Low-Light Photography with Alex Orgera

photo: Alex Orgera

photo: Alex Orgera

Alex Orgera finds night photography to be a “curious sport,” in which photographers frequently find themselves getting bogged down in the technical concerns.  But she also finds that once they are able to move past the inherent challenges of the genre, they open themselves up to an “incredibly zen experience” that “requires a kind of patience and groundedness that one might experience when operating a large format camera.”  For Alex, the creative opportunities that night photography affords photographers are endless, and she is drawn to its “potential for producing images with rich, painterly colors, not unlike those in the night paintings of Van Gogh.”

Given her love of night photography, it should be no surprise that Alex has offered to share her passion with Philly Photo League members in an upcoming three-hour night photography workshop.  Students who attend Alex’s workshop can expect a comprehensive overview of the genre, (including notable examples, technical concerns, basic composition, and color theory), and plenty of time in the field, putting what they learn into practice.  Alex’s hope for her students is that they come away from her class inspired and informed, and with the tools they need to continue their exploration of nighttime photography.

photo: Alex Orgera

photo: Alex Orgera

Alex studied photography at Universität der Künste in Berlin and did additional coursework at UArts and other area institutions.  Her photographic interests lie mainly in still life and the urban environment, and her passion for visual design permeates her work.
In addition to her personal work, Alex does regular freelance work shooting food and interiors for local restaurants.  She also works at Project Basho, in the capacity of Educational Coordinator, and teaches courses in DSLR use, beginning composition, and flash photography at Basho and other local photo centers.  To Alex, teaching is a passion, as well, believing that “it takes a certain kind of mind and personality to be able to break down complex or nuanced topics in an approachable way.”  To that end, Alex works hard to ensure that her lessons are “concrete and effective.”   She feels that her varied background, (she has a degree in sciences and the humanities), makes her a “generalist in life,” which allows her to approach elusive concepts in a concrete fashion that students often find more comprehensible than “art speak;” particularly students not coming from a fine art background.  She balances that approach with plenty of visual examples for students who may be more art-minded.
Regardless of your photographic background, you can expect a thorough and passionate exploration of night photography if you attend Alex’s workshop.  Sign up now!