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Low-Light Photography in Practice at Grand Central Terminal
Join us for this special workshop where we explore the beauty and splendor of Historic Grand Central Terminal and learn how to capture images of the wonderful Beaux Arts interior and rich architectural details using nothing but available light. We have arranged for permits to use tripods, which are normally banned in the Terminal. The class will start with some background and basic instruction but is designed to maximize shooting time. Please bring any questions you have so they can be answered with the group before shooting. Being armed with a few tips, tricks and techniques before you start shooting will go a long way when faced with the difficult low-light conditions in Grand Central. What you learn here will help you immensely in all future shooting situations. Topics that will be covered include: - Camera settings for taking properly exposed low-light photographs - Techniques for creating long-exposure images - Handling difficult lighting situations - Advanced composition techniques - Tips for more effectively using your tripod - Using motion in still photos to create more dynamic images Requirements: You MUST know the manual settings of your camera and be familiar with ISO, aperture and shutter speed adjustments and how they interrelate. After the initial presentation you may stay with the group or follow your own instincts and creativity; just be aware that it’s hard for the instructor to find you to answer any questions you may have. You must also carry your designated permit with you at all times. A tripod is a MUST. Optional Equipment: An external flash/speedlight for creative applications although you will be shooting primarily with available light. Specific locations within Grand Central Terminal include: The Main Concourse The Clock The Non-Used Ticket Window Area The Sky Ceiling The Dining Concourse The Melon Chandeliers The Biltmore Room The 42nd Street Passage Vanderbilt Hall The Whispering Gallery Assorted Architectural Elements 42nd Street Exterior Views * Access to all locations is designated by Grand Central Station and/or Local & State Police and are subject to change at their discretion. Please follow orders from those officials or we all risk being removed from the Terminal. 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. Ron now serves as the Co-Chairman of the New York Chapter of the American Photographic Artists (APANY - ( To learn more about Ron and his work, please visit his website at (

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    New to photography? Know your way around a camera but your skills need some fine tuning?

    With so many resources now available out there, where do you start? New York City, itself, hosts over 100 groups on photography instruction, but do they have near a century of photography experience to back that up? And more importantly, the drive to share that knowledge with you? Do they have a long list of positive references from other students?

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    NYC Digital Photography Workshops creates fun, yet informative, SEMI-PRIVATE and PRIVATE workshops that spark creativity and technical know-how with or without having the latest and greatest gear. We offer semi-private and private workshops on over 120 photography topics on everything from how to use your new DSLR, manual settings and composition to studio lighting, fashion and street photography. You will learn real-world photography techniques both in the studio and/or in the field.

    NYCDPW leads themed Monthly Photo Walking Tours with its owner, Dawn M. Wayand, to exercise your skills, build your portfolio and make new friends in a more intimate group environment as well as Monthly Semi-Private “Learn and Shoot” Photo Walks with Instructor Ron Jautz where a topic for questions is set by the walk location. We provide outlets for your photography via occasional Group Exhibitions in various places such as SoHo, Chelsea, Lower East Side and more.

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