Chasing Light Photography Course – 3 Hour Workshop

Chasing Light – Night Photography Course

Location: West Yorkshire – (Various locations during the Workshop)
£85.00 – (3 Hours)

7.30pm – 10.30pm

Set Location: Meeting at Starbucks just off junction 26 (Chain Bar Roundabout) Postcode BD19 3 QE. 

Exertion Level: Easy

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Available dates: Thursday 7th November 2019 & Thursday 14th November 2019 & Thursday 21st November 2019

This is a specific workshop looking at how to capturing light tracers and long exposure shots within an urban or rural landscape. Chasing light is a brilliant and fun course that will have you capturing impressive shots of moving traffic thorough the chosen backdrop and to experiment with shooting in low light with longer exposures looking at specific settings and techniques. Unlock the potential of your SLR, DSLR or Bridge camera. Whether you a total beginner and only ever shoot in auto mode or you already have some experience, we will help you get the most out of your camera.

Kit Requirements: It is important to have a camera that allows you to have some control over exposure settings and shutter speed. This means you need a camera that has the ability to shoot in either full manual mode and/or shutter priority mode, something that DSLR cameras will have and some point and shoot cameras will also have. You will also need a tripod. Lens hoods are also useful to cut out stray ambient light, remote or wireless shutter release controls can also be an advantage.

Setting Up Your Shot:

Thinking about framing and composition.
Timing and anticipating light
Capturing Harsh (cars) and Ambient (sky) light
Location #1: Perspectives. Finding High Vantage points. Low down Vantage points and eye level shooting. Create an unusual angle.
Location #2: Well Lit Buildings. Re-focusing and Re-Shooting for Bokeh Double Exposures. Puddles/Reflections, Leading Lines

Settings:

Test Shots and Timing different Exposure F-Stops and Exposure Compensations.
F-Stop The importance of depth of field and sharp elements.
Low ISO why?!
Auto vs manual focus and why!

Timing Your Shot:

There is no right or wrong way to time your shot. Hitting the shutter just before a car enters the frame and releasing it just after it leaves the frame can create a lovely unbroken line – but sometimes shooting with shorter exposure times while the camera is in the frame can be effective also. Once again it’s about experimenting with different timings and seeing what effects it has.

  • Using Bulb Mode
  • Using Manual Mode
  • Using Shutter Priority
  • Using Aperture Priority
EQUIPMENT / CLOTHING

Photographic Equipment
Essential requirements:
– Camera and Lenses
– Memory Card/s. You should bring at least a 32GB card
– Camera manual
– Full battery plus at least 1 spare
– Tripod
– Torch and /or head-torch

Optional items (not necessary but may prove beneficial)
– Remote shutter release (usually a cable but smart phones can sometimes pair with certain cameras)
– Filters: e.g. Polarising / Neutral Density / Graduated Neutral Density
– Monopod – not required if you bring your tripod
Any other accessories
(If you would like some advice on any equipment, clothing or accessories please do not hesitate to just ask and we will help as much as possible. We can assist with some of these if required and we do carry spare kit and extra tripods etc. We can also arrange a rental service whereas all the gear will be ready for you to use on the day, all you will need is a memory card to take your amazing images home with you.
– Packed lunch – we can provide a cool bag lunch and drinks for the day (extra cost)

Other Clothing / Equipment

Clothing / Footwear / Protection

– Waterproof Jacket and Trousers. These should be Goretex or equivalent material.
– Windproof jacket for dry but windy conditions
– Fleece top & Jacket
– Walking Boots / socks and at least one other pair of footwear. 
 – A change of footwear other than your walking boots.
 – Head protection: One or both of fleece or waterproof hat which protects ears
 – Gloves. Waterproof and / or ‘Windblock’ Fleece pair. Fingerless gloves are also useful for
accessing dials.
 – Golf umbrella made from carbon fibre. Wind resistant / storm proof ones are best for the landscape photographer. This is particularly handy for shooting in a changeable climate.

Other items:

– Mobile Phone. We will need your mobile phone number in advance
– Flask for hot drinks
– Walking stick to help on unsteady ground if you wish

Not included in the course:

– Insurance for your equipment 
– Food and drinks unless pre-arranged at an additional cost
– Driving between locations. 

Cancellation or bad weather:

– If we need to cancel the course due to unforeseen circumstances or bad weather then another date will be offered in replacement for the original date. Alternatively a full refund will be offered.