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Spring Classes Now Enrolling!

2013 Spring Photography Classes
Now Enrolling


Macro DSLR Photography
March 9 through March 30 on Saturdays from 10:00am-12:30pm in Tustin, CA
This class is 1 saturday per week for 4 weeks. Learn how to get better close-ups 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! Only 6 seats left! - $125 - Max size: 12 seats
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Composition for Dramatic Landscapes

Tues, March 26 from 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. - $39 - Max size: 25 seats
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How to Shoot in Manual Mode

Tues, March 12 from 6:30pm-9:00pm in Irvine, CA
Tues, April 2 from 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. - $39 - Max size: 25 seats
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Filters for Outdoor Photography

Sat, April 27 from 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. - $45 - Max size: 12 seats
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Landscape Photography

May 2 through May 23 on Thursdays from 6:30pm-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! This class fills up to max capacity pretty consistently, so sign up soon! - $99 - Max size: 20 seats
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Featured Testimonial: Online Courses

A student of my How to Shoot in Full Manual Online Course and Filters for Nature Photography Online Course recently had this to say about the courses:

I am a physician practicing in Iowa. I started with bird photography. I thought I had the hang of it. Until I took up landscapes. I went through the gear acquisition syndrome including buying a full set of lee filters (6 stops). It still took me 20 exposures to get 75% of the scene right. Completely frustrated, I decided to stop photography until I understood what it was all about. I came across [Nick Carver's online courses] during a google search. They are quite fantastic. I feel my technique is better thanks to the brilliant yet uncomplicated explanations. I would love to take private lessons when I do get the time.

- Dr. Ramarao P.

Learn more about my “How to Shoot in Full Manual” online course here and my "Filters for Nature Photography" online course here. Both courses are offered together at a 10% discount through the "Manual Metering and Filters Package" here.

Recommended Apps: “TideTrac”

"TideTrac" App for iPhone and iPadApp: TideTrac
Price: On sale for $0.99, normally $2.99 (buy)

I shoot at the beach a lot. Orange County is more known for it's cookie-cutter tract housing and shopping centers than its natural scenery. It's not exactly Yosemite around here... But the beaches do offer some great photographic opportunities. With unobstructed views out to the Pacific and beautiful rock formations, all you need is a good sunset and you're ready for some primo landscapes.

But the beaches look drastically different from high tide to low tide. Those rock formations and tide pools may be un-photographable at certain times due to high tides. Some beaches aren't even accessible depending on the level of the water.

So when photographing beaches, it's invaluable to know the tide level. This information helps you plan when to go, what beach to visit, and where to plant your tripod. Tide charts can be found online, but are sometimes like sorting through a complicated spreadsheet. But luckily there are some great smartphone apps for checking the tides.

I've used a couple different apps over the course of a few years and the best one I've found yet is TideTrac by Rivolu Pte Ltd. It shows all the valuable information in one easy-to-read display. At one glance, you can view the high and low tides for the day superimposed over a traditional tide graph. You can even slide the vertical red line around to see what the tide will be at any given time. Move days, weeks, or months into the future, and then reset to present time with one click.

"TideTrac" App for iPhone

My favorite feature about this app is that sunrise, sunset, moonrise, and moonset times are overlaid on the tide graph with clear delineations for determining how the tide levels coincide with sunrise and sunset. This information is absolutely invaluable for the landscape photographer. With one quick look, I can see if my desired low tide will match up with the perfect light.

And with a swipe to the left, you'll pull up an illustrated list of the important times for the day - sunrise, sunset, high tide, low tide, etc. Swipe to the right for a quick look at the tide levels over the next 4 days. You can also see a map of the tide stations nearby to make sure you're getting the right data from the right area.

"TideTrac" App for iPhone

Overall, TideTrac is a fantastic app. It has all the information you need without any of the clutter. I highly recommend it. Plus, come's only $0.99. Click here to purchase for iPhone.