Taking a picture is a great way to memorialize your child’s first day of kindergarten, a first date, or being elected neighborhood duke. Capture fleeting moments with today's Groupon: for $29, you get an outdoor photography class from Outdoor Bound Adventures (a $59 value).
The expert shutterbugs at Outdoor Bound Adventures lead expeditions through New York attractions, teaching photographers of all skill levels how to shoot outdoor masterpieces. During each 2.5-hour photography class, a professional soul stealer guides 6–22 pupils to their choice of famed locales, from Central Park to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, soaking brain sponges in the basic tenets of fresh-air photography. Lessons begin with a brief lecture on proper techniques, such as lighting, framing, and how to shoot in x-ray. Afterward, students will be freed to explore the sights and capture their surroundings, during which time they will get helpful one-on-one critiques from their instructor and the individual attention to ask questions.
Peruse the Trip Calendar to find fitting locations and dates for photographic enlightenment. Each student must provide his or her own camera, thirst for adventure, and background ghosts.
Thinking of the city rarely calls images of fog-ringed mountains and wolf-filled forests to mind, but Discover Outdoors—formerly known as Outdoor Bound—turns these scenes into reality. Owner, avid outdoorsman, and eight-time marathon runner Kirk Reynolds makes sure of it. He and a staff of experts—each a licensed trail guide and Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT—temper the stress of city living with day trips to nearby natural enclaves and weekend camping excursions. The getaways thrill with activities such as hiking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, and horseback riding.
International trips, meanwhile, quench a thirst for life-defining adventures beyond trips to the grocery store during peak Saturday hours. Among them: hikes up famed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, treks to Machu Picchu in Peru, and jaunts through the Canadian Rockies. Some of the journeys even grant travelers the opportunity to fundraise for a worthy cause as they explore.