Broaden your photographic perspective and get the tools to create powerful images in light levels ranging from twilight to the deepest darkest corners of the night.
The most recent advances in digital photography have made it possible to photograph in conditions and ways that we never before could. From handheld photographs by the light of the full moon, to brilliant images of the starry sky on moonless nights, almost anything is now possible. This class will broaden your photographic perspective, and give you the tools to create powerful images in light levels ranging from twilight to the deepest darkest corners of the night.
The workshop will be held during the new moon, so we’ll have virtually no moonlight, and truly dark skies to work with. We’ll be photographing at the height of the “Milky Way Season”, when the entire arch of the Milky Way is relatively low in the sky and can be captured in a panoramic photograph. The goal of this class is to teach students how to work in extreme darkness, allowing us to capture the starry night sky and Milky Way in all of its glory.
Night photography experience is helpful but not necessary, but even those with extensive experience shooting at night will still find this class challenging, stimulating, and inspiring.
Topics covered will include: determining exposures, photographing the Milky Way both in single and multiple image sequences to create panoramas, special techniques for photographing light houses, combining short high ISO exposures of the sky with longer, low ISO images of the foreground, and light painting. Techniques and inspiration will be constantly discussed, demonstrated and put into practice. You will be encouraged to step outside your comfort zone, and to test the limits of what you and your camera can do.
This workshop will have both field and classroom instruction. We will be in the classroom each day, and out in the field at different locations late each night. While in the field, Lance will demonstrate his own techniques, and work with participant’s one on one to make sure everyone gets the most out of the workshop. During classroom sessions, there will be both technical and aesthetic presentations, but we will focus on developing our images and sharing our work and ideas with each other. Each day will have image development time followed by a critique of the previous nights work.
This class is for those looking to expand their photographic horizons, recharge their creative batteries, share ideas, and to go home with some exciting images as well as some new skills. Working through image ideas and lighting together is a fun and rewarding process and collaboration will be a part of the experience. Lance will encourage you to make images that are as far removed from postcard views as possible.
Course Goals: After completion of this course, it is our hope that students will have the confidence and inspiration to continue to explore night photography, and to begin directing at least part of their creative energies down a particular path: natural landscape night photography to record star points and the Milky Way, light house photography, light painting, or some combination of all of these. 
Course Outcomes: By the end of this course, participants should be able to compose, focus, determine exposure, begin to light paint, and do basic image development on night photographs taken in extreme low light situations.


Lance Keimig

Lance Keimig is best known for his night photographs, which are often made at the juncture of the built and natural environments. His book, Night Photography- Finding Your Way In The Dark was published by Focal Press in August of 2010, and has been translated into 6 languages. A revised and expanded second edition was published in July of 2015. He is the curator of Darkness, Darkness, a traveling exhibit of Night Photography that opened at Harvard University’s Three Columns Gallery where Keimig was curator from 2005-2010.

Keimig has taught at the New England School of Photography in Boston since 2000, and has also taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, The Houston Center for Photography, Rayko Photo Center, Texas and Rhode Island Photographer’s Societies, and leads independent workshops across the country. 

Keimig is a frequent speaker and workshop instructor for photographic events around the country. He has presented and taught at the Photo Plus Expo in New York, and was a featured speaker and workshop instructor at Estudio Brasil in Saõ Paulo, Brazil. He has lectured and taught for the Scottish Photographers Association in Glasgow, The School of Visual Arts in NY, B&H Event Space, and The New England Camera Club Council among others. 

Keimig continues to teach night photography and light painting workshops around the country, and also leads photo tours to Iceland, Ireland, Scotland, and Cuba. His work has taken him to such far flung places as Zimbabwe where he did documentary photography for a medical mission, the Philippines to photograph a museum collection, and Japan where he photographed Buddhist temples. His photographs are held in numerous collections including The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, MA, The Boston Athenaeum, The Boston Public Library, and the The Grace Museum in Abilene, TX. 

Course Dates

Jun 18 to Jun 24



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