Category Archives: Photography Workshops

Night photography workshops: Pearsonville, San Francisco, and Death Valley

Light painting comparison -- by Joe Reifer

The photos above have the same exposure: 4 minutes at f/8, ISO 200. The difference is 15 seconds of light painting with a flashlight.

1. Troy Paiva and will be working on light painting techniques with a few lucky photographers this week at the Pearsonville Junkyard Workshop. We hope to offer another workshop at Pearsonville next March or April. The best way to make sure you don’t miss out is to sign up for our email notification list.

2. I’ll be teaching a one-night workshop in the San Francisco Bay Area on Saturday October 16th through the Renegade Meetup group. The tuition is an affordable $69, and this workshop is a great way to learn new light painting techniques.

3. In November I’ll be joining Nocturnes honcho Tim Baskerville for a trip to one of my favorite places — Death Valley. We’ll photograph at a variety of stunning moonlit locations that may include: Furnace Creek Ranch, Rhyolite, Zabriskie Point, Badwater, and the sand dunes near Stovepipe Wells. Daytime lectures will include night photography history and technique. The workshop runs November 19-21, 2010, and tuition is $595. Register on www.thenocturnes.com

Hope you have a fantastic September full moon!

Ghosts in the East Bay: A one night workshop with night photographer Joe Reifer

San Francisco Dragon Creation Myth 11:17 — by Joe Reifer

San Francisco Dragon Creation Myth 11:17 — by Joe Reifer

Ghosts in the East Bay: A one night workshop with night photographer Joe Reifer
Saturday, October 16th from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

The site for our adventure features a unique mix of old building materials, installation art, natural landscapes, and views of San Francisco across the water. We’ll explore a variety of night photography techniques including long exposures, and light painting with flashlights and strobes. We’ll discuss how to create ghostly figures in your nocturnal images, a tradition that dates back to 19th century spirit photography. Workshop tuition is only $69.00, and limited to 16 photographers. Sign up on the Renegade Meetup group.

Whether you’ve experimented with long exposures before or not, this workshop will be a great opportunity to learn about night photography techniques such as: exposure calculation, noise reduction, light painting, and ghosts (just in time for Halloween!). A gear list will be sent after you sign up. Contact me if you have any questions.

Drive-in to the Pearsonville Night Photography Workshops

Abandoned drive-in theater, Nevada -- by Joe Reifer

Abandoned drive-in theater, Nevada — by Joe Reifer

The prime season for night photography begins in under 2 months! If you’re putting your full moon shooting plans together for fall, we still have a few open spots for the Pearsonville Night Photography and Light Painting Workshops. The workshop dates are September 23-25 and October 21-23. There is one spot left for the September workshop.

There are plenty of spots left in October — it’s actually borderline at the moment whether we’ll run an October workshop. If you’re thinking about October, now is the time to jump on in! A few more signups will ensure that another enthusiastic group of night photographers gets to have a peak experience at this amazing desert junkyard. The registration deadline for October is Wednesday, August 11th.

We greatly appreciate you spreading the word about the workshops on blogs, Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter. Troy Paiva and I are both excited to shoot in Pearsonville again, and we hope you can join us!

Drift on over to the Pearsonville Night Photography Workshops

Pearsonville dirt track racing from 1983. Play both videos at once for maximum mopar mayhem.

We won’t be drifting through the corners on the old dirt track, but Troy Paiva and I will be helping a few lucky photographers make amazing night photos this fall at the Pearsonville Night Photography Workshops. The yard has hundreds of amazing old cars, trucks and buses. And the abandoned dirt track. Registration is open!

Pearsonville Dirt Track Grandstands -- by Joe Reifer

Pearsonville Dirt Track Grandstands — by Joe Reifer

Pearsonville Night Photography Workshops: Fall registration is open

Three Edsels -- by Joe Reifer

Three Edsels — by Joe Reifer

Wouldn’t you like to stand right here in front of these 3 Edsels under the full moon?

You can make it happen this fall — registration is now open for the Pearsonville Night Photography Workshops.

Enjoy 3 amazing nights of photography in a world class junkyard. But be warned — your jaw may hit the ground when you see this place. Troy Paiva and I have shot over 20 nights at Pearsonville, and we’ll be there to help with your night photography and light painting techniques. After a long night of photography you can sleep in, get some food, and then join us for an afternoon in the classroom to discuss techniques, and review your work.

Pearsonville: Before and After -- by Joe Reifer

In addition to time saving camera setup techniques, you’ll learn how to quickly make your images sing in post-processing using Camera RAW or Lightroom. We’re here to help take your night photography to the next level.

The workshop dates are: September 23-25 and October 21-23. Both workshops are the same, choose the one that best fits your schedule. Registration opened to our email list yesterday, and spots are going fast (especially for September). Have a look at Troy’s photos, my photos, and the amazing work from past workshop participants. The workshops include twenty four hours of shooting time and 8 hours of classroom instruction packed into an exciting 3 days and nights that you’ll never forget. See the workshop page for more information, and contact me if you have questions or would like to register.

We also greatly appreciate you spreading the word about the Pearsonville Night Photography Workshops on blogs, Facebook, and Twitter — thanks!

Update 7/14/2010: September is getting close to full. With just over 2 months until the fall night photography season, now is the time to sign up!