• Logan Blvd. Skate Park | Urban Night Photography | Outdoor Class and Workshop

    You have probably driven by there numerous times, without paying much attention to the surroundings. But this skate park is a great spot for gritty urban photography during the golden hour and at night. The park is located under the highway bridge and offers numerous opportunities for serene and ominous urban night city sceneries and close-ups. It is also a never-ending source for great textures you could use for blending projects in an image editor such as Photoshop. Skill Level: Beginner. Gear Required: DSLR or fully manual high-end Compact or Mirrorless Camera, and a Tripod. Duration: 2 Hours. Parking: Please use street parking. You might get towed parking at Target. A Tripod Required A tripod is a must for most cameras in this environment. So unless you're an advanced photographer with experience in high ISO shooting or an appropriate super low-light camera setup, please bring a tripod. Things You Should Bring • Your camera and lenses, memory cards • Freshly charged batteries, including a backup • A tripod is a MUST for most cameras • A remote controller for your camera (optional) • Your camera manual • A flashlight and/or your Smartphone • A notepad and pen Photography Workshop Details • During the first 30 minutes, I will explain the techniques involved for a successful night shoot. • You will practice on how to shoot at night using a tripod and a remote or self-timer for long exposures. Please familiarize yourself with the self-timer or remote of your particular camera. • As usual, I will help you as much as I can with technical issues and composition techniques and any camera and gear related questions related to night photography you might have (as time allows). Keep in mind that we can't cover all aspects of photography or your gear during this workshop. In order for you to learn anything from me, we keep our photo workshops small. Cost/Refund Policy: Since this group does not collect membership fees like traditional camera clubs, we charge per event to cover our overhead and keep no-shows low. We strive to provide high quality outings and workshops and spend a significant amount of time in researching and scouting ideal locations and techniques. This is a rain or shine event. Therefore there is NO REFUND unless the photo workshop is cancelled or rescheduled by the organizer. Thanks and see y'all there! Cheers, Bruno Photography Instructor/Guide All Content © Copyright Lensflare Photography Classes

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  • Urban Night Photography | Outdoor Class and Field Workshop

    Mariano's Bucktown

    $49.00

    Skill Level: Beginner. Gear Required: DSLR or fully manual high-end Compact or Mirrorless Camera, and a Tripod. Duration: 2 Hours You have probably driven by there numerous times, without paying much attention to the surroundings. But this is a great spot for gritty urban photography during the golden hour and at night. The lower bridge is vintage and in disrepair, but offers numerous opportunities for serene and ominous urban night city sceneries, close-ups and outdoor still life photography. It is also a never-ending source for great textures you could use for blending projects in an image editor such as Photoshop. Still Life Props I'm a big fan of using props in in city sceneries, as you can see in one of the images. So feel free to bring a prop or two to be used in your photos. Keep them small and light and think about it in advance on how you're going to integrate them into your photos. Make sure you can easily attach them to a wall or post. If you're brand new to night photography, I suggest to focus on the environment only for the first time around. Nearby Vintage Chicago River Bridges If we have enough time and energy and the weather permits, we might even wander off to another nearby vintage bridge with a unique Chicago river and skyline view. A Tripod Required A tripod is a must for most cameras in this environment. So unless you're an advanced photographer with experience in high ISO shooting or an appropriate super low-light camera setup, please bring a tripod. Things You Should Bring • Your camera and lenses, memory cards • Freshly charged batteries, including a backup • A tripod is a MUST for most cameras • A remote controller for your camera (optional) • Your camera manual • A flashlight and/or your Smartphone • A notepad and pen Photography Workshop Details • During the first 30 minutes, I will explain the techniques involved for a successful night shoot. • You will practice on how to shoot at night using a tripod and a remote or self-timer for long exposures. Please familiarize yourself with the self-timer or remote of your particular camera. • As usual, I will help you as much as I can with technical issues and composition techniques and any camera and gear related questions related to night photography you might have (as time allows). Keep in mind that we can't cover all aspects of photography or your gear during this workshop. In order for you to learn anything from me, we keep our photo workshops small. Cost/Refund Policy: Since this group does not collect membership fees like traditional camera clubs, we charge per event to cover our overhead and keep no-shows low. We strive to provide high quality outings and workshops and spend a significant amount of time in researching and scouting ideal locations and techniques. This is a rain or shine event. Therefore there is NO REFUND unless the photo workshop is cancelled or rescheduled by the organizer. Thanks and see y'all there! Cheers, Bruno Photography Instructor/Guide All Content © Copyright Lensflare Photography Classes

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  • Introduction to Digital Photography

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    Skill Level: Beginner. Bring: Your camera and manual. Casual setting in a professional photo studio. Soft drinks, coffee and snacks will be provided. Duration: 3 hours with break. Parking: There is usually free street parking available. Check the side streets. This is the first in a series of 2 short classes to teach you the basics of digital photography. The idea is to break it all down into small blocks of enjoyable Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons rather than exhausting and overwhelming full day classes. The first evening we will focus on the easiest things you can do with your camera to improve your photography. Know your Camera: One Button and Dial at the Time It’s amazing how many photographers never looked at their manual and still don't know half the buttons they're looking at. Just like driving a car, the first thing you need to know is the function of the most common buttons and dials on your camera, just in case you hit one by accident. Don't worry, we won't be diving into every advanced setting in your menu: More advanced settings and associated photo techniques will be covered in the next module once you're more confident with your camera. Expose Better The Easy Way, and Learn in the Process: Common Scenarios and Easy Scene Settings Did you ever wonder what all of those scene modes on your camera are all about? Did you just randomly pick one since it accidentally looked the best and left it that way for months or years? You're not the only one. I hear that all the time. Leave it in P "Professional" mode and forget about it, right. ;-) Well, believe it or not, but truly understanding scene modes such as landscape, sports or portrait are a great way to immediately improve your results while getting an easy intro into semi and full manual modes. After using them for a while, it will be much easier for you to learn full manual exposure, every serious photographer's final destination. Keep in mind that we're not going to dive into full manual exposure at this point. That will be covered in the next modules. After all, you will need some time to digest and apply everything that you learned. Focusing Are you getting too many blurry shots? I will show you the correct way of focusing and what to focus on depending on the scene you're looking at. You should be able to master the focus and recompose technique after this night: Essential know-how for every photographer. We will also look at the different types of auto-focus modes on today's cameras and how to do it fully manually. Basic Composition Using the right composition for your photographs will vastly improve your results. We'll take a look at the most common ways to compose and what to avoid in certain scenarios. When to turn the Flash On, or Not Have you ever seen people flashing at the moon? It makes me chuckle every single time. I'm gonna make sure that after this class you won't be using your (built-in) flash the wrong way anymore. I will explain some typical scenarios where a (fill) flash makes sense, and when it’s better to just turn it off completely. We're also going to briefly discuss tripods and when it makes sense to use one versus a flash. Questions & Answers As time allows, we will spend the rest of the class answering any questions you might have. Make sure you bring your manual, if you have any specific questions about your camera. Every model is different, even within the same brand. Cost: $25 per Person Cash or $29 Credit/Debit at the Door: For Space Rental, Snacks/Drinks and Group Overhead. Seating is Limited and on a first come first serve basis and subject to capacity. Please Arrive Early for best seating. If there are less than 10 RSVPs, this class might be rescheduled. Thanks and see you all there! Cheers, Bruno Photography Instructor All Content © Copyright Lensflare Photography Classes

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  • Pet Photography | How to Photograph Cats and Dogs | Pet Adoption Photos

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    $49.00

    Skill Level: All. No gear or pets required. Due to limited space, please do not bring your pets. Casual setting in a pro photo studio. Soft drinks, coffee and snacks will be provided. Format: Presentation, gear demos and discussions. Duration: 3 hours with break. Parking: There is usually free street parking available. Check the side streets. How to Take better Images of Cats and Dogs I'm a big fan of cats and dogs and volunteer as a Cook County feral cat caretaker for Tree House in Chicago and haven taken hundreds of shots of adoptable pets for adoption listings in a studio setting and on-location. You can too, and save lives in the process by increasing adoption rates with better pet photography! Or simply learn how to get better photographs of your best friend. This class focuses on pet photography know-how and preparation before you even start photographing animals. Prep and being ready is crucially important to get great shots of cats and dogs. Since their patience is very limited, you better know what you're doing before you place a pet on a photo set. And that's exactly what we're going to cover in this class. Here the Program for the Afternoon • What are the best cameras and lenses to photograph cats and dogs? • Which camera settings work best for animals? • To flash or not: Lighting choices for animal photography • No studio needed: Easy sets you can use at home • Volunteering for a shelter: Where and how • Creative editing and retouching: A brief overview of tools and techniques • Q&A: As time allows Setup and What to Bring • Setup/Seating: Projector presentation, casual seating on chairs and couches • What to bring: Yourself and maybe a notepad • No computer, camera or pet needed. Due to limited space, please do not bring your pet I will explain some techniques and mix in some tips, tricks and theory on top of that. I will try to cover as much as possible during this short class. Keep in mind that this is not a total beginners' class and you should have a basic understanding on how to shoot with a DSLR, mirrorless or high-end compact camera. Cost/Refund Policy: Since our group does not collect membership fees like traditional camera clubs, we charge per event to cover our overhead and keep no-shows low. We strive to provide high quality classes, outings and workshops and spend a significant amount of time in researching the newest photography trends, editing techniques and locations. There is NO REFUND unless the class is cancelled or rescheduled by the organizer. Thanks and see you all there! Cheers, Bruno Photography Instructor All Content © Copyright Lensflare Photography Classes

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  • Advanced Digital Photography

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    $49.00

    Skill Level: Intermediate. Optional: Bring your camera and manual. Casual setting in a professional photo studio. Soft drinks, coffee and snacks will be provided. Duration: 3 hours with break. Parking: There is usually free street parking available. Check the side streets. This is the second in a series of 2 short classes to teach you the basics of digital photography. The idea is to break it all down into small blocks of enjoyable evenings and afternoons rather than exhausting and overwhelming full day classes. You should have a basic understanding on how to shoot with a DSLR, mirrorless or high-end compact camera as covered in Introduction to Digital Photography (https://www.meetup.com/Lensflare/events/242914880/). Manual Exposure and The Exposure Triangle: Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO In this afternoon class we will move beyond the scene and auto modes and dive right into fully manual photography. Aperture, shutter speed and ISO are the three most important settings for manual exposure. Once you understand how these three interact and what the impact on your photo will be, you will understand correct exposure. The first part of the class will be devoted to these three key settings. An Afternoon Full of Manual Settings We're also going to cover a broad range of manual settings you can use on your digital camera. In addition I will show you some tweaks in your menu on how to adjust your camera settings to your liking. Here some of the topics we will be talking about: • Aperture, bokeh, depth-of-field and the sweet spot of lens sharpness • Calculating depth-of-field and the hyperfocal distance • Shutter Speed: When to use which shutter speed. Dragging the shutter. • Picking the ideal shutter speed based on focal length and intent • The built-in camera reflected light meter and the three different metering modes • Avoiding exposure issues with exposure compensation • Practical implications of vibration reduction: VR, IS and OS. • ISO: When and how to increase the sensor light sensitivity using different ISO settings • The impact of ISO on noise, artifacting and post-processing • Exposure bracketing and when to use it • White balance settings: Manual versus presets versus auto • Focusing modes: Auto modes versus manual focusing • Shooting in JPEG versus RAW • Advanced menu settings • And more How to Manually Expose for the most common Photography Scenarios I will explain in detail how to manually adjust your camera for typical photography scenarios such as: • Manually using a large aperture and shallow depth of field for portraits • How to manually shoot night portraits using rear curtain flash and dragging the shutter • Landscape photography on a tripod with mirror lock-up (MLU) and self-timer • Freezing motion for sports photography • And more Questions & Answers As time allows, we will spend the rest of the class answering any questions you might have. Cost/Refund Policy: Since our group does not collect membership fees like traditional camera clubs, we charge per event to cover our overhead and keep no-shows low. We strive to provide high quality classes, outings and workshops and spend a significant amount of time in researching the newest photography trends, editing techniques and locations. There is NO REFUND unless the class is cancelled or rescheduled by the organizer. Thanks and see you all there! Cheers, Bruno Photography Instructor All Content © Copyright Lensflare Photography Classes

  • Introduction to Digital Photography

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    $49.00

    Skill Level: Beginner. Bring: Your camera and manual. Casual setting in a professional photo studio. Soft drinks, coffee and snacks will be provided. Duration: 3 hours with break. Parking: There is usually free street parking available. Check the side streets. This is the first in a series of 2 short classes to teach you the basics of digital photography. The idea is to break it all down into small blocks of enjoyable Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons rather than exhausting and overwhelming full day classes. The first evening we will focus on the easiest things you can do with your camera to improve your photography. Know your Camera: One Button and Dial at the Time It’s amazing how many photographers never looked at their manual and still don't know half the buttons they're looking at. Just like driving a car, the first thing you need to know is the function of the most common buttons and dials on your camera, just in case you hit one by accident. Don't worry, we won't be diving into every advanced setting in your menu: More advanced settings and associated photo techniques will be covered in the next module once you're more confident with your camera. Expose Better The Easy Way, and Learn in the Process: Common Scenarios and Easy Scene Settings Did you ever wonder what all of those scene modes on your camera are all about? Did you just randomly pick one since it accidentally looked the best and left it that way for months or years? You're not the only one. I hear that all the time. Leave it in P "Professional" mode and forget about it, right. ;-) Well, believe it or not, but truly understanding scene modes such as landscape, sports or portrait are a great way to immediately improve your results while getting an easy intro into semi and full manual modes. After using them for a while, it will be much easier for you to learn full manual exposure, every serious photographer's final destination. Keep in mind that we're not going to dive into full manual exposure at this point. That will be covered in the next modules. After all, you will need some time to digest and apply everything that you learned. Focusing Are you getting too many blurry shots? I will show you the correct way of focusing and what to focus on depending on the scene you're looking at. You should be able to master the focus and recompose technique after this night: Essential know-how for every photographer. We will also look at the different types of auto-focus modes on today's cameras and how to do it fully manually. Basic Composition Using the right composition for your photographs will vastly improve your results. We'll take a look at the most common ways to compose and what to avoid in certain scenarios. When to turn the Flash On, or Not Have you ever seen people flashing at the moon? It makes me chuckle every single time. I'm gonna make sure that after this class you won't be using your (built-in) flash the wrong way anymore. I will explain some typical scenarios where a (fill) flash makes sense, and when it’s better to just turn it off completely. We're also going to briefly discuss tripods and when it makes sense to use one versus a flash. Questions & Answers As time allows, we will spend the rest of the class answering any questions you might have. Make sure you bring your manual, if you have any specific questions about your camera. Every model is different, even within the same brand. Cost/Refund Policy: Since our group does not collect membership fees like traditional camera clubs, we charge per event to cover our overhead and keep no-shows low. We strive to provide high quality classes, outings and workshops and spend a significant amount of time in researching the newest photography trends, editing techniques and locations. There is NO REFUND unless the class is cancelled or rescheduled by the organizer. Thanks and see you all there! Cheers, Bruno Photography Instructor All Content © Copyright Lensflare Photography Classes

  • Urban Night Photography | Field Workshop

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    $49.00

    Skill Level: Beginner. Gear Required: DSLR or fully manual high-end Compact or Mirrorless Camera, and a Tripod. Duration: 2 Hours You have probably driven by there numerous times, without paying much attention to the surroundings. But this is a great spot for gritty urban photography during the golden hour and at night. The lower bridge is vintage and in disrepair, but offers numerous opportunities for serene and ominous urban night city sceneries, close-ups and outdoor still life photography. It is also a never-ending source for great textures you could use for blending projects in an image editor such as Photoshop. Still Life Props I'm a big fan of using props in in city sceneries, as you can see in one of the images. So feel free to bring a prop or two to be used in your photos. Keep them small and light and think about it in advance on how you're going to integrate them into your photos. Make sure you can easily attach them to a wall or post. If you're brand new to night photography, I suggest to focus on the environment only for the first time around. Nearby Vintage Chicago River Bridges If we have enough time and energy and the weather permits, we might even wander off to another nearby vintage bridge with a unique Chicago river and skyline view. A Tripod Required A tripod is a must for most cameras in this environment. So unless you're an advanced photographer with experience in high ISO shooting or an appropriate super low-light camera setup, please bring a tripod. Things You Should Bring • Your camera and lenses, memory cards • Freshly charged batteries, including a backup • A tripod is a MUST for most cameras • A remote controller for your camera (optional) • Your camera manual • A flashlight and/or your Smartphone • A notepad and pen Photography Workshop Details • During the first 30 minutes, I will explain the techniques involved for a successful night shoot. • You will practice on how to shoot at night using a tripod and a remote or self-timer for long exposures. Please familiarize yourself with the self-timer or remote of your particular camera. • As usual, I will help you as much as I can with technical issues and composition techniques and any camera and gear related questions related to night photography you might have (as time allows). Keep in mind that we can't cover all aspects of photography or your gear during this workshop. In order for you to learn anything from me, we keep our photo workshops small. Cost/Refund Policy: Since this group does not collect membership fees like traditional camera clubs, we charge per event to cover our overhead and keep no-shows low. We strive to provide high quality outings and workshops and spend a significant amount of time in researching and scouting ideal locations and techniques. This is a rain or shine event. Therefore there is NO REFUND unless the photo workshop is cancelled or rescheduled by the organizer. Thanks and see y'all there! Cheers, Bruno Photography Instructor/Guide All Content © Copyright Lensflare Photography Classes

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  • Introduction to Adobe Lightroom | Learn the Basics in the Digital Darkroom

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    $49.00

    Skill Level: Beginner. No computer required. Casual setting in a professional photo studio. Soft drinks, coffee and snacks will be provided. Format: Presentation and discussions. Duration: 3 hours with break. Parking: There is usually plenty of street parking available. Introduction to Adobe Lightroom Adobe Lightroom is one of the most popular applications for photo editing and image management. It offers a straight forward workflow to organize, edit and export your photos. You can chose to keep it very simple or use very advanced non-destructive digital darkroom tools to enhance your images. Learn the Basics and get an Overview of Adobe Lightroom This is the perfect class for photographers who either need an introduction to Adobe Lightroom or are still on the fence if they would like to use it. I will point out some major differences in using Lightroom versus Bridge and Photoshop and other software. I will be using the latest Adobe Lightroom CC version offered via the Adobe Creative Cloud photography package subscription. So before you sign up, come to this class and see if Lightroom is for you. More Lightroom To Come Since Adobe Lightroom offers a lot of features, we are breaking them down into small packages that are easy to digest. The idea is to learn small blocks of know-how during enjoyable evenings rather than exhausting and overwhelming full day classes. Here the Program for the Evening: • Adobe Creative Cloud: Updates on the Fly • Lightroom versus Photoshop: Which App for What • Adobe Lightroom Workflow: The Big Picture • Organizing your Photos: Setting up a Folder Structure • Importing Images using a Lightroom Catalog • Backing Up Lightroom Databases and Images • Reviewing and Organizing your Photos • The most important Lightroom Workspaces and Modules • Viewing and Selecting Photos: Pick the Best Shot • Basic Editing and Adjustments in Lightroom: The Creative Part • Basic Exporting of your Photos: E-Mail, Web, Photo Lab No Computer needed This class is a presentation and demonstration of what Lightroom can do for you. The idea is to give you an introduction so you have the basic know-how to install Lightroom and get started at home. Due to limited space, we don't have any tables but feel free to bring your notebook or convertible laptop with Lightroom installed if you're comfortable using it on your lap and plan on trying some features using your own images. Unfortunately we won't have the time to install software. Cost/Refund Policy: Since this group does not collect membership fees like traditional camera clubs, we charge per event to cover our overhead and keep no-shows low. We strive to provide high quality classes, outings and workshops and spend a significant amount of time in researching the newest editing techniques. There is NO REFUND unless the class is cancelled or rescheduled by the organizer. If there are less than 3 participants, this class might be rescheduled. Thanks and see you all there! Cheers, Bruno Photography Instructor All Content © Copyright Lensflare Photography Classes

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  • Get Published and make Extra Cash with Stock Photography

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    Skill Level: All. No computer or gear required. Casual setting in a professional photo studio. Soft drinks, coffee and snacks will be provided. Format: Presentation and discussions. Duration: 3 hours with break. Parking: There is usually plenty of street parking available. Make some Extra Cash with Stock Stock Photography and Get Published Fast, Worldwide There is an ongoing demand for stock photography and plenty of opportunities to make some extra cash on the side. How do I know? I'm earning stock photography income as you're reading this Meetup post. My images are downloaded every day and used in all sorts of commercial and editorial projects. You'll probably never get rich, but it sure can help pay towards your photo equipment and gets you published. As a side gig, I have been casually submitting to Internet based stock agencies for over 10 years and will give our group some insights on how to possibly make this work for you. Here are the topics we're going to discuss: • What is stock photography? And no, it's not just clichés • Agencies: "Old School", Alamy, iStock and the rest of them • Micro versus Macro Stock • Exclusive versus Non-Exclusive and which "Agencies" to avoid • Rights Managed (RM) versus Royalty Free (RF) • Editorial versus Commercial • How much can you make? • What kind of photography sells and what not to submit • How to deal with image rejections and re-submissions • Pitfalls to avoid and how to get your images accepted • Brief intro to keywording and submission workflow • How to plan and calculate the ROI for successful images • Licensing direct: Is it worth the time? • Q&A Session as time allows Keep in mind that this a short class and a basic introduction to the topic. Further research (and work) on your part will be necessary to be successful. Cost: $49 Per Person Cash or Credit/Debit at the Door: For Space Rental, Snacks/Drinks and Group Overhead. If there are less than 3 participants, this class might be rescheduled. Thanks and see you all there! Cheers, Bruno Photography Instructor All Content © Copyright Lensflare Photography Classes

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  • Gritty Urban Night Photography | Field Workshop

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    $39.00

    Skill Level: Beginner. Gear Required: DSLR or fully manual high-end Compact or Mirrorless Camera, and a Tripod. Duration: 2 Hours You have probably driven by there numerous times, without paying much attention to the surroundings. But this is a great spot for gritty urban photography during the golden hour and at night. The lower bridge is vintage and in disrepair, but offers numerous opportunities for serene and ominous urban night city sceneries, close-ups and outdoor still life photography. It is also a never-ending source for great textures you could use for blending projects in an image editor such as Photoshop. Still Life Props I'm a big fan of using props in in city sceneries, as you can see in one of the images. So feel free to bring a prop or two to be used in your photos. Keep them small and light and think about it in advance on how you're going to integrate them into your photos. Make sure you can easily attach them to a wall or post. If you're brand new to night photography, I suggest to focus on the environment only for the first time around. Nearby Vintage Chicago River Bridges If we have enough time and energy and the weather permits, we might even wander off to another nearby vintage bridge with a unique Chicago river and skyline view. A Tripod Required A tripod is a must for most cameras in this environment. So unless you're an advanced photographer with experience in high ISO shooting or an appropriate super low-light camera setup, please bring a tripod. Things You Should Bring • Your camera and lenses, memory cards • Freshly charged batteries, including a backup • A tripod is a MUST for most cameras • A remote controller for your camera (optional) • Your camera manual • A flashlight and/or your Smartphone • A notepad and pen Photography Workshop Details • During the first 30 minutes, I will explain the techniques involved for a successful night shoot. • You will practice on how to shoot at night using a tripod and a remote or self-timer for long exposures. Please familiarize yourself with the self-timer or remote of your particular camera. • As usual, I will help you as much as I can with technical issues and composition techniques and any camera and gear related questions related to night photography you might have (as time allows). Keep in mind that we can't cover all aspects of photography or your gear during this workshop. In order for you to learn anything from me, we keep our photo workshops small. Cost/Refund Policy: Since this group does not collect membership fees like traditional camera clubs, we charge per event to cover our overhead and keep no-shows low. We strive to provide high quality outings and workshops and spend a significant amount of time in researching and scouting ideal locations and techniques. This is a rain or shine event. Therefore there is NO REFUND unless the photo workshop is cancelled or rescheduled by the organizer. Thanks and see y'all there! Cheers, Bruno Photography Instructor/Guide All Content © Copyright Lensflare Photography Classes

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