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: for $50, you get a three-hour photography class from Jimmy Loyd Photography(a $150 value), which meets at the Japanese Gardens in Hermann Park. Click here for specific dates and times.
When not freelancing for The Houston Chronicle or snapping shots in his studio, professional shutterbug Jimmy Loyd shares essential tricks and tips with aspiring photographers from his 25 years of camera-commanding. New pupils meet in front of Hermann Park’s picturesque Japanese Gardens and take off on a three-hour photo-taking tutorial through the bright public space packed with photo opportunities of efflorescent plants and Venus flytraps noshing on cheeseburgers and malts.
With Jimmy Loyd’s cheerful, camera-savvy instruction, kodachrome junkies are privy to the secrets of tricky outdoor lighting and manual shooting, helping them to aesthetically frame the glorious outdoors into a portable 2D panorama. Point-and-shoot and digital cameras are both welcome. Students can prowl the park using their newfound knowledge, capturing up-close flower studies, playful portraiture, and ominous ampersand-shaped footprints.
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.
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6001 Fannin St.
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