Creating a masterwork of photographic art can be like wandering through a maze: after a lengthy period of contemplation, you’ll still probably starve. Appreciate the figurative risks and transcendent joys of creativity with today’s Groupon: for $59, you get a four-hour digital-photography workshop (a $250 value) and a two-hour photo safari (a $200 value) from Capturing True Emotion (a $450 total value). Workshops, which take place at Embassy Suites: Kansas City Plaza, run 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. on scheduled dates, and check-in starts at 8 a.m. Photo safaris run 2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. on the same days, although participants may choose to split sessions between two dates. Participants must bring their own camera.
Capturing True Emotion's Kansas City workshop is driven by the dynamic duo of Val Westover, a dedicated author and portrait photographer, and Stephanie Adriana, an experienced fine-art photographer. By fusing their narrative, tech-savvy minds together into one oversize head, the educators provide comprehensive guidance on both camera operation and creative visualization, giving participants complete control over their images and the ability to pause cute moments and sunsets.
During the four hours spent in the company of other pupating shutterbugs, students in the workshop learn how to control depth of field by adjusting the aperture, how to artfully light a yeti sighting, how to compose a family portrait so that there’s not always a burning zeppelin in the background, how to use alternative angles to avoid red-eye, and other techniques. After the morning workshop, students put their new shutter-speed skills to good use under the tutelage of their former instructor during a hands-on photo safari.