An excuse to stay up late!

Have you always wanted to know how to make those incredible night photos you see on the internet? Would you like to learn star trails and Milky Way photography? Look no further. This is the workshop made for you.

Morris Island Lighthouse under the Milky Way

Morris Island Lighthouse under the Milky Way

Night Photography

Saturday August 3, 2019.

Folly Beach, SC.

The Class session is being held at the Comfort Suites West Ashley.

2080 Savannah HWY.

The Boardroom is located on the second floor just to the right as you get off the elevator.

Lodging is not included. You may stay wherever is convenient for you. No block of rooms reserved.


$125/person. CNPA discounts available.

We'll start with a classroom session at the Comfort Suites. During this class, you'll see a Keynote presentation on Night Photography which will cover pinpoint star photography, how to photograph star trails, photographing the Milky Way, as well as photographing the moon, comets, satellites, and the International Space Station. I'll have examples and suggestions for light painting in the field. We'll spend some time going over the editing process for night photos too.  

After dinner as a group, we'll head to the beach to photograph the night sky over the ocean.

Be advised, if you are traveling from other states, the weather in Charleston in the summer is unpredictable. We may cancel this workshop with 24 hours notice if thunderstorms and lightning are expected and refund tuition only. The instructors are NOT responsible for any loss of lodging or other travel costs you may incur. 


The moon and other celestial wonders

We’ll teach you about all the tools that night photographers use to give you the best chance of viewing the phases of the moon, meteor showers, planets and satellites. 


What you should know and what to bring/ this is an intermediate class.

  • Digital or Film Camera with manual capabilities and a bulb shutter setting.

  • A Tripod (the sturdier the better)

  • A wide angle lens. Wider than 28mm if you own one.

  • A remote release. I prefer an intervalometer but any remote will do. At a minimum, know how to use your 2 to 5 second self timer. Refer to your users manual. Every camera is different.

  • An understanding of manual exposure is REQUIRED. You don’t want to be searching for settings in the dark. You might want to practice using Live View on a DSLR to focus. Autofocus is not usable at night.

  • A headlamp or flashlight with a RED light (to maintain night vision)

  • Snacks or a drink for the field. We'll be away from our vehicles for up to 5 hours (though not that far).

  • A notepad or tablet to take notes in class.

  • Bug spray

Lunar Eclipse over sea walls, Sullivan's Island.

Lunar Eclipse over sea walls, Sullivan's Island.

Waterfront Park Fountain

Waterfront Park Fountain


We'll have a discussion about twilight and take our knowledge into the field to practice just after sunset.