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 […]

Creative Live Night Photography Week!

I’m excited to announce that National Parks at Night is collaborating with CreativeLive on producing “Night Photography Week” this September. And all five National Parks at Night instructors—Gabriel Biderman, Chris Nicholson, Tim Cooper, Matt Hill and myself—will be on screen to help you plan and execute awesome night photography projects and experiences. This brand new CreativeLive course will premiere as […]

Mixed lighting at twilight in Death Valley

Does Expose To The Right (ETTR) apply at night anymore?

A friend recently asked me if the old adage of “expose to the right” still holds true for Night Photography. It’s a good question, and seemed like a good topic for a blog post. Different types of night photography require different exposure strategies. For astro-landscape photography, try to get the histogram off of the left […]

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A few spots in the upcoming Alabama Hills/ Eastern Sierra workshop

The upcoming star points and star trails workshop in the Alabama Hills of California’s Eastern Sierra has a couple of spots open. If you have photographed by moonlight, or in urban night environments, but have limited experience photographing in near total darkness, this workshop is for you. It is primarily intended for beginning to intermediate night photographers who […]

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Night Photography Exposure Theory

A friend recently asked me if the old adage of “expose to the right” still holds true for Night Photography. It’s a good question, and seemed like a good topic for my first blog post in a while. Different types of night photography require different exposure strategies. For astro-landscape photography like images of the Milky […]