Norm Taylor Room/Oak Ridges Arena
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Norm Taylor Room/Oak Ridges Arena
Date(s) - 22 Oct 2018
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Painting with Light


Stations:  Eight with 5 participants per station, maximum time per station 20 minutes
Cost: $10.00 to cover the cost of the room rental
Equipment needed:  Tripod, camera, charged battery, extra battery, manual for your camera, one small flashlight per participant, elastic band which fits over the end of your flashlight, tissue or tissue paper squares should you wish to soften the power of your flashlight AND props of your own choosing small enough to place on a table top.  The workshop team will have some items at the ready should you not be able to bring a suitable “subject” along.
Painting with Light

Have you ever wondered how to create that special glow on a subject when the background is completely dark?  Or have you seen multi-coloured light spirals and wondered how they were created?  Here is your chance!

Eight stations will be set up inside our usual meeting room in the Oak Ridges Arena.  You will be asked to divide into groups and will have a set time at each station to work your magic.  As there are five of you at each station, you will need to have your camera ready to shoot when it is your turn.  It is our intent to allow each photographer as much time as possible before surrendering the stage to the next in line.  Groups will then move to a new station.  Remember, this is for you to practice the technique.  There may not be enough time for you to perfect the shot to your satisfaction.  Please consider the others in your group and try to keep to the scheduled time for each station.  The workshop team will try and keep things moving along so that all of our photographers are granted a chance to experiment.
Some of our stations are limited to tabletops.  As a result, the backdrops on some are not as tall as the usual cloth backgrounds used for portrait work.  Should you have chosen to bring a prop or something you wish to photograph, try and keep it to a size that is about 12” in height or 22” in width to avoid your subject from exceeding the dimensions of the backdrop.
Since we will be working in total darkness and all participants will have their cameras on tripods, we will be facing a few challenges.  We will do our best to have some ambient light to prevent any mishaps.  Rest assured that our perfect record of no injuries or equipment damage in the past will be a goal that we wish to maintain.
In order to help the programme run more efficiently, please consider familiarizing yourself with your camera settings and how to change them should the need arise.  If you are in doubt, you may wish to bring your manual as your workshop leaders may not be familiar with the operation of your particular brand of camera.
In order to get you into the spirit of our workshop, I’ve found some online tips which you may wish to consider in advance.
Camera settings
The camera settings are fairly flexible.  Here are some basic ideas to get you started:
  • Shoot RAW when possible—this offers more potential during the editing process.
  • White Balance—Auto White Balance works most of the time.  If you want different colouring, choose “incandescent” or “tungsten” settings.  Alterations of this nature can also be done post production
  • Focus—focus on your subject by lighting it with your flashlight, then turn your camera on Manual Focus so that it doesn’t keep refocussing
  • ISO—100 is usually best but you may wish to experiment
  • Shutter speed—between 8-15 seconds is a good starting point allowing you time to light up the areas you want to emphasize
  • Aperture—f8 works well but this is up to you.  f22 will be darker with more of the subject sharp and by contrast f5.6 will be lighter with less in focus
Gear Required
  • Your camera…obviously
  • Tripod
  • A flashlight that does not send light beams to Mars…the softer the light, the more magic you will create
  • Sometimes a square of tissue paper attached with an elastic band to the head of a more powerful flashlight softens the light
  • Subjects can be anything from old textured antique books or coffee grinders to vases, flowers or seasonal objects—anything goes
  • The backdrops will be in place for you at each station and there will be objects there for you to photograph should you not have brought along your own props
  • Take a number of shots.  You will find areas that you like to light more than others and you will get a different shot each time.  Since you are using a tripod, you will be able to manipulate them in Photoshop should you wish to alter your image.
  • Create a triangle between the subject, the camera and the light.  You will want to light the subject from the side or perhaps from behind to make your subject more interesting.
  • Try lighting only part of the subject.
  • Avoid pointing the flashlight at the camera.  It will make streaks of light unless, of course that is your intent.



40 spaces, 23 still available

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