Private Instruction in Night Photography
with Tim Baskerville of The Nocturnes

Dates: as determined by individual curriculum
Times: by agreement
Tuition: $60/hour (4 hr. min) - due before start of each session, for number of hrs. agreed upon
Instructor: Tim Baskerville (see Gallery section of the Web site for examples of Tim's work)
Skill Level: Open to all levels of photographic experience
Locations: TBA - may include Fort Mason, The Presidio of San Francisco, Marin Headlands, others

These tutoring sessions in general Photography principles, and Night Photography specifically, are held at locations in Fort Mason Center, the historic Presidio of San Francisco, in the Marin Headlands, and on Mare Island (site of the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard - MINSy) - all in the San Francisco Bay Area) OR at locations specified by the participant (note that scouting fees and alternate location fees, including travel time - usually one-half the tutoring rate - may apply in the latter case).

The sessions are designed around the individual's needs, skills, and expectations, and can include elements as varied as: an overview of recently published "night work" as well as classic reference texts, and hard to find out-of-print monographs; several slide shows outlining the long history of Night Photography, focusing on famous practioners, as well as equally important, though lesser-known, pioneers of this exciting genre of photography, and a discussion of "Why you photograph at night?"

In addition to the above areas of general interest in Night Photography, there is a lengthy discussion of technical considerations, and the student is encouraged to bring previous work done nocturnally for evaluation. Tim can also discuss in depth some of his finished work - to aid the student in his/her immediate 'foray' into the dark, with emphasis on the "mixed" lighting situations that one finds while working at night in urban areas, as well as tips to "mixing" your own varied light sources, and the in-camera "dodging" technique of controlling the overall contrast of a night scene on film, or with digital cameras.

Example descriptions of some of our favorite locations:
For the Fort Mason location: several hours (or as late as the student wants to stay out photographing) will be spent shooting the architecture, rolling hills, and waterfront areas around Fort Mason.

For the Presidio of San Francisco location, the emphasis is much the same, although at lower light levels. Beautiful vistas of San Francisco Bay looking North and the Golden Gate Bridge looking West.

On location in the Marin Headlands, mostly under the illumination of the Full Moon, the student will encounter still longer exposures amid "full moon" conditions (schedule and weather permitting) and continue working on their self-assigned projects (to at least finish the roll of film in their cameras or fill their digital camera's storage card!).

On Mare Island ("Home of The Nocturnes") in the North Bay, the student will encounter a wide variety of lighting situations, from limited, intense urban, industrial lighting to almost pastoral full moon scenes.

Emphasis will be on evaluating existing lighting situations and exposing accordingly. Supplemental lighting possibilities will be discussed and demonstrated. Transparency, b/w, color negative films, as well as digital, will be discussed and compared.

The student will provide his/her own equipment - an equipment/ film list will be provided upon receipt of a $60 deposit. Tuition is $60/hour - due before start of each session, for number of hours agreed upon. Or, you can book ahead, at a savings: a block of (3) four-hour sessions is $600, and a block of (5) four-hour sessions is available for $1000 (for these savings blocks, a $120 deposit required one week prior to first session - rest of fees due before start of second session). Accommodation assistance and tourist information is available.

Please print all pages of this form, fill them out and mail or fax to:

Tutoring in Night Photography
Pacific Media Arts
PO Box 291
Napa, CA 94559
Phone: (707) 645-9860
FAX (707) 644-4073

For additional information email us at tutor [at] thenocturnes [dot] com


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