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.
The name might sound a little dated, but the bar for quality high-tech repairs is arguably higher in San Francisco than almost anywhere in the world. Lasertorium Office Systems remains a go-to for Hewlett-Packard, Lexmark, Brother International and other high-end electronics that are malfunctioning or otherwise cutting into workplace productivity. From paper jams to wear-and-tear to the kind of baffling diagnostic mysteries that send mere mortals into a blinding rage, the Outer Sunset's Lasertorium has been servicing the Bay's gadgets for 20 years, with reasonable prices for timely turnaround. Don’t expect much in the way of amenities or frills from this low-slung repair shop – or its sister location in the Financial District. Instead, rest easy in the knowledge that the experience held inside will have your machine up and running again in no time.
Having a broken phone can feel like a kind of digital exile, cutting its owner off from friends and work alike. City Cell Repair's technicians understands their clients' need for constant connectivity, and so maintain a stock of loaner phones to tide customers over while their devices are repaired. The team specializes in iPhones and Samsung Galaxy devices, replacing cracked screens, weak batteries, and stubborn buttons. They also lend their expertise in unlocking phones, allowing them to transfer networks by breaking off codependent relationships with the local cell tower.
Helmed by a management team of computer wizards, ClickAway's hardworking technicians restore PC and Apple devices with in-store and onsite repairs. Savvy computer overlords restore sleek Macintosh computers with the backing of official Apple authorization, while software gurus dig in to the electronic innards of desktops and laptops to remove pesky spyware, viruses, and incriminating cookies crumbs.
Free, in-store diagnostics thoroughly assess damage and glitches in personal computers, and specialists are on-hand to repair cracked screens and remove water damage from tablets and smartphones. Clients in the market for brand-new gadgets can peruse each ClickAway location's array of accessories, multimedia device rentals, and new and used computers from Dell, Lenovo, Apple, HP and more.
In the acoustically-treated practice studios that fill their brand-new facility, Music Time Academy’s instructors arm students as young as five years with the rent-to-own flutes, trumpets, or violins they need to tangle with any musical challenge that might cross their paths. The school’s curriculum is not limited to juvenile jongleurs, with students of virtually any age brushing up on their banjo, mandolin, piano, bass, or vocal abilities during lessons calibrated to the tastes of each pupil.
This modularity is made possible through the diverse roster of instructors, whose ranks include classical ensemble guitarists, rock 'n' roll ukulele players, effortlessly controlled jazz trumpeters, and a stray punk-druid mandolin player from Brighton, England. These eager teachers are equipped to foster virtually any sort of musical interest, whether students wish to show off in regularly scheduled recitals, find a friendly place to hone their skills, or compose a national anthem for their Dungeons and Dragons setting.
At San Jose's Cell Phone Repair, gadget specialists keep clients connected to the world around them with simple cell-phone fixes, extensive computer overhauls, and smartphone-specific repairs and protective services. The skilled repairfolk can undo nearly any type of damage done to iPhones and other smartphones. They can remove harmful liquid from circuitry, restore faulty charging ports, or fix broken screens. The versatile techs’ expertise is not limited to handheld electronics and computers, as they can also fix a range of other household devices, from making a game console good as new to repairing frustrating mechanical failures in tablets, laptops, and MP3 players.
The technicians can perform many of these repairs on the spot, allowing their customers to quickly resume making phone calls, checking their calendar at a moment's notice, or quickly settling heated disputes about Eric Stoltz's movie career. While their devices are being restored, customers can peruse the shop’s selection of products and accessories, which includes phone and laptop cases, headphones, and chargers.