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The Club Education Program will assist you in your photography whether you are a new or experienced photographer.

Classes and workshops are held either digitally via Zoom, or at the Clubhouse 4 Photography Classroom. Announcements of upcoming classes are emailed to all members.

Dates and times for educational events are listed as soon as schedules are confirmed.

Scroll down for details about Workshops, Classes, and other educational resources available through our Club.

View the Club Calendar Online.

Workshops / Classes

Workshops and Classes for 2024:

  • Upcoming classes will include “Lightroom” and the “Matting” workshops will be repeated. A “Still Life” class will be taught in the Fall. If you are interested in teaching a class or workshop, contact Mary Madden, Eduation Committe Chair, and let her know your area of expertise.
  • “Beginning Photography”
    Adriana Greisman
    FRIDAY AUGUST 2, 1:00-3:00PM
    Clubhouse #4, Educational Classroom
    Adriana Griesman, an award-winning photographer and recent Camera Club member, will teach you how to use photo composition, and good comprehension of basic camera functions. You will learn how to choose appropriate settings and how to compensate for any changes. You will practice making these choices and changes in the class via the interactive media. The goal of the class is to have you be more comfortable with camera settings and to know how to obtain a more appealing photo by applying various composition rules.
    Register for this class
  • “Beginning Printing”
    Jack Salvador
    FRIDAY JULY 12, 10:00AM-12:00PM
    Clubhouse #4, Educational Classroom
    Jack Salvador, Camera Club VP, will provide an overview workshop on beginning printing. What makes a good print, what are the basic steps needed to produce a good finished print, and why prints are important for photographers. Jack will show how printing actually begins in the camera, how to address typical image problems that interfere with achieving good print, and how you can use the Club Photo Lab to advance your printing skills. Print examples by master photographers will be referenced. – COMPLETED

  • “Beginning Photoshop”
    Art Ramirez
    TUESDAY JULY 9th – AUGUST 20th(7 weeks), 10:00AM-12:00PM
    Clubhouse #4, Educational Classroom
    If you have never worked on a photo program before, Art has 2 words for you…DON’T PANIC! This class will introduce you to the basics of adjusting your Photographs. Some of the topics covered will be: How to Adjust Light & Color, Cropping, Removing Unwanted Objects, Adding Text, and Working With RAW Images, plus a few more. Be sure you have Photoshop Creative Cloud installed on your computer. Art will supply images for the class. – STOP IN FOR Ad HOC CLASSES – $10/each

  • “Android Photography: Tips & Tricks”
    Joel Sigman
    TUESDAY JULY 9, 1:00-3:00PM
    Clubhouse #4, Educational Classroom
    Is your Android Phone alwasy handy? Would you like to take better photos and edit on your phone? Then this is the class for you! Joel will be presenting tips and tricks using the camera and editing apps on an Android phone. Google has been introducing many new features for picture taking on Android phones that make it easier to create great photographs. Joel will also cover how to share these pictures and back them up to the cloud or your computer. Please bring your charged cellphone with you for this hands-on class. Note: Joel will use his Samsung Android phone to teach and demonstrate. – COMPLETED

  • “iPhone Photography – Start to Finish”
    Gene Holloway, Past President of the Mac Club
    JULY 8, 15, 22, 29, MONDAYS: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
    Mac Club Learning Center
    3rd Floor, Laguna Woods Village Community Center, 24351 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods.
    This four week class starts at the beginning level, and builds upon each week’s material. Handouts will be available for future reference.
    Donations for Club Member – $2.00. Donations for Non-Members – $5.00
    You may attend each class individually. Limited to 25 participants. – FULL

  • “Story Telling with Photography”
    John Cornell
    FRIDAY JUNE 21, 10:00AM-12:00PM
    FRIDAY JUNE 28, 10:00AM-12:00PM
    Clubhouse #4, Educational Classroom
    John Cornell, current President of the Camera Club, presents a unique and insightful set of classes on how to tell a story with your images. John is a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, with over 40 years professional experience creating compelling news stories with images. This is a special opportunity to learn hands-on. – COMPLETED

  • “Black & White Conversion and Printing”
    Barry Evans
    TUESDAY JUNE 18, 6:00PM-8:00PM
    Clubhouse #4, Educational Classroom
    Barry Evans, manager of SAMYS Camera in Santa Ana, returns to present his process for creating great black & white photographs and prints. Barry is an Epson designated “Master Black & White Printer” with many years of experience on both sides of the lens. Learn from one of the best.
    Register for this class
  • “Organizing Your Images in Lightroom”COMPLETED
    Mary Madden
    FRIDAY MAY 31, 10:00AM-12:00PM
    Clubhouse #4, Educational Classroom
    Mary Madden, Club 2nd VP, is an inveterate traveler, and knows first hand how important it is to keep your images clearly catelogued. Mary will present her detailed methods for keep photographs organizing using Adobe Lightroom.
  • “Macro Photography”COMPLETED
    Art Ramirez
    TUESDAY MAY 28th, 10:00AM-12:00PM
    Clubhouse #4, Educational Classroom
    Educator extraodinaire Art Ramirez will present a class on Macro Photography. Art is providing this class at a special rate for the Camera Club – don’t miss this opportunity!
    $5 members, $10 non-members.
  • “Processing Night Sky Photos”COMPLETED
    Ted Koelsch
    FRIDAY MAY 10, 10:00AM-12:00PM
    Third class of the “Photography the Night Sky” in which class members learn how to turn their photographs into finished images.
  • “Dry Mounting”COMPLETED
    Stuart Rubin
    TUESDAY APRIL 30th, 1:00-3:00PM
    Clubhouse #4, Educational Classroom
    Stuart Rubin will demonstrate how to mount your images using the Club’s dry heat mounting machines. This classic mounting method can be either permanent or reversible, but in either case, will give you a very flat and solid finished piece. Stuart is a graduate of RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology), with a Photography degree, and knows his stuff!]
    Limited to 15 participants.
  • “Street & Documentary Photography”COMPLETED
    Keith Leonin
    TUESDAY APRIL 23rd, 6:00-7:30PM
    Clubhouse #4, Educational Classroom
    Keith has been photography both street and documentary photography for over 25 years. He will explore the differences between these two approaches to capturing images on the street, and provide examples from master photographers in this field.
    Registration is not required, but you must register to get a gate pass.
  • “Composition”COMPLETED
    Penni Rubin
    TUESDAY APRIL 16th, 1:00-3:00PM
    Clubhouse #4, Educational Classroom
    Composition is more than knowing the Rule of Thirds but it is a major factor. Learning the placement of objects or angles for scenes can make a difference in going for nines from judges in critiques. Penni will help you learn the nine concepts of composition and perspective so you can line top your camera and take better pictures.
  • “Color Theory”COMPLETED
    Penni Rubin
    FRIDAY APRIL 5th, 1:30-3:30PM
    Clubhouse #4, Educational Classroom
    Most of you know that complementary colors can have a profound influence on your photographs, but did you know there are seven other color schemes in color theory than can enhance your work? Join Penni Rubin to find out about schemes that can make a difference in your photos if you know what to look for.
  • “Begininng Matting” WorkshopCOMPLETED
    Jack Salvador, Stuart Rubin
    FRIDAY APRIL 5th,10:00AM-12:00PM
    Clubhouse #4, Photo Lab mat room
    Learn the fundamentals on how to mat and mount your photographs, with examples of classic methods of this essential part of displaying your images. Limited to 12 attendees.
  • “Intermediate Photoshop”ON GOING
    Art Ramirez
    TUESDAY MARCH 19th through TUESDAY APRIL 30th, 10:00AM-12:00PM (7 Classes)
    Clubhouse #4, Educational Classroom
    This seven week (7) class This class will introduce you to more advanced methods of editing your photos. Topics covered include: Adjusting Light & Color, Using Layers & Groups, Working with Masks, Removing Objects, Working with Text, Sharpening Images, and much more…
  • “Intro to Night Sky Photography”COMPLETED
    Ted Koelsch
    MARCH 22, Friday 1:30-3:30PM
    Clubhouse #4, Educational Classroom
    This three (3) part class will teach you how to create great images of the night sky. Class one is in the Education classroom, class two is a field trip to photograph the sky, and class three is a follow up to learn how to get the best results from your images. Don’t miss this super educator on night photography.
  • “Planning for Successful Photography”COMPLETED
    Tom Elenbaas
    MARCH 19, Tuesday 1:30-3:30PM
    Clubhouse #4, Educational Classroom
    Tom will show how careful preparation for your photography adventures can help you capture images you’ll be proud to share.
    He will demonstrate how he uses apps such as The Photographer’s Ephemeris and PhotoPills to plan the optimal time and place to capture sunrises and sunsets, catch a rising or setting moon in just the right position, and find the Milky Way in its optimal location.
    Tom will also talk about some of his favorite weather apps and other planning tips and tricks.
  • “Begininng Matting” WorkshopCOMPLETED
    Jack Salvador, Stuart Rubin
    MARCH 1, Friday 10:00-11:30AM
    Clubhouse #4, Photo Lab mat room
    Learn the fundamentals on how to mat and mount your photographs, with examples of classic methods of this essential part of displaying your images.
    Limited to 12 attendees.
  • “Baker’s Half Dozen: Beginning Photography”COMPLETED
    David Dearing, Joel Goldstein, Mark Rabinowitz, Peter Battin
    FEB. 26 Monday, AND FEB. 27 Tuesdays 1:30-3:30PM
    A two session workshop.
    For Beginner to Intermediate photographers, we will cover a broad range of topics: composition, lighting, post processing and sharing among others. Taught by some of the Club’s most recognizable long-time members.
  • “Get the Picture Using Design Elements”COMPLETED
    Penni Rubin
    FEBRUARY 13, Tuesday 1:30-3:30PM
    Clubhouse #4, Photography classroom
  • “iPhone Photography – Start to Finish”COMPLETED
    Gene Holloway, Past President of the Mac Club
    FEBRUARY 6, 13, 20, 27, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
    Mac Club Learning Center
    3rd Floor, Laguna Woods Village Community Center, 24351 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods.
    This four week class starts at the beginning level, and builds upon each week’s material. Handouts will be available for future reference.
    Donations for Club Member – $2.00. Donations for Non-Members – $5.00
    You may attend each class individually.
  • “Action Photography: Post Processing Using Adobe Camera Raw, Topaz and NIK Software”COMPLETED
    Ken Furuta
    JANUARY 26, Friday, Time 10:00-11:30AM
    Zoom
  • “Color Management”COMPLETED
    Faro Mohahedi
    JANUARY 23, Tuesday 10:00AM-12:00PM
    Clubhouse #4, Photography classroom
    Camera Club member Faro Mohahedi presents a 3rd “Master Class” in color management of images for print and online presentations.
    Regular class size now!

 

The Camera Club replies on our dedicated Member volunteers.

If you are a Club Member, and you want to join the Education Committee, or have experience presenting workshops, training instruction, and/or classes (2 to 4-hour), please contact us at: education@cameraclublwv.org.

Presenter and Training Assistant volunteers – please include a brief description of your experience and/or educational product.

Photo Lab – Fred Granger Learning Center

Located at Clubhouse 4 in the Photo Lab, The Fred Granger Learning Center provides a classroom like setting for various in-person workshops and classes available through our Educational Program.

The Photo Lab also has a wide range of equipment and supplies for use by Camera Club Members and Laguna Woods Village residents.

Supervisors can provide guidance during open hours on using the Lab computers, software, printers, tools, and equipment.

Lab hours: 10:00AM–2:00PM Tuesday-Friday, and additional hours designated for in-person classes and workshops.

Map of the Clubhouse (JPG, 175 KB)

The Resources/Lab Page – details about the Photo Lab.

Saddleback College Emeritus Institute

The Institute was established as an educational opportunity for the pursuit and enhancement of lifelong learning, primarily for the older adult. The Emeritus Institute offers several photography-related courses – free to Village Residents – that meet in the Clubhouse 4 Photography Classroom.

You can pick up a copy of the class catalog at the Emeritus Institute office in Clubhouse 4.

Emeritus Institute Classes: http://www.saddleback.edu/emeritus/.
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Handouts / Guides

Recommended Smart Phone Apps for PhotographersBy Erin Manning, Travel Photographer

An informative list of smarting phone apps for photography, video, and travelling.

Photographic Apps, by Erin Manning (PDF, 157 MB)
Print MattingHandout from Alan Pollock’s class, May 6, 2013.

Print Matting (PDF, 637 KB)
Ways to Share Your PhotosPresentations from Joel Goldstein’s class, July 18, 2017.

Sharing Photos Workshop Outline (PDF, 116 KB)
Ways to Share Your Photos (PDF, 2.5 MB)
Learning Google Photos (PDF, 2.4 MB)
How to Take Great Pictures of PeopleHandouts from Cliff Getz’s workshop, September 24, 2013.

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF, 4 MB)
Handout (PDF, 188 KB)
Epson 4800 PrinterHandout from Tim Talbert’s workshop on the Epson 4800 Printer, January 15, 2013.

Epson 4800 Printer (PDF, 767 KB)
Printing GuideA 2-page guide on how to print photos.

Printing Guide (PDF, 652 KB)
Wildlife PhotographyHandouts are from the Wildlife Photography workshop held on February 14, 2012

Wildlife Photography Tom Getz (PDF, 53 KB)
Wildlife Photography Mike Bray (PDF, 8 KB)
Uses for Your CameraHandouts from Joel Goldstein’s workshop on Uses for Your Camera

Uses for Your Camera (PDF, 12 KB)
Valuables Inventory (PDF, 119 KB)
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Other Resources

Adobe Learn

Adobe TV has been phased out and replaced with “Adobe Learn”, with hundreds of informative videos. Adobe “Discover” displays free assets and giveaways.

Adobe Learn
Adobe Discover

Photoshop Cafe

Originally “Software Cinema”, Photoshop Cafe offers a large selection of Free and “Premium” (pay) online tutorials.

Phtographer and educator Tim Cooper has several excellent tutorials in this collection.

Photoshop Cafe
Tim Cooper Tutorials

ON1 Free Adobe Presets

Two sets of Free presets from ON1 and ON1 partners.

Free Camera Raw Presets for Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) work in Adobe Photoshop CS6 or Creative Cloud.
Free Adobe Lightroom Presets work with Adobe Lightroom 4, 5, 6, and Classic CC.

Adobe RAW Presets
Lightroom Presets

Stephen Burns Photoshop Tutorials

Photographer, instructor and author Stephen Burns has a series of excellent short tutorials on beginning and advanced subjects. You can even learn to calibrate your printer.

Stephen Burns Tutorials

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning now manages the resources previously found on Lynda.com

These classes are an excellent, extensive resource for learning software and processes for photography, video, email, social media, and website building.

Online training is based on either a monthly or yearly fee.

LinkedIn Learning: Lynda

CreativeLive

CreativeLive is a web site offering tutorials on photography, Lightroom, and Photoshop. When a class is being broadcast “live,” you can watch it for free.

You must create an account to participate, but registering does not obligate you financially.

You can also purchase unlimited viewing rights to any of their classes.

Highly recommended are the Photoshop classes taught by Ben Willmore and Leza Snyder.

CreativeLive Photography

Simplephotoshop.com

This site has free tutorials on basic topics. You can also order an online book that has a more in-depth set of tutorials.

View Tutorials
Purchase Photoshop Book

 

PhotoPills

More than 35 eBook photo guides, workshops, a blog, camps, and a Photo App are part of the PhotoPills mission to “help you improve your photography, and have lots of fun doing so”.

Go to PhotoPills

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Location Ideas for Shoots

Heritage Hill Historical Park, Lake Forest

Heritage Hill Historical Park, near the Ralphs Shopping Center at Serrano and Lake Forest Drive in Lake Forest has historical buildings and old farm equipment that you can photograph. The park is open on Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is free. During the school year, be aware that groups of school children frequently tour the park in the mornings, so it is best to plan your visit for the afternoon.

Flower Fields

The 50-acre Flower Fields in Carlsbad is a great place to shoot spring blooms. The site is open only rom early March through early May, so be sure to plan a visit. Hours are from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm daily. Visit their website for the lastest info for visiting the Carlsbad fields.

Laguna Niguel Regional Park

Laguna Niguel Regional Park at 28241 LaPaz Road offers opportunities for images of Great White egrets, geese, and squirrels before noon. A small stream flows through the park near the entrance. Further into the park there is a lake with fishing from the shore and small boats.

San Juan Capistrano

The City of San Juan Capistrano offers several areas for photography. Get there by taking the 5 Freeway south and exit at Ortega Highway. Turn right to access the mission and the historic district.

Los Rios Historic District, SJC

The Los Rios Historic District (PDF, 6.2 MB), in San Juan Capistrano includes 31 structures which line both sides of Los Rios Street, between Del Obispo and Mission Streets. The District comprises one of the oldest continuing neighborhoods in Orange County, and includes three adobe homes built in 1794 for Mission families. Park at the San Juan Capistrano train station and walk across the tracks to Los Rios Street. You must purchase a photography permit from the city to be able to take photos in this district.

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano is an architectural jewel that attracts thousands of visitors and offers myriad possibilities for photographers. After exiting the freeway at Ortega Highway, turn right and proceed approximately three blocks. The Mission is on the right side of the street, with free parking is available in two adjadent lots. Hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. Admission is $9 for adults and $8 for seniors.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa provides good opportunities for architectural images and reflections. Be aware that security guards are very protective and might ask you to leave.

Soka University

Soka University offers excellent opportunities for architectural images. The fountains in front of the complex are active subjects in early morning. Late afternoon offers great opportunities for architectural studies with shadows and reflections.

Union Station, Los Angeles

Take the Metrolink into Union Station for an opportunity to photograph this art deco architectural treasure. Tripods are not allowed, but you can freely roam the site and take unlimited hand-held shots. Be sure to increase your ISO for the dim lighting.

Your Ideas

Share your favorite locations for photography in Southern California. Send an email to cameraclub@cameraclublwv.org about your favorite locales, any links associated with them, and other tips (such as the best time of year or best time of day to photograph that locale).
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If you need any assistance, please email cameraclub@cameraclublwv.org.5

The Club Education Program will assist you in your photography whether you are a new or experienced photographer.

Classes and workshops are held either digitally via Zoom, or at the Clubhouse 4 Photography Classroom. Announcements of upcoming classes are emailed to all members.

Dates and times for educational events are listed as soon as schedules are confirmed.

Scroll down for details about Workshops, Classes, and other educational resources available through our Club.

View the Club Calendar Online.

Download the January 2024 Calendar

Workshops / Classes

Workshops and Classes for 2023 include:

  • “Get the Picture Using Design Elements”
    Penni Rubin
    FEBRUARY 13, Tuesday 1:30-3:30PM
    Clubhouse #4, Photography classroom
  • “Color Management”
    Faro Mohahedi
    JANUARY 23, Tuesday 10:00AM-12:00PM
    Clubhouse #4, Photography classroom
    Camera Club member Faro Mohahedi presents a 3rd “Master Class” in color management of images for print and online presentations. NOTE: limited class size (12).
    Look for email flyer to sign up.

 

The Camera Club replies on our dedicated Member volunteers.

If you are a Club Member, and you want to join the Education Committee, or have experience presenting workshops, training instruction, and/or classes (2 to 4-hour), please contact us at: education@cameraclublwv.org.

Presenter and Training Assistant volunteers – please include a brief description of your experience and/or educational product.

Photo Lab – Fred Granger Learning Center

Located at Clubhouse 4 in the Photo Lab, The Fred Granger Learning Center provides a classroom like setting for various in-person workshops and classes available through our Educational Program.

The Photo Lab also has a wide range of equipment and supplies for use by Camera Club Members and Laguna Woods Village residents.

Supervisors can provide guidance during open hours on using the Lab computers, software, printers, tools, and equipment.

Lab hours: 10:00AM–2:00PM Tuesday-Friday, and additional hours designated for in-person classes and workshops.

Map of the Clubhouse (JPG, 175 KB)

The Resources/Lab Page – details about the Photo Lab.

Saddleback College Emeritus Institute

The Institute was established as an educational opportunity for the pursuit and enhancement of lifelong learning, primarily for the older adult. The Emeritus Institute offers several photography-related courses – free to Village Residents – that meet in the Clubhouse 4 Photography Classroom.

You can pick up a copy of the class catalog at the Emeritus Institute office in Clubhouse 4.

Emeritus Institute Classes: http://www.saddleback.edu/emeritus/.
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Handouts / Guides

Recommended Smart Phone Apps for PhotographersBy Erin Manning, Travel Photographer

An informative list of smarting phone apps for photography, video, and travelling.

Photographic Apps, by Erin Manning (PDF, 157 MB)
Print MattingHandout from Alan Pollock’s class, May 6, 2013.

Print Matting (PDF, 637 KB)
Ways to Share Your PhotosPresentations from Joel Goldstein’s class, July 18, 2017.

Sharing Photos Workshop Outline (PDF, 116 KB)
Ways to Share Your Photos (PDF, 2.5 MB)
Learning Google Photos (PDF, 2.4 MB)
How to Take Great Pictures of PeopleHandouts from Cliff Getz’s workshop, September 24, 2013.

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF, 4 MB)
Handout (PDF, 188 KB)
Epson 4800 PrinterHandout from Tim Talbert’s workshop on the Epson 4800 Printer, January 15, 2013.

Epson 4800 Printer (PDF, 767 KB)
Printing GuideA 2-page guide on how to print photos.

Printing Guide (PDF, 652 KB)
Wildlife PhotographyHandouts are from the Wildlife Photography workshop held on February 14, 2012

Wildlife Photography Tom Getz (PDF, 53 KB)
Wildlife Photography Mike Bray (PDF, 8 KB)
Uses for Your CameraHandouts from Joel Goldstein’s workshop on Uses for Your Camera

Uses for Your Camera (PDF, 12 KB)
Valuables Inventory (PDF, 119 KB)
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Other Resources

Adobe Learn

Adobe TV has been phased out and replaced with “Adobe Learn”, with hundreds of informative videos. Adobe “Discover” displays free assets and giveaways.

Adobe Learn
Adobe Discover

Photoshop Cafe

Originally “Software Cinema”, Photoshop Cafe offers a large selection of Free and “Premium” (pay) online tutorials.

Phtographer and educator Tim Cooper has several excellent tutorials in this collection.

Photoshop Cafe
Tim Cooper Tutorials

ON1 Free Adobe Presets

Two sets of Free presets from ON1 and ON1 partners.

Free Camera Raw Presets for Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) work in Adobe Photoshop CS6 or Creative Cloud.
Free Adobe Lightroom Presets work with Adobe Lightroom 4, 5, 6, and Classic CC.

Adobe RAW Presets
Lightroom Presets

Stephen Burns Photoshop Tutorials

Photographer, instructor and author Stephen Burns has a series of excellent short tutorials on beginning and advanced subjects. You can even learn to calibrate your printer.

Stephen Burns Tutorials

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning now manages the resources previously found on Lynda.com

These classes are an excellent, extensive resource for learning software and processes for photography, video, email, social media, and website building.

Online training is based on either a monthly or yearly fee.

LinkedIn Learning: Lynda

CreativeLive

CreativeLive is a web site offering tutorials on photography, Lightroom, and Photoshop. When a class is being broadcast “live,” you can watch it for free.

You must create an account to participate, but registering does not obligate you financially.

You can also purchase unlimited viewing rights to any of their classes.

Highly recommended are the Photoshop classes taught by Ben Willmore and Leza Snyder.

CreativeLive Photography

Simplephotoshop.com

This site has free tutorials on basic topics. You can also order an online book that has a more in-depth set of tutorials.

View Tutorials
Purchase Photoshop Book

 

PhotoPills

More than 35 eBook photo guides, workshops, a blog, camps, and a Photo App are part of the PhotoPills mission to “help you improve your photography, and have lots of fun doing so”.

Go to PhotoPills

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Location Ideas for Shoots

Heritage Hill Historical Park, Lake Forest

Heritage Hill Historical Park, near the Ralphs Shopping Center at Serrano and Lake Forest Drive in Lake Forest has historical buildings and old farm equipment that you can photograph. The park is open on Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is free. During the school year, be aware that groups of school children frequently tour the park in the mornings, so it is best to plan your visit for the afternoon.

Flower Fields

The 50-acre Flower Fields in Carlsbad is a great place to shoot spring blooms. The site is open only rom early March through early May, so be sure to plan a visit. Hours are from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm daily. Visit their website for the lastest info for visiting the Carlsbad fields.

Laguna Niguel Regional Park

Laguna Niguel Regional Park at 28241 LaPaz Road offers opportunities for images of Great White egrets, geese, and squirrels before noon. A small stream flows through the park near the entrance. Further into the park there is a lake with fishing from the shore and small boats.

San Juan Capistrano

The City of San Juan Capistrano offers several areas for photography. Get there by taking the 5 Freeway south and exit at Ortega Highway. Turn right to access the mission and the historic district.

Los Rios Historic District, SJC

The Los Rios Historic District (PDF, 6.2 MB), in San Juan Capistrano includes 31 structures which line both sides of Los Rios Street, between Del Obispo and Mission Streets. The District comprises one of the oldest continuing neighborhoods in Orange County, and includes three adobe homes built in 1794 for Mission families. Park at the San Juan Capistrano train station and walk across the tracks to Los Rios Street. You must purchase a photography permit from the city to be able to take photos in this district.

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano is an architectural jewel that attracts thousands of visitors and offers myriad possibilities for photographers. After exiting the freeway at Ortega Highway, turn right and proceed approximately three blocks. The Mission is on the right side of the street, with free parking is available in two adjadent lots. Hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. Admission is $9 for adults and $8 for seniors.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa provides good opportunities for architectural images and reflections. Be aware that security guards are very protective and might ask you to leave.

Soka University

Soka University offers excellent opportunities for architectural images. The fountains in front of the complex are active subjects in early morning. Late afternoon offers great opportunities for architectural studies with shadows and reflections.

Union Station, Los Angeles

Take the Metrolink into Union Station for an opportunity to photograph this art deco architectural treasure. Tripods are not allowed, but you can freely roam the site and take unlimited hand-held shots. Be sure to increase your ISO for the dim lighting.

Your Ideas

Share your favorite locations for photography in Southern California. Send an email to cameraclub@cameraclublwv.org about your favorite locales, any links associated with them, and other tips (such as the best time of year or best time of day to photograph that locale).
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If you need any assistance, please email cameraclub@cameraclublwv.org.

LW Village Resources

Suggest Training Resources

If you have favorite resources for online Photography and software training, please email us with your suggestion(s):
education@cameraclublwv.org

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David Dearing's class for beginner/intermediate photographers, January 2023
David Dearing’s class for beginner/intermediate photographers, January 2023
Mike Bray Travel Photography, Clubhouse 4 Photo Lab classroom
Mike Bray printed skulls
Mike Bray Travel Photography, May 2023,
Clubhouse 4 Photo Lab classroom
iPhone Photography Class, Kim Paar, June 2023

iPhone Photography Class, Kim Paar, June 2023
Clubhouse 4 Photo Lab classroom

Black and White Conversion for Print, Barry-Evans, 082023

“Black and White Conversion and Printing”
Barry Evans, August 2023
Clubhouse 4 Photo Lab classroom