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From the Hudson to the High Line: Sunset & Night Photography

  • Jun 7, 2014 · 7:00 PM
  • This location is shown only to members


A funny thing happens when the sun goes down in NYC, it doesn’t get dark.  In fact, it never gets dark, the light from the sun, the sole source of illumination for everyone, everywhere, gets replaced with millions of light sources. From the headlights of Taxi’s, the warm glow of shop signs, from the yellowish hue of the sodium vapor street lights, to the sickly green hue of the subway’s fluorescents to the bright chaotic flickering of the multitude of screens seemingly everywhere, nighttime in NYC explodes with photographic potential. This is when the city truly comes alive.  In fact, there is a much richer tapestry of light and texture that appears, and only appears, once the sun has set.  Learn the tools, tricks and techniques needed to capture the essence of the darker side of the big apple.  

In this class you will  learn how to take advantage of the enormous photographic potential that night time offers while walking along a piece of modern history on Manhattan’s West Side.  The High Line is NYC’s newest public park, built, on an historic and abandoned freight rail line suspended high above the streets on Chelsea down through the Meatpacking District on the West Side.  A work of art in and of itself, the highline is a space for many public artworks along with a perfect location from which to photograph two of NYC’s most colorful locales.  

Some topics to be covered include:

• Camera settings and critical techniques used to capture the night

• Panning - motion blur and selective focus

• Working with slow shutter speeds and using super slow shutter speeds

• Choice of light through timing, composition and perspective

• Proper gear needed to take advantage of night-time shooting include tripods, remote shutter releases, mirror lockup, focusing tricks and more

• Choice of shutter speed and how that affects the aesthetic of the image, manipulating time itself

• Solutions for white balancing when exposing multiple sources

• Camera stabilization tips and techniques

Requirements: Knowledge of Manual Settings. Please email Dawn at [masked] for more information on setting up a private session for Manual Settings if you need to learn or practice them with an instructor. Bring your camera and a tripod. Remote shutter release is optional but recommended.

Do not be late as we will be immediately moving to capture the twilight sky and (hopefully) sunset colors!

About the Instructor:

Ron Jautz is a professional corporate and editorial shooter with over 30 years experience.  He specializes in photographing people and travels extensively for clients such as Pfizer, Bank of New York, Time Warner, Inc., Walgreens, Canon USA, Seton Hall University, Duke University, Forbes Magazine and Conde Nast.  Over the years Ron has photographed Presidents and Prime Ministers, Members of Congress and Supreme Court Justices, celebrities, athletes and CEOs.  In addition to his commercial work, Ron also shoots fine art, having shown work in Galleries up and down the east coast.  His most recent exhibit of images from Antarctica was on display last Fall in North Carolina. To learn more about Ron and his work, please visit his website at

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  • Eugene M

    This was a wonderful class with Ron who is so engaging and full of knowledge. Great group as well, enjoyed it a lot, looking forward to the next one I can attend!

    June 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    What an excellent class. Ron is a great person and teacher. I look forward to other classes taught by Ron.

    June 7, 2014

  • Junie M.

    Excellent. The instructor is great!

    June 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    10 mins after and there are 3 of us waiting. Has class been cancelled?

    June 7, 2014

    • Dawn W.

      We are on the west side of West side hey bt 16/17 streets.

      June 7, 2014

  • Russ

    I was really hoping to make this one but due to I cant due to my schedule.

    Will you have any others over the summer?

    June 3, 2014

    • Dawn W.

      Hi Russ - I just posted the other half of the bi-annual Manhattanhenge: The Art of Sunset Photography today. They are July 11th and 12th.

      June 3, 2014

  • Edmund L.

    do you need a tripod for this workshop? I don't have one...

    June 2, 2014

    • Dawn W.

      Yes you do. Low-Light and Night Photography works best with a tripod.

      June 2, 2014

  • Laurence E. S.

    Hope u do another one of these.Itching to break out my new D7100 still dont know how to use it. I will be dilevering my photo work to an exhibition in Stamford Conn as well as have a graduation party that night.

    May 24, 2014

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