Like plants, photographers capture light for a living, sometimes get sprinkled with chemicals, and often sit outside the windows of celebrities' homes. Hone your light-seizing skills with today's Groupon: for $59, you get a two-hour photo excursion from The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film on July 23 or August 6 ($125 value). Two excursions are held each day, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Light Factory's snapshot savants school camera wielders of all skill levels about basic lighting and composition techniques before shepherding them through uptown Charlotte on a guided two-hour photo expedition. First, instructors help participants get the most out of their frozen moments by reviewing basic camera techniques such as adjusting shutter speed, framing shots, and accurately placing bunny ears. Then groups of up to 100 shutterbugs will venture into uptown Charlotte's tangle of streets to trap the souls of its modern buildings in confining rectangles, creating carefully composed photographic keepsakes. Escape work early to attend the excursion at 4 p.m. on your chosen date, or opt for the 10 a.m. sojourn to capture cold-blooded buildings as they climb nearby rocks to bask in the morning light.
The Light Factory
Photographers, filmmakers, and fans of both art forms unite at the Light Factory, a buzzing cultural center on Charlotte's Central Avenue. Here, visionaries of all stripes have the chance to express their creativity amid the acclaimed—and oftentimes, infamous—images that line the gallery walls.
In addition to attending events and gathering for exhibitions, folks interested in improving their own skills can enroll in the Light Factory's array of classes. During these sessions, students learn about black-and-white photography, portraiture, and how to handle DSLR cameras, which are especially difficult to house train.