Photographers preserve subjects' precious memories, abolishing the need to hastily scoop reflections out of nearby fountains. Learn the art of permanence with today's Groupon: for $75, you get a five-hour Capturing Light photo-safari workshop from Joel Archer Photography, held at Polo Grill in Utica Square (a $450 value). Photography workshops take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on February 25, March 24, and April 28; additional dates may be added based on demand. Check-in begins at 10:30 a.m. Lessons include appetizers.
A professional shutterbug and educator, Joel Archer guides aspiring photographers through image-snapping basics during five-hour workshops held in the upscale restaurant Polo Grill and in the picturesque environs of Utica Square. While stationed in Polo Grill’s detail-rich wine cellar, students equipped with their own cameras learn how to creatively capture natural and flash-enhanced light, how to control aperture and depth of field, how to select an appropriate shutter speed, and how to use a camera’s ISO settings and a screening of Beaches to detect light sensitivity. Before the workshop draws to an end, Joel leads students on a hands-on photo safari through Utica Square, where they put their newfound pictorial prowess to use to capture images of detailed edifices and exotic wildlife in the quaint shopping center. The Polo Grill waitstaff provides complimentary hors d’oeuvres and nonalcoholic beverages for participants during the workshop.
Joel Archer Photography
Seasoned shutterbug Joel “Gus” Archer takes pride in watching his photography students develop new skills and a visual voice as he leads a variety of classes that can benefit novice and experienced photographers alike. Beginners learn to wield their new Nikons, Canons, iPhones, or optically implanted cameras in group classes or deepen their talents in sports, underwater, or macro photography. In addition to teaching the general population, Joel has shared his expertise to train law-enforcement agencies from the International Association of Arson Investigators to the Oklahoma Sheriffs’ Association, as well as the Junior League of Oklahoma City. When Joel isn’t teaching, he draws from his Swedish and Cherokee heritage to inform his breadth of work and compiles tutorials such as his upcoming book, Dark Dirty Secrets of Digital Photography.