In this 3 session workshop, students will become familiarized with the ins and outs of making successful pictures by night. You will learn a number of techniques and tricks to capturing images during the night while you photograph San Francisco landmarks oceanside. Throughout this nighttime adventure, instructor David Egan will serve as your guide to night photography, as well as the technical challenges of capturing images outdoors.
The shooting portion of the workshop will take place at the Sutro Baths, at the very edge of San Francisco. Built in the late 1800s, all that remains of the Sutro Baths are concrete ruins. This is an inspiring and dramatic location to learn night photography, using natural light and/or light painting techniques.
Students will gain a strong grasp on light painting, proper exposure at night, focusing, composition, working with ambient and mixed light, light trails, and capturing stars. Additionally, students will learn about historic and contemporary photographers that have created intriguing bodies of work at night, including Todd Hido’s mysterious suburban images and Brassaï’s captivating night portraits and city photography.
Time will also be spent critiquing photographs in order to provide students with valuable feedback to help elevate their work to new levels. If you’re ready to embark on a new creative journey and photograph city landscape images in a new way, this is the class for you!
Thursday, June 20, 7–9PM: Introduction followed by discussion about night photography.
Saturday, June 22, 7–10PM: Saturday night shoot at Sutro Baths in San Francisco. Meeting location and information discussed on 1st evening of workshop.
Thursday, June 27, 7–9PM: Evening critique session of printed work from the workshop.
David Egan is an American photographer who creates long-term bodies of work focusing on the American West. He holds an MFA in photography and his work has been recognized in numerous publications and exhibited throughout the country. Egan has had the privilege of working with some of the medium’s greats in Mary Ellen Mark, John Chiara, Simon Norfolk, and Alessandra Sanguinetti. He has been an instructor at the Harvey Milk Photo Center for the past 4 ½ years.