Photographs transport people to an earlier time without the need to master quantum physics or pay the tolls associated with America's wormhole highways. Capture fleeting moments for future examination with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a three-hour introductory digital-photography workshop at Jim Earls Fine Portraiture (a $200 value). Classes take place 6 p.m.–9 p.m. on Wednesdays and 9 a.m.–noon on Saturdays.
Jim Earls, a past president of the Arizona Professional Photographers Association, and his crew of camera wielders have snapped images for more than 25 years and memorialized 1,500 weddings, and their accumulated photon-capturing expertise shines through in three-hour workshops. Pupils work toward immortalizing the perfect image by learning the ins and outs of operating shutters, controlling exposure time, and convincing Elvis to pose closer to bigfoot. A crash course delves into the complex settings of digital cameras to reveal methods for freezing the correct amount of light and color in high-definition amber. Instructors limit class sizes to 10 or fewer students, allowing for plentiful individual attention and ensuring everyone has plenty of stage time in the graduation musical at the end of the workshop.
Jim Earls Fine Portraiture
In the more than 25 years Jim Earls has spent behind the lens, he has photographed over 1,500 weddings and countless families, high-school graduates, and children. A former president of the Arizona Professional Photographers Association, Earl also uses his portrait-snapping prowess to teach digital-photography classes. Beginners’ sessions instruct students on how to create quality images by manipulating camera settings, exposure, natural light, and flash. Alternatively, classes on computer and camera functions give step-by-step instruction on how to navigate cameras and upload images that can be edited, printed out, and used to wallpaper a bathroom. Earls leads both indoor and outdoor photography shoots, which help students become more versatile photographers by working among studio settings as well as natural backdrops.