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Vagabond Photo Walk: Downtown Asheville @ Night (June 25th)

Lots of folks are interested in doing a "night" shoot MeetUp, so here it is! No doubt, it won't be the last..

One of the most important things to realize about "night" photography is that, most often, the best time to capture top quality night photographs is not at night, per se. It's best to start shooting at twilight working your way through to full darkness, and likely ending soon after that. Why not shoot at true night? Because in such conditions, all of the light that you are capturing is manmade. It can be very contrasty, with shadow areas being completely black and highlights being blown out, and the night sky also being an often unflattering black. Shooting through the "blue" hour will provide a mix of ambient and manmade light, evening out contrast, while giving the sky a blue-ish tint (instead of a dead-ish black), becoming a deeper blue as darkness sets in.

So, we'll meet at 7:00pm, do some (important) scouting, and find our desired places to set up for the peak shooting period. Sunset is at 8:50PM, which will give us plenty of time to scout (and do some random shooting in the process), and plenty of time for "night" shooting.

It is highly recommended that a tripod is used, along with a cable release or remote (or just use the two-second self-timer setting on your camera to minimize camera shake).

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  • ArayaHansen

    Lots of fun with a buddy!

    June 28, 2014

  • Judy

    As always, it's interesting to meet fellow photographers and get out and about with y'all. I think I was a little too tired to get out of it what I could have, but that won't keep me from going on the next one!

    2 · June 26, 2014

  • mike s.

    I had a wonderful time last night. It was the first time in a while that I went out solely for photography. I have been doing other things lately and taking a camera with me. And while I did not find the profound, iconic shot that will be gracing the front cover of the Rolling Stone. I did get a few shots I am pleased with. I met some wonderful people, experimented with techniques I have not tried and learned a lot. Not just photographically but about a city I have lived my whole life in. All while having loads of fun. I look forward to spending more time with this wonderful group of people.

    3 · June 26, 2014

  • Paul D.

    Ducan - I think you got the "money shot"!

    2 · June 26, 2014

  • Craig B.

    It was wonderful to meet new creatives, share techniques/technical information and learn something new about capturing this timeframe of light. This is the first time I've concentrated on twilight photography and my confidence grew with every shot. Had a ball.

    3 · June 26, 2014

  • sandy jones, gyspy a.

    Enjoyed the evening and just being able to be creative. :)

    3 · June 25, 2014

  • Duncan C.

    I had such a good time! Double fist pump with a flying roundhouse kick.

    3 · June 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are models invited?

    June 23, 2014

    • David S.

      Hello Ms Nikki. Anyone is invited, so long as you're a member of this group. If you are wondering whether we need models for our shooting, that isn't really the objective of this particular event. One or two folks have asked about doing events where we can photograph models as the main focus of that particular MeetUp, and I'd be happy to put that together at some point. For now, this "Asheville @ Night" will be about taking photographs in evening / night light. Keep an eye on your MeetUp notices regarding a "model shoot". Do you have any model friends that would be interested as well?

      June 23, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ok great ... i will keep that in mind

      June 23, 2014

  • Jill B.

    Sorry, something has come up and I cannot attend... Boo Hoo

    June 23, 2014

  • David S.

    Louis, this one booked up in less than two hours! There is a waiting list, of course, and there is also a July date that still has availability (but it's filling fast!).

    May 31, 2014

  • Louis S.

    David, Have been away, so don't know if room available for this night shoot. Hope so.

    Louis sasso

    May 31, 2014

  • Kathy R.

    Gosh, that filled up fast! Next time I won't take time to sleep first ~ ha!

    1 · May 30, 2014

    • David S.

      Yes, Kathy. As I said, lots of folks have been asking about a night shoot. I actually meant to cap it at 15 as well! I'll have a look at the calendar to see what we can do in July. Keep an eye on your inbox!!!

      1 · May 30, 2014

  • gagalu

    I can't do this one, hope you can schedule a 2nd night walk in July!

    1 · May 30, 2014

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