Shooting with Friends


Night Photography Fundamentals


Lesson Info

Shooting with Friends

Night photography doesn't need to be a solo adventure. I'm here with my friend, Matt Hill. And we've been shooting together for a long time now. Yeah, we have. And its, I tell you back in the day, night photography used to be a very sort of solo, arcane, no one was sharing their spaces, you know in the film days, there was no way to share online. You know, basically, you take your pictures, have a show, and people would be like, "Where is that?", and maybe someone would tell you. But it wasn't the sort of sharing and camaraderie-ship that you get out of it. And I think that night photography has changed exponentially, since what it used to be. And that's why there's so many more people doing it, because who wants to be alone in the dark? Right? We want to share a few of those tips, or benefits that you can get when shooting with a friend. First off, of course, is safety. You never know what you're going to encounter at night, so it's better to have someone there to be with you for ...

safety reasons. I think both of our wives, also really appreciate it. That we're not out on our own, and that we're together, and we are in contact, you know when we're coming home and etcetera. But that we're together and having fun. Absolutely. There's also that, you can go to one location, and get multiple different takes and interpretations on it. Often times, Matt will set up, and I might be shooting this way, we're looking this way, and you're looking ... That a way. That a way. So cause we don't want to, as photographers we don't want to take the same shot. We wanna kind of challenge ourselves. To see the location and find a different or new interpretation. Hey, Matt, do you have one of the benefits, that you've gotten out of shooting together? Yeah, especially with you buddy. (laughs) What's that? Well, every time I bring my MM-7, I forget the battery, or it's dead. And who has a battery? I always bring extra batteries. When you shoot with similar cameras, you can share resources. Right, lenses. I was using your lenses the other night, so again sharing equipment, of course if you shoot the same. And to share in the adventure. You know, we just did a road trip through Utah, and it was wonderful. We hit three or four National Parks. And what's been great, I think out of this whole friendship that started, just by knowing , we knew, that we both liked night photography, then we started shooting together, and now, we teach workshops together. That's true. It's a beautiful thing. So, let's keep on clicking. That's right.

Class Description

There’s more to night photography than stars and hikes. The vibrance of color can be found in capturing the stars, a city skyline at twilight, or even car trails amidst a forest. Gabriel Biderman is a self taught photographer who enjoys the process of taking an image. In Night Photography 101, he’ll cover how to get started taking photos in the dark.

You’ll learn:

  • What gear you’ll need and the fundamentals of using it safely in the night 
  • How to capture stars for dynamic landscapes 
  • How to capture the sky and urban settings at night 
  • How to photograph car light trails to create more motion in your night photos  


Christiane Menelas

This class was perfect in preparation for my trip to Zion and Bryce Canyon next week. I can't wait to put all this great information to good use! Very easy to understand, and fun to watch. I thoroughly enjoyed it!


This class was super helpful in what to buy and then how to get the pictures you want. Loved all the other stuff that I knew nothing about. I knew very little about light painting. Thanks for sharing this class with us. This class was one of the best I have seen.


This course is fairly comprehensive, and offers a good intermediate/advanced intermediate examination of night photography (NOT just astrophotography, which is only one form of night photography.) I don't necessarily agree with everything he's saying here, but that doesn't make it wrong - it's just a matter of preference. He is fairly equipment-centric, but getting into many forms of night photography DOES require some specific equipment. There's a lot of useful information contained here, and I can see myself consulting this course in the future to help solve and understand certain situations and problems that are unique to night photography. Recommended.