In the days before mirrors, baseball players would collect their own baseball cards so they’d always know what they looked like, regardless of slugging percentage. Enjoy the preservative nature of photographs with today’s Groupon: for $49, you get a two-hour class from Chimpsy (a $125 value). Available classes include:
- Two-hour Point-and-Shoot class. Click here for the schedule.
- Two-hour DLSR Intro class. Click here for the schedule.
- Two-hour DLSR Intermediate class. Click here for the schedule. Intermediate students should be able to score at least 80% on this quiz.<p>
During Chimpsy’s two-hour workshops, students learn to wield the power of their point-and-shoot or DSLR cameras and uncork their inner Ansel Adams. A professional photographer provides hands-on tutoring to eager amateurs and advanced hobbyists, covering the general anatomy, functions, and favorite Enlightenment thinkers of their individual cameras. Throughout the Point-and-Shoot, DSLR Intro, and DSLR Intermediate classes, the photo instructor offers artistic tips and techniques, detailing the ways photographers translate white balance, natural and artificial lighting, and the rule of thirds into expertly poised portraits and stunning ’scapes. Students will get a take-home PDF workbook detailing the contents of the workshop, enabling them to re-create blurry theremin-recital shots as elegant editorial snaps.
Chimpsy’s knowledgeable shutterbugs bestow adept explanations that aren’t encrypted in heavy jargon or Elvish, so students of all experience levels can easily apply the day’s instruction to their own photo-taking excursions. Classes at Chimpsy include a walking tour of the New Orleans area that serves as an invigorating photo field trip, and the small class size, kept to between 5–10 students, allows pupils maximum access to the instructor’s laid-back yet attentive guidance.
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.