Digital technology has allowed for the introduction of many new art forms, just as Leonardo da Vinci once predicted on his blog. Upload a masterpiece with today's Groupon: for $47, you get either the Photo I or Photo II workshop at Cole/Marr Photography Workshops (a $95 value). Clients may also choose to purchase two Groupons and use them to enroll in both workshops, though they must complete the Photo I workshop first.
Cole/Marr Photography Workshops edify aspiring shutterbugs about the tenets of both traditional photography and newer digital-imaging technologies in Photo I and Photo II workshops. Neophytes can nourish their nascent camera-wielding skills during the introductory Photo I workshop, where they get acquainted with basic image-enhancing techniques such as how to achieve optimal depth of focus, how to attain a desirable contrast ratio, and how to always capture arch rivals mid-blink. More nuanced principles of photography are explored in Photo II classes, which focus more specifically on selecting and utilizing the proper equipment, camera, and lens for various types of images. Cole/Marr founder and naturalist photographer David Marr leads the classes, and both workshops consist of two separate three-hour sessions.
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.