Pictures may be worth a thousand words, but many would be incomprehensible without captions, such as "family photo (as seen from space)" or "x-ray of prime minister eating a hot dog." Learn the art of photography with today's Groupon for digital SLR photography classes at Lightscapes Photographic Artwork in Duluth. Choose from the following options:
• For $85, you get a four-hour beginner-level photography class (a $175 value).
• For $125, you get a four-hour intermediate-level photography class (a $250 value).
• For $85, you get a three-hour advanced-level photography class (a $175 value).
Mary Buck, professional photographer and owner of Lightscapes Photographic Artwork, draws from her 15 years of experience to show digital SLR camera owners how to wield their equipment to create aesthetically pleasing pictures. Lightscapes caps the hands-on classes at nine students, all of whom bring their own digital SLR camera, lens, and manual. In the beginner-level course, budding snappers become well adept in the principles of balance, as well as how to use the camera's manual controls and the camera's flash to temporarily stun approaching supervillains. Paparazzi-in-training also receive Buck's step-by-step course book to aid them in their pixelated journeys. The intermediate-level course leaves students with a better understanding of the exposure triangle to refine aperture, shutter priority, and flash use. Photophiles should bring a tripod to use during a live-model shoot during this session, which is followed by image critiques to pick up constructive feedback.
Intended for experienced photographers with a strong grasp of exposure and manual controls, the advanced course focuses on flash techniques and requires a tripod, external flash, and a memory card. After Buck sheds light on the mysteries of external-flash units, students practice shooting indoors with a bounce flash. The group then moves outdoors to test flash exposure compensation settings and flaunt newly acquired lighting skills in front of the sun.
“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.
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