Capturing a moment in time requires either a camera or duct tape, a matchbox, and mastery of atom mating calls. Preserve the past the easy way with today’s Groupon: for $97, you get a photo class from Blue Planet Photography (up to a $195 value). Today’s Groupon includes the price of enrollment; students must provide their own camera and equipment.
When not plying his trade as a full-time professional photographer, Blue Planet Photography’s Mike Shipman builds up students’ photo-snapping skills while encouraging to them discover their own style and creative voice. Choose from a variety of four-session classes that hone aesthetic sense and trigger-finger reflex over the course of each two-hour meeting time. Photo I equips shutterbugs with knowledge of fundamentals including light, basic composition, and camera controls (a $195 value). Students enrolled in the four-session Composition I course spend class time unraveling the mysteries of graphic-design fundamentals, mastering guidelines for composing a picture that tells a story, illustrates an emotion, or contains seven hidden images of Kermit the Frog (a $195 value). The Business of Photography I helps aspiring photographers chart a course through the often intimidating business side of the business (a $195 value). Camera wielders will learn how to figure costs, price services, and comprehend the intricacies of legalities including licensing, copyright, and how to get trees to sign waivers.
Students can also opt for the intensive study of a single four-hour one-on-one session (a $150 value). After designing their own one-time curriculum, students delve into subjects such as flash strategies or portraiture techniques or jaunt off for a half-day photo safari in search of desert flowers or downtown Boise’s most photogenic traffic signal.