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Beating Adversity

Lesson 8 from: Portraits at Night

Matt Hill

Beating Adversity

Lesson 8 from: Portraits at Night

Matt Hill

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8. Beating Adversity

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Beating Adversity

The one constant in life is change. Change can take the form of what we call adversity, and in night photography, you have to be ready for absolutely anything to happen. Case in point, we came here to Seattle to start filming for CreativeLive, and we had plans to go elsewhere today instead of where we are right now. But what we did, was we said, "all right, the weather's bad there, but good here." We switched plans. That's one way of doing it. And it's one example of adversity. The weather, it's the most common adversity that you'll encounter in night photography and night portraiture. So what do we do about that? Well, the best thing you can do is adopt an attitude. And what is that attitude? I can overcome this. Yes, it's that simple. Road blocks aren't road blocks, they're just challenges. So you look at it and you say, all right, there's clouds. What do I do? Okay, I'm gonna bring my own light. There's dust. I'm gonna light up the dust. I'm gonna make it part of the feature. Right?

Or, there's people milling around. You know what? I'll take a longer exposure and I'll blur them out and I'll use a flash to arrest the person in the front. No matter what it is, there's always a solution, and you just need to stop and say, all right, how am I gonna fix this, because I can? And that's how we overcome adversity.

Ratings and Reviews

Jan
 

I learned some techniques in Matt's class, which were helpful, but believe this was for the advanced photographer and i was a little confused at times. i would've liked to know the "how to" with the lights, showing how to program them with more detail. I am just learning how to set my camera for different lighting situations. But a very interesting course and glad i went through it.

Kirk Edwards
 

Great class! Liked it so much that I booked a trip to Colorado to work with Matt and Lance on one of their National Parks at Night classes. Highly recommend.

Margaret Lovell
 

While I believe this course is more beneficial for a photographer with better night photography and lighting skills, I learned quite a bit. This class made me think of some interesting ideas, especially using regular light sources such as flashlights or a pixelstick.

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