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The Language of Light for Photographers

Named by PhotoShelter as one of the top Photo Workshops in 2016!

Photographers often think in terms of an object that we want to photograph: a building, a scene in a park, a mountain, or a person. Yet we cannot move beyond basic documentation without fully understanding the qualities of light that surround our subjects, the way the camera “sees” light, and the creative tools we can use to make the most of the light that is available. In this workshop, we will build and practice our “light vocabulary” so that we can expand the way that we see light when we are making photographs.

This six-session workshop will include classroom lectures designed to illuminate concepts and inspire you to try new ways of photographing based on the light available to you. Together, we will practice what we’ve learned in our on-location shooting sessions in the beautiful light in and around Marin County. We’ll work image review time into each lecture, and you’ll have the chance to meet with Stuart Schwartz for a one-on-one printing session.

And— 11×17 prints for this workshop printed on Epson Premium Luster paper will be discounted to $12 each!

The dynamic qualities of light, from golden, to raking, to gray, and more. Concepts and skills we’ll explore and practice include:

  • How to manage the technical features of your camera to capture the light you love: ISO, shutter speed, and aperture; RAW vs. JPEG; working with the histogram, multiple exposures, and dynamic range; preparing for shooting outdoors and in low light.
  • Creative ideas and strategies to help you to make a photograph that matches your unique vision: Framing and POV; prospecting for personal and compelling shots; using screens and reflections; using different lenses; and learning from the pros.

The three lectures will compose a comprehensive survey of light and how photographers see it and use it to create expressive images, as well as:

  • Detailed in-class and in-field technical instruction
  • Creative camera techniques that build on your mastery of light
  • How to think and work like a photographic artist

Who Should Take This Workshop

Pertinent Details

  • Maximum eight (8) students
  • Participants must be physically capable of carrying their camera equipment during a moderately strenuous hike
  • 11×17 prints on Epson Premium Luster paper will be discounted to $12 each
  • Participants will be expected to deliver their files sized and ready to print

Workshop Fee Includes

Required Materials

  • DSLR or mirrorless camera with manual settings
  • Tripod
  • Laptop computer with Lightroom installed
  • Neutral density filter for motion and blur photography is suggested