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Night Photography: Workshop #2

Lens Movements for Unique Effects

January 30, 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 #2: Lens Movements for Unique Effects   

This course introduces photographers to the use of various movements and manipulations to open additional creative options which can be used to establish visual flow, create a sense of movement, uniquely isolate a subject, or generate repetitions, all without special effect filters or post-processing. Lens manipulations, camera movements, and ideal exposure settings will be discussed.    

Course contents:

  • Composition and Techniques relevant to the evening’s activity
  • Lens movements and manipulations (zoom, spiral)
  • Camera movements (spin)
  • Ideal exposure and settings    
  • Optional post-processing suggestions 

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