Night Photography

Night photography provides all sorts of creative opportunities!

May 18th, 2019

6:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Dow Art Gallery

(2242 University Ave., St. Paul MN)


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Whether you are in an urban environment, or out in the wilderness, taking photos after dark is extremely fun and rewarding if you know the right tricks and techniques.

In this class we cover everything from traditional astrophotography to light painting and everything in between.  What is great about shooting after dark is that we can get some great effects using some very basic tools.  Of course, you can also go crazy and either build or buy some more sophisticated gear.

Course Overview:

This class consists of a lecture followed by a field trip.  The field trip is designed to allow you to practice the techniques taught in the class with the assistance of an instructor.  We have found this to be an excellent way to reinforce the concepts. 

This course covers the following topics:

  • A discussion of the different types of night photography

  • Astrophotography including capturing the Milky Way, Constellations, and Star Trails

    • How to determine the proper camera settings​

    • Equipment

    • Post processing techniques

  • Urban night photography

    • Determining exposure​

    • Cityscapes at night

    • Light trails

  • Classic light painting using ordinary flashlights

    • Basic light painting techniques

    • Light painting in nature​

    • Determining the baseline exposure

    • Combining Light painting with astrophotography

  • Special effects using light

    • Creating ghosts​

    • Light writing

    • Using el-wire

    • Other types of light painting tools

  • Night photography etiquette


During the class we will show a number of examples as we explain these concepts.  This will help you understand how this might apply to photos that you want to take.  

The classroom portion will last about 2 hours.  Once the classroom portion is complete, we will venture to practice.  During the time in the field, participants will be guided through a set of exercises designed to reinforce the concepts taught during the class.  We make sure to spend time with each person to make sure that they know how to set the proper settings on their camera.  There will also be plenty of time to ask questions.


What to Bring:

For this class you will need to bring:

  • your camera,

  • tripod,

  • remote shutter release,

  • flashlight or headlamp, 

  • fully charged batteries,

  • your camera manual.  


Since we will be headed outside for part of the class, make sure you have clothing appropriate for the weather.


The instructor for this course is Don Tredinnick


Workshop size is limited to 8 participants, this allows for a maximum 8 to 1 participant/instructor ratio.

We reserve the right to cancel the workshop if the minimum number of registrations are not received.  If we cancel, you will receive a full refund.

You may cancel up to 14 days prior to the workshop and receive a full refund minus a $5.00 processing fee. Cancellations after that time will not be refunded.

For any questions, feel free to email Don at