Safety And Scouting


Capturing and Processing Night Photography


Lesson Info

Safety And Scouting

So one of the most important things about night photography is the daytime. This is our time for scouting, folks. We've gotta get out here early. It's really hard to come into a place when it's pitch dark, find your way around, get compositions and make good images. So we're out here a little bit earlier, sun's just about ready to set, and we're scouting. And one of the most important things is safety, right? When you're walking around at night, you're focused on the sky, you're looking up, you're not paying attention to where you're walking and you've got to be careful. There's been so many situations where you could get yourself into trouble, or gotten myself into near trouble. So for example right here, you can see that there's a cliff fallin' off here. Clearly I don't wanna go over that. So I'm gonna look for my footing, I'm gonna see where I wanna set my tripod up and I'm gonna get my initial compositions. This time of day is great for being able to make your initial compositions ...

without having to guess and take these long exposures to see where you're at, but it also helps us get our focus. So one of the most important things also about pre-scouting is the ability to use your apps on your phone to help you find where the full moon's gonna be, where the Milky Way is going to appear, what time the sun is setting, what time astronomical twilight starts when we can really start hitting those star trails. So it's really important to be on location while it's still daylight and get yourself ready for that night shoot.

Class Description

Creating night images poses unique challenges, particularly for those who are more accustomed to daytime photography. From focusing in the dark to calculating long exposures, night photography requires the photographer to build new skills and polish off some old ones. But there’s more to night photography than just capturing the image in the field. Like with other photographic disciplines, post-processing often plays a vital role in crafting the final image. Join photographer, author and National Parks at Night instructor Tim Cooper as he shares what you’ll need to know while you’re in the field, including lens choice, camera settings and exposure, as well as how to use Photoshop® and Lightroom® to create a night image that dazzles.