Create powerful images in light levels ranging from twilight to the deepest darkest corners of the night.

Date: Jul 8-14, 2018
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced
Workshop Fee: $1270
Class Size: 14

Image Credit: Lance Keimig

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 lighthouses, 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.

Image Credit: Lance Keimig

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, lighthouse 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.

Header Image Credit © Lance Keimig

Past student work: Remi Sarkauskas, Howard Tilis

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Instructor: 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.