$24 for a Three-Hour Digital-Camera Class from JDP Photography ($49 Value)

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During the Renaissance, whenever someone wanted to commemorate an awesome party, everyone would have to freeze in place for days while Da Vinci painted the scene. Instantly snap every second of raging bacchanalia with today's Groupon for expert photography instruction. For $24, you a get one of three basic digital-camera classes from JPD Photography, a $49 value. Choose from a basic intro to using digital cameras, a more advanced class that focuses on manual controls and hands-on assignments, or a further advanced class that focuses on the individual aspects of good picture taking. You must call at least three days in advance to book your three-hour class. Become one with the flash at JDP's classes in the Shahin Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Tustin.

Owned and operated by an accomplished photojournalist and educator, JDP and its photo masters not only use lensed wands to bring still life to life or capture a harrowing midair moment—they'll teach you how to do it, too. Pick from one of three classes with times running regularly from April till mid-November on Tuesday or Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons. See the special Groupon deal calendar to find a time that's right for you.

In the basic digital cameras class, you'll come to understand the strengths and perils of digital photography while you learn the ins, outs, and upside downs of adjusting shutter speed, aperture, and the on/off button. Be sure to bring your camera manual so JDP can read it back to you in a scary voice.

Those who already know how to handle their sharpshots can pick one of two more advanced classes that go several steps beyond the basics. Through practical assignments, you'll build your skills in composition, lighting, and other fields of technical artistry, with an emphasis on putting more control into your hands instead of your camera's finicky automatic non-hands. For each class, an optional $25 eBook is available for purchase.

This Groupon is an ideal way to introduce someone to the field of digital photography or give that budding photojournalist the extra nudge they need. Those with sausage or butterfingers can gain the sticky molasses of experience, while those with some prior skill can start wielding photographic truth like a sword or a gently serrated kitchen knife.


Julie Diebolt Price received the 2009 Photojournalist of the Year Award presented by the Professional Photographers of California.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Dec 1, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. May purchase multiple as gifts. Must make reservation at least 3 days in advance. 24-hour cancellation policy or Groupon is invalid. Must bring your own camera, manuals, and charged batteries. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About JDP Photography

Julie Diebolt Price, president of JDP Photography, puts friendly faces on websites and brochures by crafting portraits for corporations, entrepreneurs, and organizations. In addition to helping clients such as Standard Pacific Homes, Women Helping Women, and Orange County Rescue Mission, Julie chronicles programs and events for the National Association of Women Business Owners, and she rubs elbows with august institutions such as the Professional Photographers of California and the Professional Photographers of America. Despite a successful professional career—her portfolio is filled with group portraits, product images for advertisements, and stock photos—she has not neglected her artistic side: a piece she dubbed “Tableau at Badling” landed a spot in the PPA’s 2010 International Photographic Competition general collection. When she isn't snapping photos, she teaches others how to use cameras such as DSLR, point-and-shoot, and camerae obscurae.

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