Milky Way and Night Landscape
Scheduled around the new moon to take advantage of dark Adirondack skies and the Milky Way!
The art of night photography is rapidly evolving. Mark Bowie, one of the country's foremost experts on night photography, will share state-of-the-art tips and techniques for shooting the Milky Way, stars, moon, northern lights and more! He’ll also cover reducing noise, stacking stars, and blending multiple exposures for detail in the landscape and sky.
The Adirondacks have some of the darkest night skies in the Northeast. Here the Milky Way stands out bright as a cloudbank. Planets shine like beacons. Meteors streak across the sky nightly. The haunting calls of loons resound over the lakes and ponds. There is so much going on here at night. The landscape itself, so varied and photogenic in daylight, becomes evermore mysterious and enchanting at night. The beauty is absolutely breathtaking!
At night the camera allows us to record phenomena we are physically incapable of seeing. Long exposures render vibrant colors and intricate detail. They capture celestial objects in motion, creating metaphors for the passage of time. The photographer can’t be sure what he or she will create, and that’s part of the allure and the excitement! It's a spellbinding, spiritual experience.
Mark, the author of The Light of Midnight: Photographing the Landscape at Night and After Midnight: Night Photography by Example, will demonstrate field and digital darkroom techniques to record unique images of the night landscape. He’ll cover strategies, tips and techniques on:
Camera settings — Shutter speed, aperture, BULB, ISO, white balance
Determining nighttime exposures
Using the histogram
Taking High ISO test shots
Composing and focusing in the dark
Using LiveView at night
Capturing detail in both the landscape and sky
Shooting base exposures and multiple exposures
Shooting long exposures by ambient light, from seconds- to hours-long
Shooting time-lapse sequences and creating time-lapse movies
Shooting time interval sequences
"Painting" with artificial light
Photographing moonlit landscapes, the stars, moon, planets, meteors, the Milky Way, Northern Lights and other celestial phenomena
Capturing stars as points of light, as trails and as circles
Photographing lightning and fireworks
Noise Reduction in-camera and in post-processing
Shooting Dark Frames
Processing night images
Specialized software for star stacking
Blending multiple exposures for depth of field, noise reduction and expanded exposure latitude
Creating Layer Masks, HDR's and night panoramas
Mark plans to stay out shooting until midnight and later, visiting wilderness landscapes as well as artificially lit scenes. Possible field locations include the area’s numerous lakes and ponds, rivers and streams, waterfalls, marshlands and quaint villages.
Indoor instructional sessions will begin in late morning so that participants get appropriate rest.
Come expand your image-making beyond daylight shooting, creating images that evoke the majesty, awe and wonder of the Adirondacks at night!
Camera Skills Needed
All skill levels are welcome.
Users of all types of cameras may attend. However, digital SLR cameras are preferred for their ability to provide immediate feedback and instant access to the images. Without one, you will not be able to take full advantage of the indoor sessions in this workshop.
Computer Skills Needed
A basic understanding of digital workflow and some working knowledge of Lightroom, Photoshop or other image editing program will be helpful.
Locations visited during this workshop are easily accessible and do not require any strenuous hiking or climbing.
As with all outdoor pursuits, some risk is inherent; all participants will be required to sign a waiver prior to the workshop.
10 participants max.
Registration Fees $995
A deposit of $250 is required at time of registration. Deadline for early registration discount is June 16th. Click here for information on any other discounts that may be available.
Dates and Times
The program begins Sunday, August 16th at 5:00 pm and ends Thursday, August 20th at noon.
Where to Meet
Participants will gather at Shaheen’s Adirondack Inn.
Shaheen’s Adirondack Inn is located at 314 Park Street in Tupper Lake, New York 12986. For driving directions go to Google Maps and enter the inn’s address as your destination. If you have further questions don't hesitate to contact the inn at (518) 359-3384.
Lodging is the responsibility of the participant and is not included in the registration fee.
We suggest Shaheen’s Adirondack Inn for this event. Contact them at (518) 359-3384 or (800) 474-2445 for reservations. The inn is offering discounted pricing for this workshop, so make sure to mention that you will be taking part in an Adirondack Photography Institute event.
Other lodging suggestions in Tupper Lake:
Red Top Inn - (518) 359-9209
Tupper Lake Motel – (518) 359-3381
Park Motel and Cabins – (518) 359-3600
Meals are the responsibility of the participant and their cost is not included in the registration fee. Mark will work with the group to organize meal times and locations.
Getting to the Event
The two nearest airports are Burlington International Airport and the Adirondack Regional Airport. Rental cars are available at both locations.
Transportation During the Event
Participants’ vehicles will be used for transportation during field trips. We are adamant about carpooling as much as possible to minimize the number of vehicles needed for any given field trip, as well as to lessen our impact on easily damaged roads and trails. Note that the instructor is not allowed to provide transportation for participants during the event.
The Program Schedule
Participants gather at Shaheen's Adirondack Inn. Dinner and opening presentation by Mark Bowie. Night photo shoot.
Day 2, 3, 4
Participants may shoot sunrise on their own. Breakfast. Instructional presentation by Mark on camera settings, focusing techniques, determining exposures, photographing the stars, moon, Milky Way, meteors, auroras and other celestial objects, and capturing detail in both landscape and sky. Instructional presentation by Mark on processing night images in Lightroom, Photoshop, and star stacking and noise reduction programs. Group critique of participants’ images. Sunset, twilight and night photo shoot.
Participants may shoot sunrise on their own. Breakfast. Instructional presentation by Mark on processing night images in Lightroom, Photoshop, and star stacking and noise reduction programs. Group critique of participants’ images. Workshop wrap-up.
Note - The actual itinerary may vary considerably from this due to weather and other conditions that cannot be anticipated.
What To Bring
Important: The program leader has provided additional information regarding your needs for this program. Click here to view or download that information.
Please contact Mark directly with questions: (413) 442-9125 or .