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Orange County Photography Classes: 2014 Schedule

2014 Summer/Fall Schedule
Orange County Photography Classes

Updated June 19, 2014


How to Shoot in Manual Mode

July 1 - Tuesday 6:30-9:00pm in Irvine, CA
Learn the correct way to shoot in manual mode in this very affordable single-evening seminar. Nick will demystify the process with his easy-to-understand and fun-to-use technique for manual metering. - 1 day (2.5 hrs) - $39
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Popular Beginners Photography Class:
Understanding Exposure for Beginners

July 12 & April 19 - 2 Saturdays 10:00am-12:30pm in Tustin, CA
Perfect for beginning photographers, this class is designed to make exposure easily understandable to even the greenest students. Learn what shooting modes to use, how to get correct exposures, and what the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO are. You'll leave this class knowing what the f-stop is, how to get blurry backgrounds, how to avoid totally blurry photos in low light, and much, much more! - 2 days (5 hrs total) - $75
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Includes a Field Shoot!

Landscape Photography

July 17 through August 7 - 4 Thursdays from 6:30-9:00pm in Irvine, CA
This class is 1 evening per week for 4 weeks. It covers everything from how to shoot in manual, to using filters, to composition, to final output and much, much more. And this class is my one and only class to include a field shoot! - 4 days (10 hrs total) - $99
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Filters for Outdoor Photography

August 2 - Satuday 10:00am-12:30pm in Tustin, CA
Don't be fooled by the marketing of software companies - filters are just as useful in digital photography as they've ever been! Find out what filters Photoshop can never replace and which filters are most important to keep in your bag. - 1 day (2.5 hrs) - $39
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New Tuesday Evening Class:
Understanding Exposure for Beginners

August 19 & August 26 - 2 Tuesdays 6:30pm-9:00pm in Tustin, CA
Perfect for beginning photographers, this class is designed to make exposure easily understandable to even the greenest students. Learn what shooting modes to use, how to get correct exposures, and what the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO are. You'll leave this class knowing what the f-stop is, how to get blurry backgrounds, how to avoid totally blurry photos in low light, and much, much more! - 2 days (5 hrs total) - $75
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Composition for Dramatic Landscapes

September 9 - Tuesday 6:30-9:00pm in Irvine, CA
Composition is what will make or break your landscape photographs. Don't get so caught up in the technical stuff that you forget to give due attention to the artistic side of landscape photography. - 1 day (2.5 hrs) - $39
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Macro DSLR Photography

October 18 through November 8 - 4 Saturdays 10:00am-12:30pm in Tustin, CA
This class is 1 saturday per week for 4 weeks. Learn how to improve your macro photography with your DSLR camera, what equipment you should invest in, what settings to use, how to frame a shot, how to find good light and more! Includes an in-class shoot. - 4 days (10 hrs total) - $99
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Medical Office Art

Office Art by Nick CarverOffice Art by Nick Carver
Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Offices, Del Mar, CA

Office art can either be the most boring stuff on the planet - some cliché photos or paintings picked up from the local Bed, Bath, and Beyond for a few bucks - or it can be art worthy of a gallery. The artwork can be an active contributor to the office branding and overall "vibe" rather than an afterthought to fill wall space. I think the industry is moving more towards this type of high-quality artwork in office buildings, medical centers, and eateries because people are realizing that the extra effort and expense for something high-quality and unique is well worth it to give their clients a pleasant and memorable environment in which to do business, see the doctor, or enjoy a meal. Art consultants and interior designers have done a great job educating their clients that their restaurant, office, or doctor's office needs memorable artwork to tie the whole thing together. Gone are the days of mass-produced, unimpressive, and forgettable office art. It's a golden age of opportunity for creators of fine art.

Truly there's nothing I enjoy more than making wall art. The satisfaction of seeing one of my photographs framed up and on display in someone's home or office is the ultimate reward. I love the process of designing the artwork, picking out a frame, getting the prints made, delivering the finished pieces...it's just good fun. So when I was approached with the opportunity to create 11 framed prints for a brand new medical center in Del Mar, CA, I jumped on the chance. The Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group offices in Del Mar with their gorgeous Craftsman style design needed photographs that promote well-being and a deep connection to nature. Luckily for me, they found my images through an online search and felt my photography was a perfect match.

I worked with Sharp Rees-Stealy for several months, narrowing down the selection of photos and planning out the matting/framing style. We ultimately opted for a sleek modern wood frame with an off-white double mat under anti-reflective museum glass. The results came out beautifully.

My underlying purpose with photography has always been to create images that connect people to nature and give them a vehicle to detach from their stressful lives, enjoy the scenery for a minute or two, and remember how much beauty is still out there in the world. I can think of no better place my images will fulfill this purpose than at a medical office, where people are often in desperate need of an escape as they wait for stressful news.

Office Art by Nick Carver

Office Art by Nick Carver

Office Art by Nick Carver

Office Art by Nick Carver

Office Art by Nick Carver

Office Art by Nick Carver

Sunset at Heisler Park in Laguna Beach

Sunset at Heisler Park in Laguna Beach, CA
Heisler Park at Sunset in Laguna Beach, CA
Canon EOS 5D, Lee Split ND Filters
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Heisler Park is a classic picturesque beach park in Orange County that embodies the Laguna Beach scenery about as perfectly as any beach can. The palm trees, the white sand, the cliffs...it screams Southern California. To me, Heisler park is both a favorite photo spot and a second office for my teaching business. I take students here for Orange County private photography lessons and group photography classes all the time.

One of my favorite classes, Landscape Photography at the Irvine Fine Arts Center (details here), includes a field shoot in Laguna Beach to catch the sunset. In a recent session of this class back in February, the sunset was kind enough to offer up some brilliant colors for our practice shoot. In between helping my students out one-on-one as they practiced shooting in manual, using filters, and fine-tuning their compositions, I fired off a few compositions myself to demonstrate concepts in the next evening's meeting.

Luckily I was shooting digital (as I always do for these classes). Using my DSLR camera, I was able to shoot quick and review my results immediately. Film would have been a bit too slow and I probably would have missed a few shots. The colors and contrast are certainly rendered differently on my digital sensor than they are on my trusty Fuji Velvia film, but not necessarily for the worse - just different. In these photos I opted for my usual compositional approach - interesting foreground element, slow shutter speed to blur the water, wide angle lens to get it all in. They may not be wildly different from my previous work, but I suppose every sunset is unique and so every picture is unique.

Shutter speeds varied, but most were around 1 second and I used split ND filters in every shot. Without the filters, the colors of the sunset would have been lost forever.

Sunset at Heisler Park in Laguna Beach, CA

Sunset at Heisler Park in Laguna Beach, CA

Sunset at Heisler Park in Laguna Beach, CA

Sunset at Heisler Park in Laguna Beach, CA

Sunset at Heisler Park in Laguna Beach, CA