Although poor lighting makes for fun haunted houses, it tends to make for unflattering photographs and disastrous archery tournaments. Learn how to take pictures that say more than 1,000 words with today's Groupon to Jimmy Loyd Photography. Choose between the following options:
- For $45, you get a 2.5-hour studio lighting class for digital SLR cameras (a $150 value). This course requires a DSLR camera, and takes place at the LaQuinta Inn & Suites.
- For $50, you get a three-hour photography class for point-and-shoot or digital SLR cameras (a $150 value). This course takes place at the Japanese Garden in Hermann Park.
When not freelancing for the Houston Chronicle or snapping shots in his studio, professional shutterbug Jimmy Loyd shares essential tricks and tips from his 25 years of camera commanding with aspiring photographers. Up to 50 students can meet at the LaQuinta Inn & Suites Greenway Plaza for a 2.5-hour meditation on studio lighting. Jimmy teaches students when to use external flashes versus studio lights or colored gels versus rainbows ordered to stand still. Participants even explore how to use a green screen and substitute in their own picturesque backgrounds or Doppler images. Each student must bring an SLR camera or any camera with a removable lens.
Pupils tote their own digital point-and-shoot or DSLR cameras to the Japanese garden in Hermann Park for a three-hour photo-taking tutorial, during which they'll fine tune compositional skills by framing shots of surrounding flowers and park-goers. With Jimmy’s cheerful, camera-savvy instruction, students are made privy to the secrets of how to compose, light, and frame a photograph as effortlessly as Ansel Adams opened his breakfast cereal.
Jimmy Loyd Photography
Over his 25-year career in snapshottery, Jimmy Loyd has accumulated an impressive list of skills as freelance photojournalist for the Houston Chronicle, portraitist, and studio owner. An early adapter to the digital-camera revolution, he can capture digital or analog family portraits, professional headshots, and in-the-moment sports images with ease. Loyd also employs his expertise in intermittently scheduled classes and photo tours, which might occur on-location at the Houston Zoo or, for more candid shots, out in the wilderness where animals don't have access to stylists.