Wildlife photography captures rare moments typically unseen by human eyes, such as prairie-dog stampedes and buffalo town-hall meetings. Record democracy in its most natural habitat with today's Groupon: for $59, you get a two-hour Photography 101 nature-walk workshop from Nature's Photo Adventures (a $150 value), valid for scheduled tours inside City Park or the Denver Zoo. Admission to the zoo (up to $13) is not included in the cost of the workshop and students must provide their own cameras.
During Nature's Photo Adventures' workshops, eight to 20 students work with experienced raptor and falcon photographer, Rob Palmer, to learn the basics of photographing birds, animals, and landscapes. Aim lenses at the lakefront flora and avian inhabitants of City Park, or mystify kangaroos, giraffes, and condors fluent in telegraphic code with erratic camera clicking at the Denver Zoo. A two-hour photo walk begins by covering shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, then advances to teaching students how to use their histograms and understand the tonal levels displayed in them. Still-film neophytes discuss basics of image composition and lighting backgrounds before practicing theory and squirrel-whispering skills amid the majesty of nature. Students of all levels can rely on the insights and advice of their wildlife guide to capture awe-inspiring shots.
Natures Photo Adventures
At Natures Photo Adventures, professional photographers—some of whom have seen their work published on the covers of Audobon Magazine, National Geographic, and Newsweek—guide students of all skill levels on outdoor journeys to learn the essential techniques of photographing wildlife and scenic landscapes. At locales such as High Park's lakefront or the Toronto Zoo, students learn to focus lenses on reflective waters and exotic animals. They also learn the basics of shutter speed, aperture settings, and ISO configurations as they seek out close-up shots of insects snorkeling across the Lynde Shores marsh wetlands. Along with these rudimentary skills, photo tours teach students how to read histograms and properly compose photographs with natural lighting. Students should bring a notebook and must provide their own digital SLR, point-and-shoot digital camera, or Baroque portrait painter.