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Introduction to Night Photography

This is an essential workshop series for photographers interested in night photography.

The night presents special opportunities for enthusiastic photographers and Night Photography is one of my most fun workshops.

The Night Photography workshop is aimed at new and experienced DSLR camera owners who want to expand their expertise.

Many people put away their cameras when the sun goes down, not realizing that the night presents many unique opportunities for getting creative and having fun with photography. San Diego is a great place to be at night. The setting sun reflects off downtown buildings and colors streak across the sky, giving way to a twilight where lights sparkle in the harbor like a chest full of jewels.

This workshop series consists of three separate workhops, each touching on a different aspect of using your camera at night. They are designed to be completely standalone, so you can choose the particular type of night photography that interests you, or take the whole series to discover many interesting techniques of using your camera at night.

The three separate workshops are:

  • Night Scenes - Take stunning pictures of San Diego cityscapes after dark and add effects to your pictures. This is where you get to use that tripod you bought that lives in the trunk of your car!
  • Black and White at Night - Use your camera to capture high contrast black-and-white images that will really insprire. No tripod needed here, just shoot like Weegee! And if you don't know what that means, don't worry!
  • Flash at Night - Your flash becomes an amazing creative tool at night. Learn how to create pictures that mix ambient with flash light or paint with light for cool effects.

What is covered in these workshops?

This series is an introduction to night photography that includes all the basic techniques you need to know:

  • Capturing a sharp image in low light
  • Using slow shutter speeds and bulb setting
  • Painting with light
  • Mirror up shooting
  • Film Noir photography
  • Timed exposures
  • Slow sync flash
  • Front and rear curtain flash
  • Playing with white balance
  • Zoom and shutter effects
  • Creative use of shutter speeds

What you need to attend

Your camera should be a DSLR camera (or a Micro 4/3 camera) . A tripod is essential for the first and third session some and a cable or wireless release for the first session is useful. If you don't have a tripod I have a limited number that I can loan.

Workshop format

I'll email out a set of general class notes after the workshop, but during the class we will be doing a lot of shooting.

Cost: $75 per workshop.  FIND DATE AND REGISTER