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05. 06. 2008

No more tech help for Mom - Give her a photography class for Mother's Day

© 2008 John Bentham

Are you "tech help" for your Mom and it's driving you bonkers? "Dear, just show me how to re-size this photo so I can send it to Aunt Patti." "Why are my photos always so dark?" "What's this Photoshop everyone's talking about?"

Then give yourself and your Mom a gift of a digital camera class through Panasonic's Digital Photo Academy, a series of nationwide digital photography workshops, which is offering a Mother’s Day special so when a course gift certificate is purchased for a mother, the gift giver can attend the same class with Mom at no additional cost. This two-for-one Mother’s Day special can be purchased by calling 1-877-DP-ACAD-1 or just go to their information page at Digital Photo Academy which details the three course levels available, and view course schedules and locations, hours, and instructors. (Courses are available in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa and Washington, D.C.). And no, you don't have to own a Panasonic camera - any digital camera will do. (Though check out our Mother's Day give-away in this week's Popgadget Drop newsletter, where we're giving away a Panansonic Pink Lumix digital camera for some lucky Mom, or me, if I figure out how to rig the contest.)

Here's a brief low-down on the courses:

Beginner Course: Three Hours, $50. The Discovering Digital beginner course is designed for all types of users, whether it's Mom as the the family record keeper, Mom the scrapbooker, or Mom the casual point-and-shoot user Instructors address how to reduce red-eye, better use a flash, include special effects and create better composition. Beyond photographic techniques, the course also teaches valuable “post-capture” skills, such as how to use Adobe Photoshop elements to create a greeting card or calendar, and send prints to friends and family via e-mail.

Intermediate Course: Four Hours, $65. The Digital Endeavours intermediate-level course is designed for users who are quite familiar with the settings on their point-and-shoot and are looking to take digital photography to the next level.

Advanced Course: Eight hours, $150. At the advanced level, the Digital Vision course is divided into two parts: in-field shooting and learning post-capture computer application skills. The four-hour in-field shooting session will be held in local parks and vibrant streets, during seasonal events like fairs and marathons to capture newsworthy current affairs. The second component, involves four hours of classroom time learning techniques from Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 2, such as converting and processing RAW files, using layers and masks, working with black and white files, and more.

And before you ask, the idea is that you spend quality time with Mom so you have to take the same class.

More info at Digital Photo Academy, but you'd better move fast since Mother's Day is this weekend. You can thank us later.

Posted by Evan    Category: gift guides 2008
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