The best photographers rise to the top by practicing, whereas second-best photographers rise to the top by shooting blackmail photos of the first-best. Learn to snap like a champ with today's Groupon: for $65, you get an Introduction to Photography workshop at Aperture Academy in Campbell (a $135 value).
Aperture Academy blurs the line between photography and fine art by cultivating individual expression with an Introduction to Photography workshop. Students can bring along a point-and-shoot or DSLR and listen as founder and master photographer Stephen W. Oachs—whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer, and other publications—helps them understand their cameras' aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and hidden mayonnaise dispenser. A photo-editing session and catered lunch follow, and students can enter for the chance to win prizes including gift certificates. After class, participants make their way back to the real world supplied with course documentation and a complimentary online photo gallery courtesy of the academy.
Recipient of the National Wildlife Federation's 2007 Photographer of the Year and National Geographic's 2008 Best Nature Photographer awards, Aperture Academy founder Stephen Oachs has dedicated himself to passing on camera know-how to newly minted picture snappers alongside a team of pro teachers. His beautiful, wood-floored studio and gallery hosts classes that usher beginners through their first forays into photography. These sessions impart such advanced techniques as high-quality printing and using Photoshop to give red eye to every family member who refused to say "cheese." Workshops spirit students to beautiful locales throughout California, giving budding photographers the chance to hone their skills in stunning natural environments.