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 $347, you get admission to the Kootenai Valley camera and photoshop workshop from Cole/Marr Photography Workshops (a $695 value). Retreats are held at the Cole/Marr Kootenai Valley North Campus in Bonners Ferry on the following dates: May 20–22, June 24–26, July 29–31, August 12–14, September 16–18, October 14–16, and November 4–6.
Taught by Cole/Marr founder and naturalist photographer David Marr, Cole/Marr workshops teach traditional photography principles and new digital-imaging technologies and let students put those skills to use in the field. The three-day retreat offers classes in photo I, photo II, composition, and photoshop I. Spelunk through the camera caves of stop action, show action, depth of focus, and metering while learning the limitations of film and digital formats. Memory memorializers also get a chance to hone lens skills during field shoots, which let them document rock formations and hideously shrieking birds. Cole/Marr will furnish you with lodging, breakfast, and dinners during your weekend 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.