Programs such as Photoshop can do a great deal, but it still takes a photographer to realistically capture the annoyance on the face of a celebrity who's just trying to take out the garbage. Learn to unobtrusively grab great shots with today's Groupon: for $45, you get a three-hour beginners' photography class at Isla Studio in Berkeley (a $149 value).
The seasoned photographers at Isla Studio, who specialize in architecture and fine-art photography, lead photography classes to educate camera wielders on the basics of capturing digital pictures. In groups of around 20–25 students, budding shutterbugs become acquainted with how to blend imaging ingredients such as aperture, depth of field, and shutter speed into scrumptious snapshots. No past experience or special camera equipment beyond the camera you currently own is needed, and Isla Studio's skilled instructors can advise students on purchasing their first digital camera or having their vestigial bunny ears surgically removed. Classes are usually held Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., with some weeknights and more dates being added regularly.
Isla Studio's professional photographers expresses the world and its people through richly colored fine-art images. Whether dealing with landscapes, buildings, portraits, or UFOs, the team waits for a moment to reveal itself, combining the timing of photojournalism with a carefully considered emotional resonance. They also expand the shutter-snapping community with small classes that explore the ins and outs of digital photography.