-hour tour to Knik Glacier, stopping to capture sweeping meadows, re-immortalize mountains, and surprise resting waterfalls. The expedition includes a lunch break at the glacier, where a barbecue will be built to roast salmon, chicken, and potatoes.
Hatcher Pass and ATV safaris are held Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Check the schedule for more information. Groupon holders also receive a $50 gift certificate to Graphic Solutions to have their favorite safari captures printed.
Alaska Photography Academy
Chance and Roxie Mayberry take any opportunity to get out of the studio and into vibrant real-world scenes. As the duo behind Anchorage's Mayberry Studio, they shoot families as they slice down the slopes or bond with animals, and as instructors at Alaska Photography Academy, they take students deep into wild local landscapes. Photo safaris adventure to such destinations as Matanuska Glacier and Hatcher Pass, with some shots even accomplished from the backs of sturdy ATVs. Although these intensive excursions are open to all, more experienced clickers can pursue more in-depth classes or private lessons. No matter the level, courses emphasize practical, professional-grade tips and avoid technical jargon and risqué language such as "flash."