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Creating Long Exposure Images - Upper West Side

  • Jun 28, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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We take light for granted.  Most of the time, we are shooting during the day and with an abundance of light comes fast shutter speeds. Generally this is a good thing as most of us, as far as shutter speeds go, are only concerned about one thing, camera shake. One problem though, everyone’s pictures start to look alike, and there are way too many pictures out there flooding the airwaves as it is.  We see the world with a fast shutter speed, this is how we experience life. To make memorable, impactful images, it is critical to show the world in an unique way.  Show your viewer something they've never seen before. Show them something they never could or ever will be able to see with the naked eye.

Instead of thinking about slow shutter speeds as a problem (camera shake, blurry images) you will learn how to take advantage of slower and slower shutter speeds. This is class is designed to show you how you can leverage time itself to create impactful and unique images, to uncover and capture a reality that exists but can only be seen  through the lens with long exposures.

Along with these photographic opportunities however become problems. In this Workshop we will tackle these issues head on and learn not only how to overcome them but to use them and exploit them for creative means.  We’ll learn how to achieve a custom color balance and take creative control over the temperature of the light. We will manipulate shutter speeds and play with the concept of time, motion and intentional blur for dramatic results. We will address issues such as camera support and stabilization, noise reduction, white balance and dynamic range. Learning the dark arts (literally) of long exposure photography will open the doors to boundless photographic opportunities.

Topics to be covered include:

• Effective camera settings and exposure modes

• Required gear (remotes, tripods, etc.) and recommendation

• Effective tips and techniques for great results

• ND filters for daytime long exposures and super long shutter speeds

• Selective motion blur and estimated shutter speeds ranges and focal lengths

• Panning techniques

• Light painting

• White balance

• Dragging the shutter using off camera flash

Required: Your camera and a tripod.

Optional: A remote shutter release.

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 will be on display this Fall in North Carolina. To learn more about Ron and his work, please visit his website at

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  • Kevin

    So sorry i wont make it
    I didnt pay close attenton to the directions n went to w63rd in manhattan
    My bad

    June 28, 2014

    • Dawn W.

      Kevin, if you want to try and catch up with them, please call me at [masked] and I will get you in touch with the group. You may not be far from them...

      June 28, 2014

  • Laurence E. S.

    You can use a tripod across the street and if careful at Julliard but its gets iffy there. THere is a way to get a permit just dont know how. In have shot in there area before as my parent have an apartment five blocks south. I am also not sure about shooting across the street at Fordham. Once I did when taking grad school classes at one of the campuses I showed my student ID. Once, I was , a few years ago told no and once the gate was closed. That was last year.

    June 28, 2014

  • Ron J.

    Yes, Larry is mostly right. I was there yesterday and a guy had his tripod set up next to the fountain, no problem. We will talk about work arounds. Additionally, I have scouted other spots not on Lincoln Center property for shots.

    June 28, 2014

  • Laurence E. S.

    Ron and everyone els. I have photogroahed in the area before just a word of warning. You are not allowed to use tripods at Lincoln Center anywhere. I know this from experience. Also it is extremly difficult to try to sneak a shot in with one. I have tried it. At worst you will be kicked off the property by bothe Lincoln Center security and NYs finest. Usally You get a friendly warning from The staff of Linciln Center.

    June 28, 2014

  • Ron J.

    Hi gang,
    I've had a couple people ask about what lenses are best to use. Personally, I like to be prepared for anything and would have both wide and telephoto with me. Remember, we will be working through the best part of the day, the transition from day to night. There will be plenty of light early on to capture all sorts of scenes, depending on what catches your eye. Lincoln Center area has lots of candid people shot opportunities, cityscape angles and nighttime blurred motion possibilities. As the Boy Scouts would say, "Be Prepared"!

    June 27, 2014

  • Ron J.

    Hi gang,
    We have a great group assembled for our shoot tomorrow and the weather will be perfect--I'm excited to see our results. I have lots of information to share about long exposure shooting and maybe we'll even try some new experiments. Let me know if any of you have specific things you want to cover and as always, bring lots of questions!
    See you tomorrow, don't be late!

    June 27, 2014

  • Jo

    Looking forward to this one!

    May 31, 2014

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