As you may know, all five of us at National Parks at Night are primarily Nikon shooters. Between us we use the D750, D810, D3s, D4s and D5. Although we are generally happy with our current cameras, some of us are ready for an upgrade. As such, the announcement of the D850 a few months […]
Recently Chris Nicholson and I were chatting about how various aspects of night photography have changed with the advances in technology, and how others haven’t. It was a lively conversation, and he suggested that I write a blog post on the subject. I thought it was a great idea, especially as it would allow me […]
A couple of years ago during a conversation about trends in night photography, a friend of mine (who shall remain nameless) said, “If I see one more Milky Way picture, I’m gonna puke.” While I don’t exactly share the sentiment, I understand where he was coming from. Since the advent of digital cameras that […]
All images by Carlos and Miguel Vargas Back in October, I wrote about Harold Burdekin and John Morrison, two English photographers who published a beautiful book of night photographs of London in 1933 after seeing the Parisian night work of Brassai. By studying the innovations and inspirations of the night photographers of yesterday, we can […]
THE LOCATION Last September I spent a week in Joshua Tree National Park, and stayed in five different campgrounds within the park during that time. It was a great way to get to know this gem of the California desert a bit better. I had visited before, but I wanted to dig a little deeper […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
I’ve just published a newsletter with workshop updates for the summer, with more to follow.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Finally- 2nd edition coming out next summer. 75% new text, 100% new images.