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  • Available Light Photography 

  • #729

  • Lecture Instructor: Bryce Denison
  • $35.00

This 2 1/2-hour lecture will explore the act of seeing the light then crafting your images given the light that you have. Knowing that available is seldom ideal by itself, we will learn about the use of reflectors and diffusers, scrims and go-bos to modify and soften light (or make it more harsh). Learn about time exposures and applying long exposure and high ISO noise reduction. We show how the use of fast prime lenses to make images with them that do not suffer from high ISO noise. Gain an understanding of controlling white balance when faced with multiple light sources each generating a different color of light. Learn the philosophy of making images by available light including advanced concepts such as selective focus and Bokeh. In both photography and cinematography; available light or ambient light refers to any source of light that is not explicitly supplied by the photographer for the purpose of making photographs.  Available light photography is routinely celebrated in portraiture, landscape, wildlife, sports, and nearly all fine art genres. You will gain an understanding of the influences from weather or altitude, the direction where light comes from, white balance issues, camera profiles; and how to photograph fireworks, clouds, the moon, street lights, flames (candles or campfires), golden hour lighting, ambient light, practical light, carnival lighting, sunsets lighting, streaking car headlights at night and open shade lighting.  Know that MPW will offer a six-week; two field trip Master Class staring the following week on Available light photography, with a field tip on Church Architecture and an all day field trip on outdoor portraiture at Ypsilanti's Depot Town the following week. 

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