Class Introduction


Portraits at Night


Lesson Info

Class Introduction

Welcome everybody. My name is Matt Hill, and we're gonna talk about night portraits today. Night photography and portraiture together equals something amazing. And I've got a lot of stuff to cover with you guys, but I'm gonna take you through step-by-step, from simple to complicated. And we're gonna go through all of that and learn the many different permutations of how you can take photographs of people at night. First, let's talk a little bit about me. You gotta understand what I do to understand why this important, right? There's two things in my life that are really important photographically. One is my fine art, I have a lot of landscape night photography that I do, urban night photography, and this personal project called Night Paper, where I dress people and cut paper costumes, fashions, and then take them strange places at night and make long exposure portraits of them. That's one thing. The other thing I do is just last October, my buddy Gabe and I started thi...

s workshop program called National Parks at Night with three other very talented photographers. So the five of us are teaching workshops on how to do night photography in national parks. Both of them are very extraordinary.

Class Description

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  



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.


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.

Peter Mackenzie

I don't understand the negative reviews. This class feels less hands-on than the other classes in the series, but the information is useful and makes sense. You also need to understand that all classes out of the night photography series will cover the basics in one way or another, so there is some repetition. Whichever class out of the night photography series you view last will feel like it has more repetition, especially if you have some skills before taking those classes. Just skip the intro and move on to the tricks Matt has to share.