Quality photos capture piercing looks, toothy smiles, and elusive dodo sightings much more efficiently then papier-mâché sculptures. Put down the paste and pick up a camera with today's Groupon: for $65, you get an Adobe Photoshop I class at Cole/Marr Photography Workshops (a $125 value). Cole/Marr Photography Workshops teaches traditional photography principles and new digital-imaging technologies before putting those skills to use. The Adobe Photoshop I class sends photographic explorers spelunking through the intricacies of programs including Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, and Adobe CS 3 or 4. Within virtual darkrooms, students master basic photo touch-up techniques, adjusting light and color to banish red eye or save a family portrait from the photobombing ghost of Warren G. Harding. Instructors also cover the concrete world of hardware and the ethereal realm of photographic intangibles, teaching lessons in monitor calibration and media storage alongside instruction on workflow management. Encased in a red-brick industrial exterior, Cole/Marr welcomes customers into its lofted, timber-outfitted workshop. Inside the studio, photographers have access to three darkrooms, multiple shooting areas, student and instructor galleries, and digital workstations. Cole/Marr also boasts an on-site coffeehouse featuring espressos and daily delivered foods from local bakeries.
Cole/Marr Photography Workshops
In 1975, photographers Kristen Cole and David Marr founded their eponymous workshops in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, with only a darkroom, some developing equipment, and a classroom that could barely hold five students and a small grizzly bear. After 20 years of educating New Englanders, the talented duo relocated its expanding school to Boise to impart the duo's commercial and artistic expertise to students in the Treasure Valley. Cole/Marr Photography Workshops now illuminates the art of image capture in Boise's renovated Cultural Center, which houses the school's three darkrooms, studio and framing areas, digital workstations, and a photo library. Open to new framers and advanced snappers alike, the workshops' curriculums span fundamentals of both traditional and digital photography, with seminars on topics such as the darkroom process, Photoshop editing, and portraiture. Pupil and instructor galleries inspire with beautiful shots, many taken during photo safaris led by Cole and Marr to destinations as diverse as the contents of a communal diary.
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