Quality photos leave their 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 to McKay Photography Academy at Techmart. Choose from the following options:
- For $49, you get a five-hour digital photography course for beginners (a $399 value) and a $25 voucher for printing services from One Click Pix (a $424 total value). Choose from the following dates:
- January 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- January 7 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- January 21 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.<p>
- For $89, you get a four-hour Photoshop course for beginners (a $599 value). Choose between the following dates:
- March 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- March 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Additionally, Groupon customers receive a complimentary $25 gift voucher from Blossom Publishing for products such as photo albums and Christmas cards.
McKay Photography Academy trains eyes, fingers, and imaginations to work in tandem as a snapshooting dream machine during any one of its classes. David and Ally McKay, an award-winning duo recognized by Professional Photographers of America, guide digital photography students toting their own cameras 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. After learning the photography ropes, students turn their attention to editing and learn how to appropriately size snapshots for websites and email.
Neophyte photo editors can take their skills even further in the beginners Photoshop course—a four-hour journey into the intricacies of photo manipulation. Students work alongside instructor Jeff Dachowski to probe Photoshop’s many operations, such as fading blemishes through re-touching, adjusting color and light levels, and cropping out bunny ears made by photo-crashing pets. Pic fixers also learn practical workflow management to ensure photographs are edited in a timely manner.
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. 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.