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Portraits at Night

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  •   11 Choosing a Light Source

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About The Class

Capture people in enchanting night backdrops


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  

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    01:36
  2. 02

    Fundamentals of Night Portraiture

    04:52
  3. 03

    Gear and Preparation

    16:51
  4. 04

    Basic Settings

    08:15
  5. 05

    Locations

    06:15
  6. 06

    Subjects

    04:23
  7. 07

    Safety

    02:26
  8. 08

    Beating Adversity

    01:31
  9. 09

    Self Portraiture

    06:49
  10. 10

    Buddy System

    02:38
  11. 11

    Choosing a Light Source

    20:06
  12. 12

    Adding Life to Long Exposure

    22:18
  13. 13

    Pushing Your Creativity

    18:25
  14. 14

    Post Processing

    19:17
  15. 15

    Paper Outfits at Night

    11:00
  16. 16

    Night Photos: Call for Submissions

    00:54
  17. 17

    What You Get With This Class

    01:12

Meet Your Expert

Matt Hill

Matt Hill is fulfilled by solving complex problems, both human and technical – making beauty from chaos. He applies this passion combine and experiment via photography, storytelling, technology and creativity. His greatest creative passions are ... read more

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  • Jan

    March 2018

    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.

  • Culpritkirk

    June 2017

    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

    Margaret Lovell

    November 2018

    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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