Without pictures, people seeking to recall the past would only have their memories to describe events, which are easily clouded by perception and endless refrains of "Hot Cross Buns." Replace biased mind mimeographs with today’s Groupon: for $40, you get a two-hour Taking Better Pictures class at Photography 35 (a $100 value). Participants must provide their own cameras.
Photography 35's pair of picturesmiths specializes in snapping slice-of-life stills with a natural, photojournalistic style that they share with new camera owners. The two-hour class takes aspiring shutterbugs through a crash course in the art of image entrapment with specific details for point-and-shoot and SLR owners. Students learn how to regularly take well-composed photos by adjusting the ISO and finding the correct color balance before commanding subjects to recite their favorite dairy product. Skilled photographers share the secrets to shutter-speed settings and flash control to help big-frame hunters ensnare elusive imagery and preserve funny facial expressions for future generations. Two classes are held each month, with separate sessions for point-and-shoot and SLR wielders. See the class schedule before calling to sign up.
Boasting photo credits in Sports Illustrated and the Daytona Beach News-Journal, husband-and-wife team Gregg and Angel Adams Pachkowski draws on its photojournalism experience to masterfully frame shots inside the 2,000-square-foot studio at Photography 35. During portrait sessions, Angel carefully tailors classic lighting and works to keep sitters relaxed so the camera captures their true personality. And when working a wedding, both photographers flit seamlessly in and out of the crowds to capture unposed moments, from spontaneous dance parties to revelations that the groom is actually a horse.