Photographers swiftly capture what sluggish painters cannot, such as the sparkle of a fleeting smile, the identity of a media-shy superhero, or the split-second a peregrine falcon breaks the sound barrier. Attain photographic know-how with this Groupon: for $49, you get a three-hour Composition in the Field workshop from Digital Photo Academy (a $99 value). Workshops are held on Saturday and Sunday at various times and locations.
Professional photographers and instructors, such as Harry Hitzeman, Ellie Pritts, and Robert Potter teach shutterbugs of all skill levels how to creatively ensnare memories in Digital Photo Academy's array of informative classes. The Composition in the Field class fans artistic flames and helps cameras to break a sweat during three-hour on-location workshops with an intimate group of 10 or fewer people. During each open-air outing, the photography gurus guide lenses toward flawless lighting, thoughtful framing, and stealthy snapshots of bald eagles not wearing their hairpieces.
Students choose from various locations, class times, and themes, including a sightseeing snapfest through the affluent streets of the Gold Coast, the diverse architecture of the Loop, or the lush, green sanctuary of Lincoln Park and the Conservatory.
Participants should plan to schlep their own digital camera and any other equipment, such as a tripod, to the site of their picturesque adventure.
Digital Photo Academy
After 12 years of 124 professional photographers conducting live weekend photo classes in 24 cities, they have heard every photography question in the universe. Questions are answered in over 4 hours of online courses covering Controls of DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras as well as composition strategies to allow learning at own schedule and pace in own comfortable setting at home or elsewhere.