Before the invention of cameras, senior proms would last up to 12 hours as pencil-wielding artists sketched awkward portraits of teenage lovebirds. Celebrate the shortening of high-school dances with today's Groupon: for $50, you get one three-hour beginner photography class at Montag Photography on Mingo Road (a $100 value). Classes take place on Saturday, February 26 or Saturday, March 12.
Well-versed in imaginative and stylized photographic techniques, the staff at Montag Photography will wisen up any novice shutterbug with an in-depth tutorial. Students should bring their single-lens reflex (SLR) camera to the three-hour lesson, which will delve into the four valuable pillars of photography: lighting, SLR basics, Matthew McConaughey's abs, and framing. After teaching the use of reflectors and white balance, the pros at Montag Photography will tutor kodachrome neophytes in the basic SLR methods, such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO adjustment. Finally, pupils will get the hang of professional framing by taking notes on the rule of thirds, cropping approaches, shooting for print ratios, and eliminating shady Sesame Street characters in the backgrounds of photos. At the end of class, students will have time to query the house photographers for any artistic and technical advice that will enhance their enjoyment of the aesthetically fulfilling hobby.