Creative talents, like houseplants and celebrities, wilt without proper attention. Nurture photographic skills with today’s Groupon: for $69, you get any four-hour photography-related weekend workshop at My Artist Loft in Laguna Beach (a $149 value).
Mary Gulino, owner and principal photographer at My Artist Loft, teaches shutterbugs to snap stunning shots and then polish those pics during classes suited to any experience level or type of camera. Customers can use a photo of their own, a provided picture, or an Anne Geddes calendar to practice on during classes in Photoshop skills, which enlightens students on use of the toolbar and special effects as well as improving harsh facial lines or lighting. In the portrait photography class, Mary instructs pupils on using all of a camera’s settings, composing an image, applying fake mustaches, and employing the best possible lighting.
The walking workshop at the beach focuses on scenic shots, leading snapshotters on a sandy sojourn along Laguna’s picturesque coast for salty, hands-on practice with the shore’s colors, compositions, and photogenic sea monsters. A course on flash use and available light addresses how to harness and manipulate both natural illumination and light poured out of a can, while the digital photography workshop teaches users about different settings on their camera and how to use a tripod.
My Artist Loft
Led by veteran fine-art photographer and instructor Mary Gulino, My Artist Loft's photography, painting, and Photoshop workshops guide aspiring artists through the intricacies of camera operation and the art of composition. Photography classes cover concepts ranging from basic camera function to advanced operational settings as Mary draws on her expansive technical knowledge. In addition to photographic pursuits, My Artist Loft also encourages expression through its painting classes, where novice and experienced artists alike pursue projects from landscapes to abstracts aided by one-on-one instructor attention. My Artist Loft’s art shop keeps home studios stocked with canvases, paints, cameras, and tripods and designs websites for businesses.