Introduction to Night Photography

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Date: Thursday, August 1

Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm

Have you admired those luscious, dusk photos of cities with glowing, undulating trails of traffic and clouds that seem to be racing across the sky? Or the delicate tones of the fading light in a scenic landscape, or shadowy pedestrians that look like a swarm of bees in motion? Those photos require a little bit of skill, a tripod and patience. Shooting after the sun goes down is one of the most rewarding ways to spend time with your camera.

We’ll start in the classroom studying some long exposure photographs, discuss how they were done and go through the technical and creative process of setting up a shot. Then we’ll head out to Klyde Warren Park, Trinity Groves or a similar location where we’ll position our tripods, get our exposures roughed in and make some interesting photos.


  • Using Google maps to do some virtual scouting
  • How to choose gear and accessories for long exposure photography
  • How to save time in the field by quickly roughing in your exposure
  • White balance considerations
  • The interplay between time, motion and blur
  • Lens selection and setup
  • Filters: when you might need them and when you should take them off
  • How ISO figures in to night photography

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