Low-Light Photography in Practice at Grand Central Terminal

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Price: $79.00 /per person

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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 - www.apany.com (http://www.apany.com/)) To learn more about Ron and his work, please visit his website at www.jautzphoto.com (http://www.jautzphoto.com/).