Skill Level(s): Level II, III, and IV Students
Location: Ridge Hill, 1 Ridge Hill Blvd, Yonkers, NY 10710 map
Instructor: Scott Dengrove
Date and Time: Saturday, December 14th, 2:00PM - 6:00 PM (Rain/Snow Date Dec 15th)
Westchester's Ridge Hill is an outdoor mall unlike any other. Featuring a wide variety of local and national retailers complemented by fabulous restaurants and one-of-a-kind entertainment. During the holiday season, Ridge Hill comes alive with holiday lights all along the main strip headlined by a 45' tall lighting Christmas Tree!
Come explore how night time transforms this fabulous urban oasis with beautiful holiday lighting, set against a majestic blue twilight sky. It's the perfect place to practice low-light cityscapes, night time traffic trails and blue hour photography without schlepping all the way down to New York City.
For this workshop we have graciously been given special permission by Ridge Hill management to use tripods and other low light equipment to capture the special ambiance of Ridge Hill at twilight during the holidays. Topics include equipment and camera controls for night time photography, using your tripod safely, composing great night shots, blue hour photography, traffic trails, capturing the magic of holiday lights, and using holiday light bokeh to enhance your composition.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The workshop will begin with an introduction and then we'll dive right in to the material. For the first 2 hours of the workshop, photography skills and techniques will be taught with a mixture of lecture and demonstrations in an indoor climate controlled meeting space.
You will then be given free time to create your own photographs using the techniques you have learned. Your instructor will be roaming around providing individual attention to each participant helping to make your photographs the best they can be.
WHO IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR?
This workshop is open to Level II - IV photographers with DSLR or Mirrorless cameras with manual settings and interchangeable lenses who want to explore low light and night time photography (no smart phones, tablets, or point and shoot cameras please). Not sure what level you are? Click here to find out. Students should be comfortable shooting in full manual mode, have a camera capable of manual exposure settings and own a good sturdy tripod.
This special field trip takes place entirely at Ridge Hill in Yonkers, participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from. There is ample parking available in five garages conveniently located throughout the property. The cost is $4 to park on weekends for up to 6 hours. You will meet your instructor there, full details will be given prior to the workshop.
Ridge Hill is also accessible by taking the 78 Bee-Line bus with drop off points right outside the Market Street garage at Ridge Hill.
WHAT TO BRING
Please bring your fully charged camera, tripod and any accessories you'd like to have, see "Equipment Recommendations" below for details.
Money for parking, cash or credit cards are accepted, paid at the kiosks located at garage entrances prior to leaving.
Ridge Hill is a large sprawling outdoor mall, and we will be standing for quite a bit of the workshop in cold to freezing temperatures, especially when taking night shots. Comfortable shoes are a must! You'll also want to dress in warm layers with gloves that will allow you enough dexterity to operate your camera as it can tend to get cold and windy, especially once the sun sets.
All participants, no matter the amount of equipment they have, will find enjoyment and learn something from participating in this workshop. However, we do have some recommendations that will help to ensure you get the most value out of the workshop.
We recommend bringing both telephoto and wide angle lenses. There are beautiful large scale architectural shots, which are best captured with a wide angle lens, however you may also want to take detail shots for which you will find a telephoto lens is best suited.
A good sturdy tripod that can support your camera rig is a must. Tripods with larger diameter legs are recommended for long exposure shots, as well as if the wind picks up, as there is some elevation at Ridge Hill.
A cable release will help eliminate vibration from your fingers when activating the shutter for photos with a long exposure. An ND filter can also be helpful to allow for extra long shutter speeds.
A small flashlight with a red filter or bulb is recommended to help view your camera controls once it gets dark. The red color will help to preserve your night vision and make it easier to see details with the lower light levels.
Further equipment recommendations will be provided in a detailed email prior to the field trip.
As this workshop is 4 hours in length, you should be prepared to do quite a bit of standing when taking night shots and some walking, comfortable shoes are a must!
Though we have been given special permission to use tripods for this workshop, participants are still expected to maintain proper safety precautions when setting up and using tripods and other equipment. Participants may not assert exclusive control over walkways, pathways or any other property at Ridge Hill. In addition, no other guest of Ridge Hill may be blocked from their enjoyment and usage of the facility or inconvenienced. It is the responsibility of all participants to keep the public safe around equipment. Participants will be held responsible for any damage or injuries caused by their equipment.
Although Ridge Hill is a beautiful, safe, outdoor shopping mall with a private security force, as expected in any public urban setting, participants are expected to remain vigilant regarding keeping their equipment safe and under their control. Neither Dengrove Studios nor Ridge Hill are responsible for any equipment that is lost, stolen or damaged.
Participants are responsible for their own parking costs. Parking IS NOT included with your registration fee.
ABOUT RIDGE HILL
Open since 2011, Ridge Hill is an open-air regional shopping center located in Yonkers, New York. To learn more about Ridge Hill, its offerings and visitor policies, please visit their website by clicking here.
Registration cancellations and refund requests must be submitted in writing no less than 7 days prior to the start of the workshop. Refunds will not be given for no shows or latecomers. In the case of inclement weather, there is an alternative workshop rain date available. If you cannot attend the alternative workshop date a credit will be given for use towards a future Dengrove Studios workshop.
Questions? Feel free to contact us before you register.
Saturday, December 14th, 2:00PM - 6:00 PM (Rain/Snow Date Dec 15th)
What type of photographer are you?
Level I - Students are new to photography and either have no formal training in photography or perhaps took a class a long time ago. Level I students are unsure of the operation of their gear or may feel intimidated by taking their camera out of "auto" mode and playing with the manual settings. Photographs of Level I students show significant technical issues as well as compositional issues as they have not yet received training. There's nothing wrong with being a Level I photographer, we all started there, and remember what it's like.
Level II - Students have some understanding of photography principles and may have taken a class or two. Level II students are somewhat familiar with their gear and try to use manual camera settings when they can. As a result, they have gotten lucky from time to time by creating great photographs that were the result of "happy accidents". Although their pictures are applauded by friends and family, they are still at the beginning of learning their craft and their images may have technical issues. Additionally, they can be so caught up with using the right settings they may forget to focus on the artistic side of photography such as composition and lighting.
Level III - Students have a solid understanding of photography principles, thanks to some formal training, and are completely comfortable using their camera in Manual Mode. Level III students have overcome most technical issues relating to exposure and sharpness and are starting to play with interesting lighting and compositions. Most of their photos look better than the average persons and are starting to be thought of as a photographer by friends and family. Level III students may be starting to think about doing some low-end paying photography work or upgrading their gear to full frame sensors and pro lenses.
Level IV - Students have significant experience making, capturing, and processing images that more often then not exhibit a complete understanding of photography principles and creative artistic qualities. Level IV students no longer worry about camera settings, they just happen automatically in their head, and all of their photos are sharp and well exposed. In addition, Level IV student photos exhibit consistently decent lighting and composition and a few of their very best photos exhibit these qualities that can be described as dynamic, beautiful, and awesome. They are not afraid to try unusual or extreme techniques but sometimes use them as a crutch to give their photos that "wow" factor. Level IV students are regarded as "really serious about photography" and may have considered going pro.
Level V - Students have advanced skills and knowledge of photography. Their work is consistently at a professional level with no image quality issues and technicals are spot on. Level V student photo compositions have a maturity about them with a clear style and creativity. A Level V student is capable of shooting in almost any lightning condition and bringing back great photos that are interesting and well exposed. Level V students may or may not be working professional photographers but based on their level of work certainly are capable of being a pro.