Art instructors, wedding and fashion photographers, and the paparazzi of the avian world populate the staff at Imagination Digital Art School. Placing working photographers at the helm of every class, the school offers beginners and casual enthusiasts a glimpse at how the pros envision, set up, and carry out the perfect shot. Workshops send students through crash courses on lighting, composition, or the technical aspects of their cameras, and ventures in the field visit scenic locales such as Adventure Aquarium and Barnegat Lighthouse, which sailors have long loved for its flattering lighting.
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.
Dan Salvo started as a full-time sports photographer, where he learned to snap photos at high speed while remaining an unobtrusive participant amid the action. He brings that same timing and technical mastery to wedding photography, trading the gymnasium for the reception halls and crosschecks for "I do's." The images in his portfolio play with exposure length and composition, as engaged couples write messages in sparkles or a fiancé flips his skateboard above his betrothed. Dan also imparts his unique blend of skills through introductory classes, and can record video documentaries of weddings that you can re-release on your 20th anniversary with an alternate ending.
Thom Callen sat behind his first drum kit at age 4. By 15, he was drumming at a professional level. These days, his skills with the skins have landed him gigs with award-winning songwriters and touring funk groups. But when he's not showcasing his talents, Thom trains fellow beat keepers of all ages and skill levels at Callan Music and Drum Studio.
After seating students behind a professional set, Thom teaches basic methods, such as keeping a simple beat. He then builds upon those tricks to more advanced techniques, like executing perfect drum fills while napping. Each lesson caters to students' individual paces, as well as their favorite styles, including jazz, rock, or world rhythm. If pupils provide an SD card, Thom can even record the lessons so students can listen back afterward.
With a stay at Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue in Philadelphia, you'll be convenient to Fairmount Park and St. Joseph's University. This hotel is within close proximity of Barnes Foundation and St. Joseph's University.
Stay in one of 209 guestrooms featuring flat-panel televisions. High-definition televisions with cable programming provide entertainment, while wireless Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected. Bathrooms have designer toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and desks, and you can also request rollaway/extra beds.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Enjoy recreational amenities such as an indoor pool and a fitness facility. Additional features include wireless Internet access (surcharge), a concierge desk, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).
Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, business services, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
The nonprofit Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary photography, offering a wide range of engaging opportunities for anyone interested in photography and the arts through educational programs, events, and exhibitions. A team of fine-art photographers, curators, and other arts professionals initiates the snapshot curious in affordable five-week classes and workshops that are suitable for photogs of all abilities. The teen program nurtures artistic impulses during afterschool hours, handing students loaner supplies and foraying into the city during field trips.