Digital Night Photography Workshop – Fort Smith AR
June 17 -19, 2011
Just because you have just captured some great images during the “Magic Hour” does not mean it’s time to put away the camera and quit shooting. Some of my favorite images are from “Night Photography”. The same scene you shot during the daylight will take on a whole new dimension after dark. With digital photography, subjects that were nearly impossible to shoot a night, are now obtainable by nearly everyone.
This workshop is designed to teach you what you need to know to make fantastic night or lowlight images. You will learn to set your camera manually for long exposures nessery for night photos. You will learn techniques such as “Light Painting” to add a creative touch to you images.
We will spend time in the classroom each day, learning the basics of Night Photography and reviewing images from the previous night’s shoot. During classroom sessions we will focus on developing our images with Adobe Lightroom
While in the field each night, photographic techniques and creative inspiration will be discussed, demonstrated and put into practice. We will all work closely together, sharing our knowledge and observations. Locations will be chosen to introduce participants to some of the different types of lighting situations encountered at night.
Friday June 17
We will meet a 6:00 pm at my personal studio/classroom and have a short class on setting your camera for night photography.
We will then travel to downtown Fort Smith for a night photo shoot, until approximately 11:00 pm.
Saturday June 18
We will meet back at my personal studio/classroom and spend the afternoon with more in depth instruction into special techniques for different types of night photography and due some processing of images from the night before.
We will go to dinner at about 5:00 and then travel to the location of our night shoot, planning to arrive well before dark ( You will want to shoot here during the daylight as well), and again stay until approximately 11:00 pm. We will be shooting at the abandoned hospital at Fort Chaffee which is normally closed to the public. The medical complex at Fort Chaffee opened on December 7, 1941 (Pearl Harbor Day). The medical complex itself is an enormous site with 128 buildings all held together by long hallways. The complex has its own exchange and theater. It even had its own four lane bowling alley, not to mention being a 1,595 bed hospital. You will need to sign a waiver of liability to be allowed access to this restricted area.
Sunday June 19
We will meet back at my personal studio/classroom and have some more classroom instruction and process images from the night before. We will break for dinner at around 6:00 and head out for a third night shoot after that.
|Location||Greg Disch’s Private Studio, Fort Smith AR|
|Experience||Should be familiar with using your camera and editing your images on a computer.|
|Equipment||DSLR Digital Camera, tripod, cable release, and laptop computer with lightroom 3, or other editing software.|
|Optional Equipment||Additional lenses and camera equipment and an external flash if you have one.|
|Maximum Class Size||8 particpants to enable personal attention.|
|Schedule||Friday June 17, 6:00 -11:00 pmSaturday June 18, 1:00 – 11:00 pmSunday June 19 2:00 – 11:00 pm|
|Cost||$169.00 per person ($152.10 with 10% early registration discount if registered before June 3, 2011)|
|Who Should Attend||Photographers who want to learn to have total control over the settings on thier camera, shooting at night is one of the best ways to really learn to work your camera. Many of the techniques will apply to all types of photography, and we will have a chance to get some great images.|
Workshop Policies and Information
About the Workshop
Our workshops are based on digital photography, the assistance that I can provide and the immediate feedback of digital make “in the field” workshops one of the most effective teaching formats available. Whether finding the correct exposure, looking through the viewfinder for the perfect composition, or learning how to use the equipment, you can’t beat real world experience. Classes are kept small, it’s all about personal, individual attention.
Digital offers a number of benefits for learning photography including:
- Immediate feedback on exposure and composition
- Immediate critique from the instructor an other participants
- Ability or afternoon or evening reviews and projection
- Automatically capturing all shooting information (Meta Data)
- Ability to manage work flow while still on location
We keep our group size small, this provides for a high degree of personal attention and a great amount of flexibility in making the workshop the best possible experience for the participants.
This workshop is limited to a maximum or 8 participants.
Changes to the Itinerary
In order to offer the best experience possible for the workshop participants we reserve the right to alter the itinerary when our judgment warrants it. This could be due to unforeseen circumstances, closures, weather or other conditions beyond our control. We may also alter due to new or unexpected photographic opportunities that may arise.
What is Included
Your workshop fees include full instruction and location guiding. Upon receipt of your deposit, you will be supplied a trip checklist to assist with your preparations. Before the workshop, all participants receive a course syllabus, detailed itinerary, technical articles, and more.
What is Not Included
Transportation to and from the workshop, transportation during the workshop, lodging, meals, incidental expenses and items of a personal nature.
Health and Physical Considerations
All participants should be in generally good health, walking and moderate climbing may be necessary in outdoor workshops and you will be responsible for carrying of your own equipment on location shoots. If
you are taking any medications be sure to bring a supply sufficient for the duration of the workshop.
If you have any concern about your ability to participate in a workshop please contact us before registering.
To get the most from the workshop you should have a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera, tripod and an assortment of lenses. That being said, it is the photographer not the camera that makes the photo. You will need a laptop computer to use, remember to bring all software, drivers, cords, and camera manuals when attending any workshop and you should be technically proficient with your laptop computer and editing software ( Adobe Lightroom 3 is reccomended and what will be used in any class work).
Transportation During Workshop
We do not provide Transportation on field trips, carpooling will be done among participants for these workshops. If you do not have a car let us know and we will be sure there are enough seats with other
members during the workshop.
Lodging is not provided, you will need to make your own reservations, we will be meeting in Fort Smith AR, and be eating most meals there.
Meals, drinks, and snacks are not provided, and are the responsibility of the participant. You may eat on your own or we can go as a group.
Registration, Payment, and Refund Policy
You can register any way you like, just so I get your information, you can use the online registration, the contact form, email, postal mail, or call me on the phone (479-414-6889) either to register
or just ask a question. Registration is done on a first come basis, so register early to secure your space. A deposit of 20% is required to reserve your space, and full payment is due 30 days prior to the
workshop. Enrollment is limited in our workshops, so once you have been accepted your participation is important to us – we are counting on you to attend.
We do not refund workshop fees, we will however be glad to apply funds towards a future workshop.
Non Photographer (Spouse, significant other, or friend)
We welcome spouses to join you on the workshop experience however “workshop activities” are limited to registered, paid attendees. You may have a non photographer accompany you to all activities but they
must pay for the workshop. If they wish to accompany you on the trip but not attend the workshop activities, but stay with you, finding other activities during the day, and meet for meals and social type events that is perfectly acceptable.
In the unlikely event that we need to cancel a workshop we will refund all monies paid, in full. Notification of our cancellation will be made via either a telephone call or an e-mail to you at least 7 days prior to the beginning of a workshop (if possible). We cannot be responsible for phone messages and e-mails not being received in a timely matter due to your service providers. We cannot be responsible for non-refundable airline tickets unused or other travel arrangements because of a workshop cancellation.
All participants will be required to sigh a liability waiver before beginning a workshop. We will not be liable for injury, accident or theft resulting from participation in our workshop program.
An additional waiver will be required for the shoot at Fort Chaffee.
The more the better, at least as far as the photography goes. Workshops will not be canceled and no refunds will be made due to weather, we will not be responsible for any additional costs that may be incurred by weather delays or cancellations due to weather, flight delays, or other. Participants should come to the workshop prepared for all weather conditions. We will generally update everyone within a few days of the workshop so that they know what type of weather to expect.
We may be able to extend your trip in the area, if you would like more time and personal instruction. Please contact us for more information and rates before the workshop.
We prefer that you do not smoke, however if you must please abide by the following guidelines. Smoking is not allowed in or near vehicles, during instructional sessions, during group meals, or at other times when in close quarters with other workshop participants.