The Photographers Playground
Valencia is an incredible city. It's not as favoured as it's near neighbour Barcelona, as a tourist destination and that is a real advantage for photographer's looking to get a great experience in a much less crowded but really amazing city. Full of amazing architecture, modern and traditional. The notorious Santiago Calatrava's epic City of Arts And Sciences is where much of the architectural focus will be, but also in the parks, beaches and old town. A beautiful Mediteranian city, with incredible structures, vibrant streets and an incredible beach should make this a real highlight of your photography year.
What will you learn?
Day 1 - Photography in Valencia
Photography compositional techniques specifically for architectural photography and long exposure work.
Unique knowledge and locations to shoot long exposure and architectural photography in Valencia.
Camera settings for highest quality fine art level photography output.
Exposure calculation tips for accurately using high value neutral density filters for long exposure photography.
Understanding histograms and how to use test images to save time and give you an advantage.
Using the ‘right’ ND filter to create the mood you need.
How to pre-visualise a scene and then make it stand out in your photographs.
The magic of daytime long exposure photography and how to bring ‘wow’ to your architectural or landscape photography.
Day 2 - Editing Excellence
My own post processing workflow techniques that I use for all published work.
Specific workflow areas using Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Nik Silver Effects Pro and Colour Effects Pro that will bring your photography to life.
Learn about advanced retouching techniques in Adobe Photoshop using alpha channel selections, gradient maps, calculations and apply image masking, non destructive dodging and burning and zonal processing amongst much more.
Understanding what makes a photograph stand out and how to promote a story and key elements in a photograph using light, cropping and contrast.
Real time processing of some of the images you captured on day 1 to explore the power of editing software and advanced post processing as part of the photographers toolkit.
What equipment will you need?
A camera that has a manual (or m) and bulb (or b) mode. Most digital SLR and mirrorless are equipped with these.
A sturdy tripod and head that can extend upto eye height.
Prime or zoom lenses that covers a focal lengths of 24-70mm (Feel free to bring longer or shorter focal length lenses if you have them).
A remote/cable shutter release with built in timer.
A 16 stop, 10 stop and 6 stop neutral density filter (square or circular are fine).
Spare camera batteries, chargers, a viewfinder cover and memory cards (recommend minimum of around 32gb of card space).
A laptop for the second day with Adobe Photoshop installed on it.