Fun in the Dark – Jan

1 Day - Apache Jct, AZ
January 21, 2023
Activity Level
Skill Level
All Levels


Registration deadline: January 13, 2023

Interested in night photography?  This is the best place to get started.  This workshop, with photographer and author of “Fun in the Dark” Beth Ruggiero-York, will introduce you to the different types of night photography, techniques used in a dark environment, and what you need to know to make the best images in different light conditions. We will discuss these principles and techniques during a virtual webinar series, and then head out for a night shoot (location is weather-dependent) with instruction in the field.


Some of the techniques you will learn include how to: shoot star trails, shooting stars as points, overcome the challenges of night photography, focus in the dark, shoot the Moon and the Milky Way, shoot urban and other artificially lit scenes, and set up your camera for night photography.


You will come away from this workshop eager to explore different types of night photography, and you will be equipped with the basic tools to do that. Whether your interest is star photography, urban scenes, light painting, the moon, or something else, you will be able to go out on your own with confidence.

Workshop includes:

  • Zoom Classroom instruction
  • In-field Photographic session
  • Post Classroom critique
  • Entrance Fees

A workshop webinar will be scheduled in advance of the field session.  A recording will be available for reference.  The webinar will include:

  • Types of night photography
  • Challenges of night photography
  • High ISO test shot
  • Understanding the night sky
  • Basic equipment needed
  • Focusing at night
  • Photographing stars as points
  • Photographing star trails
  • Photographing the Moon and the Milky Way
  • Photographing scenes with artificial light (e.g., urban scenes, street scenes, skylines, etc.)
  • Post-processing basics
  • Nighttime safety
  • Night photography etiquette
  • Recommended apps, software, and reading
  • Setting up your camera.


Field Session:  Then the group will meet at Lost Dutchman State Park for our night photography session from 4:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Cholla Ramada
6109 N. Apache Trail
Apache Junction, AZ 85119

The field session will take place at Lost Dutchman State Park.  Plan to arrive no later than 4:30 p.m. to get set up for the evening shoot.

Beth Ruggiero-York
Jim Chamberlain
Photo Guide
Jack Jordan
Photo Guide
CANCELLATION POLICY: Please pay careful attention to our cancellation policy.  We are unable to make exceptions for any reason, including family and medical emergencies.  No refunds will be issued within 2 weeks of this workshop. A 10% administrative fee will apply to other cancellations.

Arizona Highways PhotoScapes reserves the right to cancel any workshop if our minimum student enrollment is not met. In the event AHPS cancels a workshop, participants will be given the option to reschedule to a later date or receive a full refund for the workshop components booked directly with AHPS.  Please Note: we are not liable for the additional expenses incurred such as airfare, hotel accommodations, or any other components booked outside of the workshop.

PAYMENT TERMS:  Payment in full is due at registration unless otherwise indicated.