Fun in the Dark Night Photography Workshop

1 Day - Fountain Hills, Arizona
April 13, 2019
Activity Level


Learn night photography with author and photographer of “Fun in the Dark”, Beth Ruggiero-York and discover simple steps in capturing photos at night.

Registration deadline: April 1, 2019

Venture into a new and exciting realm of photography night photography and take your skills to a new level. This one day workshop 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, shoot 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


Meet at the Fountain Hills Community Center by 12:45pm to find a seat and get settled in.

Our classroom session on night photography will run from 1:00pm – 6:00pm 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.

Fountain Hills Community Center
13001 N. La Montana Drive
Fountain Hills, AZ
(480) 816-5200

The workshop will be held at the Fountain Hills Community Center. The class will start promptly 1:00 pm, so please arrive a few minutes early to find your seat and get ready for your workshop.


Beth Ruggiero-York
Rick Sprain
Photo Guide
Ken Brown
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.