Night Photography Workshop

An evening of Practical Night Photography Activity led by Janice Street.

October 9, 2019, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM


Members must sign-up for this event.

Hello all:
We will start at 7:00pm
Below is a list of things to do for the workshop.

Night Photography Workshop


When: Wed Oct 9 @ 7:00 pm

Parking is available in the City's underground parking structure: entrances are on Laurier and Elgin, and it only costs ~$2:00 for the evening.  By bus, head to the Rideau Mall and take the short walk across the park to the City Hall entrance.  

We will meet at the Laurier Avenue entrance foyer to City Hall at 7:15pm for a brief introduction and settings check.  We will then go to various locations in the immediate downtown area starting across from the Chateau Laurier on the War Memorial side.

This workshop all photographic skills.  I will help all with settings before we move to shooting area.

What will be covered?
- Low Light/Long Exposure
- Car/Bus light trails
- Ghosting People
- Painting with Light
What to bring:
- Wear light-coloured or reflective clothing to be visible
- Bring a sturdy tripod (if you need to borrow one, let me know)
- Remember the plate that connects your camera to the tripod!
- Bring a flashlight for light painting, or LED/other for special light effects (bright)
- Bring your lens hood, if you have one, to cut down on glare
 - Charge your batteries before you come!  Long exposures take lots of battery power; bring extra batteries if you have them
- Bring extra memory cards, if you have them (just in case the other dies).
- Look at the weather forecast and wear proper clothing; we will be doing a lot of standing around so if it is cold and/or windy you will want warm clothes - if it rains we will postpone to another time.  (check CCO website at 4pm to see if I send a cancellation notice).

Basic Camera Settings to know:
- Standard and Wide-angle lenses work best
- Shooting in JPG will reduce your camera's "thinking" time after taking a long exposure
- Use Auto White Balance -  2 second timer (sometimes called a Self-Timer) to reduce camera shake, or if you have a remote trigger bring it.
- Lens hood helps with light flair.
- Use ISO 100 or 200; we want longer exposures, so don't bump up the ISO and don't use "Auto" ISO settings
No special filters are needed, but a Neutral Density filter can help extend the exposure time, and some specialty filters such as star-burst can give some interesting effects at night.
- Use Matrix (Nikon) / Evaluative (Canon) / Multi (Other) Metering
- Don't use the on-board flash; it will have little to no effect unless snowing
- Try Manual Focus; some cameras will have a hard time auto focusing in the dark
- Use Manual Mode; you will want to be able to select shutter speed and aperture to get the effects you want  
- If you don't know how to change your camera's settings, PLEASE bring your camera's user manual with you and come at 6:45!