Nature photography gives audiences a safe way to see wild animals up close, unlike playing spin-the-bottle with a rhinoceros. Admire nature from afar with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a three-hour photo safari with Gene Taylor Photography at the Greenville Zoo (a $79 value). Tours take place on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting April 10. Check here for all available class dates.
Former photojournalist and award-winning photographer Gene Taylor shepherds snap-shooting students on a wildlife photography tour through the Greenville Zoo. An AZA–accredited institution, this 14-acre animal sanctuary houses hundreds of exotic creatures, from tree-traversing primates to water-wading reptiles, enabling frame freezers to develop a diverse safari portfolio or shoot a spread for Chinese Zodiac Magazine. Aspiring lens-persons bring their own cameras, and Taylor draws on his 30 years as a professional shutter-bug to supply tips and tricks of the trade, demonstrating how best to manipulate aperture and shutter speed, or how to coax a dour puffin into grinning for the camera. Photo safaris meet at the zoo in downtown Greenville, and the course fee includes the price of admission.
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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