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Master photographer leads new users of DSLR cameras through litany of techniques & tips for taking better pictures

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Promotional value expires Jun 24, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Subject to availability. 14 day cancellation notice or $25 fee may apply. Students must provide own DSLR or digital camera. Online registration required, may not register by phone. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Photography has progressed exponentially over the past century with the development of digital cameras, faster shutter speeds, and smiling. Capture the latest trends of emotional technology with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a five-hour Newbie Photography Boot Camp from So Cal Pixels, held at Azusa Pacific University (a $99 value). Students must bring their own cameras to class. Click here to see a course description and schedule.

B. Chen, a seasoned shutterbug with over 20 years' experience as a professional wedding, magazine, and portrait photographer, shares his keen sense of artistic beauty and wealth of knowledge with camera-wielding students during photography classes. During a five-hour boot camp, students spend the first three hours learning to conquer their DSLR cameras, weaning themselves off the soothing binary lullabies of digital settings and learning how to shoot manually. Once pupils establish a firm grip on their memory-making contraptions, Chen guides them through the techniques of successful photography, running the gamut from lighting and composition to working with cheese-hollering subjects. Though the lesson is designed with DSLR cameras in mind, those with point-and-shoot devices or trained portrait-painting lemurs may still benefit from the photography techniques portion of the class.

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Ben Chen has experienced his share of success in his nearly 30-year photography career—his work has been published in such publications as Cosmopolitan, The Los Angeles Times, and ESPN Magazine, and he has lent his expertise to some of the nation's largest corporations, including Procter & Gamble and The American Red Cross. In 2006, the photographer began to notice that more and more novices were purchasing complex DSLR cameras, and that gave him an idea. Chen decided to share his wealth of knowledge with aspiring photographers by creating the 4-Hour Newbie Photography Boot Camp, which teaches students how to shoot manually with their DSLRs and create artistic, professional-quality photos. Since then, more than 5,000 students in 20 cities throughout the country have benefited from these classes. In 2013, he acquiesced to student demand and created Part II of the class, which goes beyond photography basics by diving into post-production techniques. Nowadays, students can take both Part I and Part II in the same day, helping them go from student to master in less time than most action-movie montages.

Customer Reviews

Great class enjoyed it and learned a lot.
Todd · December 14, 2014
Make sure you are familiar with certain settings on your camera ahead of attending BootCamp. Great Class!!!
Katie A. · August 24, 2014
Great class - LOTS of information.
Karen W. · December 21, 2012
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