The Human Portrait Online Juried Exhibition DCP invites you to enter our juried competition, The Human Portrait, with photographs that illustrate the human connection. Cash prizes will be awarded and selections will be featured in a virtual exhibition on the DCP website. Submission deadline is November 29.

Introduction to Night Photography

In this three-class series, learn to use your tripod and basic camera skills to shoot alluring photos after the sun goes down.
Upcoming Class Series

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Introduction to Night Photography returns as a three-class series that includes online instruction, on-location shooting and an online image review. See below for more details.

Have you admired those luscious, dusk photos of cities with glowing, undulating trails of traffic and clouds that seem to be racing across the sky? Or the delicate tones of the fading light in a scenic landscape, or shadowy pedestrians that look like a swarm of bees in motion? Those photos require a little bit of skill, a tripod and patience. Shooting after the sun goes down is one of the most rewarding ways to spend time with your camera.

The three-class series will start with an online class via Zoom where the instructor will cover long exposure photographs, discuss how they were done and go through the technical and creative process of setting up a shot.

For the second class, we will meet in-person outdoors at Trinity Groves or a similar location where we’ll position our tripods, get our exposures roughed in and make some interesting photos.

YOU MUST WEAR A MASK DURING THE ON-LOCATION SHOOT AND REMAIN AS SOCIALLY DISTANT AS POSSIBLE FROM YOUR PEERS AND THE INSTRUCTOR. There are no exceptions. If you don’t plan to wear a mask, then please don’t register for this class.

Before the third class, you will submit your images via WeTransfer. In the image review, we will review students’ photos in a supportive critique and group discussion. We’ll end the class with a virtual gallery exhibit of everyone’s images.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
  • Using Google maps to do some virtual scouting
  • How to choose gear and accessories for long exposure photography
  • How to save time in the field by quickly roughing in your exposure
  • White balance considerations
  • The interplay between time, motion and blur
  • Lens selection and setup
  • Filters: when you might need them and when you should take them off
  • How ISO figures in to night photography
WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR ON-LOCATION SHOOTING:
  • A mask! The instructor will not assist a student who is not wearing a mask covering both their nose and mouth.
  • Knowledge of your camera, settings and exposure modes. Our Beginner Digital Photography series and Intermediate Digital Photography series are recommended prerequisites.
  • A DSLR or mirrorless camera capable of Manual exposures.
  • A charged battery and room on your memory card.
  • A tripod.
  • Remote release is optional but nice.
  • The right shoes and clothes to deal with the weather. An umbrella if needed.
How to submit your images for the image review:

Submit your images for the third class via WeTransfer. You don’t need an account or any login information, just add your photos. Enter our email address submissions@dallascenterforphotography.org and enter your return email address. Hit Transfer and you’re all set. Your images must be submitted no later than 24 hours before the class starts.

 

FOR THE ONLINE CLASS SERIES:
  • Cost per person is $65 early registration, $75 late registration.
  • The first and third classes will be ONLINE via Zoom from 6:00pm-7:30pm CDT.
  • On-location shooting with the instructor will be outdoors at Trinity Groves or a similar location. The instructor will provide more details about the meeting place and time.
  • Advance registration and payment is required.
  • Maximum number of students is 15, minimum number to make a class is 10.

Q: How will the online sessions be different from being in the classroom?

A: Like in the classroom, the online session is a demonstration class where you do not need to have your camera during the class. Attendees will be on mute but can ask questions through various methods on Zoom, such as the chat feature. If there is a specific question the instructor can answer those questions after the session has ended or by email.

We encourage you to use the video feature when you join the Zoom class! It will help us feel connected and engaged as a class, even though we aren’t all in one place. To use the video feature, you will need a webcam.

Q: Do I need to wear a mask for on-location shooting?
A: Yes! Safety of our students is our utmost priority. You must wear a mask during on-location shooting and remain as socially distant as possible from your peers and the instructor. DCP will provide hand sanitizer for all students.

Q: What do I need for on-location shooting?

  • A mask! The instructor will not assist a student who is not wearing a mask covering both their nose and mouth.
  • Knowledge of your camera, settings and exposure modes. Our Beginner Digital Photography series and Intermediate Digital Photography series are recommended prerequisites.
  • A DSLR or mirrorless camera capable of manual exposures.
  • A charged battery and room on your memory card.
  • A tripod.
  • Remote release is optional but nice.
  • The right shoes and clothes to deal with the weather. An umbrella if needed.

Q: Are there previous requirements for this workshop?
A: You should have a working knowledge of your camera settings including exposure modes, shutter speed, f-stop, white balance and ISO control. It’s recommended that you’ve already taken the DCP’s Beginner Digital Photography series or equivalent training.

Q: How will I know if a workshop makes or not?
A: If a class doesn’t make and has to be cancelled, you will receive an email no later than 2 days before the scheduled class date.

Q: What if I have to cancel?
A: If you cancel 3-7 days ahead of the scheduled date of the class, you will receive no refund or 50% transfer credit toward another similar class within 3 months of the cancellation date. There is no refund or transfer credit for cancellations within 48 hours of start time of the class or workshop. Full details on cancellations are on our Policies page.

Q: Where is the on-location shooting held?
A: The class will be outdoors at Trinity Groves or a similar location. The instructor will provide more details about meeting place and time.

Peter Poulides

Peter is the director of Dallas Center for Photography and teaches several of the classes and workshops. In over 30 years of shooting assignments for national magazines and corporate/stock photography he’s learned a few things and likes to pass it on. His favorite student review is “You remember what it’s like to not know”.

He also works one-on-one with clients to further particular shootings skills, organize their photos with Lightroom or work on projects like books and exhibitions. He still shoots occasional commercial jobs but is busy with personal book projects and running the expanding DCP.

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