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.
$49 for a Composition in the Field Photography Workshop ($99 Value)
Composition in the Field workshops equip students with the skills to evoke surprising imagery from everyday surroundings. During each indoor or open-air outing, an experienced photographer guides lenses toward flawless lighting, thoughtful framing, and stealthy snapshots of bald eagles not wearing their hairpieces. In past courses, students have captured images of the complex architecture and stained glass fixtures of Eldridge Synagogue, the streets of Chinatown, the hustle and bustle of Grand Central Station, and the colorful foliage of Central Park. Participants should plan to schlep their own digital camera and any other equipment, such as a tripod, to the site of their picturesque locale. Workshops are held on Saturdays and Sundays at various times and locations and taught by a team of professional photographers.
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.