Living in a world dominated by image-capturing bloggers, paparazzi, and reflective lakes requires a keen understanding of photography in order to survive. Fight photo fire with hotter fire with today's Groupon: for $49, you'll get either a two-hour point-and-shoot photography fieldtrip or a two-hour DSLR photography fieldtrip (each a $125 value) from Chimpsy Photo Fieldtrips.
Head instructor and domesticated snapdragon Jamie Clayton is an avid advocate of visual exploration. Jamie’s interactive courses provide point-and-shooters and DSLR-tists with a helpful workbook of tips and techniques that have scored him many of his best shots during his years of snapshot safaris. The small classes allow for a true hands-on experience, and offer instruction on subjects including framing and composition, portrait shooting, and use of natural light. Students will also learn about the anatomy and function of their cameras in a way that won't embarrass the camera.
Advanced photography skills can provide a means of making friends and family look fantastic or a passive form of revenge. Stage a scenic picnic or two-person baseball game in the Nashville wilderness with a new girlfriend and send the well-framed, expertly lit shot to her ex. Classes are offered once or twice per weekend and occasionally during the week, and are based on availability. Meeting locations vary depending on each class.
At the tender age of 6, Mark Cafiero received his first camera. Though it was broken and filled with cartoons his father had drawn of Mark and his sisters, that camera sparked an early interest in photography. Since then, that spark has erupted into a full-fledged passion, leading Mark to become a professional photographer who has snapped photos for hundreds of clients, including celebrities and professional athletes. To share his spark with others, Mark founded Chimpsy, an resource that helps photographers of all experience levels calibrate their skills with casual in-person and online classes.
Available in more than 30 cities across the nation, Chimpsy's two-hour crash course features a hands-on shooting session and campfire-style presentation on topics ranging from camera anatomy to photo composition. For home study, online classes help photographers—beginners and aspiring pros alike—get more from their pictures through two-hour video tutorials that cover photo-editing software, shooting tips and techniques, and steps on how to build a photography business. From the comfort of their bedrooms, students can watch these professional photographer-led tutorials live or replay previously recorded sessions. Along with instructional classes, Chimpsy offers shutterbugs a place to submit photos for contests with monthly prizes or for feedback from peers, pros, and sentient picture frames.