Creative talents, like houseplants and celebrities, wilt without proper attention. Nurture your skills with today's Groupon: for $49, you get $150 toward a photography class at The Julia Dean Photo Workshops.
The seasoned faculty at The Julia Dean Photo Workshops leads more than 170 photography classes each year, bringing beginners up to speed on shutters and apertures as well as augmenting existing skills with courses in photojournalism, fine-art photography, and portraiture. Students learn to speak in binary during the daylong seminar How to Use a Digital Camera: SLR ($215) and retreat from technology in the two-day celebration of the point and shoot, Creating Art with Toy Cameras ($195). Lauded local sharpshooter Mark Atteberry leads students down the narrow beam between convention and creativity during a headshot class ($325) that culminates in portfolio-boosting photo shoots of working actors.
The cutting-edge, 6,000-square-foot facility houses lecture rooms, traditional darkrooms, and digital laboratories decked out with 27-inch iMacs equipped with image-editing software. Almost all workshops require students to bring their own digital-single-lens-reflex cameras, and the staff is happy to recommend businesses that rent out cameras and majestic mountain vistas.