LET THERE BE LIGHT
- Creative Lighting
with Ragne K. Sigmond
19 - 24 April 2022
Saga - Inderøy - Norway
“There can be no light without shadow: or rather no shadow unless there is also light” (Margaret Atwood)
Join us on our workshop with photographer Ragne K Sigmond and discover the wonders of light-painting, where you can blend the surreal look of night with brushstrokes of light to enhance your own stories.
To master the art of lighting, or more precisely how to master both light and shadow, is the skill that differentiates a good photographer from the rest. On our workshop with Ragne Kristine Sigmond we will explore the wonders of light, study how a face can be transformed depending on different light angles and heights and furthermore how light painting can transform ordinary surroundings into something magic. All with the brush strokes from an ordinary handheld flash light/ torch in combination with a camera attached to a tripod set on a long exposure time. Mastering this technique you can make wonders with even the cheapest flash light. Furthermore the light studies during the workshop will help you to understand light in all its variety in everyday life: From day light to studio photography with strobes.
Light painting is equal to “slow photography”. A picture takes from 10 seconds to several minutes to make. Because light painting itself adds a lot of mystique and atmosphere to the photography, most often very little has to be added in post production. So if your aim is to make creative all-in-one-shot type of photography, light painting is the answer.
This technique is also perfect for photographers who want to create interesting images without the need of expensive equipment, that also requires a lot of space. We’re also talking about the easiest and lightest version of light equipment to travel with. You’ll be able to make wonders wherever you travel with a single flash light in combination with the knowledge of light!
Our Creative Lighting Workshop will teach you light painting on interior, landscape and with a model. The more you master this technique, you will experience how your light painting strokes become more and more personal. We will try out different flash lights (different strengths) and get acquainted with manual mode where you can control long exposure times combined with a chosen aperture. We will practice portrait lighting in the studio and do on location-practice outside in the evenings.
We will seek out interesting locations for the students like old greenhouses, boat houses and forests that have a curtain mythical quality to them and will work as interesting backdrop where we do light painting in “the blue hour” after sunset.
With 15 years experience of teaching how to sculpt with light on a daily basis, our instructor Ragne K. Sigmond will show you how she likes to work, and why it is important to not over complicate a photoshoot. Simple concepts and how to create an atmosphere for spontaneous on-the-spot ideas. To “let go” is an important part of a light painting session. Take chances and explore as an important part of the creative process. If your mind is open, it might very well lead to new and innovative work!
“All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow” (Leo Tolstoy)
NOK 11.000,- (deposit NOK 3.000,-). This does not include travel costs, accommodations or meals.
Shortly after registration for your workshop you will receive an invoice via e-mail for the deposit (to be paid within two weeks). You will also receive an invoice for the rest of the tuition at the same time as the deposit. This invoice is to be paid no later than one month before the workshop starts. All fees are to be paid in Norwegian Kroner.
International students: You can pay us via PayPal or transfer your payment directly to our account. Please let us know when registration for a workshop your preferred method of payment. For PayPal payments there is a handling fee of 6 % of the amount paid that will be added to the invoice. For bank transfer there is usually a transaction fee. Check with your bank for the amount.
The workshop takes place at our creative center SAGA in Norway.
Saga is a creative retreat center, with large spacious rooms, a homely atmosphere, an outdoor sauna, swimming dock and beautiful nature right outside the door. The stress of day to day life is left behind when you enter our center, so you can focus all your energy on expanding your creative talent and adopting new skills. SAGA has a hotel section, which offers accommodation for participants during the workshop. If SAGA is fully booked we will organise alternative accommodation nearby in the same price range.
There are single beds in all of SAGA’s hotel rooms. We hope that most participants are open to share hotel rooms with one other participant (of the same gender) during your stay at SAGA. This way we can house the whole class at our hotel. If you are a group traveling together, or you have a preference when sharing a room, please make a note when registration for the workshop. If you prefer a single room, let us know, and we will do our best to accommodate you. If we have no other person of your gender who opted for shared accommodation, we will offer you a single room.
Saga is known for it's fresh homemade food. We will start each day with a healthy breakfast, before heading to class, or out shooting. We serve warm lunch at SAGA every day. Breakfast and varm lunch, coffee/ tea and fruit throughout your stay is included in the accommodation fee.
If you are not staying at our hotel you can still be part of the meal plan.
Meal Plan: breakfast, varm lunch, coffee/ tea and fruit pr day: Nok 455,-.
If you have any food allergies please let us know when you register for your class and we will try to accommodate your needs.
For dinner: the options will be discussed with the group on arrival. There are one restaurant in walking distance to SAGA, and several in driving distance. Dinner is not included. Saga has a full liquor license.
PRICE ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS:
Shared double-room: NOK 1.100,- per person pr night. The price includes shared double room, healthy breakfast, warm home-cocked lunch, coffee/ tea and fruit throughout your stay. To get a shared double room requires that we have another participant of your gender, that can share. If we do not, you will get a private room - see price below.
Private room: NOK 1.350,- per night. Healthy breakfast, warm home-cocked lunch, coffee/ tea and fruit throughout your stay.
Payment for accommodations and meals is done directly to SAGA, before you depart. SAGA accept Visa and MasterCard.
GETTING TO SAGA:
The closest airport to SAGA is Trondheim International Airport. From the airport, take the northbound train (towards Steinkjer), which stops at the airport terminal about every two hours. You will disembark the train at Røra Station (about 1 hour and 10 minutes) where NORDphotography’s van will be to greet you and transport you to SAGA. Estimated travel time to SAGA from (Time include direct flight to Trondheim Airport + train to SAGA): Oslo: 2 hours / Bodø: 2 hours / Copenhagen: 3 hours / Stockholm: 3 hours / New York: 12 hours (NYC+Oslo+Trondheim)
You disembark the train at Røra Station and NORDphotography’s van will be to greet you and take you to SAGA. Estimated travel time to Røra by train from: Oslo: 9 hours / Trondheim: 2 hours / Bodø: 9.5 hours / Storlien (Sweden): 3.5 hours. For the local train schedule see: www.nsb.no/rutetabell
Follow E6 to Røra, then RV 755 to Straumen.
Travel expenses are each participant's own responsibility.
Deposit: NOK 3.000,-
Se payment details in the workshop description.
Registration on our workshops are binding
If we have to cancel the workshop due to Covid restriction, we will return all money paid to us.
WHEN TO ARRIVE:
The workshop starts on the 19TH of APRIL at 7PM.
WHEN TO DEPART:
The workshop ends on the 24TH of APRIL at 1PM.
We ask that you do not book your ticket until we have confirmed that the minimum number of participants have signed on. The confirmation will happen no later than a month before the workshop start.
WHAT TO BRING:
Camera: Personally Ragne prefers to use her Olympus camera which has the very specific feature “Live composite” that allows her to follow every light stroke during the exposure on the display. But any camera can be used as long as it manually can be set on long exposure times together with the combination of a chosen aperture.
Flash light: with dimming possibiities, or bring more then one with different strengths
You will also need a tripod, and your own laptop, and camera equipent.
Students are expected to bring a small portfolio (max 10 images) of their work (print or digital) to the class.
RAGNE K. SIGMOND:
Ragne Kristine Sigmond is a Norwegian photographer, currently teaching photography at Media College Denmark, where teaching of lighting is one of her favourite subjects.
She received her education in photography at the very same school, graduating in 2003.
Working on fine art photography in her spare time has been an important factor for developing her photographic style. She has been invited to present her work at art fairs, to give lectures and hold workshops, to judge competitions or to exhibit in countries like Norway, Denmark, Italy, Belgium, Poland and Australia.
She was the main contributor of photographs to the 500-page book about composition “Se her!” (LOOK!), written by Rudi Hass, released in the Scandinavian market in 2013.
In 2017 she received the Photography award in Norway, a prize created to honour photographers who have especially contributed to enhancing the position of photography in cultural life.
It is the nature of our business that occasionally a listed instructor cannot participate because of unexpected events.
If we are forced to replace an instructor we will do so with someone with equal or similar credentials.
When time permits we will inform everyone who has registered.
We ask that you do not book your ticket until we have confirmed that the minimum number of participants have signed up.
For workshops to run we need a minimum of five participants, unless otherwise noted in the workshop description. If we for some reason are not able to reach our minimum number, the workshop will be canceled and you will receive a full refund.
NORDphotography is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline / train tickets in the event of a program cancellation. Our line of liability is to return all monies paid to the workshops. Please check on your workshop status before making travel arrangements. There will be a maximum of 10 students in each workshop, unless otherwise noted in the workshop description.
Withdrawal and refund policy:
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance.
Enrollment is limited in our workshops, so once you have registered for a class – we are counting on you to attend. The registration is binding. We do however understand that sometimes plans fall trough and offer the following cancellation policies:
* Withdraw more than 60 days before the start of class and we will refund all monies paid, minus an
administration fee of NOK 1500,-.
* Withdraw 60 days or less before the start of class and we will charge you with the full workshop tuition.
NORDphotography is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies.