Where We Go: Shooting when the sun is down can produce the most stunning, otherworldly images in your portfolio. Instructors Tim Cooper and Gabriel Biderman show you how to excel amid the inherent challenges of shooting in low-light environments. This weeklong experience begins in perhaps the most dynamically lit city in the world and concludes three hours to the northeast beneath the dazzling cosmic canopy of Zion National Park. You create images of night lights on The Strip, explore vintage Vegas along Fremont street, and (after letting your eyes adjust) you decompress among the canyons and peaks of Zion National Park, where you create incredible nightscapes and learn to capture star trails under full-moon light.
What You Learn: Cooper is a talented landscape photographer and digital photography educator who has been with RMSP for decades. Biderman is a fine art photographer who is highly experienced in night photography. Together, they’ll have you laughing and learning all week. By day, they deliver classroom lectures on equipment necessities for low-light photography, creating effective compositions with long exposures, how to focus accurately in the dark, and Photoshop techniques for enhancing your night images. When the sun slips beneath the horizon, you test your new knowledge while photographing the lurid splendor of Vegas and the starry solitude of Zion. Each night’s shoot is followed by a group critique where the instructors study your images and offer suggestions for improvement.
Considerations: You should be comfortable with the manual exposure operation of your digital camera.