McKay Photography Academy

Santa Clara

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Award-winning instructors teach the basics of digital-camera settings and photo composition during a five-hour course

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Promotional value expires Jul 21, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 10 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Must be 15 or older; under 15 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Digital camera with manual modes recommended. Course must be completed by the same person. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $99 for a beginners' digital-photography course for two on Saturday, July 20 (a $798 value)
  • $59 for a beginners' digital-photography course for one on Saturday, July 20 (a $399 value)

During the five-hour beginners' digital-photography course—taking place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on July 20 at the Santa Clara Convention Center—developing shutterbugs master the manual settings of their cameras and discover firsthand how a change in shutter speed, aperture, or ISO affects images. Instructors also cover compositional best practices such as the rule of thirds, lens choice, and the use of leading lines. Although any digital camera may be used, students will get the most out of the class by bringing a high-quality camera with a manual mode.

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.

Customer Reviews

Thanks David and Ally you guys rock!
Prateek D. · July 22, 2013
David & Ally are fantastic instructors. Not only are they masters of their craft, they are masters at instilling confidence and enthusiasm in their students through instruction in a fun and supportive environment. I've hesitated moving from Auto mode to Manual mode on my DSLR, but after taking the beginning class and learning so much about the mechanics of the camera and lens, the various settings and how all of this affects exposure, I now have the confidence to shoot in Manual. Highly recommend their classes!
David Y. · August 17, 2017
The Mckay's are great instructors. I look forward to more classes
Brooke C. · May 5, 2017

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