Seminar : The Power of Light & Color

Sunset in Myanmar, photograph by Nevada Wier Sunset in Myanmar, photograph by Nevada Wier

Transform your photography and expand your understanding of how light and color can enhance the quality and impact of your images. National Geographic photographer Nevada Wier will share techniques that broaden the way you think—and see—to create more compelling photographs.

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Topics Covered

  • What Makes A Great Photograph?

    See photographs from the photographers' assignments that demonstrate the powerful influence light and color have on any image. Understand the fundamentals of exposure, direction, quality, shadow, contrast, and how to use light and color to your advantage in a range of situations.

  • The Personality of Light

    Explore the nuances of light and how its patterns, highlights, and shadows can add feeling and mood to your pictures. Learn how to recognize and use the multiple personalities of light to change the emotional complexion of an image.

  • Shooting in Challenging Light

    Learn how to shoot in less-than-perfect light. Understand how the right equipment and on-the-spot solutions can help you tackle the challenges of bright light, low light, and artificial light. Discover how to photograph beyond the visual spectrum using a camera converted to photograph infrared light.

  • The Color of Light

    Realize the many ways color can enhance the impact of a shot. What if the same subject is placed against different backgrounds? Can certain hues change the power of your image? See dramatic examples of how color influences the quality, look, and feel of photographs.

  • Flash for the Traveling Photographer

    Understand the basic elements of flash photography and how it can improve the outcome of your images. Learn how to use a single flash and a pop-up flash effectively and creatively to capture memorable travel moments in any light.

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Spring Schedules 2015

  • Full-Day Series

    Full-Day Series

    - All-Day Seminars -

    Register now for one of our all-day seminars welcoming all levels of photographers, from beginners to professionals. Each covers a wide range of creative and technical subjects to improve your picture-taking skills.

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  • Half Day Series

    Half-Day Series

    - Half-Day Seminars -

    Learn basic to advanced shooting techniques and sharpen your skills in a shorter period of time with our half-day seminars.

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  • Scottsdale Weekend


    - Weekend Photo Workshop -

    Join National Geographic photographers Annie Griffiths and Dan Westergren for a hands-on photography workshop in Scottsdale, Arizona. Deluxe accommodations at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa. April 17-20, 2015.

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