A skilled photographer captures a subject's sense of wonder, such as when a baby discovers a flying butterfly or when a baby discovers flying. Document developmental milestones with this Groupon.
$49 for a Four-Hour Intro-to-Photography Workshop ($100 Value)
Experienced instructors acquaint a group of 10–20 aspiring shutterbugs with camera-handling basics, such as adjusting aperture and shutter speed. Students bring their own film or digital camera or just an interest in using one and explore composing, framing, and lighting creative images during interactive discussions. At the end of the hands-on workshop, instructors demonstrate how to upload images onto a computer and share them with friends. Workshops are scheduled approximately every two weeks, on a weekday at 5:30 p.m.
Oregon Photography School
At the Oregon Photography School, a duo of skilled shutterbugs with a combined 27 years of experience imparts the secrets of snapping and manipulating artistic images to pupils of all stripes. Vernon T. Williams has conveyed the dignity of famous subjects, including two presidential candidates and a Nobel Prize winner, and his work has appeared in The Economist and other national magazines. Jon Christopher Meyers boasts an eclectic commercial-work portfolio, with recent work including the Eugene Ballet Company's midair athleticism and hawks flying midair from the Cascades Raptor Center.
The school draws on Williams's and Meyers's rich backgrounds to inform intensive workshops on everything from the basics of film- and digital-camera manipulation to portrait photography's finer techniques, such as hypnotizing a subject with nothing but a piece of string tied to a lens cap. After an in-studio or on-location class, an online student/instructor-review tool continues the relationship, letting students post their shots for ongoing feedback and for inspirational haikus from their instructor and fellow photographers.