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Night Photography Fundamentals

with Gabriel Biderman

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  •   09 Capturing Car Trails

    15:58
  •   13 Photo Challenge and Critique

    31:14

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About The Class

Learn to capture amazing images in the dark


There’s more to night photography than stars and hikes. The vibrance of color can be found in capturing the stars, a city skyline at twilight, or even car trails amidst a forest. Gabriel Biderman is a self taught photographer who enjoys the process of taking an image. In Night Photography 101, he’ll cover how to get started taking photos in the dark.

You’ll learn:

  • What gear you’ll need and the fundamentals of using it safely in the night 
  • How to capture stars for dynamic landscapes 
  • How to capture the sky and urban settings at night 
  • How to photograph car light trails to create more motion in your night photos  

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    04:41
  2. 02

    Gear Basics Pt. 1: Cameras, Flashlights, Flash

    24:53
  3. 03

    Gear Basics Pt. 2: Lenses, Tripods & Heads, Accessories & Apps

    22:43
  4. 04

    Fundamentals of Night Photography

    21:16
  5. 05

    Testing Gear

    23:08
  6. 06

    The Color of Night

    07:49
  7. 07

    Defining Your Style of Night Photography

    01:18
  8. 08

    Shooting with Friends

    02:42
  9. 09

    Capturing Car Trails

    15:58
  10. 10

    Levels of Twilight

    05:22
  11. 11

    Light Writing

    07:17
  12. 12

    Light Painting

    23:54
  13. 13

    Photo Challenge and Critique

    31:14

Meet Your Expert

Gabriel Biderman

Gabriel Biderman is a travel and self-taught fine art photographer, who has been exploring the night topography for over 20 years. Gabe loves the “process” of creating the image and pushing the limits to what we can do when we capture time for seconds, minutes, or even hours! He is well versed in both film and digital, and enjoys blending the surreal look of the night to enhance historic and urban landscapes. Gabriel’s work has been exhibited in New York, London, San Francisco, and Hawaii and he is the author (with Tim Cooper) of the recently released book Night Photography – From Snapshots to Great Shots. ... read more

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74% of students recommend this class.
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  • Christiane Menelas

    Christiane Menelas

    March 2018

    This class was perfect in preparation for my trip to Zion and Bryce Canyon next week. I can't wait to put all this great information to good use! Very easy to understand, and fun to watch. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

  • user-56b1ca

    April 2017

    This class was super helpful in what to buy and then how to get the pictures you want. Loved all the other stuff that I knew nothing about. I knew very little about light painting. Thanks for sharing this class with us. This class was one of the best I have seen.

  • Berus

    December 2016

    This course is fairly comprehensive, and offers a good intermediate/advanced intermediate examination of night photography (NOT just astrophotography, which is only one form of night photography.) I don't necessarily agree with everything he's saying here, but that doesn't make it wrong - it's just a matter of preference. He is fairly equipment-centric, but getting into many forms of night photography DOES require some specific equipment. There's a lot of useful information contained here, and I can see myself consulting this course in the future to help solve and understand certain situations and problems that are unique to night photography. Recommended.

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