Learn ‘light painting’ at Jack London park

Amateur outdoor shutterbugs, get your cameras out – Jack London State Historic Park is offering an opportunity to discover the art of light painting for nighttime digital photography at Jack London’s Wolf House from 5 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6.

Photographer and instructor Ray Mabry will take participants through the camera settings, equipment, tips, and techniques to make dramatic images. For more than 25 years, Mabry has used his experience in photography to capture images in architecture, landscape and abstract forms, according to an announcement of the event from Jack London Park.

Mabry has an extensive background in computer technology and digital imagery. Shooting with professional-level equipment, he captures images to further explore new ideas in digital photography. Mabry is a writer for several photography blogs, a photography instructor and a photojournalist, according to the event announcement.

The class 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 are often one-o- a-kind, revealing an extraordinary scene that would not ordinarily be visible.

Topics include: Styles of light painting; setup and preparation; recommended equipment; camera basics (setting up your camera); light sources; lighting techniques.

Participants should bring: A DSLR or camera with manual settings that include “bulb” or capable of 30 second exposures; a wide-angle lens (between 16 and 24mm is best); a cable release, remote trigger or a 10 second self-timer, and a small flashlight or headlamp to make camera adjustments and to move around safely; a sturdy tripod; extra batteries (long exposures and cold temperature burn through batteries faster); memory cards (Mabry recommends shooting in RAW format but not required); a lens hood is recommended.

The class is limited to 15 participants. The terrain is uneven and it will be nighttime. Sturdy shoes, a flashlight and warm clothing are advised. For more information about access, call 707-938-5216.

This event may be canceled in the event of rain.

2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. Meet in the museum parking lot to the left of the entry kiosk.

Tickets are $50 including parking. For tickets and more information, visit

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