A picture is worth a thousand words, making photographs and stick-figure sketches the easiest solutions to looming dissertation deadlines. Take advantage of efficient visual-communication strategies with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of classes, artwork, books, and more at RayKo Photo Center in the Financial District South.
RayKo Photo Center is a 12,000-square-foot brick-and-mortar space for photographers and photography lovers to find affordable access to art, lab equipment, and learning resources. Aspiring shutterbugs can opt for personalized darkroom photo tutoring with one of RayKo's professional-photographer instructors, learning the ins and outs of developing prints and finally putting night-vision goggles to practical use ($60 per hour). More experienced camerapersons can avail themselves of darkroom rentals to develop prints in group rooms ($9 per hour) or private rooms ($14 per hour; 25 percent additional charge for a second person).
The center's store sells books and prints of professional photography, which add panache to coffee tables with the winners from the 2009 International Juried Plastic Camera Show ($32.50), or make garage doors feel more cultured with copies of historic San Francisco photos ($150 for an 8"x10" digital print).
428 3rd St.
San Francisco, California 94107Get Directions