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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
Learning at McKay Photography Academy is nothing short of wonderful! I have always been interested in photography but never found the right class or environment. Dave and Ally tag-team classes which are very educational, respectful (of knowledge and ability) and fun! I understand how to use my camera now with more confidence and continue to take classes from them to further my ability to understand photography as an art. I just returned from my first tour with MPA to Yellowstone National Park - there are no words to describe the experience except phenominal! I am living my dream learning to create pictures I am proud of!! Thank you MPA!!
Lori L. · January 21, 2017

What You'll Get


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 from McKay Photography Academy Choose from the following options:

  • For $49, you get a five-hour digital-photography course for beginners on Sunday, August 21, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University of Maryland Marriott Inn & Conference Center in Hyattsville (a $399 value) and a $25 voucher for printing services from One Click Pix (a $424 total value).
  • For $49, you get a five-hour digital-photography course for beginners on Sunday, August 21, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the University of Maryland Marriott Inn & Conference Center in Hyattsville (a $399 value) and a $25 voucher for printing services from One Click Pix (a $424 total value).
  • For $49, you get a five-hour digital-photography course for beginners on Sunday, October 2, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University of Maryland Marriott Inn & Conference Center in Hyattsville (a $399 value) and a $25 voucher for printing services from One Click Pix (a $424 total value).
  • For $89, you get a four-hour beginning Photoshop course on Monday, October 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville (a $599 value).

McKay Photography Academy trains eyes, fingers, and imaginations to work in tandem as a snapshooting dream machine during any one of its classes. The course instructs 1,000-word wannabes in the relatively new fine art of digital photography, helping camera clutchers understand the intricacies of their instruments and showing them how to utilize a device's capabilities to produce the desired effects.

David and Ally McKay, an award-winning duo recognized by Professional Photographers of America, guide the class 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. In addition to the $25 voucher from One Click Pix, Groupon holders will also receive a $25 voucher from Canvas by Blossom.

During the beginning Photoshop course, award-winning photographer and esteemed instructor Jeffrey Dachowski shows digital sharpshooters how to enhance their images with the dynamic power of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Working with the program (not included) on his or her own computer, each student will glean expert tips in a range of editing basics, such as cropping, color adjustment, and playing with light levels. Polish portraits of loved ones with subtle teeth whitening and wrinkle reduction, or enhance the drama of Bigfoot photos through precise contrast-ratio adjustments around his big, manicured toes. Once photos are perfected, the cursor conjuror teaches students how to fashion eye-catching creations such as custom invitations, creative collages, and politically subversive lolcats.

The Fine Print


Expiration varies. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Must be 16 or older or accompanied by an adult. Classes are non-transferable. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About 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.

By purchasing this deal you'll unlock points which can be spent on discounts and rewards. Every 5,000 points can be redeemed for $5 Off your next purchase.