In the days before mirrors, baseball players would collect their own baseball cards so that they'd always know what they looked like. Enjoy the preservative nature of photographs with today's Groupon: for $199, you get an at-home Fundamentals of Digital Photography course from the New York Institute of Photography (a $398 value).
Having just celebrated its 100th anniversary, the New York Institute of Photography is one of the world's oldest and largest photography schools, offering comprehensive courses to students of all levels. The Fundamentals of Digital Photography course includes 16 lessons worth of opulent printed packets, seven audio CDs, two DVDs, and a certificate of completion. Over the course of 4–12 months, lens-wielders learn key concepts such as the relative merits of different lens types, camera exposure modes, digital darkroom techniques, landscape photography, and how to snap exceptionally blurry pictures of Sasquatch. The institute’s interactive training includes two exploratory photo projects and a follow-up critique from a personally assigned photography expert who'll answer questions, and never, ever, ever blink.