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.
Learn to capture amazing environmental portraits at night and incorporate a starry landscape or beautiful urban environment with your subjects. Get started in night portraiture by knowing what gear to choose, what to look for in locations and how to use your friends as subjects. Incorporate lights into your night photos and bring life to a long exposure. In this class you’ll learn: How to take self portraits at night without losing any of your background or subject How to choose a light source and add life to long exposures What to get right in camera and how to develop your images further in lightroom How to safely use pyrotechnics to take your portraits to another level