The Winter Night Landscape Workshop

"Cold Moon II", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Cold Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Coming up this winter I’m teaching a new workshop at Rockport’s Maine Media Workshops — The Winter Night Landscape. The workshop extends from February 23rd to March 1st, 2014. I’m very excited about teaching this workshop in one of my favorite times of year here…and the little bit of snow we had this morning (okay, very little bit) has whetted my appetite for winter shooting. Night photography in winter obviously can be cold (at least here in Maine), but it can also be strikingly beautiful and this far north you can get a few hours of shooting in BEFORE dinner.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, and please contact MMW if you’d like to sign up. You can see all my upcoming workshops listed here.

Here’s the description from the Maine Media site:

Exposing the night sky during the most beautiful time of year in Maine

This course is designed for students interested in exploring the possibilities of photographing the landscape at night as well as the night skies during the most beautiful time of year here in Maine. Night landscape photography during the winter provides students with an exciting new perspective on the landscape when the skies are most colorful and dramatic, allowing students to create photographs that have a mood and look all their own. By expanding their repertoire with night photography, photographers can push their technical and creative limits, and thus learn techniques and skills that can be applied to all of their creative work.

Photographing at night presents many challenges, both in technique at the time of shooting and in unique aspects in processing the images in the digital darkroom and creating fine prints. Students will gain an understanding of how to use the best techniques in the field to maximize the possible quality of the resulting photographs, both technically and compositionally. Students will also learn how to properly process and prepare night photographs, with all their subtleties and characteristics, for display and print.

The class will combine significant time in the field in the evening and at night with the remaining time being spent either in the digital darkroom or in a workshop setting discussing technique, composition, and reviewing and discussing images.

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