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Night Photography: Workshop #1

An Introduction

January 23, 2019

VENUE: Barn Art Studio


Night Photography
Photo: Ken Fong

About the instructor, Ken Fong:

Ken Fong has been a creative photographer for most of his life, starting in the film days with "instamatic," 35mm, and medium and large format cameras. Today, he is a passionate landscape photographer who teaches students how to get beyond the simple snapshot so that they can discover and develop their own creative eye for photography. Ken teaches photographic composition classes and workshops in California, Iceland, Japan, and Hawaii.

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What does it mean to “capture” light? How do artists use light as a medium to create completely original works?  In this new series of night photography workshops, students will learn the technical basics of shooting in low or high contrast light as well as how to move beyond documentary style photographs into artistically manipulated images by using lens movements, flash fills, and other experimental methods. These workshops take place during Munro exhibition hours to fully take advantage of the light installations as both subject and inspiration.

Students are asked to bring a camera with manual controls, a sturdy tripod (along with the adapter to mount the camera to the tripod), a cable release for the camera, a standard zoom lens (24-70mm), (recommended but optional: an ultrawide zoom lens, a longer telephoto lens greater than 100mm), and an extra camera battery. Please wear dark clothing.

Workshop #1: Introduction to Night Photography   

During this class, students will be introduced to specific photographic techniques useful for capturing compositions in low ambient light situations. They will also receive a primer in fundamental composition and capturing techniques which will be relevant to the evening’s activity, discussing night vs. daytime photography, compositional fundamentals, techniques for best capturing light at night, and optional post-processing suggestions.

Course contents:

  • Night vs Daytime photography, growing beyond snapshots, light as a medium, previsualizing images (observe)
  • Composition Fundamentals (Rule of thirds, balance, visual flow & emotional connection, edge/corner management, using shadows), depth vs compression
  • Techniques for capturing light at night (long exposures, ideal settings)
  • Optional post-processing suggestions (cropping, edge and corner management)

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