Low-Light Photography

Arlene Collins
Teacher : Arlene Collins
Category : Intermediate, Advance
Low-Light Photography
  • Duration : 60 days

Course Brief :

Most anyone can make well-exposed photographs by daylight.  Much more challenging are good photos made at night or when light levels are at their lowest.  But to stow your camera in less than optimum lighting conditions is to forgo a whole other world of photographic expression and creativity.  

This online photography course taught by professional photographer and photography educator, Arlene Collins, is designed for those who want to push their photographic style, gain control of image exposure in low light and create a distinctive and personal look to the photos they make.  Participants explore the use of long exposures, use of neutral density filters, HDR (High Dynamic Range) and wireless multi-strobe set-ups to create stunning low-light imagery.

For those photographers who have ever wondered how an image could possibly capture evening and all low-light scenes and subjects with such detail, sharpness, color tonality, mood and drama, this online and interactive photography workshop is for you.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Properly determine exposures when a light meter reading is not available
  • Create nighttime special effects
  •  Paint light with a flash unit and flashlights
  • Create new, innovative low-light imagery through both technical execution and new-found creative vision


What you will need:

  • Digital SLR or compact mirrorless camera (film is also fine, but you'll need to scan images for upload to the TCI website)
  • Selection of lenses if available
  • Speed light
  • Computer with photo-processing software (e.g. Photoshop)
  • Study tripod
  • Cable release or remote trigger

Instructor :

Arlene Collins is a New York City based photographer specializing in documenting remote cultures and changing civilizations around the world. 

Since 2000 she has produced and lead international photography workshops to destinations such as Papua New Guinea, Iran, Kamchatka, Russia, Greenland, Mongolia, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. She also lectures at home and abroad and consults privately with a number of clients on location lighting and how to photograph in the most challenging lighting situations. 

Collins recently co-curated the Second Image of the Silk Road Photography Biennial of Tianshui, China, where she exhibited photographs from her travels along the Silk Road and participated in symposiums discussing her work and current photography issues. She has lectured and taught workshops in Lahore, Pakistan, at ROSPHOTO the Russian State Museum of Photography in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Centro de la Imagen, in Mexico City, the Fototeca Center in Havana, Cuba, the Istanbul Center of Photography, Turkey, the Three Shadows Center for Art and Photography in Beijing, China, and in Yangon, Myanmar. 

She has created several long-term photography essays, including Boxing photographed in New York City, Moscow and Bangkok, and essays on the Rodeo in New Jersey, the Voodoo trail in Togo and Benin in Western Africa, Chernobyl’s #4 nuclear reactor and the abandoned city of Pripyat, Ukraine, The Birqash Camel (Souq al- Gamaal) Market in Cairo, and A Hamer Bull Jumping Ceremony in the Southern Omo Valley, Ethiopia. She continues her international travels adding to her ongoing photographic essay on “UNESCO-designated” World Heritage Sites. Her photographs from North Korea were featured on L’Oeil de la Photographie.com and presented at New York Photo Salon. Her photographs are in the permanent collections of the Museum of the City of New York and the Brooklyn Museum. 

In New York City she has taught in the Photojournalism and Documentary Program at the International Center of Photography and for 11 years produced and led ICP’s international travel photography workshops. Presently, she is an Associate Professor of Photography at Parsons School of Design.

For more of Arlene's work, visit her website.  Also, follow Arlene on Instagram.


Reviews :

Arlene was a fantastic instructor for this course. Before signing up, I had always put my camera away when I thought it too dark to capture the scenes and subjects i wanted to. But through Arlene's insightful lessons and assignment critiques, I've discovered a whole "new world" of photography, capturing the moment when the light is low. A highly recommended course for photgraphers who think there's only one type of light for photography. I learned a lot, thanks to Arlene and her expansive photographic vision.

- By JoAnne Powless

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