The best photographers rise to the top by practicing, while second-best photographers rise to the top by shooting blackmail photos of the first-best. Snap like a champ with today's Groupon: for $59, you get a photography workshop or field trip at Clock Tower Images and Split Seconds Photography (a $150 value). For more information on the workshops and field trips valid for today's deal, click here.
Formed by professional sports and nature photographers, Split Seconds Photography, an offshoot of Clock Tower Images, nurtures novice and seasoned photographers with small, hands-on workshops and photo field trips. In the on-location Photography for Beginners class ($150), students glean the basics of point-and-shoot and digital SLR camera manoeuvres, such as obtaining the correct exposure, choosing the ideal focal length, and wearing their gear like an Italian fashion paparazzo. Split Seconds' professional camera mechanics share their experienced insight on converting and adjusting images digitally during the one-day Photographer's Digital Workflow session ($150). One-day field trips ($150) grant artists the chance to stretch their lenses while capturing picturesque West Coast wildlife in the early summer months and photogenic black bears as they strike vogue poses in the late summer and fall. All workshops and outings max out at six to eight students, and Split Seconds suggests participants pack a lunch.
Clock Tower Images
Founded in 2001 by photographic pair Mike Byrne and Gavin Young, Clock Tower Images initially abetted educational publishers, such as Disney and Discovery Channel, by supplying them with still and moving images. Since then, the ever-expanding business has recruited shutterbug Isobel Springett and fashioned a wealth of new programs geared around the trio's interests. In addition to its portraiture program, Clock Tower Images expertly frames horses —a passion of Isobel's—and a massive array of sporting events, including, in Mike's case, events at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and 2012 London Summer Olympics.
Mike and Isobel instill their image-capturing expertise into students at hands-on workshops and courses in Victoria and Courtenay, where up to eight apprentices at a time learn the ins and outs of landscape, portrait, wildlife and sports photography. For pupils eager to break out of the classroom, Clock Tower Images arranges a number of guided field trips and international photo tours that capture North America's west coast landscapes and wildlife, as well as numerous African locales, and into the dreams of slumbering migratory birds.