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.
As outfitters to stylish San Franciscans and practitioners of occasionally peculiar promotional events, Valencia Street's unisex retailer Betabrand has quickly developed a strong following. They're experts in turning the most functional apparel into statement pieces, while designing items one can wear to impress the hotties at an underground club. Whether it's dress pants that double as yoga pants, reversible smoking jackets or work trousers that won't fray if you cycle to work and back in them, these innovative fashionistas have found the sweet spot between off-the-rack and bespoke – and they manufacture much of their wares right in San Francisco. Slightly off-beat and often vibrant in hue, Betabrand is the choice for khaki-averse Missionites who want even the most practical workhorse garments in their wardrobe to turn heads.
Of all the dreaded aspects of life in the internet age, dealing with tech support is probably the most universally loathed. It’s painful, and sometimes humiliating. So when dutiful calls to a manufacturer bring you to the brink of insanity, TechCollective comes to the rescue. They’re there for one-off issues or on an ongoing consultancy basis out of their home base on a side street in the Mission. From restoring corrupted memory drives to keeping that dinosaur of a laptop in good working order, this worker-owned collective is the default team of troubleshooting all-stars, each with a stake in the endeavor. San Francisco isn’t the most tech-friendly city in the world simply because Google and Apple happen to be nearby; it’s because there are technicians like TechCollective who keep it all humming along.
Grockit is the the most fun and engaging way to prep for the GMAT, SAT, ACT, GRE, and LSAT exams. More than 100,000 students from around the world have chosen Grockit to get the scores they need to get into the school of their dreams. Grockit's adaptive learning platform creates custom study plans available online, anytime.
Magicblox is an online e-Book library with unique, colorful, interactive, and fun picture books. Our vision is to create and grow a digital library full of wonderful books to enrich the lives of children around the world and give parents affordable access for less than the cost of just a couple of paper books.
While your mp3 players and laptops are full of personality on the inside, their exteriors are bleakly nude. Today’s side deal lets you fashion your technologies with $25 worth of customizable skins from Infectious.com for $12. Watch your devices perform to their fullest behind the confidence-inspiring garments you craft for their shy bodies.