This workshop will help anyone make striking and surprising images between dusk and dawn. It’s the second in a new series from Redeye, “The Fundamentals of Photography”, aimed at building your photographic style and helping you take memorable images.
Cities transform under the cloak of night-time and colour temperatures dramatically change the mood and atmosphere of photographs. Van Gogh once famously said “I often think that the night is more alive and more richly coloured than the day.” From early daguerreotypes exposed by moonlight, via Stieglitz’s nocturnal night scenes of downtown New York to the social landscape work of Nadav Kander’s Los Angeles freeways, we will take you on a whistle stop tour of the history of urban nightscapes in photography before delving into techniques that will enable you to produce striking images of your own.
Along with looking at ISOs, effective tripod work, long exposures, capturing motion, using high grain to your advantage & looking for the light, our expert tutor will guide you through the manual settings on your DSLR for best results. You will learn how colour temperature can dramatically change the urban landscape by night & how you can utilise this to best effect in your images. You’ll look at when to use flash, or not, and how to use other sorts of lighting and different techniques to highlight part of a photo.
After the workshop finishes in Manchester Central Library, there’s the chance to apply some of these techniques outside, with the tutor on hand until 21:00.
Who is this workshop aimed at?
The workshop is aimed at anyone who has not tried night-time photography, or who has but is not satisfied with the results. It is a standalone workshop and attendance at other sessions is not required. Numbers will be limited to 25.
What to bring:
Please bring any working camera that has manual controls – usually represented by the letter M on the dial or a menu. This can be a digital or film SLR, Compact System Camera (sometimes called “mirrorless”) or a digital compact or “bridge” camera with a manual setting. It should have a fully-charged battery, and a card with some space on it – unless it’s a film camera of course. If you have a choice of lenses please bring a “fast” lens, though any lens will be usable. Please also bring a tripod if you have one, and if you wish, a flashgun, or a bright torch. If it’s raining, a large umbrella would be useful.