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The Advanced Digital Nocturne
With Tim Baskerville and Mark Jaremko - September 26, 2009

Image ©2009 Mark Jaremko

Image ©2002-09 Tim Baskerville

Night & Low-Light Photography
Jill Waterman, with contributions from Tim Baskerville, Mark Jaremko, and
other noted Nocturnes.
Introduction by Michael Kenna
Amphoto Books; 1st edition, 2008
ISBN-13: 978-0817432416

Buy Jill's Book on NPy - NOW!

General Information
In recent years, with the advent of dependable DSLRs for capturing long-exposure images at night, we have seen an explosion of digital nocturnal imagery. Is it indeed "all good" or can we do better? In this advanced seminar, offered by The Nocturnes, we will explore the advantages and disadvantages of capturing and interpreting the light, shadow, mood, and spirit of the night with digital media.

Participants in this seminar can expect to acquire practical solutions to common pitfalls encounterd when photographing at night with digital cameras - many of which only become evident in post-processing!

Topics Include:
- Special Considerations in Digital Night Photography
- All the Rest is Noise: How much Noise is too much noise
- Three types of noise encountered in NPY's
extended exposures
- The Ideal Night Histogram
- Tips for Efficient Post Processing of Night Photos
- When to use Photoshop, when to use Lightroom
- High Dynamic Range (HDR) - alternative methods
- Demonstration of Light-Painting techniques for contrast control and/or special effects during long exposures.

The workshop group will meet at Fort Mason Center, in San Francisco, starting at 7pm. Between lecture sessions we will concentrate on photographing some of the architectural features, historic piers, and the rolling hills within the retired military post, with exposures ranging in length from a few seconds to 5 minutes and more. On location, the instructors will demonstrate supplemental lighting utilizing "light-painting" techniques. After the field session, we return to process files, utlizing the latest version of PhotoShop and Lightroom, and other software. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop computers to the seminar.

Entire program runs from 7pm to 11pm, Saturday Sept 26, 2009.

Who should Attend
Experienced Night Photographers, using DSLRs (and either PhotoShop or LightRoom), who want to get the most out of their digital night work and workflow. The seminar is highly recommended for anyone who has taken a previous (either introductory or intermediate) Workshop with The Nocturnes.

Tim Baskerville is the Founder / Director of The Nocturnes Night Photography Group, and has been involved with NPy for over twenty-five years and Digital Night Photography since 2004. Read more about Tim and his work with The Nocturnes and Night Photography here.

Mark Jaremko is a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft in the SF Bay Area, and was an "early adaptor" of digital technology to photograph the atmosphere of the nocturne. He embarked on his award-winning series, Nightscapes, in 2004 and has been photographing Landscapes at night ever since. Learn more about Mark's Night Photography here.

Both instructors are contributors to the highly recommended Jill Waterman book, "Night & Low-Light Photography" (Amphoto Books; 1st edition, 2008; ISBN-13: 978-0817432416). Purchase the book thru the link at the left, and help support the work of The Nocturnes!

Tuition and Registration
Tuition is $150.00 - with full payment no later than September 17, 2009. To register for this workshop fill out our online Registration Form and send or FAX it in with your payment to Pacific Media Arts. To speak to a live person, call Susan Nichols at Pacific Media Arts - (707) 645-9860.