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Brand New Landscape Composition Seminar

I'm happy to announce I'll be offering a brand new 1-day seminar all about landscape composition at Shutterstories in January! This course is brand-spankin' new - I've never taught it anywhere before!

What's it Called?
Composition for Dramatic Landscape Photography

What's it About?
Learn the secrets of this Outdoor Photographer published pro for creating dramatic landscape compositions so you, too, can make real works of art out of the landscape. Nick will reveal his most powerful tools and techniques for making landscape photographs that "wow" viewers. From composition fundamentals to advanced tips, this class will open your eyes to what makes a composition unforgettable. He'll pick apart several of his most successful images to show you the exact thought process behind each image, offering invaluable insight to the mind of a pro. With these tools and behind-the-scenes access to Nick's pictures, your landscape compositions are sure to improve immediately. For photographers of all skill levels.

When is it?
Sunday, January 16, 2011 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Where is it?
Shutterstories
981 Iowa Avenue
Riverside, CA 92507
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How much does it cost?
Just $39

How do I enroll?
Call Melissa Tippie at 951.318.1574 or 951.683.3444
Or
Click Here to register online

Click here for more info about this course!
Secure your seat now before it fills up!

Also, on a side note, I have new pictures from Sedona, AZ and the Grand Canyon coming down the pike in the next few days. Check back here for those soon!

4-Week Landscape Photography Class

Registration for my Landscape Photography Class at the Irvine Fine Arts Center is now open!

This class starts on January 27th and meets every Thursday night for 4 Thursdays in a row. It's a really fantastic deal at just $99! That's 10 hours of instruction covering shutter speed, aperture, ISO, manual metering, filters, composition secrets, focal length, equipment, shooting techniques, getting the sharpest image possible, workflow, editing, output, a student image critique and even a shoot in the field with me!

This class has filled up completely the past 2 sessions, so sign up now before it's too late! Click here for more info!

Back to Thousand Steps Yet Again

I returned yet again to Thousand Steps beach in Laguna last night. This time, it was with a private student for an on-location lesson. We went to the cave that I mentioned in my previous post and made our way through. The tide was low, but still higher than last time, which made getting through quite a bit more difficult. Compounded with the sharp, slippery rocks and the darkness later on, we had a hell of a time getting there.

The shot below is the one I really wanted to get last time, but wasn't able to pull it off. This time went a little better. I learned from my previous experience, knew where to put myself and figured out how to get decent exposure in both the foreground and background.

Thousand Steps Cave

I wanted to include a bit of the ceiling of the cave off to the right of the frame in order to show that I was in a cave and not just on the open shore. The reflections in the tide pools helped bring some light to the dark foreground and some split NDs allowed me to get the sky in range for the exposure. Lucky for me, the moon drifted in to the perfect spot just in time.

I also snapped a silhouette of my student getting her pictures of the sunset. Extra points to her for not giving up despite the extraordinarily tough trek into the cave.

Thousand Steps Cave

No doubt I'll be returning several times to come in order to master this location. It's one of the toughest I've shot in for awhile!