Light Painting and Night Photography Techniques
Demonstration and Workshop

May 12, 2018
Limit: 15
Location: Kevin's house near Waynesville, NC

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Among the most popular photo topics today is night photography in general and light painting in particular. People regularly ask questions about it and it is the most frequently requested topic for programs. I can teach you a lot in a program and I can show you a lot in a demonstration, but I’ve designed this unique workshop to encompass both methods of teaching.

I’ll be demonstrating how to light paint using a myriad of techniques and then for each technique, I’ll show you how a photo looks using that technique looks after processing. I won’t have time to do the actual processing during the workshop, but I can show the finished results and talk about processing technique. So, for example, I’ll demonstrate how to use electroluminescent wire to create the look of eerie fog, after which the group will go inside and see finished photos using that technique.

My small farm is the perfect location for an event like this. There is very little light pollution, so you can photograph the night sky well. There is plenty of room for the group. And there are many different opportunities for trying different techniques, such as distant mountains, trees, an old barn, tractor, and small creek.

This will be mainly a demonstration workshop; however, participants are encouraged to bring camera and tripod to photograph while I’ll demonstrate the techniques. You should not expect to make any award-winning shots during this type of workshop, but you definitely will learn more about using the techniques by seeing how they record on your own camera.

The workshop will begin at 7:30pm on Saturday, May 12 and end approximately midnight.
Techniques I will be demonstrating

Light painting objects using flash and flashlights.
Using gel filters and other methods to alter the color of light.
Steel wool light painting
Using flash to simulate lantern or candle light in a structure.
Lighting the interior of tents.
Using electroluminescent wire for foggy effects.
Using backlighting for bold effects.
Using smoke bombs for various effects.
Underwater light painting.
Photographing the stars as pinpoints and star trails.
How to focus at night.
Photographing streaks from moving lights.
Special effects using kerosene lanterns and candles.
Using glow sticks.
Light painting closeups at night.

Special considerations

This event is designed as demonstration workshop, not a photo tour. Participants are encouraged to photograph the various techniques so they can see how they record on their cameras, but I will not be able to assist in setting up everyone’s camera. I will give you the various camera settings to use, explain various focusing tetchiness for shooting at night, and offer other advice. But I will not be able to show everyone how to make these settings on their cameras and I cannot wait long while everyone fiddles with their cameras trying to get them set up. My job will be to demonstrate light painting techniques, not show you how to set the aperture on your camera!

If you plan to photograph during this workshop, you must learn the basic adjustments of your camera and be able to make those adjustments in the dark. You will not be able to shine a flashlight to set up your camera. At a minimum, you should be able to do the following in the dark: Change aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, turn off Long Exposure Noise Reduction, switch between manual and autofocus (unless you have back-button autofocus enabled), hook up any external shutter releases, mount your camera on the tripod and switch from vertical to horizontal, turn off any auto flash settings, and set the shutter to bulb for long exposures.

Also, please note that with any outdoor event, we are at the mercy of the weather. All events will go on rain or shine, and we will just have to make do the best we can if the weather does not cooperate. As long as we do not have a steady hard rain, there should be no problems. If it should happen to rain hard, we'll improvise. 
Refunds cannot be issued because of the weather.

Physical requirements:

Everything will take place on my property, very near the house. The only requirement is the desire to stay out late at night learning new techniques.


Lodging is not included. The closest town is Waynesville, which is about 10 minutes away. Asheville is about 35 minutes away.

Cancellation Policy

We will provide a 100% refund up to 90 days prior to the event, minus a $50 processing fee. Cancellations made between 90 days and 30 days prior to the event will be refunded 50%. No refunds will be given for cancellations made within 30 days of the event. However, if we are able to fill your space, we will provide a full refund, minus a $50 processing fee, regardless of when you cancel.

More information:

Please read the general information regarding all events. There’s some stuff in there that you need to know. When you register for an event, I will send you detailed information, including a packing list and specific info about the location and time at which the event starts. If you need more information before you register, please contact me through email or call 336-870-4283.