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 from Jimmy Loyd Photography. Choose between the following options:
- For $45, you get a 3-hour beginner photography class (up to a $150 value). This class takes place at the Japanese Garden in Hermann Park.
- For $45, you get a 2.5-hour intermediate photography class (a $145 value). This class takes place at Challenger Park.
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When not freelancing for the Houston Chronicle or snapping shots in his studio, professional shutterbug Jimmy Loyd introduces students to essential tricks and tips accrued during 25 years of experience. In the beginner’s class, 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. Greenhorn lens-wielders learn six photo-improving strategies such as how to frame a shot, how to shoot in manual mode, and how to convince reclusive dragons to strike poses.
Intermediate students meet at Challenger Park for a 2.5-hour, hands-on lesson that delves into more advanced photon-collecting skills. Students employ their own camera to capture foliage and flowers, and the instructor will also expound on the usage of lenses and tripods. Under Jimmy’s cheerful, camera-savvy tutelage, students become 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.