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DATE: September 11 , 2021
MEET-UP TIME: 7:00 pm
GROUP SIZE: 3 participants
PRICE: $395 +HST ($446.35, payable on booking)

COVID-19:  Participants must be double vaccinated

OVERVIEW: This is a unique photography workshop that begins with a sunset session and runs through the night, ending with a sunrise session. This night photography workshop takes advantage of some degree of moonlight to help illuminate the land as well as the opportunity to photograph the stars at night.

If you have wanted to learn how to photograph the night sky and moon-lit landscapes (on nights when the moon is present), this workshop is for you. By morning, you will have learned how to make beautiful night sky and landscape images that you can proudly show friends and family. More importantly, you will gain the confidence to go out on your own to capture the night as you remember it.

A TYPICAL WORKSHOP: Moonlight helps light the landscape by giving a gentle, soft light for your images through long exposures. Since the hours of daylight shift throughout the year, the start/finish times of the workshops will also shift. The posted times in the workshop summary  will be relevant for the next workshop.

We will meet at Holland Marsh, 45 minutes north of Toronto at the start time mentioned above where participants will park their cars for the night in a parking lot for which we have permission to use. We will then drive north together in one vehicle, visiting several locations that will provide fun challenges where you will learn to capture beautiful images of the  night sky and landscape. I will time our last location to coincide with a sunrise session before we return to Holland Marsh. Workshops only run on Saturday nights in order to allow participants to rest on Sunday.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Throughout the night you will learn how to use your camera in very low-light conditions. You will use your camera in manual mode and will learn how to adjust your camera’s shutter speed, aperture and ISO to create beautiful long exposure images. These are images that have almost a dream-like quality and are artistic in nature.

I will also demonstrate how I use a small flashlight to light parts of a composition – which adds another dimension to night photography images. If you would like to try some light painting, I will have a few flashlights and coloured gels that you may use.

During the night, we will also discuss image stacking for noise reduction, post-processing, best practices for file preparation, file formats, editing and enhancing. It is recommended that you have a recent version of your photo editing software that is able to process large raw files. Such applications may be, but not limited to: Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom. Familiarity with and a working knowledge of your editing applications is assumed.

I offer online, one-on-one post-processing tutorials which you may wish to consider if the technical issues of post-processing is something new for you or if you wish to learn more advanced methods of post-processing.

Your camera should be one you can operate in manual mode and one with which you are familiar. Knowing where to access the manual exposure functions of ISO, shutter speed and aperture is a must. While success can be had with any camera, more current cameras will have sensors more capable of using higher ISOs which will produce files with lower levels of digital noise. If your camera is an older model, I will work with you to assure you have success in making pleasing images with the camera you have. A DSLR or mirrorless camera will be the camera you need to bring with you – as well as plenty of batteries! 

WHAT TO BRING (recommendations) 

1. A digital camera which is able to be used in full manual mode and is able to handle higher ISO settings.

2. A wide lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 or faster if possible. Slower lenses can still make beautiful night images, but will have different results. If you do not have a wide angle lens, you can still make pleasing night images with a little narrower field of view.

3. Extra batteries! The cold will exhaust your batteries more quickly. Keeping batteries in an inside pocket, next to your body will keep them warmer and maximize battery power.

4. A sturdy tripod is absolutely essential for stabilizing your camera during long exposures. If you do not have one, I will have only one extra which I can lend out.

5. Appropriate clothing, footwear and personal items for the weather conditions is a must. It has been my experience that participants typically under-dress for the night. In this case more is better.

6 . A headlamp is very useful as there may be times we will be walking in complete darkness. If your headlamp includes a red light, that is ideal to preserve your night vision. If you do not have a headlamp, a flashlight is also useful.

WEATHER CONDITIONS: Weather can be an issue with any workshop, especially a night photography workshop. If the weather is partly cloudy, the workshop will still proceed. If there is total cloud cover, the workshop will still proceed as there is a lot that can be photographed, just not the stars. If there is a strong chance of snowfall or rain during the night, the workshop will be cancelled and refunds made in full via e-transfer. You may also choose to take advantage of a credit toward another night photography workshop date.

WORKSHOP COST: $395 Canadian plus HST ($446.35). This is a non-refundable fee for your spot in the workshop made via e-transfer. If for some reason you are unable to attend the workshop, you may transfer your spot to another person. If the workshop is cancelled by me due to weather or other reasons beyond my control, 100% refunds will be made.

MINIMUM NUMBERS: Workshops with a car will only proceed when a minimum of two participants have registered and provided payment. Workshops with a van will only proceed when a minimum of four participants have registered and provided payment. In the event of only one person registering, that participant will be refunded 100% of their payment or, if desired, payment can be applied to a future night photography workshop. 

LIABILITY. Spencer Wynn is not liable for any personal injuries or mishaps during the workshop. 

Spencer Wynn has the right to deny any participate access to the workshop due to concerns with respect to COVID-19.

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A visual journalist for over 30 years, Spencer has been documenting human interest stories, major news events and the struggles & triumphs of the human spirit.

As an educator and speaker, Spencer has addressed groups in Canada and internationally. He has lectured and conducted workshops and tutorials in China, Europe, United States and Canada.

As a college educator, Spencer loves to share his knowledge, experiences and stories with his photography students. Inspirational lectures, private classes and workshops inspire those interested in learning photography and those wishing to become more accomplished. Private classes are also offered by special request.

Through this learning series, Spencer has restricted the number of participants to a minimum in order to offer individual learning experiences.

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