Digital cameras have allowed photographers to spend less time in dark rooms and more time gluing cotton-ball wigs and googly eyes onto old film canisters. Create art in the digital age with this Groupon.
$59 for a Four-Hour Southern California Camera Adventure Photography Workshop ($125 Value)
The shutter-snappers of Val Westover Photography, winners of Laguna Niguel's Best Photographers Award in 2008 and 2009, blend sightseeing with practical techniques for SLR, DSLR, and point-and-shoot cameras in Southern California Camera Adventures. Classes of 10–30 students meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn the bells and whistles of their cameras, including ISO, shutter speed, aperture, and light metering. Students practice their new knowledge by snapping artistic shots at Disneyland, Irvine Regional Park, the Los Angeles Zoo, or another vibrant location depending on the date. Check the complete schedule.
Capturing True Emotion
Capturing True Emotion is driven by a dynamic band of instructors who rove across the continent with cameras and teaching skills in hand. By fusing their narrative, tech-savvy minds together into one oversize head, the educators provide comprehensive guidance on both camera operation and creative visualization, giving participants complete control over all of their camera settings. During the hours spent in the company of other pupating shutterbugs, students convene at a tantalizing location to practice skills such as controlling depth of field by adjusting the aperture, composing a family portrait so there's not always a burning zeppelin in the background, using alternative angles to avoid red eye, and other techniques.