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Low Light & Night Photography Workshop

Course Overview

Often more rewarding than photography during the day our environment is transformed into scenes of colour, vibrance and reflections at night. Venturing out at dusk allows us to capture beautiful images with rich colours, traffic light trails and painting with light.

Our low light and night photography workshop is designed for those wishing to safely venture out at dusk or after dark to capture images of Bristol from a different perspective. This course is also perfect for those not confident in venturing out alone after dark with potentially expensive camera equipment.

This workshop will help you to develop your understanding of the longer exposures needed for low light and night photography. This will allow you to capture creative, unique and inspiring images. During summer months we’ll mainly be concentrating on twilight and low light photography rather than full darkness due to the extremely long daylight hours.

Based from our Bristol Harbourside studio, we’ll give you plenty of time to gain hands on experience in order to help develop and refine your photography skills with Bristol’s historic harbour and vibrant city centre providing the perfect backdrop.

Bristol Harbour Railway
An overview of the essential equipment needed for low light and night photography
A review of the different camera settings needed for low light photography
Focusing and exposure techniques and how to choose the most appropriate exposure modes
Composition for night photography
Photographing iconic landmarks around Bristol
Long exposure light trails
Painting with light

We start the workshop before sunset at our Bristol Harbourside studio located in the historic Underfall Yard. Here we’ll review the basic concepts of night photography and camera settings and discuss different equipment necessary for capturing images at night.

We’ll then set off on a photo walk around the Harbourside putting all of the skills and techniques we’ve discussed into practice. There will be ample time to photograph the most interesting areas of the Harbour with plenty of opportunities to discuss techniques, camera settings and equipment.

Due to our excellent Harbourside location we have the option of heading up to the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge to photograph this instead. The Suspension Bridge makes for a perfect night photography project in itself with endless compositional opportunities possible.

By the end of the evening you will feel confident in controlling your camera and will have improved your photographic knowledge, skills and techniques.

Some previous experience is beneficial and will help you to get the most out of the workshop although not a necessity. This course is ideal for those with some basic understanding of the principal concepts of photography and an idea of how their camera works or for those who have previously attended any of our other workshops.

Where possible we can tailor the itinerary to suit each participants differing level of ability.

All DSLR, mirrorless, compact or bridge cameras are suitable providing they allow full manual control of aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Mobile phone cameras don’t generally allow much control over these settings so only parts of the course will be relevant. A tripod is highly advisable though we have a few spares we can lend out. A remote shutter release is also beneficial but not a necessity. Warm clothes and torch (a head torch is best).

The Photography Project Studio
Underfall Yard Baltic Wharf
Cumberland Rd
Bristol BS1 6XG

We try to keep group sizes small, usually around 6.

All workshops are run on demand. Contact us directly to check availability and to book.

Times will vary depending on the time of year. We start around 2 hours before sunset and usually allow around 3.5 – 4 hours but will be confirmed upon booking.

Low Light & Night Photography Course: From £65.00 – £125.00 per person dependent on numbers & duration

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