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Lighting Up the Night – Light Painting for Night Photography

February 25 @ 1:00 am - 4:00 am EST


Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

In this fun and informative nighttime workshop you will learn the tips and techniques to get unique outdoor images using long exposures and lighting tools. Light painting is a technique where the photographer works in a darkened environment, and by using common flashlights can light the scene over time and in a manner that would be difficult or even impossible to do using conventional lighting or strobes. This hands-on workshop will cover: theories of good lighting, equipment needed for light painting, tips and techniques, demonstration of the two major approaches to light painting.  If Mother Nature is cooperative, we will also work in a little night sky photography.

Activity Level:  Low, there will be some walking on flat ground.

Things to Know: We will be photographing outside in the dark. YOU MUST BRING A FLASHLIGHT!!! No sharing, you have to have your own, we really don’t want people stumbling around in the dark! We recommend it be a headlamp so you can keep your hands free, but that is not required.

You will also want a variety of flashlights for the light painting portion of the workshop, from small to large.  Colored gels or filters or flashlights with various color modes can add a creative twist to your photos as well.

This will be overnight starting around 1:00am Saturday morning. This would be your morning workshop that day and you wouldn’t have to be back to SPC until lunchtime, so you can go get some sleep.

***We have had several people ask if they could take the nighttime photo workshop along with a regular morning workshop, so basically 2 workshops in one session since the times are different enough. You asked for it… you got it!

Two Workshops in One Session applies only if you are interested in:

  • Session 1, Saturday Morning: Lighting Up the Night: Light Painting for Night Photography PLUS ANY OTHER Session 1, Saturday Morning workshop.

If you are already registered for this workshop and would like to take any other workshop during the same session (which would start after the nighttime workshop has ended), you can do so for $40 for the additional workshop. There must still be space available in any workshop you want to add.

Please keep in mind that you will be coming back from the night workshop and in some cases going directly to meet the group for your next morning workshop. The nightime workshop will go from approximately 1:00-4:00am (exact times will be listed in the event program). Yes… we will make sure you have time for a quick potty break, but you may want to bring breakfast or a snack with you.

What to Bring:  Telephoto and wide angle lenses will both be very handy in this workshop. A tripod is virtually a must due to the long exposures. Knowledge of your camera’s exposure bracketing capabilities and manual exposure ahead of time will come in handy.  The instructor will bring some flashlights, but you may want to bring some of your own as well.  All sizes and filter colors will come in handy. A red-light flashlight is also recommended because it will allow you to see at night without “blinding” you with the white light and affecting your night vision. You can also cover a regular flashlight with red cellophane and a rubber band for the same effect.


February 25
1:00 am - 4:00 am
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Downtown Palm Harbor
1026 Florida Ave Peggy O's
Palm Harbor,FL34683United States
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Who's Attending

7 people are attending Lighting Up the Night – Light Painting for Night Photography

  • Rita Pluta
  • Ashley Stieh
  • Grace Difelice
  • Dianna Van Horn
  • Mary Ann Desocio
  • Bonnie Partridge
  • Kerri Pluncket