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Photographing America's Roadside Attractions and Curiosities

Learn how to capture great photos of all the kitsch that America has to offer!

Hot Sam's Foto Park

22820 Pillsbury Ave

Lakeville, Minnesota

June 1, 2024

10:00am - 1:00pm


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As we travel around we are bound to come across various roadside attractions and curiosities.  These may be famous buildings, historic landmarks, the world's biggest whatever, artwork, or anything else that someone may have come up with to try and give a place a little bit of an edge when trying to attract travelers.  How do we capture images of these things that show them off in the best way possible?

Course Overview

Hot Sam's has a large collection of number of unique roadside type items that are typical of what you may encounter when traveling.

During this workshop, the following topics will be covered:

Working with different focal lengths and angles.

Using depth of field to isolate our subject.

Using props such as toys to add extra interest.

Understanding lighting including methods for adding light.

Capturing details.

Placing people in the photo.

Building a plan in order to visit the attraction at the best time.


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Skill Level Required

This workshop is suitable for beginner to intermediate photographers.  Prior to the class, students should be familiar with how to change the camera mode, ISO setting, autofocus mode, and focusing mode.  This will save us a lot of time during the class.


We will be using various focus modes for our photos.  We will go over how to use these various modes and why you would want to use one over the other.

What to Bring

For this class, you will need the following:

  • your camera and manual

  • extra batteries

  • extra memory cards

  • tripod (optional)

  • sunscreen (we will be outdoors)

  • hat

  • water

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Other Information:

  • Workshop size is limited to 8 participants.

  • Attendees will be required to sign a liability waiver.

  • We reserve the right to cancel the workshop if the minimum number of attendees is not met.  If we cancel, you will receive a full refund.

  • You may cancel up to 14 days prior to the workshop.  You will receive a full refund minus a $15 processing fee.

  • For any questions, feel free to email don at

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