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Featured Testimonial and Student Images

The following is a testimonial from one of my students by the name of Juli. She started out with private lessons and took my Landscape Photography Class in Irvine, too. From landscapes to portraits to food, she's a very talented photographer with awesome work. See a sampling of her images below and be sure to check out her site at www.JVDPhoto.biz.

Here's what she had to say about my services...

Nick is extremely talented both as a photographer and an instructor. Many in his field excel in one area or the other, but he is equally gifted in both.

Private lessons come complete with interactive presentations and customized assistance. Beyond his years of in-depth photography studies and practice, he has clearly put hours of work and dedication into his teaching strategy and materials, which expedites the learning process and connects with various learning styles.

Nick asks what you do and don't already know about photography, but he also feels out which aspects you think you know, but don't really understand properly. His corrections of my misconceptions have provided some of the biggest breakthroughs I've yet experienced, in areas I didn't even realize I was ignorant.

As someone who (self-professedly) eats, sleeps and drinks photography, Nick has a passion for the subject that makes his classes and private lessons engaging and fun. He's a fast talker and keeps the lessons moving at a speedy pace (despite being paid by the hour - you will definitely get your money's worth!), but he also creates an environment where you feel comfortable speaking up when you have "stupid" questions or get lost. And true to his skill as a teacher, when you need clarification on a subject, he will attack it from different angles until it truly makes sense to you, not just repeat the same wording until it's been beaten into your short term memory.

Nick's lessons have taught me to properly utilize the features and functions of my camera, and have made me a more knowledgeable and confident photographer. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to get more comfortable with their DSLR, take their photography skills to the next level, discover tips and tricks to reliably achieve the images they want and expect out of each shoot, or simply get a better grasp on all that technical stuff that they tuned out in High School Photography class. Oh, wait… was that last one just me? 🙂

In addition to a generous amount of new knowledge, I have walked away from every single session with one or more "Aha!" moments that have made (and in some cases will make, with more time and practice) a huge impact on my future shoots and photos.

Despite his youth, Nick is an experienced photographer and an adept instructor, who provides more knowledge for your buck than many instructors twice his age. You will definitely be surprised by what (and how much!) you learn.

- Juli

Image by JVD Photo

Image by JVD Photo

For information on private lessons, click here. For a list of upcoming seminars, click here.

 

Featured Testimonial

A couple of years ago I purchased a DSLR after seeing some breathtaking photographs online and deciding to pick up a hobby. To my dismay, my expensive investment didn't get much use because I didn't know how to take breathtaking photos of my own. I started looking for photography lessons. I don't quite remember how I stumbled upon Nick's website, but I was amazed by his work. More importantly, he offered lessons...in my area and at a good rate!

Although I was uncertain what kind of learning experience I would get, I quickly found Nick to be easy to get along with and knowledgeable about his craft. Even better, he was prepared with a plan! He began our lessons by discussing the curriculum he had planned for me. For our lessons, he prepared teaching material and examples that would prove useful in explaining concepts. Rather than be told how aperture and shutter speed affect a photograph, he showed me. He was also able to explain concepts to me in various, yet effective ways. Whether it was his ability to convey a clear message or explain a concept through analogy, I found Nick to be a patient and effective teacher.

Since my lessons, my camera no longer sits around collecting dust. I may need more practice before I can take the kinds of amazing shots Nick does, but I can say that I'm making tremendous progress in taking better photographs. I amaze myself with some rather stunning photos I've taken. In the near future, I'll be looking into some of the intermediate and advanced classes Nick offers.

-Ted

For information on private lessons, click here. For a list of upcoming seminars, click here.

Featured Testimonial and Student Image

The following is a testimonial from one of my students, Kim Murphy. Kim has done a few of my seminars and lots of private lessons with the bulk of our discussions centering around landscape photography. Her work is superb and is even giving mine a run for its money, as you can see with the sample photo below taken by Kim.

Here's what she had to say about my services...

I first took Nick's Landscape Photography class which is jam packed full of information. Soon after that I started taking private lessons to learn to gain control of my camera. In a short period of time, with Nick's help, I went from auto to full manual control. My snapshots became photographs that actually resembled the landscape that I was seeing. From that moment on, I was hooked! Nick awakened in me a passion for landscape photography. I absolutely love it! Nick has taught me everything from manual exposure to setting up Lightroom. Nick is an excellent teacher. He is very laid back and not intimidating. He has an abundance of knowledge and experience which he is very gracious in sharing. I feel very fortunate to be a student of Nick's. He is an amazing talent and person. I have two of his fine art pieces in my home...they and he inspire me.

- Kim Murphy

Photo by student Kim Murphy

For information on private lessons, click here. For a list of upcoming seminars, click here.