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  • Vintage car along Calle Genios at night, Havana, Cuba

Learn to control light and exposure to create distinctive imagery.

A photographer's ability to capture images of what they see involves balancing lighting and the aesthetics of their vision. This workshop teaches you to pre-visualize your images by controlling exposure and light. Photographers will learn to properly expose and control light in the most challenging situations with the equipment available in their bag. Emphasis will also be placed on composition and the use of light and shadow as a design element to create images with impact.

Lectures include composition, exposing in high contrast and low light, long exposures, shooting at night, color temperature, and using filters.

This workshop is for the intermediate and advanced student who has a working knowledge of their camera. Students must know how to use their camera in the manual exposure mode, controlling the aperture settings and shutter speeds.

  • Camera with manual controls
  • 5-7 images for initial critique
  • Tripod (optional)
  • Flash unit (optional)
  • Notebook and pen

Arlene Collins is a documentary photographer specializing in photographing remote cultures and changing civilizations around the world from Asia to Western Africa. In addition to her images of diverse and distant cultures, Arlene has worked on several long-term photo essays focusing on Boxing in New York City and Bangkok, Thailand, the Rodeo, and Unesco World Heritage Sites. She works as a private location lighting consult, specializing in the use of wireless multi-strobe units and working in difficult lighting situations.

  • Getting proper exposure in the most challenging lighting situations
  • Previsualizing your images
  • White balancing in mixed lighting situations
  • Long exposure and shooting at night
  • Using light and shadow as design elements
  • Aesthetics
  • Demonstrations
  • Lecture
  • Lighting
  • Shooting
Who's it for?

Students who know how to use their DSLR cameras in manual mode and want to gain a better understanding of exposure to create dramatic images.

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  • Non-members: $400 + lab fee of $60
  • Members: $414


2-session class
Saturday - Sunday
10am - 5pm