$59 for a Beginners' Digital-Photography Course from McKay Photography Academy ($424 Value)

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$59 for a Beginners' Digital-Photography Course ($424 Value)

During the five-hour beginners' digital-photography course—taking place on January 13 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley—instructors help larval shutterbugs understand the intricate features of their digital instruments and use them to capture artful compositions. Though any digital camera may be used, students will get the most out of the class by bringing a high-quality camera with a manual mode.

McKay Photography Academy

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.

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    Hilton Scotts Valley

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    Santa Cruz, California 95060

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In a Nutshell

Award-winning instructors teach the basics of digital-camera settings and photo composition during a five-hour course

The Fine Print

Expires Feb 3rd, 2013. Limit 10 per person. May buy 5 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Must be 15 or older, and if younger must be accompanied by paying adult.. Classes are non-transferable. Expires on 2/3/2013. Expires date of the event you choose. No experience necessary. Digital camera with manual modes suggested, but not required. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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