Class: Long Exposure and Night Photography

We will be doing TWO night shoots in the next few weeks, so let's do a class on Low Light and Long Exposure photography techniques!

This 2-Hour class is scheduled early in the day, giving you LOTS of time to review, grab a bite to eat, then find a location in town to practice your nighttime photography!

CLASS IS LIMITED TO 60 PEOPLE.  AS USUAL, WAIT LIST WILL BE AVAILABLE.  SECURE YOUR SEAT WITH YOUR PAYPAL PAYMENT WITHIN 24 HOURS OF YOUR RSVP!  UNPAID RSVPS ARE CLEARED OUT EVERY 24 HOURS TO MAKE ROOM FOR PEOPLE ON THE WAITING LIST.

 

This class has been taught multiple times in the past, and each time we get great feedback and add to the content.

Taking pictures at night can be tough. The role of the camera is to "capture light". But what if there isn't enough light to capture? There are several important techniques for capturing amazing low-light photographs!

Typically, taking a long exposure image involves three things, and we will cover each in this class:

Gear

Setting up the shot

Post Processing

Part 1: Focus on Gear

When it comes to low light photography, many folks know that the Tripod is essential. But there are some camera settings that will actually make your images WORSE if you tripod your body! We will discuss how to temporarily disable these features that could spoil a great night photograph.

Other important bits of gear includes a shutter-trigger. There are many trigger variants available for really cheap to really expensive. We'll discuss several types and stress their pro's and con's. We will also discuss why we bring our camera flash even when we don't plan to use it, and why we always bring our trusty flashlight (not just for safety!).

Part 2: Setting Up

There's no such thing as a "quick" low light shot, and unfortunately the Sun waits for no man. If you're trying to get that perfect, near-sunset image, proper set up in advance will help you make the best image as quickly as possible. We'll discuss how to make sure your tripod "stays put", and talk about some of the unexpected issues that cause our low-light images to be blurry.

Night photography almost always requires us to shoot in "manual" or "M" mode, which can be uncomfortable for some folks. We will discuss the interplay between shutter speed, ISO and Aperture so you are more comfortable with "M" mode settings. (NOTE: not everyone's camera works the same, you should bring your manual).

When we photograph people in low light situations, sometimes the person looks great, but the background is inky black even though they are in a nice building or at a party. It looks as if you took the shot in a pitch black room. When working together in Auto mode, your camera and flash will make sure the person in front of you looks great, irrespective of how the background looks. We'll talk about a concept called "Dragging the Shutter", that allows you to create a nice image with background/foreground balance.

We will talk about how to use special lens filters to darken areas that are too bright while maintaining a well-exposed image!

Part 3: Post Processing

Post Processing, or the changes we make to our image on our computers, will pay a big role in your final image. When we shoot in high ISO, for example, "noise" is introduced and we have to use post processing techniques to repair it.

IMPORTANT:

Please be sure and read the "Payment and RSVP FAQ" Information below the sample images!

 



RSVP / PAYMENT / EVENT FAQ:

(This is the "read this before posting a question" section)



I am all signed up, how do I pay?

Check out this quick walkthrough: How to use Paypal to pay.

Can I bring a guest / date / significant other?

If they are on the RSVP list, yes.  The meeting room is just small enough for those who RSVP.  Please do not bring a "Plus One" unless they are on the RSVP list.

I had an emergency / my fish tank went green / I have to change my RSVP.  / I had to no-show / I need a refund.

We always expect people not to show up for various reasons.  Life happens.  Unfortunately we have to pay for your seat if you are there or not.  Refunds are not available for this event.  For more info about refunds, see our RSVP Event FAQ Page under "I want a Refund".

Even though I can't get a refund, I have to change my RSVP for the event that starts in 10 minutes.

Please change your RSVPs with plenty of time for someone on the waiting list to attend.  RSVP changes with less than 24 hours notice will be considered a no-show.

The "Waiting List" is huge, should I even bother signing up?

Absolutely.  Many (MANY) people sign up but then never pay, so the waiting list moves rather fast.  Also, the more people on the waiting list, the more likely we will repeat the event.

I'm on the "Waiting List", should I go ahead and pay now?

Nope.  Wait until you are promoted into the "Going" list before trying to pay please.  Also, make sure you have edited your email settings so that you are receiving all email from the group.  That way, when a spot opens up, you will receive an email.

Do I need to bring my camera?

Never hurts to bring your camera to a camera event.

I am on the "waiting list", can I just show up anyway?

No.  The waiting list folks will get moved in on a first-come-first-promoted basis.  Unexpectedly showing up creates havoc and confusion of epic proportions that usually lead to being marked as a 'no-show' even though you didn't RSVP.

I was on the "List" yesterday, but I just got an email saying I've been removed!

HPW does not require people to instantly pay to secure their initial RSVP.  This gives folks the ability to quickly RSVP for a spot, even if they are on a smart phone and cannot paypal the funds.  However, we do need to see the money within 24 hours.  After 24 hours, if your RSVP isn't paid, we hand your spot to someone on the waiting list.  (NOTE: I'm flexible.  If you need a few extra days for your payment to paypal to complete, just send me an email BEFORE you lose your spot.)

I am on the "waiting list", but we're good buddies and I've been in the group for years, can you move me up on the list, good-ol'-boy style?

Nope.  I love you like family.  And just like family, I hate drama.  The wait-list will move in order of first-come-first-promoted.  Its the only fair way.

I have a complaint and I want to post it in open-air comments?

Please direct that to my personal email.  If you think something's not right and I agree, it will get addressed ASAP.  The "comments" section is for things you think would be interesting to the entire group -- if you have something *I* need to know, address it to me.

I want to post a complaint in open-air comments!

Long time members will tell you, I respond to unfriendly or cranky public comments in the sharpest way imaginable.  My apologies for offending you in advance.  I suggest you email me complaints directly; I tend to be less over-reactive when I'm not responding to the entire group.

I'm seriously new to the group / This is my first event.  I don't understand what to do next.

No problem.  A couple of nights before each event, I send out the "last minute updates".  This email contains a lot of extra info not posted on the open meetup.  If you are horribly confused after reading that email, reply back and I'll walk you through your questions.

I don't use PayPal.  What are my options?

Start using paypal.  Unfortunately people who pay "when I get there" rarely show up.  RSVPs are secured by your paypal payment.  Paypal is a big part of how we manage this group.

How does the RSVP policy work?

The RSVP, Paid RSVP, and No-Show policies are posted here: http://www.houstonphotowalks.com/about/

There were too many words in this FAQ, so I didn't bother reading it, is that a problem?

Not really.  I wrote it and didn't bother reading it.  But if something goes screwy, we both will be referring to it for answers.

I have another question not listed here, how do I contact the group organizer or host?

Information about how to contact a Meetup group organizer can be found at this link: "How do I contact an organizer?"

I can't attend.  Will you be recording the event and making it available?

This is a social photography group, so we try to do everything while actually rubbing elbows.  However if there are enough people on the waiting list, I'm happy to do repeats of most classes and photowalk location visits.

Can I record the event?  Can I scan the hand outs and send it to my friends?

Well, that wouldn't be too friendly.  We can't be cranky about people stealing our images while stealing someone else's voice and documents, right?  A lot of work and effort goes into any class, book, and instruction materials.  Don't rob me.  :)

 

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  • Prithwiraj G. R.

    Great photowalk today!

    September 6

  • Marsha S.

    Enjoyed the class. Very informative. Joe kept it interesting! Looking forward to the next class!

    September 2

  • Marsha S.

    Enjoyed the class. Very informative. Joe kept it interesting! Looking forward to the next class!

    September 2

  • Irma F.

    I always have fun at Joe's classes! I learned a new technique that I must try -- dragging the shutter.

    September 1

  • Gina M.

    This was my first event with this group. I got a lot of good information and the time flew by. I hope to join some photowalks where I can practice Joe's tips and techniques. And I've got a good list of new accessories to buy.

    September 1

  • Cynthia A. A.

    Joe is a trouble maker as now I have to go buy a new tripod. Mine was the one featured on a large screen as the one NOT to get.

    6 · September 1

  • Marguerite W.

    I was impressed with the group and the W. Clay site. Question: when large groups go to the night events such as the one coming up, how does everyone find a place to set up their tripods and shots? Also, are these walkabouts instructive? For instance, would Joe make sure everyone practiced a "drag shutter" shot? Does Joe go around and help people "get it right?" or Does it operate more like a bunch of friends go out and take pictures together? What have "you" experienced?

    August 31

    • Joe L.

      BTW, what is the W. Clay site?

      1 · August 31

    • Marguerite W.

      Isn't that where we all met? Or was I dreaming 1324 W. Clay site as in location not web:-)

      1 · August 31

  • Barb H.

    Joe, thanks for this workshop. I have a new Giotto tripod with the monopod option, but I need to practice its ups and downs. Thanks for the tips.

    1 · August 31

  • Minerva

    This was my 1st class with Joe, it was very fun and informative. I really enjoyed it. Thanks Joe!!!

    1 · August 31

  • Bryony J W.

    Lots of useful information - as usual and fun too,

    1 · August 31

  • Nancy H.

    Great stuff!

    1 · August 31

  • Henrik F.

    Joe's classes are always well done and fun to attend. Great job!

    1 · August 31

  • Jackie C.

    Great and useful information, thank you Joe. I went ahead and ordered a Triggertrap for my camera yesterday.

    1 · August 31

  • Kim T

    Joe's classes are always fun and informative. Thanks for the hard work I'm sure goes into them. Good to see everybody!

    1 · August 31

  • David C.

    man I am so bummed that I wasnt able to join tonight! next time

    August 30

  • Dianna C.

    Same as Cynthia - do refresher classes and always learn something new. A few of us went out tonight and practiced what we learned. THANKS JOE for all your hard work and dedication to this group.

    1 · August 30

  • Cynthia A. A.

    I go for a refresher and always end up learning something new. Classes with Joe are the best, the most information packed and most entertaining.

    1 · August 30

  • Susan L.

    Enjoyed Joe's presentation style, plus learned some new things. Hope to attend more classes in the future. Thanks

    1 · August 30

  • Linda

    Informative and entertaining class. Good job, Joe.

    1 · August 30

  • Karen O.

    I always learn something new. Thanks Joe!

    1 · August 30

  • Husna M.

    Im Husnas daughter sorry for the late rsvp change but my mom has a migraine and the meds have knocked her out.

    August 30

    • Joe L.

      Can totally understand. Hope she is feeling better soon.

      August 30

  • James R.

    Joe when you get a minute. What was the software/hardware shutter that you said was your favorite? URL?

    1 · August 30

  • Jermone M.

    Is ur spot open?

    1 · August 30

    • Ron V.

      There were some no-shows, but they had already paid and I guess lost their $20.

      August 30

    • Joe L.

      And dinged with a noshow. It sucks when folks noshow and leave others waiting. :(

      1 · August 30

  • Paula

    Another very informative class that is sure to improve my photography. Thanks Joe!

    1 · August 30

  • Paula

    Another very informative class that is sure to improve my photography. Thanks Joe!

    1 · August 30

  • Jermone M.

    Hope there's another one in the next month or so

    August 30

  • James R.

    Class was good. I learned several things today. So well worth it.

    1 · August 30

  • Virginia Ann U.

    wonderful

    1 · August 30

  • Jermone M.

    Still no spots open

    August 30

  • Satya P

    Any RSVP open?

    August 30

  • Wanda

    Sorry I have to change my RSVP. Hate to miss this information.

    August 28

  • Irma F.

    Will there be a get together later that evening to practice what we learn?

    August 27

    • Irma F.

      Sounds good to me!

      August 27

    • Betty

      Ditto!

      August 27

  • Maggie

    Will you be covering how to effectively use a flash?

    August 27

    • Joe L.

      I will discuss some flash info, but not extensively. What would take the entire class. ;)

      August 27

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