15 February 2024

Blue Hour Landscape Photography Training Cape Town

Blue Hour Landscape Photography Cape Town / Cape Peninsula

Private Landscape and Photography Training Courses / Sessions

Blue Hour Long Exposure Photography Training
Blue Hour Long Exposure Photography : Sea Point, Cape Town

Blue Hour Long Exposure Photography Training Milnerton, Cape Town

This offer is available for individual photographers or small group bookings (up to four delegates). With scalable training rates from two to four delegates.

Flexible Training Dates
Sessions to be scheduled with individual delegates / groups in terms of everybody's availability and could be during the week / weekends.

Training Objective: Blue Hour Photography
To assist the developing Canon EOS photographer with mastering landscape and long exposure photography with the main focus on blue hour long exposures working with changing natural light (before sunrise and then sunset and beyond).

Required Photography Equipment
Any Canon DSLR camera with any lens in the 10mm - 70mm focal length range. (i.e. the Canon EF-S 18-55mm lens is more than suitable). A sturdy tripod is a mandatory requirement for long exposure photography.

Blue Hour Landscape Photography Essentials

"Blue hour is a captivating time for landscape photography, occurring during the transition between day and night when the sun is below the horizon but still illuminates the sky with a deep blue hue. This period provides a unique and soft light that can enhance the mood and atmosphere of your photographs. Here are some tips for capturing stunning blue hour landscape photos:

1. Timing is Key
  • Blue hour generally occurs during the 20-30 minutes before sunrise and after sunset. Check the local time for sunrise and sunset in your location to plan accordingly.

2. Scout Locations in Advance
  • Identify interesting landscapes and compositions during daylight hours. This preparation will help you make the most of the limited blue hour time.

3. Use a Tripod
  • The low light conditions during the blue hour require longer exposure times, so using a tripod is essential to avoid camera shake and ensure sharp images.

4. Adjust White Balance
  • Set your camera's white balance to "Tungsten" or manually adjust it to a cooler temperature. This helps enhance the natural blue tones of the scene.

5. Shoot in RAW
  •  Capture images in RAW format to retain more information and flexibility during post-processing.

6. Experiment with Exposure Settings
  • Since light levels are changing rapidly during the blue hour, experiment with different shutter speeds and apertures to find the optimal settings for your scene.

7. Include Foreground Elements
  • Incorporate interesting foreground elements to add depth and context to your photos. This could be a silhouette of a tree, rocks, or any other object that complements the landscape.

8. Use Graduated Neutral Density Filters
  • Graduated ND filters can help balance the exposure between the bright sky and darker foreground, especially when there's a significant contrast in light.

9. Long Exposure Techniques
  • Consider using longer exposure times to capture movement in clouds, water, or other elements. This can create a dreamy and ethereal effect.

10. Bracketing for HDR
  • Bracket your shots to capture a range of exposures, especially if there's a high contrast between the bright sky and darker landscape. This allows you to create HDR (High Dynamic Range) images in post-processing.

11. Silhouettes and Reflections
  • Utilize silhouettes of mountains, trees, or other elements against the colorful sky. Additionally, bodies of water can provide beautiful reflections of the blue hour sky.

12. Post-Processing
  • Fine-tune your images in post-processing to enhance colors, contrast, and sharpness. Pay attention to the overall mood you want to convey in the final image.

Remember, blue hour photography is not just about capturing a scene but also about conveying the mood and emotion of that specific time. Experimenting with different techniques and settings will help you find your unique style during the blue hour." (Source: ChatGPT 2023)

Blue Hour Long Exposure Photography Training
Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - Blue Hour Long Exposure Photography

Training Duration
Three sessions: one theory / settings session (up to five hours) in my studio training apartment and two practical sessions (one before-sunrise session and one sunset into the night light).

Training Location
All theory / settings / exposure training is facilitated in my training studio apartment in Milnerton (opposite Woodbridge Island). Practical applications will be around Woodbridge Island / Milnerton beach.

Costing 
  • Cost per Delegate: R2 300 for the three sessions

Blue Hour Long Exposure Photography Training is also available as a Photography Training Gift Voucher

Learning Areas (theory / setting sessions)
  • Camera / Lens Settings
  • Exposure / Focus Settings
  • Long Exposure Techniques
  • Composition Guidelines
  • Introduction to post-processing (if required)

Delegates will be briefed wrt the two practical sessions in terms of time / weather and other logistics.

Contact Vernon Chalmers for more information (or discussing other requirements).

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