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). This Groupon is valid for scheduled classes including those at the Woodland Park Zoo’s African Savanna School House exhibit, though admission to the Woodland Park Zoo (up to $17.50) is not included in the cost of the workshop.
Karen Ulvestad, one of Nature's Photo Adventures' resident shutterbugs, guides camera clickers of any skill level on outdoor journeys to learn the basics of photographing birds, wildlife, and scenic landscapes. Classes of 8–20 students can focus their lenses on the reflective waters of Green Lake Park’s namesake waters, the exotic inhabitants at the Woodland Park Zoo, or close-up shots of migrating birds as they snorkel across Brackett’s Landing’s foamy waters. To begin two-hour treks, pupils absorb the basics of shutter speed, aperture settings, and ISO configurations before camera profs delve into more in-depth techniques such as understanding histograms and how to properly compose a photo while paying attention to lighting. Students should bring a notebook and must provide their own digital SLR camera, point-and-shoot digital camera, or a trusted baroque portrait painter.
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.