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Take Awesome photos with your PHONE

Newport Beach, United States

Experience hosted by Don

2 hoursHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 6 people
Includes equipment

What you'll do

Have you ever said "this photo doesn't do justice to what I saw"?
Have you ever thought "if only I had a better camera, I'd have better pictures"?

Not Anymore!

During this experience, you'll Learn how to take AWESOME photos with your PHONE so that you can capture all the beauty and excitement from your adventures. You'll learn how to capture moments that will have your friends saying "WOW"!

We'll start out with an intuitive, fun introduction of composition and lighting, and discuss how to truly capture a moment by focusing on what you are feeling (not just what you see). We'll explore the area around the Pier and watch how lighting changes in the late afternoon and continues to evolve during and after sunset (some of most incredible, most colorful moments of a sunset come after the sun has dipped below the horizon).

Afterwards, we'll spend some learning to edit, so that your photos are rich in color, texture and feeling.
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Have you ever said "this photo doesn't do justice to what I saw"?
Have you ever thought "if only I had a better camera, I'd have better pictures"?

Not Anymore!

During this experience, you'll Learn how to take AWESOME photos with your PHONE so that you can capture all the beauty and excitement from your adventures. You'll learn how to capture moments that will have your friends saying "WOW"!

We'll start ou…

What's included

  • Equipment
    Crystal Balls - just like the ones seen in some of my pictures. I almost al...

Meet your host, Don

Host on Airbnb since 2014
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In one hour, you'll Learn how to take AWESOME photos with your PHONE, while at the same time, you'll enjoy a beautiful sunset at one of the most iconic locations in Southern California - the Newport Beach Pier.

A photographer for more than 30 years, Don now shoots exclusively with a phone (and sometimes a drone, too). Don's photos have been featured in numerous exhibits, with this past spring's exhibit covered by the LA Times.

Want to see what you can capture with a phone? Look at instagram: donmurrayphotos
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Where you'll be

We'll meet at one of Southern California's most iconic piers - the Newport Beach Pier. A perfect place to photograph the SoCal experience - ocean sunsets, crashing waves, sand between your toes, surfers, pelicans, pier fishing, palm trees and happiness.
Ans
April 2019
If you are looking to great photography tips all from your phone while having a great conversation and experience, please contact Don. He is one of the best plus our location is beautiful
Swetha
April 2019
Don is a great teacher, he goes in length to make you understand and is very patient, he stayed long after the tour hours explaining the nuances of editing, highly recommended experience for all those who have a good phone and needs help in using it to take some stunning images.
Don is a great teacher, he goes in length to make you understand and is very patient, he stayed long after the tour hours explaining the nuances of editing, highly recommended expe…
Ross
April 2019
Don was fantastic, the experience was better than described. He is passionate about photography and he went over and above. He was great with our 12 yr old daughter who is very interested in photography. He connected with parent and child alike. Tons of great advice on both picture taking and editing. I thought he went over and above. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn a ton about photography in general, but specifically about how to take awesome shots with your phone. Very cool experience, so glad we did it!
Don was fantastic, the experience was better than described. He is passionate about photography and he went over and above. He was great with our 12 yr old daughter who is very i…
Rolando
March 2019
A truly awesome experience! Don taught us about the amazing cameras we all have in our pockets but don’t realize, how to see the shot and bring storytelling into our pictures. He was very accommodating and a great host and teacher. We couldn’t have asked for a better day, or a more gorgeous locale. And we walked away with some amazing photos that we took. I would highly recommend this experience for anyone considering it.
A truly awesome experience! Don taught us about the amazing cameras we all have in our pockets but don’t realize, how to see the shot and bring storytelling into our pictures. He w…
Rob
February 2019
Don loves photography and has kept his affair with it separate from the job by which he earns his living. Thus he is free to pursue his passion according to his own light without having to take into consideration payment by someone else who may or may not share his perspective. Don shared with us his way of capturing a moment, less by how it looks and more by how it makes one feel - the experience of the moment. He took great time with us, both as a group and as individuals. He would come along side me and help me catch just the right angle and balance, and waiting for just the right light. Don was unconcerned about a time limit, but carried on with instruction beyond the time allotted as we continued to ask questions and learn more about film editing. It was a fabulous evening!
Don loves photography and has kept his affair with it separate from the job by which he earns his living. Thus he is free to pursue his passion according to his own light without…
Karen
January 2019
I had a great time taking pics at the pier and have even had a friend offer to buy my pic they loved it so much. Thanks to Don I have a new appreciation for how and why to take a photo too. Loved it

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

Smartphone, phone charger and a jacket/hoodi. Be sure to wear clothes/shoes that can get wet, as we'll spend much of our time on the beach, at the edge of the ocean.