Paint in Roundhay Park Red…. or Green!
Ideal for creative photographers owners
Learn the secrets of light painting, graffiti and wire wool spinning in this action packed night in Leeds’ biggest park.
Subjects will be:-
- The BMX park
- The playground – lighting it with coloured torches
- The Band Stands
- The Water Fountain
- The Castle – Folly
Ideally, you will have attended the Leeds Night starter course to get used to working at night – this will be darker so you need a head torch an preferably a super–bright LED torch too.
What you need to bring
Night photography is best done with a DSLR camera, mirrorless rangefinder and 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. Please make sure you have your tripod and the little plate which attaches to your camera BEFORE your set off. It’d be very difficult and risky to attempt balancing your camera on your bag to take long exposures.
If you are looking to buy one, we use Manfrotto. They are a top brand with pro level equipment, but they do beginners kit like this one – click on it to see where to get one
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!
- LED Torch – the more of these we have the better, these are affordable on EBAY these days – you want one with 1000’s of lumens, look for “sky ray” or similar. For under £20 you should be able to get a powerful torch
- Coloured Gels – optional, but if you look for theatrical gels online, you can get packs of coloured plastic to use on the night. They change the white beam of your torch into any colour you like
- 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 we’ll be covering on the night
This is a “night photography” beginners workshop, so you’ll be learning about how to set these at night:-
- Shutter speed
- Select Manual exposure
- Focussing – how to switch between manual and auto focus etc.
Hopefully those are all familiar, though if you are completely new, come on the Leeds beginners workshop or book a 1-2-1 session to get you on track.
What else we’ll show you
This night shows you the tricky business of focussing in the dark… how on earth do you do that???
It’s amazingly easy when you know how – we’ll show you!
Also, we start to show you the fun things
This will set you up for things including:-
- light graffiti – writing with torches
- light painting – lighting things – the main thing tonight
- wire wool sparks – I’ll be doing this, but show you how it works so you can try it on your own