Photographs provide the only evidence that the past existed, aside from the outdated swear words used by grandparents, such as “huckster” and “aw, chestnuts.” Make history with this Groupon.
$49 for a DSLR Still-Life Photography Workshop ($98 Value)
During a small, hands-on, 2.5-hour workshop, skilled instructor Mary Buck shows burgeoning photographers of all skill levels how to manipulate their own DSLR cameras. 12 hands-on stations with props and lighting are set up to help introduce students to the different ways they can adjust their camera settings and manipulate their surroundings to take still life shots of everyday objects. Students will take a picture at each of the 12 stations, and will get to take home an 8"x10" print of their favorite shot. Class dates run between May 9 and August 22 and are typically held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and include a complimentary latte. Students should bring their own digital SLR camera and, if available, a tripod.
“So many people go through life looking at things without really seeing them,” muses Mary Buck, founder of Studio 2.8. Her mission as a teacher is twofold: to help her pupils see things and to help them share what they see with others. “Photography lets you paint with light,” she tells her classes, “but you have to go in with a vision.” She gives her pupils the tools to realize their visions during workshops that delve into all facets of digital photography, from the basics of adjusting f-stop to the advanced skills needed to capture a delicious smell of pixels.
It isn't surprising that Buck is a photography teacher; photography runs in her blood. Both of her siblings and her sister-in-law are skilled photographers, and she's been aiming her own lens at subjects since she was just 18. As a professional, her talent for catching dimples and laughter has led to portraits that families can pass down to new generations or Earth-conquering aliens. Seventeen years after starting her own studio, her passion for the art form has only grown, and her enthusiasm for sharing what she calls “that fire in my belly” with her students still burns strong.