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In the Field Series: Using Available Light

NYC Digital Photography Workshops

Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

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Photographer - Early Bird Ended $45.00 $3.47
Photographer Ended $60.00 $4.29

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The early bird special price is $45 per person until midnight, 4/6/13 - on 4/7/13 the price will be $60 per person.


Suggested Class to Follow: Outdoor Portraiture 4/13/13 from 2-5pm.


Light is always there. Without it, we would have no image at all. Whether it’s the sun, a kitchen lamp, the clouds on an overcast day, or the very screen you are using to read this right now, there is always light. It’s always available. In fact we see light way too much (especially in NYC) so we take it for granted. We stop paying attention to it’s color as we move from indoors and out, it’s direction as the sun approaches the horizon, and it’s intensity, contrast and overall quality as our view from the sun is partially obscured by clouds or a canopy.

We don’t notice these subtle yet significant changes, but our cameras do. We’re painfully unaware of what the light is doing as click the shutter even though that is the ONLY thing our camera actually records. Great lighting is at the very foundation of every great photograph. The truth is, there is potential for great light just about anywhere and anytime. For any given location, often there is one specific place you can stand, one specific location to put your subject and one specific direction to shoot that will result in a dramatically better image. It just comes down to knowing how to see the light and use it to your advantage.

In this class, we’ll show you how to literally see your surroundings in terms of light, not objects, and therefore become aware of it’s photographic potential. Once you learn how to see the world in terms of light, everything changes. A building is no longer a building, it’s a natural reflector, a cloudy day become a blessing because it’s a scrim, sand on the beach becomes natural fill, a window becomes a softbox, it’s very orientation affects light quality, a bedsheet becomes a diffuser panel, and so on. You’ll learn how to source everything around you to create beautiful light, often that means just knowing exactly where to stand and which way to point the camera.

Once you learn how to see the light, every single photograph you take from here on in will be better. That’s not a sales pitch, it’s just a fact.


Requirement: Bring Your Camera! If you have an external flash, bring bring that as well as plenty of backup batteries.


About the Instructor:
Clifford Pickett is professional commercial photographer, event photographer and educator based in NYC. He first picked up a camera while spending a year traveling through Europe after having earned his MBA early. Like many travelers, that passion for seeing and experiencing the world is precisely what ignited the spark for photography. Clifford has spent all of his time since learning how to see and capture the world with the fresh eyes that traveling affords. He hasn't been shooting for 40 years, he hasn't been alive for 40 years. He hasn't been classically trained in the fine arts either. He is entirely self taught, through books, workshops, seminars, DVD's and real life, it is this that perhaps may be his greatest asset, the ability to relate to the amateur photographer. Not having been so far removed, it is this understanding that allows him to help his students see through the cloud of misinformation and confusion and marketing spins to find real answers to questions from those who share the same passion for the world, and need to capture and share it, that he does. Leveraging both the business and photographic skills he has developed while managing a private testing laboratory, he recently is the owner of a photography company specializing in the construction industry and a commercial video production company. His corporate clients include Estée Lauder, Sephora and Clinique.

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When & Where

Central Park Entrance
Fifth Avenue/66th Street
New York, NY

Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

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