Before photography, the only way people could preserve their most treasured memories was by forcing everyone around them to stand completely still for days at a time. Today's Groupon presents a less complicated option with digital-photography classes from Gene Taylor Photography at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Choose between two options:
- For $45, you get a two-hour beginners' The Very Basics photography class, a one-hour optional photo walk, and all-day botanical-garden admission (a $99 value).
- For $99, you get a six-hour beginners' Digital Photography Class, a one-hour optional photo walk, and all-day botanical-garden admission (a $229 value).
Alongside his professionally trained colleague, photographer Gene Taylor introduces seasoned shooters and novice artists to the colorful world of digital photography. Students supply their own cameras for the inaugural shooting session as professional artisans shepherd them through a journey of photographic exploration. In the introductory class, students properly acquaint themselves with the basic buttons and settings of their respective frame freezers, learning the ins and outs of point-and-shoot photography. Those opting for the advanced lesson will sit at the feet of zoom masters, learning how to use the camera's more sophisticated features, such as shutter speed, color balance, and the ability to automatically add flamboyant mustaches to any subject.
With this deal, the digital artisans host their tutorials in the Atlanta Botanical Garden, which brims with floral beauty, from its Japanese Garden exhibit to its collection of hydrangeas and the tree frogs in its tropical conservatory. Weather permitting, a post-lesson field trip into the garden provides students with the opportunity to tout their Polaroid prowess or fill a library with pressed flowers.
During classes at Your Photo Safari, a certified professional photographer with more than 30 years of experience introduces students to the photographic arts and the workings of DSLR cameras. Sessions begin in classroom settings, allowing students to get acquainted with camera basics as well as advanced features such as setting white balance and reducing blur. After learning how to navigate the multiple settings and buttons on their digital cameras, students traipse to area gardens to explore the natural world through their lenses. The hands-on experience allows students to take home artfully composed shots of plants bathed in natural light or trees planking over riverbanks in a bid for Internet fame.
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