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Ellyn Norris
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Tutorials, Tips & Techniques  - 
 
Thanks for attending the Get critiqued webinar this morning on night photography!
As promised, here are some tips on getting the best shots at night.  Please email me - enorris@aii.edu and I can send you a printable PDF of these tips to take with you on location.
Night Photography Tips
Remember night photography still requires light…  Here are some tips in getting the right exposure and sharpness with night photos.  Have fun and be creative with composition.  This part is mandatory!
Camera Set Up
-RAW format (good to get the most detail in the tones)
-Use manual exposure mode (camera meters to 30 seconds)
-100 ISO (yes lowest…  You are using a tripod and subjects are likely still so what is the difference in 1 and 5 seconds?)
-AWB – no perfect WB option.  Use what you get with AWB and adjust in Lightroom.
-use a mid to high Fstop (helps with sharpness of an image – try F8 and above
When shooting…
-Always Always Always use a tripod.  Except when you want crappy photos.  The playback screen can be deceiving but the monitor never lies!
-Use the camera’s self timer under drive mode (good for use up to 30 seconds) or a cable/shutter release if you have one or when exposures go beyond 30 seconds.
-Back away from the camera and tripod when exposing.  Don’t move a lot around the tripod when exposing. 
If these camera features are available:   1 Activate long exposure noise reduction, 2- mirror lock up (1 second is fine).
-Ambient light in darkness causes high contrast where you may clip your highlights (like light from lampposts).  Be aware of this by checking playback window to see if the blinkies are happening.  Clipped highlights should only happen in specular highlights (think small areas like the shine off of gold teeth J).  Bracket your exposures as a result – at least .3 of a stop lower than the MIE.
If the camera has a hard time focusing due to low light put the lens on manual focus and focus to infinity.
Helpful tools to have in your gear bag: 
•       Headlamp or high powered flashlight (for changing camera features, safety and focusing),
•       Tripod…  Always a tripod., ideally with a hook in the center shaft in case you need to weight it down if windy
•       Extra battery on cold nights or just in case!
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Last call for entries!  Even if you don't submit, please join me this Thursday at noon ET for Get Critiqued - Night Sky theme.  Remember that attending these sessions are worth extra credit up to 10 points!
 
Invitation to submit!  This month's Photo Live Get Critiqued webinar will be themed as Night Sky Photography.  Join me on Thursday, April 28, 12 noon ET.  Submit any images of night photography.  Entires may include cityscapes, night sky, Northern Lights and astrophotography.  Any subjects that were shot at night and include some sky.  
Submission Guidelines
Image Submission Format
You will be required to submit 1-3 images for critiquing, depending on the monthly theme (single image or series).  If a critique calls for 1 image, please only submit 1.  Editing down is tough but necessary.
Images should have basic panel adjustments (develop module) only and be exported from Lightroom 8x12@150ppi.
Submit images to your dropbox. com account for me to download.  If you don’t currently have an account, please sign up for one.  You get 2G for free and it’s a great file sharing site for other purposes.
https://www.dropbox.com/login?&_tk=sem_b_goog&_camp=sem-b-goog-us-eng-top-exact&_kw=dropbox|e&_ad=48216806622|1t1|c&gclid=CNaukKGa_coCFQQEaQodl78Dag
Upload your image or, if more are required, upload a folder and share the link with me at ellynism@gmail.com.  Submissions are due by the Monday before the Thursday critique (3rd Thursday of each month) at midnight (EST).
*The first 5-7 submissions will get priority during each critique session.
Email me – enorris@aii.edu with any questions.
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Hey there students!  Jill Mott and I are switching webinars this month.  Please join me on Thursday, March 17th @ noonEST for a Get Connected Webinar.  I invite you to bring and share ideas on getting and staying connected as photography students at AIP-online Division.
In our Photo Live: “Get Connected Session you can join Full-time Faculty Member Jill Mott as she hosts an hour long session where students can learn about a variety of ways to network and get connected with other students, faculty and professionals. Join us to learn, build relationships, ...
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HI all- I am still looking for submission for Thursday's Get Critiqued
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Welcome to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division Faculty Focus on Development Blog!
This blog aims to share insight and resources to enhance and support your faculty development.  Please post articles and news on art education and content you come across about online learning.
This blog aims to share insight and resources to enhance and support your faculty development.  Please post articles and news on art education and content you come across about online learning.
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Excellent and fascinating photo collection of women in history.
By being strong, brave, and human these women changed the world.
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How to clean your lens - the ideal versus the reality :-)
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Invitation to submit!  This month's Photo Live Get Critiqued webinar will be themed as Night Sky Photography.  Join me on Thursday, April 28, 12 noon ET.  Submit any images of night photography.  Entires may include cityscapes, night sky, Northern Lights and astrophotography.  Any subjects that were shot at night and include some sky.  
Submission Guidelines
Image Submission Format
You will be required to submit 1-3 images for critiquing, depending on the monthly theme (single image or series).  If a critique calls for 1 image, please only submit 1.  Editing down is tough but necessary.
Images should have basic panel adjustments (develop module) only and be exported from Lightroom 8x12@150ppi.
Submit images to your dropbox. com account for me to download.  If you don’t currently have an account, please sign up for one.  You get 2G for free and it’s a great file sharing site for other purposes.
https://www.dropbox.com/login?&_tk=sem_b_goog&_camp=sem-b-goog-us-eng-top-exact&_kw=dropbox|e&_ad=48216806622|1t1|c&gclid=CNaukKGa_coCFQQEaQodl78Dag
Upload your image or, if more are required, upload a folder and share the link with me at ellynism@gmail.com.  Submissions are due by the Monday before the Thursday critique (3rd Thursday of each month) at midnight (EST).
*The first 5-7 submissions will get priority during each critique session.
Email me – enorris@aii.edu with any questions.
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Hello,
Just a reminder to send me an image for critiquing on Winter Light for this week's get critiques session!
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Calling all current students! Who would like the opportunity to travel the world and do photography for conservation? Please apply!
http://blogs.adobe.com/education/2016/01/20/passport-to-creativity-with-adobe-students/
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Article on Online Learning Replacing the Classroom Experience - Your thoughts?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/avi-yashchin/will-online-learning-repl_b_4935348.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/avi-yashchin/will-online-learning-repl_b_4935348.html
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Interesting article on the retouching side of photography.
I recently had some time to chat with Nick Leadlay, a fashion, entertainment and advertising retoucher based in Toronto, Ontario. Nick has worked with some big names in the photography industry, and has retouched some of the biggest stars in Hollywood including Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, and many more. In this interview, Leadlay and I talked about several topics including how he got his start ...
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Interesting prediction on the potential for smartphone cameras integrating into journalism.  How do you think/feel about this point?
Shift in power: David Guttenfelder on the impact and importance of smartphone photography. “There's a whole language being developed – the power structure is being turned on its head," says David Guttenfelder, who speaks to FLTR about what attracted him to the smartphone ...
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Ellyn after reading your article I was impressed so much that I ordered a Canon Powershot N which was advertised on the same page. It will have a 12MB image plus wifi for easy uploading plus the size is small with some cool features. I will keep my phone in my pocket and still get the ease of shooting and uploading to Instagram etc.with the  Powershot N
If anybody is interested here is a review of the Powershot N. By the way it will not be available here till later in the year.
http://www.dpreview.com/articles/9919019105/canon-powershot-n-first-impressions
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Grown from a strong and virtuous seed in Nova Scotia, transplanted and now blooming in Southern California :-).
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