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Skills Build Workshop 3 - Low Light

Low Light - Assignment 3:[masked]

Photo(light)graphy(paint) is to paint with light, but what happens when you're low on paint? This assignment is to shoot in low light situations WITHOUT using flash. You can use whatever light exists or you can introduce light - except for flash. Explore the joys of the long exposure. Create a mood. Play with light streams. Shoot for the moon! Have a howling good time.

Note: The benefits of these assignments are best reaped if you create new photos rather than submitting old photos for critique. The focus should be on practice, not feedback.


Format for the Skills Build Workshop

I, Trina, will post an assignment two weeks prior to a face-to-face (F2F) meetup. Sign up only if you are going to physically attend the meeting. If you cannot attend the meeting, you may still participate in the online aspect. You will have only two weeks to do the assignment.

When I post the assignment, I will also create a photo album on the Meetup site with the assignment name and the start/end dates. It will be possible to upload your photo(s) to the album as soon as it’s created.

There will be two ways to get feedback/critique on your work: online or F2F  (or both).


Post a maximum of two photos to the proper photo album on the Meetup website. In the “Caption” section, indicate what kind of feedback you are looking for. For example, you may want advice on lighting, composition, content, emotive affect, etc.

There will be a 1:3 ratio, meaning for every one image you post, you are obligated to critique at least three images for other photographers. Post 2, critique 6.

Regarding re-edits:  Some “critiquers” may want to show you what they advise instead of tell you. In this case, they may email you and ask you to send them a large file for them to work on. Of course, it is up to you to allow this or not. When the “critiquer” re-posts the image s/he must indicate in the caption who the original photographer was and that this is a re-edit. Respect copyright and delete the image from your computer when you are done with the image.

Indicate if it’s OK with you for others to re-edit your image. If you do not indicate that it’s OK, the default will be NO re-edits please.


If you want F2F feedback, there will be a meeting every other Monday. If you have already posted to the Meetup site, there is no need to bring your image(s) to the meeting as I will have online access to it. You may have two images critiqued; they can be images already posted and critiqued online, or they can be images no one has seen yet, or one of each. Bring a maximum of two images on a memory stick in JPG format. I’ll load it onto my computer, display it on the big-screen TV and we’ll provide feedback as a group. We will not do a critique for anyone who is not present. If you have no photos to offer but would like to attend anyway, you are welcome.

About feedback:

Anyone is welcome to provide feedback online or F2F, whether or not you have posted an image. Feedback must be constructive, that is, it must provide information that the photographer can use. If you love a picture, state why. If not, state why. Offer suggestions. Always be honest and kind. 

Accepting feedback can be difficult. Sometimes we take it personally, as though we are being judged ourselves. Try to see the feedback for what it is: another person's perspective on one image. Someone has taken the time to give you honest feedback about an image so accept it gracefully. If you can learn from it, great, if you don't agree, that's okay too but always accept the offering without argument or defence. Always be honest and kind.

Seth Godin's advice on feedback.


The Canadian Forces Sailing Association (CFSA) clubhouse has internet, a big-screen TV, and plenty of seating. It’s located in Esquimalt at 1001 Maplebank Rd. The clubhouse can be tricky to find. You will turn onto Maplebank Rd. off of Admiral’s Rd. The Songhee’s Wellness Centre is at that corner—it’s a large, modern building with some spectacular totem poles. You’ll go over three speed bumps, across the railway tracks, and on the left you’ll see the fenced-in parking lot for the dockyard. Pass the fenced-in lot and follow the road down and to the left until you see a white building with blue trim surrounded by another parking lot. That is the clubhouse.

Ride Sharing:

If you need a ride, post it in the comments for this Meetup. Indicate what area of town you live in. If you are willing to give someone a ride, please check the comments before the Meetup.

If you have any questions or suggestions for assignments, I can be reached via the Meetup website.

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  • Bev A.

    What's the next assignment? Meetup seems to be working fine again!!

    March 5, 2014

    • Ken J.

      The theme is portraits, Bev Anne. Not animals.

      1 · March 5, 2014

    • Bev A.

      Thanks Ken.

      March 5, 2014

  • George S.

    It was a good evening with thanks again to Trina. As Alan offered, the website presented some deletions of images. It would be an added benefit to those attending, for online critiques be in attendance for further detail to support comments.

    1 · March 4, 2014

  • Ken J.

    This is a great learning think tank.

    1 · March 4, 2014

  • Alan

    The meetup website issues meant a few people's photos did not get discussed. Other than that it was great, with our usual insightful observations. I really am starting to see photography a little differently.

    1 · March 4, 2014

  • Gary G.

    I'm able to give some folks rides.

    March 3, 2014

    • Trina H.

      Hey! I got this newsletter too. It's a good one. You will reach more people, however, if you post things of this nature to the Discussions page. From the main page you will see a menu at the top and one of the items is "Discussions."­ Click that and post your comments there. This sections is more for comments that pertain to the Skills Build Workshop itself. Cheers George!

      1 · February 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry I am unable to attend this learning opportunity.

    1 · February 25, 2014

  • Bill F.

    I would love to be there but will be in Vancouver.

    1 · February 25, 2014

  • George S.

    Might find this interesting

    These models are very cool.........and the photography..

    2 · February 21, 2014

    • Trina H.

      Hard to believe those are models and not real life! Crazy cool!

      February 26, 2014

  • Bev A.

    Is there any chance that anyone can give me a ride after this meet up. I live in James Bay but anywhere downtown where I could catch a bus would be fine.

    February 25, 2014

  • James Y.

    I really like the fact you asked people to make or take new photographs for your new assignment. It makes people get up and use the camera in the closet!

    3 · February 22, 2014

  • Cinzia

    Sorry for the silly question, but I'm a beginner ... what is a low light situation?
    I mean, what is the limit, the maximum of the light under which I have to take the picture, and how can I measure it?
    I really like to have assignments!

    PS I can not attend f2f because I'm not here in March, but I need feedbacks, critics and suggestions from the online part.
    Thank you!!!

    1 · February 18, 2014

    • Trina H.

      Or where you would not be able to handhold the camera without getting shake - i.e. you need a tripod/stabilizer.

      1 · February 20, 2014

    • Cinzia

      Thanks Trina!

      February 20, 2014

  • James Y.

    Hope the new meet up I set helps Trina.

    2 · February 19, 2014

    • Trina H.

      Perfect timing! You'd think we coordinated that or something :-)

      1 · February 20, 2014

  • Barbara W.

    Sorry that I had to renege on my RSVP. I just found out that I will be down south that week. I would have liked to participate. Maybe another time.

    2 · February 19, 2014

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