Our Winter 2019/2020 Series
- The Basics of Night Photography – in Leeds, Clarence Dock – October 30th
- Light painting with torches & wire wool spinning – Roundhay Park, Leeds – 13th November
- Creative camera control with Xmas lights – Leeds city centre – December 11th
- Night Architecture – Salford Quays, Greater Manchester – 15th January
- Lighting Kirkstall Abbey OR Sheffield City Centre – 12th February
- Lighting the Landscape – Almscliffe Crag (or Cow and Calf, or Brimham Rocks) – March 18th
Each workshop is the second or middle Wednesday of the month, starting at 7 PM and ending at 10 PM – though some may go on longer if we want to keep going.
What you’ll learn in this workshop
Building on what we learned in session 1, we now start actually “lighting things” with torches.
We need somewhere very dark where we can leave the cameras on for 30 seconds and the background remains dark – this is why we use the park. All the light for the photo will be created by us – with torches and coloured gels (plastic sheets of various colours).
In the park, there are several things to light, a playground, water tower, bandstand and at the end, a castle. There’s even a lovely lake with fountains in which looks great at night.
You will need:-
- A camera with manual exposure mode
- A camera where you can easily switch Auto Focus on and off
- A camera which can do exposures of 30 seconds or longer
- A tripod – a sturdy one is best, but any will do though a flimsy one may frustrate you!
- Lots of batteries – if you’ve only got 1, we’d recommend buying at least 1 spare and having it fully charged
- Head torch – so you can have both hands free to see your camera in the dark
- Torch – ideally a VERY POWERFUL torch, new LED torches are perfect for this and can be sourced on EBAY/AMAZON cheaply. If possible get a “thrower” type of torch as they have a tightly focussed narrow beam
- Gels – again EBAY/AMAZON – and look for Coloured Gel Sheets – you just need ones big enough to cover your torch’s end with
This is a really interactive session with people taking on different tasks for each shot – some will be triggering cameras, others lighting different bits of a scene – the goal is for everyone to get a well exposed shot of something that starts out totally black, but with a bit of lighting carefully applied looks amazing. The skill is in both the camera settings and also how long your torch is switched on for and where it points. It’s a lot of fun.