Learn to produce stunning night photographs in this two hour, one-to-one coaching session. All content and subject matter is tailored to individual preferences.

The night world offers an opportunity to create unique photographs full of mystery and a special kind of beauty.

This hands-on coaching session will be of interest to anyone seeking to improve his or her skills in night photography. While working with existing light and on-camera flash technique in the field, you will be shown how to develop your own working method for making powerful photographs at night. Once you've registered there is a free 15 minute phone/skype consultation available, so we can discuss where your current interests lie and use those interests as a framework for your learning.


  • Metering and exposure for night photography. How does it differ from working in daylight?
  • The mechanics of night photography; equipment and settings
  • Challenges, opportunities and possible subject matter present in this genre
  • Examples of night photography shown and analyzed
  • Sunrise and sunset; gateways to and from the night world
  • Working with mist and fog
  • Exposure tables - limits and uses
  • What is digital noise and how we reduce it
  • Working with flash at night
  • Concert and event photography
  • Special event photography
  • Dark interiors
  • The importance of camera supports such as tripods and monopods

What you'll learn:

  • To pre-visualize and compose a photograph at night. This knowledge will be enhanced with hands-on experience gained during your night shooting session with the instructor.
  • To choose exciting locations based on your gained knowledge of the vast subject matter suitable for night work
  • To use photographic equipment at night with confidence
  • To work with fundamental night flash techniques such as rear curtain and slow exposure flash if requested
  • To choose the proper ISO, exposure time, and aperture to create the image of choice, leading to an individual style and working method
  • To understand your toolbox and what is available to help to shoot night and low light photography i.e., Image Stabilization and the very high ISO ratings available
  • To be able to make appropriate equipment choices based on knowing the state of the art as it stands right now

Each coaching session is at least two consecutive hours or longer if requested. Cost for one person is $195.00 cdn. The price includes one hour of instructor's travel time within the Greater Toronto Area. Additional travel cost of $75.00 per hour plus expenses will apply outside of this area. Location is determined by the instructor. Contact us for details about discounts for coaching with groups of 2, 3, 4 or more people.

Contact by phone (office 416-778-6521 - mobile 647 286 1705) or email (michael@michaelobrienphoto.com) to book a time. Payment can be made online using the PayPal form on this site. Full payment at least five days prior will confirm the date for the session.

Working with Groups Worldwide:
All of Michael's workshops can be adapted to group settings and delivered at the location of your choice anywhere in the world. In this case workshop fees are per person; location, travel and production fees will be extra. Detailed estimates are available on request. Michael currently teaches these skills in college programs throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

Michael is known primarily for the intuitive, natural way that he photographs people and places. His formal portraits, as well as his travel and documentary images of people are all built on a foundation of trust and respect. Michael's work explores the themes of identity in the individual, the family and the community.

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