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Introduction to Night Photography Workshop

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This is an introduction to night photography. Think of it as a fast-paced, in-depth and technical guide on how to do night photography exposure the right way. With the knowledge given here, you are assured to be able to take good night photos, from which you can then stray and develop your own approach.

The lecture is both for those members who are just starting out to shoot at night or those who think they can hone their craft some more. It is a dense lecture filled with lots of examples and details about exposure and camera settings, equipment and how-to guidance and, most importantly, WHY certain settings are suggested.

Prerequisites are basic knowledge of your camera and how to change settings. A 2-page summary will be distributed prior to the shoot, so that you can adjust your camera settings accordingly (most of us already do so). The lecture is primarily for digital shooting, but much can be applied to film shooting.

This event is for paid members only and it is a member benefit free of cost. If you haven't done so yet, please make sure to pay your membership online, there is a link to the left to do so.

The Westwood library is brand-new and very nice, there is parking right at the library as well as across the street. This is about one mile off exit 16 (west) on I95 (on your left when coming from I95):

To make the lecture less dense, show more examples and allow for enough time for questions, I decided to split my standard lecture into several parts. This part 1 here will be about basic camera settings, in-depth exposure guide and what we can do at night. Part 2 will follow later and will be specifically about star shooting (points, trails, image stacking, time lapse basics) and part 3 will be about light painting at some later time (for which I am trying to get Scott Martin to come).

I scheduled a night shoot right after this lecture, so that we can practice what we learned. Attendance will be preferred to participants of this lecture, but others can come, too. You will need to sign up separately for the shoot.

Three parts to this workshop:

(a) this introductory lecture of about 100 minutes

(b) a night shoot or personal assignment after the lecture and

(c) online critique for the pictures you took to get detailed feedback on your assignment execution here on this site. I may post alternate version with improvements.

The lecture will cover these topics:

• Introduction: What and why

• Technicalities: Equipment & settings

• Correct exposure (ISO, f-stop, time), why and how to use and interpret the RGB histograms

• Light: desired and sacrificial highlights, light sources & colors, white balance

• Capturing the Element of Time: The most compelling part of NPy

• Tips & Tricks: focusing in the dark, high ISO preview etc.

• Types of Night Photography

• The Output: Editing your photos (brief)

• Resources: Books, websites, workshops & software

Please be on time, we will need to vacate the room at 4:50 sharp.