Photographers must be patient in order to catch the exact moment when the sun crests the horizon or a child learns empathy. Learn to stop time with this Groupon.
$37 for Three-Hour Beginners’ DSLR Photography Class ($80 Value)
Getting to Know Your Camera walks beginners through the fundamentals of DSLR cameras, including buttons, settings, and menus, as well as tricks for shooting the sharpest photos. All students must bring their own camera.
At heart, all those tricks and settings involve controlling the crucial element of any photo—exposure. Check out Groupon’s examination of how finding the right amount of light is key.
Exposure: Let the Light Shine in
As complex as it seems, photography is a simple phenomenon requiring only light-sensitive material inside a dark box and a hole with a shutter. As the shutter opens, light streams through the lens, exposing a piece of film or an SLR's digital sensor to the image outside the box. Thanks to that exposure, the once-fleeting light becomes a photograph, rendered in precise detail and preserved for all posterity. The exact exposure depends on the shutter speed, which can last as short as 1/2500th of a second to as long as several hours. A faster shutter speed captures faster action but requires more light and therefore a larger opening—or aperture—which shortens the field of focus. Conversely, a slower shutter speed needs a much smaller aperture to capture the same amount of light, though this also exposes the camera to the image for a longer time, making the stars look like lines drawn across the sky or a waterfall look like a solid white curtain draped from a giant's towel rack. Of course, a proper exposure is a matter of balance—too much time in bright light, and the photograph will wash out. Not enough time in the darkness, and the world will be nothing but shadows.
J. Holland Photography
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition? We are a professional photography studio. We offer Family & Senior portraits, athletic art prints award-winning landscape photography. Johnny has been a photographer for 18 years and holds a Master of Photography degree from Professional Photographers of America. Carrie is a PPA Certified Professional Photographer. Both Johnny and Carrie are on the Board of Directors for Metro Professional Photographers Association.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business? When we started our business we made a commitment to providing high quality images for our clients, to continue personal lifelong learning, and to contribute to the professionalism of our craft. We are a husband and wife team that love what we do and have a belief that photography is more than just a hobby; it's an art and a profession.
What do you love most about your job? Because we are a family business; we understand that your life is full of precious moments and awesome opportunities, and we want to help you capture both. We love photography, we love art and we love working with our clients and families.