This one day intensive workshop will cover both basic and advanced techniques involved with getting unique results while shooting at night and in low light conditions. We’ll meet at The Hutong first to cover concepts regarding night photography, as well as gear and how to use it. After that, we’ll walk around The Hutong to capture the night. This will finish up with participants going to a predetermined location for those who want to keep shooting.
A follow-up to the class will continue online with individual feedback from the instructor, as well as a gallery on his website for workshop participants to see what others shot, post comments and discussion. A possible Google+ Hangout or something similar can be arranged at a later date if participants so choose.
Being a workshop that focuses on nighttime photography, the class will start at 1pm and go till the participants choose to head home (approx. 9pm in previous workshops)
Topics Covered Include:
- Low light photography: handheld techniques and tips
- Visual differences and similarities: daytime vs. nighttime
- Technical, exposure, and focus considerations
- Shooting in moonlight
- Special considerations for nighttime photography
- Specialty techniques: Painting with light, Urbex, Bokeh
- Look at sample images using all these techniques
The techniques discussed below will be covered but only in a limited fashion do to time, location, and technology constraints. If participants are especially interested in these techniques, please let us know and we will arrange a longer workshop dedicated to them, with the possibility of staying overnight at a location outside of the city.
Note: This workshop is open to photographers of any level. However, the focus is on night photography and it’s process. The participants should already know basics like composition, light, exposure, and camera controls. If you are unsure whether you are capable of taking this workshop, do not hesitate to contact me here. You can also take the beginning workshop course at The Hutong.
This workshop will take place during the night. Participants should dress accordingly and be prepared for shooting in those conditions.
A digital SLR with interchangeable lenses is a plus but not a necessity. The bare minimum is a camera that can: shoot RAW images (if you’re not sure, check your manual), have a bulb setting (again, check your manual), and the ability to shoot via a cable release or remote that can lock the shutter open for an extended period of time. Note: You can still participate and shoot without these features, but you will be severely limited in the quality of your images and your ability to capture them effectively.
A sturdy tripod is helpful for night photography and is very important. Something is better than nothing. If you have a cheap, flimsy one, your pictures might suffer (especially since we will do exposures that will be minutes in length).
Adobe Lightroom is optional, but will be used and demonstrated during the workshop for noise reduction and basic workflow. You can visit http://www.adobe.com/products/tryadobe/main.jsp and download a 30 day free trial.
- Camera with a Bulb mode
- Sturdy but comfortable Tripod
- Remote switch, Cable release, or Timer Controller
- Lenses (preferably one with a wide-angle and one with a fast aperture)
- Lens hood also recommended
- Bright Flashlight, MagLite, or LED
- Comfortable walking shoes, gloves, hats, hand/foot warmers (optional), backpack, thermos for hot drinks
Date: Saturday, Jan 12, 1:00 – 5:00 at The Hutong, followed by night shooting. Visit our calendar to sign up.
Cost: 500rmb, 450 RMB for members, with participants getting a DVD with videos, books, and information regarding night photography at the end.
For more samples of night photography, please go to http://1world1eye.zenfolio.com/night_photo_workshop
Mitchell Masilun is a Beijing based freelance photographer and educator. He is a contributor to Getty Images and has been published in various magazines and newspapers both inside and outside of China. Before coming to China, he was a photojournalist working in the Chicagoland and Central Ohio areas, with images circulated nationwide through the Associated Press, The Chicago Tribune, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution and other newspapers. He has a degree from The Ohio State University, and one of 100 participants chosen out of thousands to be a part of the Eddie Adams Workshop. His images have also been published in four books and he is currently working on a documentary about Kashgar’s Old City and the geographical line that separates China’s East and West Territories.
For more images from the instructor, please go to www.1world1eye.com