Portraits at Night

Lesson 7/17 - Safety


Portraits at Night


Lesson Info


Let's talk about safety. First and foremost there's absolutely no photograph that's more important then the safety of your model, your crew, the people around you and then yourself. In that priority. No photograph is worth anybody else's danger. So let's get that out of the way right now. There's other things that we should be concerned with also. Situational unawareness. When you're shooting it's nice to be in a tunnel like this and just focusing on what you're doing. If you have a crew with you they can help you have situational awareness but chances are you're gonna be shooting alone or maybe with one other person. So keep your head on a swivel. Make sure that you know what's going on. Make sure that you're monitoring what's happening around you if you're shooting in public places or in natural spaces, where wildlife might be an issue. So just keep your eyes open. And use your peripheral vision too. You can focus on what's going on but you can build up this ability to know what's go...

ing on at the edges of your vision. That's also good. When you get to a scene also as a safety check wherever your model's gonna be and wherever your crew is gonna be check the ground around you. Make sure there's no broken glass, no nails, nothing else that somebody could step on because last thing we want is for somebody to get hurt and bleeding and carted off to the hospital and then you can't make your picture. So a couple extra seconds can make sure that that doesn't happen. And on top of that, other things that you can consider under the safety banner would be, making sure everybody is hydrated, bring some water for them, that's your responsibility, maybe some snacks. Take care of everybody. Cause all of that's under this bundle of making sure that it's a safe atmosphere to be creative. And after all, once you've taken care of all those things then you'll know and some of these fears will go away about making portraits at night that all that stuff's been taken care of you don't have to think about it in the middle of a shoot because you've already done it. So step one always make sure that you and your people around you are safe every single time.

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.