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Light-painting class at Jack London State Historic Park


By Brandon Sparks

Jack London State Historic Park is offering an amazing opportunity to explore the art of light painting and nighttime photography from 5 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6. Spend the night learning about photography and how you can create beautiful images with just a camera and flashlights.

Ray Mabry, photographer and instructor, will provide attendees with all the equipment, camera settings, and techniques to create stunning photos. Mabry has been working in the art of photography for over 25 years, mostly in the fields of architecture and landscape. He has been continuously honing his craft, shooting with professional-level equipment and exploring new ideas in digital photography in every shoot. He is also a writer for many photography blogs, a photojournalist, and a photography instructor.

The class Mabry is presenting with the Jack London State Historic Park will “explore the traditional form of light painting, a technique using powerful flashlights (and other light sources) to paint light onto a subject or scene during a long exposure.” The results differ from person to person, making each shoot unique. The class will cover the many different styles of light painting, along with lighting techniques and sources you can use when you want to do this on your own.

Participants must bring a digital singlelens reflex (DSLR) camera that is capable of 30-second exposures, a wide-angle lens, a tripod, and other equipment listed on the purchase page for tickets. The class is limited to 15 participants, and sturdy shoes, flashlights, and warm clothing are advised, as the terrain is uneven and it will be nighttime. Tickets are $50, which includes parking; if you are a student of Ray Mabry’s, tickets are $35. For registration information, visit jacklondonpark. com/events/wolf-house-at-night/.