Photographs of precious moments are the greatest gifts relatives can leave behind for their descendants, aside from genes for cowlick-resistant hair or hints to where the inheritance is buried. Pass on a transgenerational treasure with today’s Groupon to Amanda Kerr Photography. For $49, you get a choice between the following options:
- Two-hour basic photowalk excursion, which runs on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and on Thursdays through Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (a $300 value).
- Two- hour fundamentals of composition class (a $300 value).
Students must bring their own DSLR or point-and-shoot camera. Each session has a six-person limit; photowalks and classes both include the following:
- One hour of instruction
- One-hour photography walk
Trained photographer Amanda Kerr hones students’ photographic prowess during two-hour training and photowalk excursions or more advanced composition classes, which convene at the monolithic Olympic Cauldron or on the shores of Sunset Beach. Once participants have gathered, Amanda introduces lens-aiming neophytes to manipulation of aperture and shutter use as she acquaints each with their camera’s unique operations and preferred Chicken Soup for the Soul volume. In two-hour composition classes, pupils learn to fill their camera’s frame completely with a desired subject, allowing for ideal image balance. Instructors introduce composition standards and international espionage techniques such as the golden mean, rule of thirds, and horizontal and vertical framing. Students will also experiment with finding optimal shot angles and lighting levels.
Groups then patrol the area’s most photogenic spots to put newly attained camera-whispering skills into practice. Stroll by the Cauldron’s intertwined steel spires, and snap ideal shots from a viewing platform which, according to CBC National Post, grants unobstructed views of the “powerful symbol.” On Sunset Beach, browse a stretch of the Stanley Park Seawall system to capture city skylines or seagull honour duels from its quiet sandy spits. Participants submit their photos at the end of each walk, and can find their favourite images colour-corrected and protected by password in an online gallery shortly following their workshop. Participants should dress warmly as all parts of the photowalk are conducted outside, and tours will be held, like postman boot-camp training, regardless of weather conditions.
Amanda Kerr Photography is not responsible for damages to personal equipment.
Amanda Kerr Photography
While helming various digital and web firms in the corporate world afforded her many perks, Amanda Kerr couldn't relinquish her passion for photography and film, so she relinquished the corporate world instead. Since 2003, Kerr has been busy establishing a stock-footage business, getting her degree in photography, and helming photo shoots for top clients such as Eden Fashion Boutique, MAC Marketing, and the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Her hands-on teaching approach helps students grasp photography fundamentals as well as new techniques, whether they're snapping professional-level pictures with their phones or harnessing their camera's flash to take photos of strangers kissing in a movie theater.