Before modern photography, portrait-seeking subjects would cover themselves in year-end financial figures to meet the requirements for being xeroxed. Capture more accurate self-copies with today’s Groupon: for $49, you get a three-hour photography class from Take It Off Auto (a $249 value). Classes are held at various locations throughout the Phoenix and Scottsdale areas; call for more details.
Take It Off Auto's instructors, each with more than 20 years of experience shuttling between darkrooms and picturesque environs, elucidate basic concepts of camera anatomy and technique in comprehensive sessions. During the lesson, teachers answer common questions about camera settings, lighting, and composition. Amateur photographers also pick up techniques for snapping candid photographs of children and their naturally red eyes. Classes take place in spacious locations, which are well equipped with audiovisual facilities, throughout Phoenix and Scottsdale. The last leg of each workshop takes place outside of sites such as the Burton Barr Public Library, where photo whippersnappers can apply new techniques in a natural setting. Learners bring their own cameras to class, which allows them to take their newfound knowledge home instead of fashioning pinhole cameras out of outmoded iceboxes.
The Flasher Photobooth
The Flasher Photobooth’s rentals supply up to four hours of photo-taking entertainment at birthdays, reunions, weddings, and all special events. Adorned in props such as fake mustaches and feather boas, groups gather before colorful backgrounds and snap off shot after shot, which are later vieable through an online gallery. Their booths also come with an attendant to set up and run the equipment throughout the occasion.