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Holiday Gift Ideas: Photography Courses on Sale!

HOLIDAY SALE
and Holiday Gift Ideas for Photographers

Treat the photographer on your list with one of these great holiday gift ideas.
Or better yet, treat yourself. You've been good.

 

Holiday Gift Ideas: Photography Courses on Sale!

50% Off
Online Photography Courses

 

And save even more when you purchase more than one course here! Makes a great gift! Enroll a loved one today and they can start whenever they're ready.

Holiday Gift Ideas: Orange County Photography Courses on Sale!

15% Off
Tustin Photography Classes

 

Save on enrollment fees for all classes held at my Learning Center in Tustin, CA. The "Understanding Exposure for Beginners" class is the perfect companion gift to a new camera.

Holiday Gift Ideas: Private Photography Lessons in Orange County

Private Photography Lessons
in Orange County, CA

 

Great for beginner, intermediate, and advanced shooters, private lessons make an excellent gift for the OC-based photographer in your life. Print-at-home certificates are available!

 

 

Don't battle the crowds this holiday season. When you give a loved one the gift of an online photography course, Orange County photography class, or private photography lesson, you can order online and receive a print-at-home gift certificate without ever leaving the comfort of your home. These holiday gift ideas are the perfect companion present to a new DSLR or mirrorless compact digital camera.

Take advantage of these savings while you still can! This sale ends December 25th! Contact me today for more information about these services or click the links above for more details on what these gifts have to offer. Dollar-amount gift certificates are also available.

 

50% off sale applies to all online courses. Discounts reflected on website. 10% off group photography classes applies only to classes held at the Nick Carver Photography Learning Center at 14471 Chambers Rd, #101, Tustin, CA 92780. Gift certificates and discounts are not available for classes held at the Irvine Fine Arts Center as they handle all of their own enrollment processing. Private lessons are typically offered Tuesday-Saturday from 9:00am to as late as 8:30pm, depending on schedule. Rates vary depending on where the lessons are held. Email info@nickcarverphotography.com for current rates.

Crystal Cove Sunset

Well, I've been delivering private photography lessons across Orange County like a madman the past couple weeks. This week is showing no signs of letting up either. It's good to be busy!

Sunset in Crystal Cove State Park, CA

For one of the private lessons last week, I took a student (Sheldon of www.aroundthebendphotos.com) down to Crystal Cove State Park to photograph the sunset. This was after a couple previous lessons in which we covered how to shoot in manual mode, how to use filters for landscape photography and more.

Thankfully, nature was kind enough to serve up a fantastic sky with just the right cloud cover to create some color in our sunset. It turned out to be a beautiful evening.

Sunset in Crystal Cove State Park, CA

Sunset in Crystal Cove State Park, CA

For more information on my private photography lessons in Orange County, click here. Or if you're outside Orange County, check out my online photography courses here.

Private Workshop in Death Valley: Part 2

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes at sunrise in Death Valley National Park, CA

View "Private Workshop in Death Valley: Part 1"

For sunrise of the second day of our trip, my student and I visited the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. These dunes are gorgeous and easily accessible (relatively speaking), which, unfortunately, means they are quite popular. And popular sand dunes mean foot-printed sand dunes.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Sand dunes are one of the toughest locations to shoot. Climbing up them is like going up the wrong way of an escalator, and before long, 35 lbs of camera gear starts to feel like 50. But that's not the worst part - that's just physical exertion. The real tough part is the footprints. They are damn near impossible to avoid, your own footprints included.

But we went off to a lesser-visited section of the dunes to capture some pristine spots. Of course, the next guy will have to frame out the holes from our tripod legs...

This was my first time photographing dunes at sunrise. I normally catch them at sunset, but the morning light here was gorgeous. I loved the dark, curvy shadows the dunes casted on themselves. And the ripples in the sand...it doesn't get much better than that. The moon even came out to pose for me.

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes at sunrise in Death Valley National Park, CA

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes at sunrise in Death Valley National Park, CA

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes at sunrise in Death Valley National Park, CA

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes at sunrise in Death Valley National Park, CA

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes at sunrise in Death Valley National Park, CA

After a much-needed nap for me, we ventured out into Panamint Valley to photograph the Panamint Mountains at sunset. We camped out near the dry lake bed there to catch the cracked dirt, sand, bushes and all the other weird formations there.

Panamint Mountains at sunset in Death Valley National Park, CA

Panamint Mountains at sunset in Death Valley National Park, CA

Panamint Mountains at sunset in Death Valley National Park, CA

Before heading home on the last day of our stay, we hit Devil's Cornfield at sunrise. Devil's Cornfield is an interesting area where tons of arrowweed bushes dot the landscape - some over 7 feet tall - like stalks of corn (I suppose). They remind me less of corn stalks and more like strange bushes that have been pulled up out of the ground and then set back on the sandy floor of the desert.

Devil's Cornfield at sunrise in Death Valley National Park, CA

Devil's Cornfield at sunrise in Death Valley National Park, CA

Devil's Cornfield at sunrise in Death Valley National Park, CA

And to seal off the trip, I did a quick self-portrait with my student, Kim Murphy. Check out that "stalk of corn". I'm 6'2" and that bush is taller than me!

Nick Carver & Kim Murphy at Devil's Cornfield in Death Valley National Park, CA

I had tons of fun taking Kim out on this private workshop. Her work is phenomenal and she's an incredibly talented photographer. Be sure to follow her blog and visit her website here. She also posted a blog entry about the trip, so check that out to see her beautiful photos from Death Valley.