Photo: Long Exposure Photography: McKinney Falls
Thursday, March 22, 2018
10:00 - 12:30 pm
One 2½ hour session
$25. Register here. There could be a Park Entrance Fee, depending on your age and what cards you have. Details here.
The class will meet at the entrance to McKinney Falls State Park in South Austin. Address is 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway (State Park's map) (Google Map)
This is a hands-on photo-shooting class. You will need a camera that can shoot in manual or shutter priority exposure modes (such as a mirrorless or DSLR or other) and know how to access those modes. Since we'll be shooting slow shutter speeds, you'll also need to bring a tripod and ideally a cable or remote shutter release. If you have a polarizer or neutral density (ND) filter to fit your lens you should bring those as well as we will need those to shoot long exposure in daylight. The instructor will have some ND filters and lens adapters that you can try if you don't have one.
What exactly is long exposure photography? It's simply taking a photograph where the shutter is open for longer than you can hand-hold. This might be anywhere from ¼ second to hours. You've seen beautiful images with silky waterfalls, smooth water at the beach, silky clouds in the sky, star trails, streaking tail lights, or people or vehicles blurry in front of a building. Those are long exposure photos. Long exposure photography is one of the most interesting and enjoyable types of photography.
Aesthetically, long exposure photography can be beautiful. It smooths and blurs moving objects like clouds, water, people and vehicles, making stationary subjects like rocks, buildings, and bridges stand out. When most photographers begin experimenting with long exposure photography, they begin at night, a time when it's typically easy to leave the shutter open for several seconds at a time without needing to worry about overexposure. In this class we'll be working on long exposures during the daytime.
The class will meet at the entrance to McKinney Falls State Park in south Austin. Address is 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway (State Park's map) (Google Map) ) where we'll have lots of opportunity to slow the flow of water at the falls and the rapids. Depending on the weather, we could have some interesting cloud movement and may also be able to get some motion blur flower macros, which can also be very beautiful.
This should be a really fun field trip!