Photographers swiftly capture what sluggish painters cannot, such as the sparkle of a fleeting smile, the identity of media-shy superheroes, or the split second a peregrine falcon breaks the sound barrier. Attain photographic know-how with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a three-hour Composition in the Field workshop from Digital Photo Academy (a $99 value). Workshops are held Saturdays and Sundays at various times and locations, with both indoor and outdoor locations available.
Staffed by experienced, professional photographers, Digital Photo Academy teaches shutterbugs of all skill levels how to creatively ensnare memories. The Composition in the Field class fans artistic flames during three-hour on-location workshops with an intimate group of 10 or fewer people. Sculpt lackluster freeze-frames into vibrant masterpieces as seasoned camera wielders guide lenses toward flawless lighting and thoughtful framing, garnering snaps that are more perfectly timed than those of a beat poet’s alarm clock. Students can choose from various locations, class times, and themes including a low-light shoot at the Schuylkill River Banks, a sightseeing snapfest around Rittenhouse Square Park, or a visual exploration of the Mural Mile. Each class offers unique photo-honing opportunities around Center City, such as capturing frame-worthy images of the University of Pennsylvania’s architecturally rich campus or nabbing candid shots of unsuspecting ghosts picking their teeth. Students 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
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.