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 in Santa Clara. Choose from the following options:
- For $49, you get a five-hour Beginning Digital Photography course (a $399 value) and a $25 voucher for printing services from One Click Pix (a $424 total value). Choose from the following dates:
- Saturday, January 7, 4 p.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday, January 21, 1 p.m.–6 p.m.<p>
- For $89, you get a four-hour Beginning Photoshop course (a $599 value). Choose from the following dates:
- Friday, March 30, 5:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
- Saturday, March 31, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Additionally, Groupon customers receive a $25 gift voucher from Canvas by Blossom.
The award-winning photographers at McKay Photography Academy train eyes, fingers, and imaginations to work in tandem as a snapshooting dream machine during any one of their classes. The Beginning Digital Photography 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, apertures, and shutter speed. Afterward, the seasoned flash dispatchers progress to more advanced aspects, such as lenses and perspective, exposure control, composition, and hosting parties in abandoned darkrooms.
Pupils in the Beginning Photoshop class learn how to manipulate digital files and turn great pictures into more dynamic works of art. During the class, instructor Jeff Dachowski teaches shutterbugs how to alter images using techniques such as retouching blemishes, removing wrinkles around eyes, cropping, and inserting the Queen of England into special-event photos. Dachowski has traveled all over the world throughout his career, and had his work featured in national publications such as Rolling Stone.
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.