While it is still open and still standing, I will still be using The Pier as a great location for my 1-on-1 DSLR Photography Lessons, and really cannot imagine what it will be like to not have it available come May 2013. Friday evening I met Jason with his Nikon D3100 in downtown St. Petersburg. He specifically wanted to practice long exposure night photography, which is fine by me as it is one of my favorite kinds. We made our way out to The Pier and got setup on the open roof viewing area. This type of photography of course requires a tripod because as by the end of the lesson we were using 30-second exposures, and even while there was still plenty of light in the sky (but no sun), exposures were in the 1 to 2 second range.
In a way, night photography is kind of simple: put camera on tripod, leave shutter open, done. Of course there are things that can be done to improve one's night photography, especially related to placement of the horizon and exactly how long to leave the shutter open. These were the things we focused on mostly during our night photography lesson. I look forward to seeing Jason's future long exposure shots!