VIVID Special- Learn Night Photography (scheduled)
Make the most of VIVID festival by learning how to master night photography and long exposures. Enjoy the art of playing with light, and create magical images with writing and drawing or sublime studio style portraits... using only a torch!
VIVID is a wonderland for night photographers, Sydney comes to life in a magical array of colours, and we'd like to help you capture it. What's more, you'll learn how to not just capture beautiful landscapes, but how to move into the frame and become an artist, unleashing your creativity in endless ways.
You'll learn how to use light as "paint", and how to best use torches, flashes, LEDs and other light sources as "brushes". We'll even give you some LEDs to keep, as half the fun is in front of the camera, playing with light.
Great for beginners, we'll start from the essence of photography, with principles that will improve your day-today photography, as well as arming you to make that one image that you'll be forever proud of.
For a more in-depth lesson customised to your skill level, or if after this you'd like to really take it to the next level, book in for a private session.
- Meet with your photographer on the grass outside the MCA
- Overview on photography and light
- Light illumination
- Studio/style portraits
- Torches and other light tools
- Light writing and light painting
- Using off camera flash
- Advice and ideas for making the most of VIVID festival
Your photographer will take photos during the session, including group photos using the techniques taught.
After this session, you'll be inspired to put your new skills into practice. You'll be able to make messages for your friends and families, trick photos that are funny, and most probably your best profile picture ever!
- 90 minute photography lesson
- Photos taken on the night
- Finger lights and glow sticks
- Ongoing tips on photography
- Discounts to other UDU experiences
What will we take photos of?
We'll have plenty of backdrops to choose from, including the MCA (Gamma World), the Opera House (Lighting of the Sails), the Harbour Bridge, Sydney's skyline and more.
Who's this for?
Those looking to improve their photography skills. From beginners with no photography experience, through to experienced photographers who'd like to learn practical tips for long exposures.
What to wear?
For light illumination, dress like a ninja (all black)! If you are going to be in the photo, then why not dress to impress, or have fun and dress up. VIVID is a fun festival, so you're more than welcome to go a bit silly!
What to bring?
Your photographer will take photos and has all the gear, so you don't actually have to bring anything. However, if you plan to take photos yourself, bring:
- Camera (we'll email you beforehand with settings for creating long exposures)
- Shutter-release cable ($3 on eBay)
- Torches, LEDS and other toys you'd like to play with
- Please don't bring sparklers, steel wool or anything else fire based
Where to meet?
As per the marker on the map. On the grass in First Fleet Park, outside the South Eastern corner of the Museum of Contemporary Arts (MCA), opposite the Harbour Master Steps. Near 140 George St, The Rocks. Coming by public transport take a train, bus or ferry to Circular Quay.
How to book?
Places are strictly limited to 10 people per photographer. Sessions are held on the Fridays and Saturdays during the VIVID period, at 6:00 pm. Bookings are accepted through our easy to use online system.
Gift cards are available.