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Grand Opening and New Classes

It's been a ton of work in the making, but the Nick Carver Photography Learning Center in Tustin, CA is now open for business! This new center features a dedicated private lesson room and a 12-student classroom complete with comfortable padded chairs, individual LED lights to help illuminate your notes, and a top-of-the-line presentation system. The small class sizes, free parking, and comfortable amenities help to create a distraction-free environment so you can focus on learning how to become a better photographer. Learn more about the center here.

NEW CLASSES

In celebration of the opening of my Learning Center,
I'm announcing 3 brand new group photography classes to be
held in the new facility!

Advanced Split ND Techniques photography class in Orange County, CA

Macro DSLR Photography class in Orange County

Filters for Outdoor Photography class in Orange County

Launch Week Discounts good through September 5th!

OPEN HOUSE

And please join me for the open house in Tustin, CA on

Saturday, September 29, 2012
4:00pm - 7:00pm

at

14471 Chambers Rd, #101
Tustin, CA 92780
Directions

Find out more about the new learning center here and 
see the full schedule of classes here.

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.

Wood’s Cove Waves

Sunset at Wood's Cove in Laguna Beach, CA

We've been getting some decent skies here in Southern California lately. As I've said before, the transitions between summer to fall and winter to spring typically serve up the best skies around these parts. I was lucky enough to have some spare time last Friday to head down to the beach and get some photos.

I decided to switch things up a bit and try a beach I'd never photographed before. That's always a gamble because, being unfamiliar with the area, it can be hard to judge how crowded the beach will be, where exactly the sun will set in relation to the foreground subjects and whether or not the angle I want will be possible.

But the good news is that I'm a student of my own teachings...and I like to teach the importance of scouting a location beforehand in order to get comfortable with it before committing to a sunset. This reduces unknowns and misjudgments when it comes time to get down to business. Having scouted this beach several days earlier, I was pretty confident where to point my camera once the sun worked its magic.

I played a lot with a slow shutter speed on the waves to catch different patterns. All in all, I took about 2 dozen shots of this same exact composition. Each had a slightly or drastically different shape and texture to the waves. I thought I'd share 3 of them with you here. The pictures aren't hugely different since they are the same composition, but I think the different look of the waves create very different moods in each shot. I still can't make up my mind as to which one I like best.

 Sunset at Wood's Cove in Laguna Beach, CA

Sunset at Wood's Cove in Laguna Beach, CA