Fun in the Dark-Nov

1 Day - Mesa, AZ
November 13, 2021
Activity Level
Skill Level
All Levels


Registration deadline: November 10, 2021

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

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


Saturday – November 13, 2021

Meet at Lost Dutchman State Park for our night photography session from 4:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Our classroom session on night photography will be hosted on a virtual platform prior to the workshop rather than in person.

  • 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.

The workshop will conclude by 9:30pm.

Lost Dutchman State Park
6109 N. Apache Trail
Apache Junction, AZ 85119


The workshop will be held at Lost Dutchman State Park and will start promptly at 4:30 p.m.


Beth Ruggiero-York
Tina Litteral
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.