New to Night Photography?
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This is your introduction to night photography – it’s a fantastic new world of creativity which takes people onto mountain tops to capture the milky way, painting abbeys with light and all kinds of opportunities.
Night photography skills open a whole new creative world – and it’s easier than it sounds!
So join us to learn how to capture car light trails, reflections in puddles, blue hour skies – but also how to write your name with a torch, make little aliens in the park and make a washing line between 2 trees.
What you should know to come to this workshop
This workshop is all about learning to shoot at night, so we would expect everyone to know some basics about their own camera, including:-
- how to put it on a tripod correctly
- change white balance
- use exposure compensation in “Program/Aperture Priority/Shutter Priority” Modes
- in Manual exposure mode and know how to change Aperture and Shutter Speed – just how to change them, we’ll explain more on settings on the night.
- change white balance
- switch Long Exposure Noise Reduction on or off (some cameras don’t have this)
- how to use LIVE VIEW – so you can see the photo you’re about to take on screen
- how to change your focus point position – not critical, but very useful.
Most of these things can be done at home with your manual, or youtube – so please think of this as your homework so you’re ready to get shooting straight away.
If you would prefer, you can get a 1-2-1 session with Ade to learn how your camera works – a couple of hours in Leeds would be all you need. Just message us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
What we’ll show you
We’ll show you all the camera skills needed to get you going. Exposing photos at night is “different” to daytime, so we’ll show you how we do it.
The first half of the night will be all about camera settings and how to get those right – it can be technical but we show you how to learn fast, using your camera screen to review shots and adapt the settings.
By the end of the night, you’ll be experienced and understand how to progress to the next level….
This will set you up for things including:-
- car light trails & long exposures,
- zoom bursts,
- light graffiti
- light painting
What you need to bring
Night photography is best done with a DSLR camera, but many bridge cameras are good enough these days.
They need to be able to:-
- have “manual” exposure – “M” on the selection dial
- have up to 30 seconds exposure time – some have less, which is not ideal
- be able to change the ISO/Aperture/Shutter speed
This is ESSENTIAL – you will be standing your camera on a tripod for many seconds to let light get into the camera, without a tripod you can’t do this workshop unfortunately
If you are looking to buy one, you are better looking second hand for a Manfrotto, Benbo or similar on EBAY than buying a budget – please contact us for free advice.
Wide lenses are best for this workshops – in fact, it’ll probably be the only one we use. Wide means from 10mm to about 28mm – most KIT lenses are fine
- Head Torch – you look daft, but it keeps your hands free if you’re looking for things in your bag!
- Fully charged battery AND a spare if you can
- Empty memory cards – make sure you have space!
- cable release – handy but not essential
- warm clothes – we are standing around a lot, so this means cold will get to you more than normal. Many layers are recommended.
What you need to know
This is a night photography beginners workshop – we would expect a reasonable level of experience with the camera to attend.
Understand how to change these on your camera:-
- Shutter speed
- Select Manual exposure
If those terms are unfamiliar we recommend booking us for a 1-2-1 beginners session to explain how these things work.