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Summer Classes Now Open

My summer photography classes in Irvine
are now open for enrollment!

Landscape Photography
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 weeks before the start date almost every summer, so sign up soon! - More Info
Date: July 19-Aug 9 on Thursdays from 6:30pm-9:00pm
Max Size: 20 seats
Fee: $99

How to Shoot in Manual Mode
Learn the correct way to shoot in manual mode in this very affordable single-evening seminar. You'll never have to guess at settings again! This class saw sign-ups at almost double max capacity that last time it was offered! Sign up soon! - More Info
Date: Tues, July 10 from 6:30pm-9:00pm
Max Size: 25 seats
Fee: $39

Composition for Dramatic Landscapes
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. And this class is brand new to Irvine! - More Info
Date: Tues, Sep 11 from 6:30pm-9:00pm

Max Size: 25 seats
Fee: $39

My summer classes almost always fill up to max capacity, so don't wait!
More information and enrollment details
can be found 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 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.

Quick Survey – I Need Your Feedback!

I'm debating offering a new service, but before I put all the work into creating and advertising them on my website, I want to gauge the interest in such a service.

My idea is to start offering private destination workshops.

What's that mean?, me, a beautiful destination of your choice and 3-5 days of shooting, learning and exploring. Think of a traditional photography workshop except you set the date, you choose the location, and it's just you and me (or better yet, bring some of your friends). This blog post is from such a trip with one of my long-time private students.

Possible areas to visit would be Death Valley National Park, Joshua Tree, Mojave National Preserve, Yosemite, Lee Vining/Mono Lake area with a trip to Bodie Ghost Town, Bishop/Lone Pine area, Sedona, San Francisco or even the Grand Canyon - areas I know well and in which I can show you the best spots.

As for a rough idea of price, you're looking at $750-$900 a day (depending on distance to location). That means a 3-day, 2-night trip to Yosemite would be $2,400. Split that among 2 of your friends and you're looking at $800 per person. Rate covers my teaching fee and all my expenses, but not your own expenses.

So be honest...yay or nay?

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