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: for $49, you get a photography package (a $424 total value) that includes:
- A five-hour digital-photography course for beginners from McKay Photography Academy at Mesa Convention Center (a $399 value). Choose from the following dates:
- Sunday, August 28, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Sunday, August 28, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Monday, August 29, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Sunday, October 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- A $25 voucher for printing services from One Click Pix
McKay Photography Academy trains eyes, fingers, and imaginations to work in tandem as a snap-shooting 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, such as exposure control and configurable camera settings, to produce the desired effects. After capturing choice shots of a mugging Sasquatch and scenic, awe-inducing views, shutterbugs can enlist the printing services of One Click Pix to emblazon the digital files into high quality 8'x10' desk adornments ($2.50 each) or 20'x24' mantelpiece crowns.
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, a group of photo manipulators that transform small- to large-sized prints into smooth canvassed wall décor.
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.