Quality photos leave the subjects looking their best, unlike mouth-staining popsicles and confrontational Christmas-shopping tussles. Learn to capture life from its best angle with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a six-hour digital-photography seminar for beginners from McKay Photography Academy at Network Meeting Center in Santa Clara and a $25 voucher to One Click Pix (a $424 value). Choose from the following dates:
- Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Monday, July 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
McKay Photography Academy trains eyes, fingers, and imaginations to work in tandem as a snapshooting dream machine during any one of its courses. The six-hour digital-photography seminar for beginners (a $399 value) all include an hour-long lunch break. 1,000-word wannabes receive instruction in the relatively new fine art of digital photography, helping camera-clutchers understand the intricacies of their instruments and showing them how to utilize a device's capabilities to produce desired effects. David and Ally McKay, an award-winning duo recognized by Professional Photographers of America, guide the class through basics such as manual settings, composition, and downloading before progressing to more advanced aspects, such as lenses and perspective, exposure control, shutter speeds, and hosting parties in abandoned darkrooms. Groupon holders will also receive a $25 voucher from Canvas by Blossom.
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.