I was invited to the new citizenM luxury boutique hotel in Times Square for a photography masterclass with NYC Pro Photographer Ramon B. Nuez Jr. on Night Time Photography. I gladly accepted as I’ve been wanting to take some photography classes to learn how to better use my camera. I’ve had my Canon EOS Rebel T4i DSLR for almost 2 years now and am embarrassed to admit that I still don’t know how to fully use it. For the most part I’ve been shooting in Auto or No Flash and sometimes try to play with different settings without really knowing what I’m doing. I’ve been shooting mostly in Aperture Priority mode for the last few months but I mainly want to learn how to shoot in Manual and understand what I’m doing when I change the different settings. So I brought along my camera and tripod as suggested and was excited to learn.
The workshop was held in the Cloud Bar on the rooftop of the hotel which is absolutely gorgeous with modern decor in beautiful colors and an amazing view. There was plenty of delicious canapes and a specialty “punch” that was divine. We ate and mingled for a while and then Ramon gave a presentation on Night Time Photography in which he gave us tips on what settings he found best for shooting at night including aperture, shutter speed and ISO. He also shared some of his work and the stories behind the images. He had some really great shots. After the presentation we took our cameras and tripods to the outdoor area and started shooting. Ramon walked around and gave us tips while answering any questions that we had.
photos by Andrew Werner Photography
I was attempting to shoot everything in Manual but Ramon suggested to shoot in Aperture Priority and allow the camera to do some of the work so that we could focus more on creativity and have fun. I really did enjoy playing with the camera settings and seeing the outcome. I think I got some pretty good shots. You can see them in the slideshow below.
Overall it was a fun night, I learned a lot and had a good time. I’m excited that I am learning how to use my camera better because no matter what kind of camera you have if you don’t know how to use it you won’t get the best shots. I plan to take some more photography classes and practice, practice, practice! Maybe I’ll add photographer to my titles too, hey a girl has got to have a hustle (or few) 😉