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 one two-hour introductory digital-photography class from SmarterPics (a $40 value). Classes usually take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Check the calendar for upcoming sessions.
SmarterPics acquaints amateur shutterbugs with the fundamentals of digital photography, harnessing director Mark Chamberlin’s years of experience to enlighten throngs of newly minted image magicians. Introduction to Digital Photography classes lead students on a two-hour tour of digital cameras’ multiple moving parts and intricate cardiovascular organs. Whether students have a point-and-shoot camera or DSLR, the sessions impart a better understanding of crucial settings such as those related to ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. Unlike telepathic calligraphy courses at the park district, SmarterPics' classes dedicate at least half of the sessions to hands-on learning, so photogs can master the form and take better, clearer pictures. Students should bring their own cameras to class.
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.