Digital technology has allowed for the introduction of many new art forms, just as Leonardo da Vinci once predicted on his blog. Upload a masterpiece with today's Groupon: for $42, you get a four-hour Introduction to Digital Photography class at Future Digital Light Workshops ($85 value). Students must bring their own digital cameras.
The instructors at Future Light Digital Workshops introduce small groups of up to 12 budding photographers to the world of digital photo manipulation. After receiving individualized instruction from snapshot sensei, students snap a few photos inside the classroom to master their camera’s basic controls. Then, at the sound of an old-timey foghorn, shutterbugs-in-training rush outside to capture images of colorful murals and other sights in the Mission. After the sojourn has yielded an adequate supply of photos, each patron sits down at one of a dozen onsite computers to edit raw snapshots into artistic creations and highbrow cat-image macros.