New Photography Workshop Groupon Offer

Updated Post 2/29/2012

Groupon is doing a two day special on Photography Workshops today and tomorrow.  For anyone interested in learning more about the art of photography this is a great opportunity.  See the workshop section of the blog or below for the list of available classes and dates.  Additional classes may be added later if needed.  To purchase the groupon for $39 see the following link Groupon Photography Workshop Special.

If you have already purchased the groupon you can register for the workshop here.

“Photography for Fun or Profit”

(This is the Groupon Basic Workshop)

In this 4 hour basic workshop Adilfa and Russ Ford of Don Polo Photography will teach students what to look for in a digital camera and how to use the camera once you have one.  What are the important camera settings and how to use them to get more creative portraits.  How do the automatic and manual camera modes work and when to use each.  How to take better photos of your own family without spending a ton of money on professional equipment.  Posing and lighting for portraits.  Did you know that how you pose a person can add or take away up to 2o pounds in the portraits?  What is a RAW file and when and why would you use them?  Basic photoshop tips and techniques for improving your images, and how and when do you choose a professional photographer.  This workshop is designed for amatuer photographers and consumers wishing to take better photos as well as beginning professionals wanting to learn how to start their photography business.

Cost is $495 plus expenses for groups up to 5 people.  Price for individual $295*

*(Groupon special just $39 –  scheduled dates in 2012 are Mar. 12, April 10, May 14, and June 25 .  Additional dates will be added as tbhese classes fill up. Class will be taught at Don Polo Photography Studio and Gardens at 3022 W. Mt. Logan Way in West Jordan, Utah. All Class times are 6:00pm to 10:00pm.  Call 801-967-9106 for questions or email  russ@donpolo.com.  Click here to register.

“Photographic Lighting and Posing Workshop”

If you’ve taken the basic workshop and find that photography is in your blood or you just want to know more about setting up a photographic studio and making people look their best then this workshop if for you.  We’ll start with basic studio setup using one or more lights and talk about proper placement and power settings.  What is the difference between a softbox and an umbrella and why would you use one over the other.  Scrims, snoots, barn doors, parabolics, and more.  We’ll show good and better posing techniques and what to avoid.  Learn the rules so you’ll know when and how to break them to get better award winning photographs.  We do a live posing demo and show the results instantly on screen so you can see the difference a little change can make.  For anyone interested in being a better people photographer this is the chance of a lifetime to learn from the pros.

Cost is $495 plus expenses for groups up to 5 people.  Price for individual $295*

*(Groupon special just $39 –  scheduled dates are Mar. 13 and June 26.  Additional dates will be added as classes fill up. Class will be taught at Don Polo Photography Studio and Gardens at 3022 W. Mt. Logan Way in West Jordan, Utah.  March class times are 5:00pm to 9:00pm.  June class times are 6:00pm to 10:00opm.   Call 801-967-9106 for questions or email  russ@donpolo.com.  Click here to register.

“Basic Photoshop/Portrait Retouching”

This 4 hour class will give you a better understanding of what it takes to be a photographic retoucher.  We’ll start with basic photoshop settings, preferences, and shortcuts to help maximize your productivity in front of the computer.  We’ll also talk about some of the differences between Photoshop and Elements and what you can and can’t do with both.  We’ll give a brief introduction to the basic toolset used in portrait retouching and talk about the power of layers, layer masks, and blending modes.  Basic facial retouching includes blemishes, wrinkles, fixing hair and makeup, and enhancing the eyes.  Slimming the body just enough to make your subject look better but not fake.  Swap a head, insert a person or take one out.  Changing the color of someones clothing and even changing the background will all be discussed and shown.

Cost is $495 plus expenses for groups up to 5 people.  Price for individual $295*

*(Groupon special just $39 –  scheduled dates are Mar. 14 and May 15.  Additional dates will be added as classes fill up. Classes will be taught at Don Polo Photography Studio and Gardens at 3022 W. Mt. Logan Way in West Jordan, Utah.  All Class times are 6:00pm to 10:00pm.  Call 801-967-9106 for questions or email  russ@donpolo.com.  Click here to register.

Comments from earlier workshops

Thank you for an excellent workshop and an excellent summary. I couldn’t write fast enough, so this is very much appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to make it PERFECT!!!! I would recommend your class to anyone who wants to grow in their art. Kathie Keeler

Thank you for the handout – it is very helpful.  I learned so much at your photography class and appreciate your tips and advice. My son needs to get some senior pictures and I am wondering if you could give me some pricing on your photo packages. Thank you! Elise Alles

Thanks Russ and Adilfa, Your class was fantastic, I learned a ton!!  You guys are great teachers!!  I would love it if you taught a follow-up class through the Groupon.   Sincerely, Kari Livingston Highland, UT

Russ & Adilfa,

Thank you so much for the photography workshop on Tuesday night. It really opened my eyes to all the possibilities photography has to offer. I started taking a lot of pictures when my mom gave me a Canon Powershot after my mission in 2006. I took 8,000 pictures on it over the last 4 years before it started acting up and I decided to replace it. I bought a Canon Rebel T1i in January and I have loved it. I am so excited to apply what I learned in the workshop. I wrote a blog post about it and you can find it here: http://discoveramber.blogspot.com/2011/04/painting-with-light.html

Again I just wanted to say thank you for everything. I am sure I will be in touch with questions in the near future.

Sincerely,

Amber

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