Muses From The Past: Washington By Night

The great Hungarian photographer Brassai is arguably the most influential night photographer of all time, particularly due to his work during the 1930s after the release of his seminal book, Paris De Nuit. I was introduced to Brassai while studying with Steve Harper in San Francisco in the late 1980s, shortly after Paris De Nuit was reprinted in the classic […]

How Night Photography Has Changed, And How It Hasn’t

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 […]

Beyond the Milky Way

  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 […]

Vargas Brothers night photography

Muses from The Past–– The Vargas Brothers

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 […]

How I got the shot: Ryan Ranch Ruins in Joshua Tree National Park

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]