wrapping up, uh, nighttime in the city has really fallen. We started in the early part of the day, went right through dusk, tried a couple of different locations. We tried a couple of different approaches. Some work better than others. Some, you know, kind of didn't work at all. I mean, it's the course of a day's shoot. There are going to be things that are better than others. We had, you know, New York City as it evolved into its night scape, and I followed those lights important things to remember. Background selection of background control of the background via both f stop, which relates to your depth of field and also exposure. How bright, How subtle you want it to be. Control of light in the foreground using an appropriate light source. Small toe large. If you noticed with the couple's portrait that we did, we used quite a sizable light source for the individual portrait's not so much so tailoring your life to the individual situation, no matter what the conditions is always part ...
of the photographers necessary task, but nighttime compounds the difficulty. Camera stability is important. Lens work is important. How you different You know, use different focus modes. I did a couple of different things tonight with focus modes dropping on the I playing with my F stops to make sure I cover depth of field for two people. Whole variety of things, isolated exposure. There's a check off in the camera menus that isolates the exposure for the flash and the exposure for the whole scene. So you operate with two different independent wheels of exposure adjustment. All that stuff is important to remember. As I always say, it's kind of got to be like computer program running in the background of your head, where you're paying attention to your models. You're paying attention to the immediacy of the photograph, but in the background you're thinking all this stuff more flash less flash house, the background. What's the density? What's my shutter speed? Can I hold this? All that stuff has to filter through your head really rapidly, and the result is we got some nice pictures over the course of our evenings adventure as New York descended into its wonderfully convivial darkness and city lights and Broadway and the life of the city coming out onto the street in the evening in New York. So we just dipped our toe into this, you know, kind of ongoing adventure of nighttime photography in New York City for sure. If you felt like this was in addressing class, I go even further into lighting in a lighting, logistics and strategies for a life in photography class that's also up at Creativelive. So this is a 90 minute class, short kind of burst of information. The other classes three days. So if you want to tag him together or are you interested in taking this further, check it out.
In this exclusive class, join legend Joe McNally, on the streets of New York to see how to bring light to one of the busiest and most dynamic backgrounds. He'll walk through how to prep your gear, scout for locations, direct your models, and incorporate flash to make your subject stand out on the city streets. He'll discuss how to set your exposure and plan your shot to achieve the "bokeh" look of the city glow behind your model. Learn tips for planning your shoot so you're within the city regulations as well as techniques to help work through any troubles you may have while on location. Gain the confidence and know-how to photograph your subjects with flash in what can seem like an impossible environment.