Photographs transport people to an earlier time without the need to master quantum physics or pay the tolls associated with America's wormhole highways. Capture fleeting moments for future examination with today's Groupon: for $19, you get an introductory course that covers point-and-shoot or DSLR cameras at SmarterPics (a $40 value). Check the online calendar for upcoming classes.
SmarterPics's director, primary instructor, and award-winning photographer, Mark Chamberlin, facilitates photography classes for any skill level with know-how accumulated over more than 35 years of professional experience. Held in a bright and airy Old Town studio, the two-hour Introduction to Point and Shoot Cameras course covers compact camera fundamentals such as basic care and maintenance, proper shooting technique, and how to shoot with available light. Mark also teaches shutterbug neophytes when to use the camera's zoom function as well as techniques to control motion blur when snapping family portraits in a dune buggy.
Participants in the DSLR introductory class navigate similar topics, but with an emphasis on this type of camera's advanced controls and options. Mark keeps each class small so he can personally guide students through proper techniques and leave plenty of class time for one-on-one questions and games of one-on-one basketball.
Ever since he began playing with the family Kodak as a toddler, Mark Chamberlin’s passion for photography has been insatiable. He opened his first studio in 1977, and soon earned numerous awards for his portrait, wedding, and scenic photography. By 1995, he felt ready to move on from the studio business and switched his career focus to adult education. As the director and primary instructor of SmarterPics, which he founded in 2008, Mark teaches all level of student the ins and outs of digital photography.
In classes and private tutoring sessions, Mark instructs students through a combination of verbal instruction and hands-on practice. His classes range in subject, from introductory DSLR-camera courses to flash photography and controlling bright sun, where students learn more productive ways to work with light than attempting to harvest it from within. Subjects in his tutoring sessions also run the gamut from camera basics to digital editing tips, depending on the specific needs of his clients.