Photographing the Aurora Borealis

I recently led a few photo tours to Iceland to photograph the Northern Lights, and my groups had the good fortune to experience several nights of clear skies and brilliant displays of aurora. The Aurora Borealis, as the Northern Lights are also known, occurs when electrically charged particles from the sun are carried by solar […]

What’s the longest usable shutter speed for astro-landscape? (Part I)

One of the things that makes night photography rewarding and fun is that there are really no absolutes of right or wrong when it comes to exposure. Under “normal” lighting conditions, a well-exposed image is pretty easily defined. Clean highlights, no clipped shadows, a good histogram—there are plenty of ways to evaluate exposure, and it’s […]

My favorite images from 2016

The end of the year is always a nostalgic time to look back and reflect on your accomplishments. 2016 officially marked National Parks at Night’s first year in business, and we couldn’t be happier with how it went! We sold out all of our workshops, collectively explored over 20 parks, spoke at five major conferences, […]

Muses from the past—the night photos of Burdekin and Morrison

In my last post, I wrote about the passing of my mentor, Steve Harper. The way that I teach my own classes and workshops has been greatly influenced by the time I spent studying with Steve in the late 1980s and early 90s. One of the ways that his influence comes through is that I usually […]

A Giant Sleeps Tonight

The Night Photography World Loses a Pioneer On August 19, the night photography community lost one of its true greats. Steve Harper was a pioneer of night photography and light painting, and taught what is thought to be the first college-level course on the subject at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. Despite […]