Photographers preserve subjects' precious memories, abolishing the need to hastily scoop reflections out of nearby fountains. Seek permanence with today's Groupon: for $65, you get an introduction to photography workshop at Aperture Academy in Campbell (a $135 value).
Aperture Academy's professional photographer Stephen Oachs, whose personal work has graced the pages of National Geographic and National Wildlife magazine, passes on his camera know-how during Introduction to Photography workshops. As the class unfolds, students learn how to best harness the power of their camera, exploring topics such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, lens decay, and white balance, and picking up tips and tricks about which settings to use during specific photographic situations to frame subjects in the best possible light. The class also includes a catered lunch with refreshments, free online access to the Aperture Academy photo gallery, and a chance to win prizes.
Recipient of the National Wildlife Federation's 2007 Photographer of the Year and National Geographic's 2008 Best Nature Photographer awards, Aperture Academy founder Stephen Oachs has dedicated himself to passing on camera know-how to newly minted picture snappers alongside a team of pro teachers. His beautiful, wood-floored studio and gallery hosts classes that usher beginners through their first forays into photography. These sessions impart such advanced techniques as high-quality printing and using Photoshop to give red eye to every family member who refused to say "cheese." Workshops spirit students to beautiful locales throughout California, giving budding photographers the chance to hone their skills in stunning natural environments.