Dan's Urban Photo Park
Since 1977 Dan’s Camera City has been a business focused on continuously improving and evolving to remain relevant to our customers and to attract future customers. We have seen our customers wanting to interact and experience their hobby in a more hands-on environment. While we have been doing this through our various education classes and marketing events, we felt the need to develop a more convenient way for customers to gain hands-on experience. Last year we were able to complete Phase One of creating Dan’s Urban Photo Park.
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After discussions with our staff, camera manufacturer representatives and trainers, landscapers, and of course, our customers we have compiled an array of ideas. Some we have completed, and many more are in the works for 2021. The Urban Photo Park encompasses over 45,000 square feet of space, providing enough diverse space for us to accomplish many goals.
- Life-size cut-outs of athletes and wildlife allow you to see how well different equipment options will meet your specific expectations.
- Test charts and panels designed to evaluate the sharpness and focusing performance of cameras and lenses.
- A variety of native plants and wildflowers provide a wonderful shooting venue.
- Landscaped features create opportunities to capture beautiful outdoor portraits
- Birdhouses and feeders draw in colorful feathered subjects.
- Lattice panels covered in climbing plants will act as backgrounds for portraits, areas for macro photography.
- Photography blinds to capture the various hawks and foxes that tend to nest in the woods at the back of our property.
In discussions with our customers and staff, we realized the need and opportunity for us to offer more in several areas throughout our business.
- Customers who are looking to make a purchase decision want to be able to better test out their options before making a purchase.
- As our staff continually trains on new gear, they need tools to assist them in evaluating performance.
- Our Photo University instructors want more options in the places they can teach different techniques and topics.
- Our School Photographers need more versatile areas for capturing senior portraits.
This is a constantly evolving project as we learn what works well, and what we can improve upon. We do not know of any other purpose-built space such as this in the country, so we have no guide we can work from. We appreciate your following our progress, and invite you to provide feedback at any point on any aspect.