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Neon Nights | by Bill Gracey 17 Million Views
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Neon Nights

This weekend, my cousin and I attended a fine photography workshop in San Diego. The workshop was called Popular Photography Digital Days, and consisted of lectures, slide shows and a lot of wonderful hands on photo opportunities, complete with models. In this photograph, the model is spinning a string of Christmas Lights while an assistant off camera pops a flash. We didn't have to think to take this. We were told to set our cameras on manual, the ISO to 200, the aperture at F8 and the shutter to 1 second. The assistant with the flash counted down from 3 to 1, and told us to take the picture when the count reached 1. It was like "Photography for Dummies". Hard to quarrel with the results and probably everyone who tried it got a good shot, but the rest of the shots and opportunities were not scripted like this. There were lots of models and lots of studios lights with backdrops set up. Most of us don't get photographic opportunities like this every day. I thought it was fun, and enjoyed it. The people running the workshop were very professional, friendly, organized competent, and good teachers. Fun stuff.

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Taken on September 9, 2012