A photographic memory is a blessing and a curse: you can remember everything, but you can't change the trial memories to make it so you were the one with the gavel and the wig. Let your memories embellish the past, but capture the truth for your records with today's Groupon. For $99, you get one private, two-hour photography lesson from Don Wright Designs & Photography (a $250 value) at a location of your choosing within 40 miles of Murfreesboro (that includes all of downtown and southern Nashville). Up to three people can participate in each session, but a fee of $50 applies for each additional person. Students must bring their own film or digital SLR camera.
While Don Wright didn't invent the camera, that doesn't mean he won't invent it someday in a parallel universe wherein cameras have yet to be invented. Shooting sightly images since his middle-school days, Don has compiled hundreds of hours behind a lens without once bursting into flames. His nurturing directorial skills, attentive eye, and time-freezing talents make it easy for his students to become photo-snapping pros. Classes are available in beginner and intermediate levels; the former covers basic camera features, lens selection based on subject matter, exposure, flash use, and photo composition. The intermediate class covers how to shoot in low light, fast action, long exposure, manual mode, and in pursuit of a chupacabra.
Camera-wielding skills are handy for a bevy of situations, including commemorating the joys of marital engagement or the promise of potential in a post-graduation smile. Besides capturing souls into an easily portable format, photographic portraiture is a terrific way to reveal someone’s best side in a controlled scenario and ensure that they'll have at least one Facebook photo where they're not hoisting a red plastic cup.
Classes are in high demand and must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.
Don Wright Designs & Photography
Though he’s worked with juggernauts such as Purina, Animal Planet, and the Discovery Channel, professional shutterbug Don Wright is just as happy to capture images of families, weddings, and historical places. In doing so, he’s able to focus on the storytelling aspect of photography, zooming the lens in on the sweet glances during a married couple’s first dance or using a time-lapse technique to make clusters of stars in the night sky appear to be moving around in circles in an effort to catch each other. To glean a sense of the rich composition of Don’s work, one might look at a cityscape photo of Nashville on his website—red-brick buildings in the foreground contrast with a deep-blue sky, together popping with the electric vividness of police lights.