Many African safaris feature plenty of opportunities to capture photos of carnivorous dik diks attacking second-generation iPods. Experience a safer, big-city photo-op with today's Groupon: for $49, you get your choice of one instructional photography workshop from Chicago Photo Safaris (up to a $112 value including processing fees). All skill levels and all types of cameras are welcome in the safari; bring your own camera and any accessories you prefer, including extra lenses. Today's deal is not redeemable for the Photo Adventures by Bus, the Landmark (Bike) Safari, or the Private Safari.
The seven safaris up for grabs are the popular three-hour Millennium Park Day and Night Safaris, the three-hour Lincoln Park Zoo Day and Night Safaris, the three-hour Navy Pier Night Safari frequently starting from Navy Pier, or the Chicago Photo Adventure Day and Night Safaris. For the first 40 minutes of each safari, a professional photographer will go over basic photography techniques as well as more specialized skills needed to perfectly capture people, structures, monuments, cityscapes, and other urban jungle foliage. Before heading out, you'll learn what all the strange buttons, knobs, and settings on your camera do, demystifying ISO, F-stops, shutter speed, and white balance.
Unleashed, a newly trained eye is free to wander these strange habitats of man. In Millennium Park, photographers can snap a thousand photos, day or night, of other photographers taking photos of other people photographing their own reflections in Cloud Gate. Lincoln Park's tour offers practice with animals, naturally, while the night class promises practice with noiry blends of blurred neon. Whatever you choose, an instructor will be there by your side, continuing to critique your composition and exposure as you develop a telephoto-lens third eye. And at the end, you'll have hundreds of pictures of Chicago worth their weight in palladium.