Night Photography Workshops

Milky way and aurora panorama at Mount Assiniboine provincial parkMagog Lake Night Panoramic

Private Workshops: One on one learning experience for shooting in the field, learning processing techniques and getting your work critiqued. These are also great if you have something specific mind or a subject that may require certain weather/sky conditions.

Semi Private Workshops: Bring a friend with you!

Groups of 3-6: I like to keep my workshops small to ensure I can help everyone, especially when out in the field. It also keeps the area less busy so it’s easier for everyone to work on different compositions and hopefully not get in each other’s way.

Contact me with any questions or booking requests.

I believe when you take a workshop or a class from someone (the optional kind, not the forced to because of school kind) you are looking to learn about their style, how they think, what information they use and have accumulated about a topic so you can apply it to your own photos. My workshops can be customized for groups and individuals so that you can get the knowledge you need to progress your photography skills. Some of the topics workshops can cover are listed below:

The Technical:

  1. Balancing ISO, aperture and exposure time for your night photos.
    1. Exposing for stars, star trails, aurora, etc.
  2. The 500 rule.
  3. Methods for focusing in the dark.
  4. Planning your shoot.
  5. Image critique.

The Processing:

  1. Noise reduction.
  2. Lightroom flows:
    1. As a precursor to Photoshop editing.
    2. As a standalone editing flow.
  3. Photoshop flows:
    1. Working through an edit together.
    2. Understanding how to make a basic flow and what modifications to consider for different images.
  4. Understanding different styles, methods, techniques and how to make an image your own.
  5. Star Trail editing methods.
  6. Panorama stitching and editing.

The Field

  1. Headlight/flash light etiquette – how to preserve your night vision and be mindful of your fellow shooters.
  2. Leave no trace.
  3. Focusing and composing your image in the dark.
  4. Light painting.
  5. Compositions.
  6. Capturing a great foreground along with the stars/milky way/etc.
  7. Camera settings and dealing with high ISO noise issues, light pollution, etc.
  8. Shooting panoramas.

Gear Requirements/Recommendations:

  1. DSLR Camera: A full frame/35mm is recommended but not required. If you will be renting a camera and/or lens for the workshop please make sure you familiarize yourself with it prior to going out at night.
  2. Lenses:
    1. Wide angles are great for Milky Way and lenses in the range of 8-24mm would be recommended.
    2. It is recommended to remove all filters (including UV) for your night photos but it is not necessary if you are concerned about your glass.
  3. Timer/remote/intervelometer:
  4. Sturdy tripod: Generally for workshops we will not be walking very far from our vehicles and I usually take my heaviest and sturdiest tripod for night/long exposure photography.
  5. Batteries: I always carry at least two for the camera. Have extra for your remotes, headlamps, etc.
  6. Memory cards: I have two 16 GB ones that are more than sufficient for a night of shooting. It’s unlikely that we’ll use up that much memory, but it’s always good to have backups.
  7. Headlamp: flashlights are ok, but a hands free light will be useful. It is preferable if you have one with a red light option.
  8. Snacks, water, hot beverages, etc.
  9. Bug spray depending on the season.
  10. Gloves, warm layers, hats, etc. Be mindful of the temperatures and that we will be standing around outside for extended periods of time. (Note: stay warm by your tripod workouts are free :) ).

Milky Way, northern lights and noctilucent clouds create arcs in the prairiesArches of the Night