Learning photography basics prevents amateurs from making common mistakes, such as shooting in the wrong light, leaving the lens cap on, or taking pictures with vampires in the mirror. Avoid shutterbug blunders with today's Groupon: for $42, you get a three-and-a-half-hour photography adventure from SCOUT Photo Expeditions (an $84 value). Patrons can choose from four three-and-a-half-hour outings:
Experienced film location scout Cindi Hobgood, the location scout for blockbusters such as The Patriot and The Notebook, guides lenspersons through some of DC's most compelling sites as she teaches photography basics. Tyros and doyens alike soak in tips about lighting, composition, perspective, and how to avoid scaring skittish senators while Cindi shepherds small groups across the Patriot Roundup tour’s span of national landmarks. Embarking from the Lincoln Memorial on Fridays at 6:00 a.m., students on this tour capture the blue, golden, and turquoise hues of the magic hour—the first hour of daylight—as it cascades over the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and bathes the Tidal Basin in the soft, warm glow of sunrise.
Experience intelligent telephony with the "Get Smart - The iPhone Expedition" that guides phone-tographers through an instructional tour, helping them marshal the digital power of hand-helds and various photo apps, such as Hipstamatic. The tour lets participants loose at historic landmarks as knowledgeable hosts give pointers on how to frame shots, manipulate virtual lenses, and tell the difference between a camera phone and a rotary phone with a camera glued to it. Tours run Thursday and Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
SCOUT Photo Expeditions
Already an award-winning photographer, Cindi Hobgood also spent 25 years scouting locations for Hollywood studios and TV programs. Her locations were showcased on The Amazing Race, used by Disney, HBO, and Columbia Pictures, and shot by Spike Lee and Sam Shepard. As a location scout, Hobgood recorded her finds with a camera, carefully composing each shot in order to convey each scene’s mood, landscape, and lighting.
Today, she teaches others how to hone a similarly discerning eye during instructive photo expeditions. Magic Hour walking tour send participants snapping shots of the Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Potomac just as the sun comes up. Memorials by Moonlight takes walkers on a nocturnal jaunt past sites such as the Lincoln Memorial, and Intro to iPhoneography helps pupils get the most out of their iPhone cameras. There are even a few out-of-town trips for adventurous shutterbugs.