Dancing in the Dark: Another Dimension
Nighttime in the city offers fabulous opportunities to get creative - add in a contemporary dancer and the possibilities are multiplied. if you know how to make the most of this combination, you cannot fail to come away with some truly captivating images. And that’s what you will learn to do on this 3-hour course - the what, why and how of shooting dance on location after the sun goes down. As photographers, our eyes are trained to seek out interesting backdrops, turning mundane into magic, simply by the skilful use of light, movement and composition. So, that’s what we do throughout the evening. Transform each everyday urban setting into a stage upon which our dancer performs. And if it rains, embrace the reflections! In one evening, this hands-on workshop equips you with all you need to know to take great pictures of a dancer at night. The evening falls into two sections.
We meet up while there’s still light in the sky and briefly discuss the content of the shoot. Balancing ambient light with artificial light is key to achieving dramatic results. Our first location, down by the water’s edge on Caldecotte Lake, is chosen specifically to help you to nail this technique. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the gear; we bring triggers, speed lights etc. so, with a maximum of 8 photographers on the course, you get time to practise the skills required. You go home with useful reference shots and some cool images too.
…and Down Town
By the time we’re ready for our next location, the sun has dropped. Now we’ll be shooting at high ISO and cracking out the wide aperture lenses. What we’re on the lookout for is interesting backgrounds and city lights. They’re not hard to find. Shop windows, underpasses, office blocks, multi-storey car parks, passing traffic and more - the urban environment after dark is ablaze with opportunities to fire the imagination. This is where we capture the poetry of our dancer in motion by slowing down the shutter speed to introduce controlled blur. You will also experiment with a number of fundamental principles: distance between the ambient light and your subject; camera angle and distance from your subject; framing and composition. By the time we wrap, we guarantee you will literally have seen the light.
You will need your camera, for the first part a 24-70mm or equivalent lens is perfect. For the low light work we suggest prime lenses the have an aperture of f/1.8 or less. A 'nifty 50' is ideal. You will not need to bring a tripod or lights.
It can get cold and sometimes even wet! Dress appropriately.
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The Complete Photographer Course, is exceptional in it’s itinerary in how it covers off and challenges even the most competent of photographer, it covers off different genres, but it’s beauty is it’s structure of absolutely nailing the basics but mixing theory with exceptional practical work. The icing on the cake however is Andrew Appleton, putting the wonderful, engaging nature aside, his technical, creative, relaxed yet focused mind and personality really make this course exceptional. Shooting street photography in the morning, then a model shoot in the mid day sun on a beach, then onto a child shoot in ever changing afternoon light and finally a late afternoon dramatic 1940’s railway model shoot, will test everyones ability, but Andrew is there as a guiding hand, to push you to levels you didn’t think possible.
I come away from 5 days, a much better technical photographer than I was before, but I also come away with an energy, focus and plan on what I want to do next, but that’s only 75% of what you get, the final 25% are the connections you make, the friendships that you build, the life experience you achieve, bonding with the 3 other photographers and the most amazing models that Andrew works with.
I don’t think I’ve ever felt like I’ve had so much value for money in a photography course, i simply cannot praise Andrew and Helen on this course enough, thank you”Owen Clements
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