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Talk: Long exposure; theory, practice & creative inspiration

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An online talk by David Rosen with up to 100 places. 

Tickets will go on sale on 13 January.  Ticket sales will close on 21 March to allow time to process bookings and send the video link to participants.  A link to join the talk will be emailed to participants shortly after this.


We are used to seeing time as a collection of microsecond fragments. Long exposure images create a sense of other worldliness prompting the viewer to re-appraise their understanding of the landscape being presented in the image. Their response is often one of intrigue and surprise. As landscape photographers we may have become inured to the impact of long exposure images, however, often not so for the viewers of our photographs.

In fine art photography where the photographer’s creative vision dominates, long exposure is one of the most versatile and creative tools at the photographer’s disposal. It allows negative space to create a dramatic and captivating effect in the image. Other times, it can create a sense of stillness and tranquillity in high key monochrome work. In cities, where people and transport can ruin a well-planned and intentioned shot, long exposure can create a sense of timelessness with blurred indistinct figures and streaking lines of colour, whereas in longer exposures, a sense of empty desolation where empty walkways lead the eye to the intentioned focus point.

However, long exposure techniques while straightforward to master at the introductory level, become more challenging, technical and require more precision as the ambitions of the photographer becomes more aspirational. Understanding the technical challenges , taking charge and feeling confident with your equipment and calculations and being able to imagine and predict how a scene might translate in post-production can be tricky. Long exposure images can be enhanced, re-composed, combined with other bracketed exposure variations, filtered, masked or colour graded . The technical and creative possibilities are endless.

This talk will be given by David Rosen. David specialises in fine art, long exposure landscape photography. The lecture is intended to whet your appetite regarding the possibilities of long exposure photography and exposure you to the wealth of possibilities available with the more advanced long exposure techniques.

From the waterfalls of Iceland to our own coastlines and cityscapes here in Britain David will take you on a long exposure journey from creative inspiration to final image.

There will be time for questions and answers at the end of the talk.


Event times are stated in UK time.


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