The jargon that photographers use can be daunting; "focus" refers to the sharpness of the subject being photographed, and "frame" means throwing the camera through a window and blaming it on a random bystander. Flawlessly pin passersby with today's Groupon: for $80, you get a level-one photography class at Sweet Shots, located in Downers Grove (a $160 value).
A recognized NAPCP photographer and mother of three, Amy Tripple takes parents under her wing to teach the fine art of DSLR photography. Over the course of the 3-hour class, future documentarians are indoctrinated in various topics, including how to master camera settings, focus, and action shots and how to substitute the word "cheese" with non-dairy alternatives. An included digital copy of "Cutie-Pie Kiddos," Amy's own posing guide, provides sample images and tips for achieving professional-quality photos. Students must bring their own DSLR or hybrid-DSLR cameras, and are encouraged to bring notebooks, their cameras' manuals, and any extra lenses, flashes, or accessories they can find scattered around the house.
Classes run on most Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to noon, where students will debate the most photogenic member of the Osmond family over breakfast and coffee.
Amy Tripple Photography
Despite an ever-growing base of more than 1,000 clients, Amy Tripple prefers to say she's honed her skills through her main source of inspiration: her own three children. The former elementary teacher employs her advanced child-handling skills as she captures candid images of young ones, preserving childhood memories more easily than laminating a beloved stuffed animal. The National Association of Child Photographers member also shares her know-how through regular classes that cover the basic elements of DSLR photography and how to manipulate the resulting images in digital scrapbooks and Adobe Photoshop.
1001 Maple Ave.
Downers Grove, Illinois 60515