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 $30, you get a three-hour beginners walking photography class from STL Photo Art (a $75 value). Wednesday and Saturday classes are held at the Missouri Botanical Garden from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Friday, Sunday, and Monday classes are held at The Jewel Box from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Additional Sunday classes are held at the St. Louis Zoo from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Students are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early.
Helmed by professional shutterbug Brian K. Owens, STL Photo Art’s beginners walking photography classes introduce fledgling picture takers to the world of memory capturing through informative, interactive sessions. Six students or fewer wield their own cameras, manuals, and charged batteries while traipsing through outdoor wonderlands, learning how to properly catch nature at its best without startling animals or causing trees to combust beneath bright studio lights. Participants focus on picture composition and color combinations, gleaning helpful tidbits on integrating surroundings into vibrant portraits while perusing their lush locations for inspiration. Bring along a friend as a modeling subject or employ nearby sunflowers for close-ups, zooming in on petals or photographing seeds for math projects on the Fibonacci sequence.
When camped out at a picturesque St. Louis spot—from an old barn to the iconic Arch—Brian K. Owens sees more than just the opportunity to take a pretty picture. The fine-art photographer and owner of STLPhotoArt grasps for stories in each of his photos, stories that he seeks to bring to his clients through commercial shoots and instill in his students during photography classes. The shutterbug guides beginning shooters through Forest Park and the St. Louis Zoo, dispensing photography know-how along the way. Owens also lends his talented eye to elegantly capture moments at weddings, engagements, and knight-christening ceremonies.