Downtown Los Angeles Night Photography Lecture & Hands-On Workshop

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Downtown Los Angeles Night Photography Lecture & Hands-On Workshop

October 30 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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This 2-part workshop includes a live lecture on Zoom on October 27th @6pm & a hands-on workshop in Downtown Los Angeles on October 30th @6pm

Shooting in changing light can be one of the most challenging things to master. During this course you’ll learn to capture images from golden hour to blue hour and then night. We will use the beautiful views in Downtown Los Angeles as our subject where we can practice long exposures and bracketing for more interesting and detailed images. In this two part course, Chris Crosby will teach you what he considers to be the essentials shooting changing light and will provide tips to come away with better long exposures and compositions.

You may choose to just take the lecture or you may take both the lecture and the hands-on portion. The ticket for the hands-on portion includes the price of the lecture.

Part 1 – Live Lecture on Zoom – October 27th @ 6pm Pacific Time

The lecture portion will focus on beginning to intermediate techniques that are fundamental to successful captures in the field. Learn the keys to composition, exposure and capturing tack sharp images with your long lens. Plan for better shots by understanding weather and light angles.

Part 2 – In-Person Hands-on Workshop in Downtown Los Angeles – October 30th @5pm-7:30pm Pacific Time

The in-field workshop will take place in Downtown Los Angeles and will allow you to reinforce what Chris covered in the lecture. Chris will be providing hands-on instruction and guidance as you learn these new techniques. He’ll be focusing on composition, exposure and many other techniques to help give your images an extra edge. Students are encouraged to bring filters of their own, but Chris will have a few sets of filters for students to sample if they are interested.

Topics Covered:

  • Exposure – How I expose my images for beautiful tonal range and color
  • Composition – Learn how to make your images more interesting immediately
  • Light – Learn how to plan for and use light to your advantage
  • Night Photography – Learn how to get better images in the dark
  • Filters – Learn what filters to use and how to use them to your benefit

What to bring:

For the Lecture you will need internet access and Zoom software loaded on your device. You may want to have any note taking materials with you as well.

For the Hands on Shoot, please bring the following:

  • Camera – Preferably a DSLR or other camera that allows control over Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO.
  • Wide to Medium Focal Lengths – Chris suggests a lens between 16-70mm depending on your camera’s sensor size. He uses a 16-35mm on a Full Frame Canon. This focal range is preferred.
  • Tripod – The sturdier the better. Tripod will be necessary to capture longer exposures and keep your long lens stable
  • Remote Shutter – Chris recommends a remote shutter or cable release to remove camera shake from your shots and to take long exposures.
  • Filters – ND Filters, Graduated ND Filters, Circular Polarizers and even Night Filters can be used during this workshop. Filters aren’t necessary, but are very helpful. Bring what you have or try some during the workshop.
  • Clothing – Comfortable shoes and a jacket is probably a good idea for after the sun goes down. Please pay attention to the weather and Chris will go over this during the lecture.

Instructor Bio:

Chris Ewen Crosby is a photographer based in Long Beach, CA. Born and raised in Seal Beach, CA, he developed a love for the ocean and outdoors during his childhood. Chris was very active in sports and outdoor activities that took him from the California’s oceans, through the mountains and to the deserts. It was these formative years that sculpted his love of the beauty of the earth. He also inherited a love for teaching from his mother, It is a desire to teach, love for the outdoors, and a love for photography which shaped where Chris currently resides in his life.

In accordance with state and local public health organizations, Samy’s Photo School is following all COVID-19 related protocols. Please do not attend this class if you are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19 including fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, shortness of breath, loss of sense of taste/smell, fatigue, diarrhea, muscle aches and headache.

By Registering for this Workshop, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions. You will be required to sign a waiver prior to the workshop. CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS.


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