In an increasingly digital age, the team at Pacific Beach Photography still believes that there is no substitute for prints and wall images. From documenting a family’s history to capturing a surfer catching their first wave, Pacific Beach Photography is there to help memorialize the moment. Photographers specialize in surfing pictures, baby photos, engagements, weddings, events, and lifestyle portraits, and they always bring a fresh perspective to each job in order to keep their work from going stale. Pacific Beach Photography happily hosts subjects in its natural-light studio, or staffers venture out to local beaches and destinations for vibrant, dynamic scenic shoots.
With a photojournalist’s quick reactions and an artist’s attention to detail, Gabriel Hernandez shoots weddings and engagement sessions. He also captures memorable moments during on-location portrait shoots, applying the same skills along with his love of color and drama.
Fotomojo’s team of pro shutterbugs empowers aspiring photographers with the skills to artfully manipulate the latest cameras and photography tools. They do that during workshops that cover everything from exposure to shutter speeds, manual modes, and HDR image processing. Hands-on shooting exercises also ensure students master techniques learned in classes.
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.
La Gran Terraza's chefs concoct upscale California comestibles, adding a Mediterranean undercurrent to many dishes on the varied menu. Pairs prime bellies with a shared appetizer, such as the lobster bisque or the seared foie gras, in preparation for entrees such as the seafood cassoulet, which combines seafood stew with organic vegetables topped with a saffron-cream sauce, and the entrecôte frites, whose grilled rib-eye steak sashays onto plates with an entourage of organic vegetables and pommes frites. Postmeal, diners can freely share or arm-wrestle each other for a dessert such as the chocolate-and-lemon-cream cake served with Stone Levitation ice cream, and two glasses of the house merlot or chardonnay lubricate creaky chewing jaws and mouth bones.
Pick up a Steel Grip six-piece screwdriver set ($8.49), a VPT rip hammer ($6.29), and a whole bunch of screws, anchors, and bolts (prices vary), and you'll be ready to finally mount every buffalo nickel and steel penny in your coin collection. Illuminate the newfound décor with a 12-pack of three-way Ace light bulbs ($21.48), the better to see by as you make use of a Purdy four-piece premium paint-tray kit ($19.99). If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, most stores offer a paint-matching service free of charge. Get keys made, or clean a barnacle-encrusted carpet with the help of a rented carpet-cleaning machine (inquire about pricing at your preferred location).
The instructors at The Workshoppe, all working photographers, show up for practical camera classes virtually anywhere in and around San Diego. Small group sizes and the teachers’ experience ensure that these in-studio or on-location lessons instill practical photography skills and encourage creative development. Classes range from general and digital-specific intro sessions to lessons on night photography and outdoor lighting, as well as tips on breaking into the professional-photography field by taking the only known photos of state senators in their larval state.