A prop cockpit from the movie Timecop sits next to a pile of airplane parts and a Huey helicopter in this 360º night panorama at Paul’s Junkyard.
The fall 2012 Paul’s Junkyard Night Photography Workshop registration opened to our email list on Monday and filled in just over 1 day. The good news is that light painting juggernaut Troy Paiva is considering adding an alumni shoot-only workshop for the October full moon. This will potentially open up 3-4 spaces for the full workshop experience that runs September 28-30. Contact me to get on the waiting list!
Paul’s Junkyard is a Mojave Desert night photography paradise. Part movie car storage yard and part hardcore metal recycling facility, Paul’s is packed with photographic possibilities. We’ll spend 3 full moon nights helping you improve your light painting, and 3 afternoons in the classroom doing critiques and learning techniques.
Speaking of techniques, I’ll be showing 3 new night photography post-processing demos during the workshop. These Photoshop techniques will help you put the finishing touches on your images and quickly solve some common problems with light painted images.
1. Intense warm and cool – deepen the blue night sky and warm up the desert sand at the same time for rich, intense color.
2. Impossible highlight repair - An easy and natural looking fix for blown highlights from light painting.
3. Quick detail rescue – A simple way to recover detail in areas where gelled colors are oversaturated.
Registration is open for the fall 2011 night photography workshop at Paul’s Junkyard! The workshop runs September 10-12, 2011, and includes 3 afternoons of technique discussions, critiques, and post-processing demos. After the classroom sessions it’s off to the junkyard for 3 nights of shooting and hands-on instruction with Joe Reifer and Troy Paiva. Workshop tuition is $900.
Paul’s is a Mojave Desert junkyard with hundreds of vehicles, including a wide array of tv and movie prop cars. There are police cars, ambulances, fire trucks, buses, limousines, taxis, armored cars, garbage trucks, RVs, heavy equipment, a jet, and 2 helicopters! The site also contains a crushed cars, farm equipment, collapsing garage buildings, and piles of metal waiting to be recycled. This amazing mix of vehicles and debris is a night photography paradise.
Founded in 1987, The Adaptive Sports Center (ASC) improves the quality of life of people with physical or cognitive disabilities through outdoor adventure activities. In addition to skiing, rafting, and ropes courses, the ASC is offering a fall photography workshop for people with cognitive disabilities from September 9-11, 2011.
Held during the fall color season in beautiful Crested Butte Colorado, this introduction to nature photography is taught by photographer Pat Bittle. The weekend workshop concludes with a gallery show that is open to friends, family, and the Crested Butte community. The workshop tuition is $385 per person, and scholarships are available. For more information or to register contact the Adaptive Sports Center by phone: (970) 349-2296 or visit www.adaptivesports.org
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The first Paul’s Junkyard night photography workshop was a blast. At sunset on the second night, the owner cut a car in half, and then lifted another one in the air for us to photograph. I was tempted to dub dinosaur sounds over the video. Troy Paiva and I saw some amazing work during the critique sessions, and we’re looking forward to seeing more photos online soon. I’ll be featuring some photos right here on my blog, and also keep an eye on the Flickr group.
We’re planning to do another workshop at Paul’s in the fall. The April workshop sold out in less than a day. The best way to grab a spot is to get on our email notification list. We promise not to use your car to demonstrate how the giant metal cutter works.
I’ve been preparing for next week’s night photography workshop at Paul’s Junkyard, and found the image above while putting together my post-processing demo. In the past, I’ve covered how to develop night photos in Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw. The all new post-processing demonstration for this workshop will primarily focus on making subtle adjustments to tone, color, and sharpness in Photoshop. These techniques will help workshop participants learn how to finish their images for web or print.
Notice anything different about the night photo above? This image is an ISO 6400 test shot from a Canon 5D Mark II. Noise reduction was applied in Lightroom 3. Is it a little bit noisy? Yes. But the file is fine for web use, and with a little bit of work it would make a nice print. Save those test shots! Who knows what you may be able to rescue from your archive as the post-processing software gets better and better.
Low light sensitivity and high ISO performance are improving with every new generation of digital SLRs. Will it be long before we’re doing night photography hand-held? Star trails may start to look pretty old school in the not too distant future!