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Class Schedule

  • This class runs from 7pm to 10.30pm on a Friday night
  • Cost is $135 per person ($125 per person for 2 or more on same booking)
  • Minimum age 14 years (parents can accompany children)
  • Next Scheduled date is Friday 16th August 2019

What You Will Learn

  • How to apply light in carefully considered and playful ways to create unique and exciting images.
  • Armed with your new knowledge, we’ll then head out into Centennial Park’s picturesque paperbark and fig groves where you will ‘paint’ the trees and other features with torchlight.
  • How to achieve the best possible results with your night photos.
  • What You Get
  • An audio-visual presentation of the best images from Peter’s ‘Illuminated Landscape’ essays, followed by a Q and A session and descriptions of how certain images were created.
  • Discussions about the principles of night photography and the recommended lights and equipment required to create stunning night time images.
  • An initial session playing with lighting effects and photographing native wildflowers inside the Learning Centre and then light-painting the immediate surrounds outside of the building, to gain confidence working with your equipment in the dark.
  • Break into smaller groups and head out to photograph Centennial Park’s splendid paperbark and figtree groves nearby. I will guide you in ways of ensuring the best results, as you ‘paint' the trees, sculptures and landscape with torchlight.

 

Description

The Workshop

This workshop is an introductory level for people who would like to try the 'magic' of light-painting. I will teach you how to apply light in carefully considered and playful ways to create unique and exciting images.

Meeting just inside the Paddington Gates, we will travel down to the park's Learning Centre, where we will have a slide-presentation followed by a briefing about how to achieve the best possible results with your night photos.

There is a FLORAL THEME for these workshops, with stunning native wildflowers set up in the Learning Centre for you to light, using specially modified torches that will be supplied to you for the night. It’s a good exercise to start to understand the effect of torchlight on particular subject matter in the comfort of the centre, before we tackle the parkland itself.

Armed with your new knowledge, we’ll then head out into Centennial Park’s picturesque paperbark and fig groves where you will ‘paint’ the trees and other features with torchlight. There will be other nice surprises, such as a 'Fire Breathing Griffin' to photograph. 
You’ll need a digital camera that does a minimum capacity of 30-second exposures, a tripod and a torch. (Some larger torches are also available on request)

 Equipment

Equipment Preparation Checklist:

 1) Digital cameras are required for these workshops – not film cameras. Point-and-shoot digital cameras are generally not suitable either.

 2) Check your cameras have manual exposure and focusing features and are able to do 30 second long shutter exposures not 1/30th second. (This is a feature with modern digital SLR cameras).

 3) Make sure all cameras have fully charged batteries as long exposures drain batteries quickly.

 4) Have the camera operation manual handy if possible

 5) Pre-setting of cameras. This is useful to save time at the start of the workshop, but don’t worry if it looks too complicated as I can do it on arrival. It does take time though for me to go through every camera.

i) Set exposure mode on camera to Manual (M)

ii) Set shutter speed to somewhere between 8-30 seconds

iii) Set aperture to F8

iv) Turn off lens Autofocus and focus manually - otherwise camera will not operate properly

v) Turn off any lens Vibration Reduction switches – otherwise photo will be blurred

i) Set ISO to 200 (turn off auto ISO settings)

ii) Turn off Long Exposure Noise Reduction

iii) Set image quality to JPG fine or RAW if you prefer

iv) Check Flash / SD Card in the camera has at least 2GB of empty space.

 5) Bring a sturdy tripod

(I have spare cameras and tripods to hire if needed)

 Personal Items

Sturdy shoes, warm clothes, water bottle. I will supply plenty of torches so it’s not necessary to bring torches but you can bring some of your own if you like.

Weather contingency:

We can work from the shelter of the Learning Centre if it rains lightly - if it rains really badly, I have backup dates to rebook you into. I will send out an email 24-48 hours before the event if I have to postpone the night due to a poor weather forecast - so check your emails the night before. I will also ask for a daytime contact number during the booking process in case of any last minute changes due to weather etc.

For queries and bookings email me direct at peter@solness.com.au or phone 0413 304889

Past Testimonials"

I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the workshop and learnt so many new skills! It was inspiring to see the images that you have taken and the many ways that you have taken light photography in your practice. Thanks again and we are hoping to join another one of your workshops soon". Ms Amy Yongsiri, Visual Arts and Photographic and Digital Media teacher