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Time & Tide - Mastering Long Exposure

Each masterclass is a combination of teaching camera craft and visualization in the field and image assessments and post processing in a classroom setting.

"To achieve mastery of these techniques you must learn how to fully control your exposure to ensure details in the shadows and highlights are not lost"

Mas­ter the tech­niques for cre­at­ing sub­lime long expo­sures. Dur­ing this mas­ter­class we will cov­er every aspect from cap­ture through to image edit­ing and print­ing. Long expo­sure pho­tog­ra­phy is cer­tain­ly noth­ing new, but with the huge­ly pop­u­lar neu­tral den­si­ty fil­ters, it has become a won­der­ful genre in its own right. There is some­thing real­ly rather spe­cial about wait­ing there with your cam­era and see­ing the image appear on the screen which show a world trans­formed into one of soft whip­ping clouds and silk smooth water; time­less and ethe​re​al​.To help with this, you will learn how to con­trol your cam­era in Man­u­al and Bulb modes, use your his­togram to man­age expo­sure with con­fi­dence and, impor­tant­ly, use Grad­u­at­ed Neu­tral Den­si­ty fil­ters to con­trol the dynam­ic range of the scene in-cam­era, sav­ing time in post pro­cess­ing lat­er. You will also learn to select and use Neu­tral Den­si­ty fil­ters to con­trol expo­sure times to realise the cre­ative vision you have for the scene you are capturing.

You will also learn tech­niques to intro­duce a more min­i­mal­ist approach so that your sub­jects can stand alone in the scene and yet your images still have real impact. You will gain the con­fi­dence to break com­po­si­tion­al and oth­er pho­to­graph­ic rules to sim­pli­fy a scene, add a unique inter­pre­ta­tion of your sub­ject, and obtain images of high artis­tic mer­it even when con­di­tions may not be ideal.

Achiev­ing a bal­anced, well exposed image in cam­era is only part of the sto­ry and so Phil will be lead­ing an in-depth image edit­ing and print­ing ses­sion cul­mi­nat­ing in you tak­ing home your own print­ed mas­ter­piece. Long expo­sure images, par­tic­u­lar­ly min­i­mal­ist images, require a par­tic­u­lar atten­tion to detail dur­ing pro­cess­ing. For exam­ple, ensur­ing even and bal­anced tones, how and when to use colour con­trols to bring out the best in black and white images, min­i­miz­ing the intro­duc­tion of arti­facts dur­ing glob­al changes, and main­tain­ing the qual­i­ty of the image when mak­ing local adjust­ments can be crit­i­cal. Also, using some of these tech­niques to intro­duce some dra­ma can be key to a suc­cess­ful min­i­mal­ist long expo­sure image.

"If you want to benefit from his years of experience making long exposure images, learn to avoid common pitfalls, and get the best out of your RAW files, then this workshop is for you"

This is a mas­ter­class and for this rea­son, the group will be lim­it­ed to four pho­tog­ra­phers only so Phil can ded­i­cate plen­ty of one to one time with you.

3 days

Limited to 4 people

The price includes extensive one to one coaching and tuition, a combination of teaching camera craft and visualization in the field and image assessments and post processing in a classroom setting, two nights bed and breakfast accommodation in a high quality hotel (no single occupancy supplement) and transportation during the workshop.

We take a printer to the workshop and will post process and print some of your images to take home with you.

Camera and travel insurance as well as travel to and from the venue are also not included. Meals not mentioned. Alcoholic drinks and other personal expenditure is not covered either.

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Time & Tide - Mastering Long Exposure