Thanks to cameras, memorable moments are much easier to freeze in time, eschewing the need for encasing families in ice or buying off-warrantee freeze rays at the super-villain flea market. Learn to stylishly immobilize your surroundings with today’s Groupon: for $32, you get a three-hour outdoor photo safari and photo tour from Virginia Photo Safari (a $69 value). Safari locations vary by date, but are generally held in Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach; ask for directions when making your reservation. Students must supply their own camera.
Virginia Photo Safari’s Sean Holder and Barry Rowland lead amateur shutterbugs on picturesque outdoor jaunts while familiarizing new photographers with the hidden intricacies of their own equipment. Point, shoot, and repeat on one of the scheduled photo tours, roving through scenic outdoor settings while cramming craniums with image-capturing information. Camera-centric themes include F-Stops & Shutter Speeds, Close-Up Photography, Night Photography, and Grip and Grin—a lesson in snapping stills of one’s offspring at play and handshakes at the dentist’s office. In addition to focusing on the outing’s motif, safari captains edify groups on fundamental camerawork tips. Guides will gladly provide post-safari snapshot critiques to improve the results of future photographic forays, including advice on the best tree costumes to use while staking out candid shots.
Virginia Photo Safari reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a safari 24 hours before the scheduled time if not enough people have signed up.
Virginia Photo Safari
Sean Holder of Virginia Photo Safari embarked on his career in photography in 1987, when he made a pinhole camera with his own two hands. Since that auspicious start, the self-motivated shutterbug has enjoyed a successful career working in more than 19 different countries, including the Philippines and Bangladesh. Along with executive director Barry Rowland—himself a three-decade veteran of the business—Holder leads individual and group safaris covering such topics as night photography, F-stops and shutter speeds, and capturing clear, close-up shots of nature.