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Night Photography: Second chance Boston Harbor, Faneuil Hall, Light Spectacular

 In this evening workshop we will focus on the three key skills necessary for night photography: Camera settings, composition, and creative seeing. 

I am offering this workshop both Friday and Saturday to accommodate your schedules. Hoping you can make it one night or the other. Choose the one that works for you.

Night photography is best done with a photo buddy or a small group. We have a great group of photographers and I know you will enjoy meeting some new friends this Friday night. This is the perfect opportunity to learn how to capture the festive feeling of Boston at Night. I have scouted the best spots for us to photograph the area so you can get right to the fun of capturing the night in your own creative way. 

Basic understanding of your camera settings is required. You need to know how to adjust your shutter speed, aperture setting, and ISO. I will help you with what the settings should be, but please familiarize yourself with how to change your settings on your camera model before the class. 

We will start class by the Boston Harbor so we can work with reflections of the city scape in the harbor. You will need your tripod for this workshop since we will do some long time exposure shots. 

From  this area near the New England Aquarium you will have some breathtaking views of the city at night.

Then we will walk a short section of the Boston Harbor Walk, and photograph the famous Blue Trellis with 50,000 lights. This magical light garden is a stunning and special sight.

From here we will head to Faneuil Hall Marketplace to see the new light spectacular show called Blink. 350,000 lights for you to work with in your compositions. There are trees wrapped in lights and interesting architecture to focus on. 

Custom House at night at the entrance of Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Work with different points of view until you capture an image you love.

 About your instructor: Suzanne Merritt is a master level instructor with a studio at the Boston Center for the Arts. She has led workshops on beauty, photography, and creativity in Asia, Europe and the United States for the past 20 years. She was the founder of the Polaroid Creativity Lab and in 2016 opened The Curious Soul Photo School in Boston MA. This will be the 196th photography meetup she has led. 

Some of the topics we will cover in the program:

1. How to get the proper camera settings to capture the stunning lights against the dramatic night sky. 

2. How to use  composition to balance the different zones of the image.

3. How to work  with reflections of lights in water and windows to add depth and mystery to your images.

4. How to focus on your subject in the dark. 

We will photograph a range of subjects including trees, architecture, and people. 

You do need a tripod for this workshop since we will be experimenting with show shutter speeds. You don't need to know how to set your shutter speed, I will help you. If you have not used your tripod before, you can come early for a free pre session tutorial on setting up and adjusting your tripod. 

I am limiting this class to 15 participants so you will need to pay when you RSVP to guarantee your spot in the class since it always fills up.

 Beautiful contradiction of stillness and motion. Join us to learn what settings to use for intentional camera motion. 

 Knowing how to photography night scenes is an essential skill to add to your knowledge base as a growing photographer so I hope you will join us.  

Hope to see you on Saturday Night. The closest T stop is Aquarium on the Blue line. 

For parking options check this website and put in Boston, then Faneuil Hall Area. It will give different options and prices. You can even reserve a spot.  

We will go for happy hour social time at the end of class and you are welcome to join us. We look at the photos from the shoot and discuss what we learned over a beer.


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  • Judy M.

    Great meetup until I fell.

    4 days ago

  • suzanne

    HI Deb, Glad you can make the class on Friday. You should RSVP on site for the Friday class not Saturday. Both are listed. One person has signed up for Friday at this point. It is on Dec. 2nd. Will be great to see you.

    November 29

  • Deb D.

    Suzanne, would love to do this on Friday night. Should I rsvp thru the above link that says Saturday? I cannot do it Saturday.

    November 29

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