Photographs of precious moments are the greatest gifts relatives can leave behind for their descendants, aside from genes for cowlick-resistant hair or hints to where the inheritance is buried. Learn to point-and-shoot memories like the pros with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a six-hour photography workshop from Betterphoto Photoworkshop (a $240.45 value, including tax). Workshops take place Saturdays on January 21 and May 12.
Professional photographer and all-around creative dynamo Chris Keating shares his expert technical knowledge and infectious zeal for the visual art form with aspiring shooters in all-day workshops. Each six-hour romp through the universe of photo making gives participants a crash course in proper shooting, instilling the ABCs and ROYGBIVs of general photography. Eye-opening tutorials include navigating capture lags, calibrating exposure settings, and understanding the elements of composition, which can lead to handsomer family snapshots in which everyone blinks simultaneously.
In addition to shooting techniques, the secret wisdom of the pros is revealed vis-à-vis effective processes for digital photography and responsible care of photo equipment. With a conscientious interest in fielding questions and an animated-but-casual teaching style, Chris believes he can help anyone be a better everyday paparazzo no matter what kind of camera they walk in with, be it a disposable camera or a digital SLR with oodles of megapixels and text-messaging capabilities.
Reflecting on this childhood, Chris Keating sometimes feels as if he didn't exist. His parents' divorce left him with very little tangible evidence of his formative years, so he's spent his adult life as a photographer making sure children can look back fondly at warm family memories. Chris Keating and his Calgary staff have made this a reality for more than 3,000 families since opening the doors to Towne Photography in 2006. There, the professional photographic crew shoots posed and candid shots of families, children, couples, and babies at picturesque parks or against their studio backdrops, and they also snap triumphant graduate portraits, intimate prenatal shots, and provocative passport pics that make border crossing a breeze. Their ironclad guarantee allows unsatisfied clients to request reshoots, reprints, or resizing on all photographs, and they vow to remake or recapture any artwork that sustains damage over the years. Chris also takes his photographic knowledge on the road to conduct Betterphoto Workshops across the United States and Canada, teaching novice photographers how to artistically preserve their most precious memories.