Quality photos leave their subjects looking their best, unlike mouth-staining popsicles and confrontational Christmas-shopping tussles. Learn to capture life from its best angle with this Groupon.
$89 for a Beginning Photoshop Course on Sunday, October 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($599 Value)
Jeffrey Dachowski, an award-winning photographer who has had work featured in Rolling Stone, teaches pupils how to make smiles brighter and colors more vivid over the course of this four-hour class. He’ll guide students through a number of techniques, including matting, retouching blemishes, and layering elements of different images to make collages. Students should bring a laptop with a working copy of Photoshop if they'd like to follow along with the instructor; otherwise, they're welcome to simply watch and take notes or quietly sing mnemonic songs to themselves during class. Click here for a list of class-preparation tips.
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.