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 Three-Hour Composition in the Field Workshop ($99 Value)
Students can choose from various locations, class times, and themes. An outing at Pike Place Market teaches how to shoot in a crowded environment with low light levels and accentuate depth of field to make items at the market stand out. Other outings include the University of Washington’s modernist glass and imposing gothic structures and a jaunt to capture colorful locomotives and crashing waterfalls in the town of Snoqualmie. Participants should plan to schlep their own digital camera and any other equipment, such as a tripod, to the picturesque site of their trip. Workshops are held on Saturdays and Sundays at various times and locations.
Digital Photo Academy
Launched in 20 cities across the country in 2007, Digital Photo Academy pairs expert photographers with students in intimate classes designed to teach digital-photography fundamentals while capturing communities’ natural beauty. Seattle classes are helmed by photographers Jeff Fong and Ken DeJarlais, who teach shutterbugs of all skill levels how to creatively ensnare memories during an array of informative workshops. 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 indoor or open-air outing, teachers guide lenses toward flawless lighting, thoughtful framing, and stealthy snapshots of bald eagles not wearing their hairpieces.
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.
Pike Place Market
1531 Western Ave.
Seattle, Washington 98101Get Directions