Before photography, family memories were kept alive through annual reenactments of the year's best moments, despite Grandpa's continued miscasting as the mischievous puppy. Treasure your memories with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a four-hour beginning digital-photography workshop from Leigh Preuss Photography, held at the Wild Horse Ranch (a $150 value).
In addition to capturing professional portraits and event photos, seasoned snapper Leigh Preuss schools students in the art of picture taking with educational workshops. The beginning workshop tosses a life preserver to auto-focus fanatics wary of digital cameras' deep end of options. During the four hours, the instructor helps participants get comfortable with their own smile-catchers' manual settings, buttons, lenses, and gunpowder flashes. Unlocking the creative tiger within students by breaking down the basics of composition, editing, and gazelle hunting, each class blocks off ample time for a light lunch, individual questions, as well as a practice session to work out the kinks of soul-stealing. The course also illustrates the value of natural and artificial light and how best to manipulate each.
Prospective Ansel Adams go home with a booklet covering the key points of the class, with room for scribbling notes and odes to your childhood darkroom crush. Leigh Preuss Photography schedules classes both day and night based on demand; call for availability.
Leigh Preuss Photography
Inside her studio, photographer Leighanne Preuss does more than just take pictures. She makes them—or rather, builds them—by piecing together film cameras by hand. In combination with her BFA in fine-art photography, this deep appreciation of the photographic process plays a big role in shaping her introductory workshops. In fact, Leighanne often encourages students to discard automatic settings in favor of making manual adjustments of exposure time, lenses, and fake mustaches. Outside the classroom, Preuss practices what she preaches, snapping high-quality footage of families, kids, and weddings.
6801 N Camino Verde
Tucson, Arizona 85743