In the days before mirrors, baseball players would collect their own baseball cards so they’d always know what they looked like, regardless of slugging percentage. Enjoy the preservative nature of photographs with today’s Groupon to Chimpsy, which holds workshops in both Denver and Boulder. Choose from the following options:
- For $49, you get one photography field trip, Photoshop class, or composition class (a $125 value).<p>
- For $89, you get two photography field trips, Photoshop classes, or composition classes (a $250 value).<p>
- For $199, you get three hours of one-on-one instruction time with professional photographer Mark Cafiero (a $449 value).<p>
- For $249, you get an Aspiring Pro package (up to a $460 total value), which includes:
- A composition class
- A Photoshop class
- A Chimpsy guide to photography and Photoshop
- An 11”x14” canvas print<p><p>
During one of Chimpsy’s two-hour workshops students learn to wield the power of the point-and-shoot or DSLR. Follow the experienced instruction of a professional photographer, who provides hands-on tutoring to eager amateurs and advanced hobbyists, covering the general anatomy, functions, and favorite Enlightenment thinkers of their individual cameras. Throughout the course, the photo-instructor conveys artistic tips and techniques, detailing the ways photographers translate white balance, natural and artificial lighting, and the rule of thirds into expertly poised portraits and stunning ’scapes. Students receive a take-home workbook commemorating the contents of the workshop, enabling them to re-create blurry theremin-recital shots as elegant editorial snaps. Classes at Chimpsy include a city walking tour that serves as an invigorating photo field trip, and groups are kept small to avail pupils of the instructor’s laid-back, yet attentive, guidance. Those who have mastered proper camera-clicking technique can hone their mouse-clicking techniques, learning to frame their images even more artfully with intensive sessions in composition or Photoshop.
At the tender age of 6, Mark Cafiero received his first camera. Though it was broken and filled with cartoons his father had drawn of Mark and his sisters, that camera sparked an early interest in photography. Since then, that spark has erupted into a full-fledged passion, leading Mark to become a professional photographer who has snapped photos for hundreds of clients, including celebrities and professional athletes. To share his spark with others, Mark founded Chimpsy, an resource that helps photographers of all experience levels calibrate their skills with casual in-person and online classes.
Available in more than 30 cities across the nation, Chimpsy's two-hour crash course features a hands-on shooting session and campfire-style presentation on topics ranging from camera anatomy to photo composition. For home study, online classes help photographers—beginners and aspiring pros alike—get more from their pictures through two-hour video tutorials that cover photo-editing software, shooting tips and techniques, and steps on how to build a photography business. From the comfort of their bedrooms, students can watch these professional photographer-led tutorials live or replay previously recorded sessions. Along with instructional classes, Chimpsy offers shutterbugs a place to submit photos for contests with monthly prizes or for feedback from peers, pros, and sentient picture frames.