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 to Digital Photo Academy. Choose between two options:
- For $49, you get a three-hour Composition in the Field workshop (a $99 value).
- For $49, you get a three-hour smartphone photography workshop (a $99 value).
Workshops are held on Saturday and Sunday at various times and locations.
Professional photographers Rick Sennott and Tony Schreck 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, Sennott and Schreck 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 amid the Sculpture Garden’s striking inhabitants, a stroll through the historical Minneapolis Farmers Market, and a jaunt through the flora- and fauna-filled Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.
In the smartphone workshop, students learn to harness the capabilities of their camera-equipped cell phones by learning photography fundamentals and the use of various camera apps. A one-hour class tutorial is followed by a field trip, where students can test out their newly acquired skills. Participants in both classes should plan to schlep their own digital camera (or smartphone) and any other image-obtaining equipment, such as a tripod or a set of stilts, to the site of their picturesque adventure.
Digital Photo Academy
As memory cards replaced film reels, many photographers—both professional and amateur—felt befuddled by the new technology. That's where Digital Photo Academy stepped in. Since 2007, the business has facilitated workshops that explore all aspects of digital imagery, from operating cameras and uploading digital files to editing images and airbrushing realistic mustaches. Seasoned professionals lead the courses, helping understudies hone their use of light, framing, and timing. Students furnish their own cameras, and can tote along any ancillary equipment such as tripods, laptops, and flashes that relate to the course at hand.