Cameras capture special moments more humanely than mousetraps baited with recordings of familial laughter. Learn temporal trapping techniques from a master with today’s Groupon to Amy Tripple Photography in Downers Grove. Choose between the following options:
- For $49, you get a Photoshop Elements: The ABCs class (a $99 value). Classes are held Mondays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Click here to see available dates. All participants must bring a charged laptop with Photoshop Elements installed.
- For $79, you get a Sweet Shots Level 1 DSLR photography class (a $160 value). Classes are held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Click here to see available dates.
Led by National Association of Child Photographers member Amy Tripple, photography and editing classes teach camera-bearing parents how to create beautiful, dynamic shots of their beloved young’uns. Photoshop Elements: The ABCs covers the basics of digital photo editing, walking participants through image organization, menu navigation, and how to deal with the existential quandaries of sentient computers. Lessons also cover essential Photoshop techniques such as cropping and using the effects brush. All classes come with a workbook to help lead pupils through the lessons, complete with illustrations for visual learners and scratch-and-sniff stickers for olfactory learners. Sweet Shots Level 1 classes demystify digital SLR cameras in fun, easy-to-follow sessions. Amy starts at the beginning, enthusiastically explaining screen navigation, using the dial, and how to harness aperture and shutter speed. A primer in candid shot taking helps eschew the stiffness that comes with enforced poses or only photographing puppets that have yet to become real boys. Each session includes breakfast and coffee, and sends participants home with an illustrated workbook and digital posing guide.
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.