Photographs provide the only evidence that the past existed, aside from the outdated swear words used by grandparents, such as “huckster” and “aw, chestnuts.” Make history with this Groupon.
$49 for Four-Hour Photography Workshop and Shootari ($245 Value)
Workshops take place in the classroom, as instructor Brian Hartman teaches basic camera settings and creative shooting techniques. He expounds on aperture and shutter priority modes, principles of ISO, and when and why to use exposure compensation, balancing techniques, and different lens types. He also introduces scene modes and provides tips on capturing ideal images of children, pets, and fleeting moments such as children riding their pets into the sunset. Throughout the workshop, students engage in a photo safari, or “shootari,” during which they take their own photos and apply concepts learned in class with instructor guidance.
Workshop dates are Friday, July 13, from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, July 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., though instructors may add more times as needed.
Brian Hartman brings an artistic touch and approach to his on-location photography. Employing a photojournalistic style and dramatic lighting, he captures solo subjects and groups during posed and candid moments, earning critical acclaim from the Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association and The Knot and placing images in the pages of Elle and Seattle Bride magazines.
Not content to simply point and shoot, Hartmans lights compositions using chiaroscuro or high-exposure natural lighting and often accentuates subjects with extreme angles, forced perspective, or unique natural surroundings. He shoots in vibrant color or black and white, and can edit photos to enhance colors or, by request, replace each subject’s face with Winston Churchill’s. Though Hartman uses professional tools, he's glad to help students break into photography via ultra-accessible devices such as the iPhone—following in the footsteps, he notes, of Annie Leibovitz, who endorsed the iPhone’s camera on NBC Nightly News in 2011. When not conducting on-location sessions, Brian also leads large-scale workshops in which he passes on his knowledge through graphic slideshows and hands-on training.