Although poor lighting makes for fun haunted houses, it tends to make for unflattering photographs and disastrous archery tournaments. Learn how to free your Facebook profile from unsightly eye-shadows, shiny foreheads, and superfluous eyes with today's Groupon. For $60, you get a three-hour beginner's class in studio lighting for portrait and still life photography (a $150 value) from Jimmy Loyd Photography. Classes take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on November 6, 7, and 12, and on December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, and 19.
When not freelancing for the Houston Chronicle or snapping shots in his studio, professional shutterbug Jimmy Loyd gives classes of up to 50 students the benefit of his 25 years of camera-craft. During his three-hour beginner's class in studio lighting, Jimmy will teach aperture apprentices how to orchestrate main, fill, and background lighting into a visual symphony, giving photos an eye-tickling sense of depth, texture, and contrast. Hands-on interactive exercises let students play with reflectors, hair lights, and colored gels as they learn the intricacies of sculpting light waves into illuminated art. A live model and a variety of objects will give you a chance to practice lighting tricky objects such as faces, foods, glass, and shiny surfaces. Once you've mastered the equipment itself, Jimmy will demonstrate how to use it to achieve distinctive lighting styles, including high-key, low-key, butterfly, and Rembrandt. Armed with this knowledge, you'll be able to add a professional veneer to your next family photo or cookbook cover—or better yet, combine your portrait and still life skills during your garden gnome's next boudoir photography session.
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.