Fun in the Dark Night Photo Workshop -1

1 Day - Apache Junction, AZ
November 21, 2020
Activity Level
Skill Level
All Levels


COVID 19: Class size limited to 8 participants.  The classroom session will be held via a Zoom webinar. Field session will comply with social distancing.

Registration deadline: November 15, 2020

Develop your night photography skills during this one-day photo workshop, with photographer and author of “Fun in the Dark” Beth Ruggiero-York.  Beth 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 spend the afternoon in the classroom learning and discussing these principles and techniques, and then head out for a night shoot (location is weather-dependent) with hands-on 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:

  • Photographic instruction
  • Post Classroom critique
  • Entrance Fees and Picnic Dinner


Saturday – November 21, 2020

Meet at the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce by 11:45am to find a seat and get settled in.

Our classroom session on night photography will run from 12:00pm – 5:00pm and include the following topics.

  • Introduction
  • 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.

After our classroom session we will enjoy a picnic-style dinner (included with the workshop fee) and then depart for a short drive to the field location. This will be determined by the sky conditions.

The workshop will conclude by 9:30pm.

Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce
567 W Apache Trail
Apache Junction, AZ 85120-3955


The workshop will be held at the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce. The class will start promptly at 12:00 pm, so please arrive a few minutes early to find your seat and get ready for your workshop.


Beth Ruggiero-York
David Goodell
Photo Guide
Susan Snyder
Photo Guide
Jon Vemo
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.