Nighttime Photography

Discover and master photography during the night

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Nighttime Photography

Discover and master photography during the night

What you’ll be able to do — competencies

  • Optimize long exposures using different techniques
  • Set photo-taking rules (500 rule / High ISO rule and more)
  • Create start trails on a single shot and multiple images
  • Capture the starts and the Milky Way
  • Explore use of Photo Pills App to scout locations with photographic intent

Course Description

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Explore the three types of Nighttime Photography:  Urban Night Photography, Night Landscapes, and Deep Sky (Astrophotography). Discover exposure techniques, painting with various types of light, remote releases, and on-and-off camera flash. Learn about individual camera settings to ensure your best possible nighttime photography exposure. Through shooting at various locations (travel locations), you will be able to form your own personal photographic vision as it relates to nighttime photography.

This course is part of the Digital Photography Certificate Program.


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This course schedule may be modified by the instructor based on the needs of the class.

Module 1

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • The Night Sky & Nighttime Photography / Type of Nighttime Photography’s
  • Setting up your camera

Module 2

  • Long exposure technique’s
  • Drag the Shutter / used of Shutter Release
  • Car trails (on location) City of Seattle/ Bellevue (several locations)

Module 3

  • Night focus technique’s
  • Start points & Start trails technique’s
  • Light Painting & Light Drawing

Module 4

  • Location Scouting
  • Deep Sky Photography
  • Editing Nighttime Photography

Module 5

  • Image Review & Critique
  • Editing Nighttime Photography

Next available start dates

We aren’t currently offering this course, but we do update our course offerings on a regular basis. Please check back or browse our catalog for more courses that may be available now.

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