$59 for a Beginning Digital Photography Course from McKay Photography Academy ($399 Value)

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Award-winning instructors teach basics of camera settings & photo composition

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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.

$59 for a Five-Hour Beginning Digital Photography course ($399 Value)

The Beginning Digital Photography course instructs 1,000-word wannabes in the relatively new art of digital photography. The class helps camera-clutchers understand the intricacies of their instruments and shows them how to utilize their device's capabilities to produce the desired effects. In addition to the $25 voucher from One Click Pix, Groupon holders will also receive a special offer from Canvas by Blossom.

The course takes place at the Santa Clara Convention Center on Sunday, November 11, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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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