Innovative, unique, fun photography. I represent a broad spectrum of ideas and am not limited to one medium. It will be an experience you won't forget.
The nonprofit Bay Area Glass Institute supports glass arts in its community by providing affordable studio space for artists, holding events and exhibits of local work, and teaching basic classes. Students create delicate glass art using cold techniques or acquire the basics of glass blowing as they rotate molten glass blobs at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit to make terrariums, glass flowers, or space helmets for cats. A store on the premises sells elegant and innovative work by the local glass artists affiliated with the institute.
Bearing the titles of Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman from Professional Photographers of America, David and Ally McKay embody the keen vision and aesthetic prowess that separated good photographers from great ones. They share these skills during classes at McKay Photography Academy, where they train eyes, fingers, and imaginations to work in tandem as a snapshooting dream machine. Their classes help aspiring photographers progress from neophytes to seasoned pros; the Beginning Digital Photography course teaches students to harness the intricacies of their instruments, and the Pro Academy offers inside tips on how to successfully snap wedding portraits, pose recent grads, or tease out candid emotions. When not busy instructing the next generation of shutterbugs, David and Ally also devise photo safaris, which send small teams of photographers to capture shots of famed landmarks including San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge; the Lincoln Memorial of Washington, DC; or Yosemite's 60-foot statue of Yogi Bear.
More than 20 years of photography experience grants PhotoArts Marin's Glen Graves more than just an eye for an ideal snapshot. His skill with traditional film cameras, lighting, and composition elements imbues his photos with a quality that has drawn the attention of such clients as Ford, US Air, and Architectural Digest. When not capturing boudoir portraits or smiling families during photo shoots, Glen can be found in the classroom teaching aspiring photographers the tricks of the trade, from using dynamic angles to frame a subject to how saying “cheese” banishes spirits intent on photobombing.
commercial photography. Specializing in Corporate, Public Relations, Promotional, Events, Conventions and Portraits/
Recipient of the National Wildlife Federation's 2007 Photographer of the Year and National Geographic's 2008 Best Nature Photographer awards, Aperture Academy founder Stephen Oachs has dedicated himself to passing on camera know-how to newly minted picture snappers alongside a team of pro teachers. His beautiful, wood-floored studio and gallery hosts classes that usher beginners through their first forays into photography. These sessions impart such advanced techniques as high-quality printing and using Photoshop to give red eye to every family member who refused to say "cheese." Workshops spirit students to beautiful locales throughout California, giving budding photographers the chance to hone their skills in stunning natural environments.
Having shot more than 30,000 subjects throughout his career as a photographer, including many Silicon Valley business figures, Eric Gould understands how to create a good photo in any setting. His adeptness at communicating with subjects carries into his photography workshops, where he conveys difficult concepts clearly and methodically, saving students from such rookie mistakes as shooting with the lens cap on or turning the flash on while taking pictures of your imaginary friend's third grade graduation. In his own photo sessions, he frames professional clients in business portraits and headshots, high-school seniors in youthful poses, athletes in midaction, and a wide spectrum of people and places encountered on international travels.
Blossom Hill Crafts began in September 1970 in a garage in Los Gatos by Joanne Brice. She started with two potters wheels, one kiln, and twelve students. Now there are 11 classes, 20+ wheels and multiple kilns.
The Community School of Music and Arts unleashes the creativity that indwells each student's liver by offering an array of art lessons and exhibitions. A selection of more than 40 available classes allows artists of all ages to clutch brushes, chisels, and ketchup blasters and recreate their world during basic animation ($160 for eight weeks), watercolor on the spot: outdoor painting ($150 for six weeks), or contemporary collage ($180 for eight weeks). Like bear hunting season, the classes run in two sessions, from January 24 to March 21 (Session A) and March 28 to May 21 (Session B). Click here to view CSMA's catalog; classes available with this Groupon are featured beginning on page 24.
The press-lauded commercial shutterbug and digital image pro behind Soo Photography, Michael Soo has lent his expertise in commercial, food, and portrait photography to numerous international publications, including the New York Times. Drawing upon his expertise and multicultural background to educate fledgling photographers, Soo hosts workshops, teaches classes, and runs an online forum where digital cameras discuss technique in binary. Beginner- and intermediate-level classes acquaint novices with the art form, and advanced courses delve into lighting, black-and-white photography, portraiture, weddings, product photography, and how to cover up red eye with drawn-on mustaches. The classes also assist in lighting techniques, learning exposure and composition, and how to photograph portraits.
S-King Studio comprises three friends and photographers who offer distinct styles to capture portraits and moments. One calls upon a photojournalistic style to capture small details of large events. Another emphasizes aesthetic perfection in staged photographs and family portraits. Finally, the other specializes in model shoots and engagement photos, framing artistic shots that capture true personalities.
San Jose Learning Center helps its students expand their minds with foreign language classes, private tutoring in academic subjects, and special interest lessons. Participants can glean a wealth of knowledge in German or Japanese classes, or discover a new hobby in landscape and portraiture courses.
Although the photographers at AC Through The Lens Photography can skillfully arrange lighting in the studio, they best demonstrate their talent when shooting outdoors. They believe each picture should tell a story, and they draw on dynamic outdoor locales to lend a narrative quality to the shoot. Their subjects can be found walking solo down railroad tracks, holding loved ones in a park, or reflecting on the beach.
Seasoned photographer Elli doesn't just use her camera to document special occasions—she uses it as a tool for self-expression. Her signature blend of contemporary, vintage, and traditional influences breathes life into each of her photographs, whether she's taking pictures on the streets of Europe or capturing a baby's precious smile. She works with subjects of all types, including families, newborns, and fashion models looking to build their portfolios. When Elli isn't perfecting her craft as a photographer, she's delving into other forms of art, such as painting, makeup application, and graphic design.
Armed with 20 years of experience and an encyclopedic knowledge of light, composition, color, and storytelling, the photographers at Krazy Zexy immortalize sensuous moments. Krazy Zexy
specializes in helping women find and flaunt their sexy side with fun, flirtatious photo sessions. They retouch the images to ensure each element of the photo is picture-perfect and the resulting images make perfect gifts for loved ones.