Turn the mundane into the extraordinary, and the real into surreal by
mastering the art of long exposure, low-light photography.

Most people assume that you’d put your camera away after the sun goes down, but for BlueHour Photo Ventures, the fun is just beginning!  In this exciting evening and night workshop, we’ll teach you to push your camera to its limits, opening up exciting new photographic possibilities, and creating images that blur the line between fantasy and reality!  

We will work specifically on two concepts:   taking pictures of the night sky and stars by pushing your camera’s ISO to its extremes; and making ultra long-exposure “star trail” images by allowing the earth’s rotation to draw the path of the stars across the sky. We will teach you how to balance the exposure of foreground elements on the ground with the night sky in the background, using moonlight or artificial light. Once you learn these surprisingly simple methods, you’ll never look at photography the same way again!

*This workshop will not include any creative light painting.  We will only use light as necessary to increase foreground exposure.

Required Equipment

  • DSLR/mirrorless camera with Manual exposure mode
  • Sturdy tripod
  • Remote shutter release; wired or wireless that is capable of locking shutter open in "Bulb" mode
  • Wide angle lens
    • large maximum aperture of 2.8 or larger is preferable, not required
  • Flashlight or headlamp

Please ask us if you have questions about any of these requirements, and we can point you towards the proper equipment if necessary.


  • Exposure refresher

  • High ISO photography of the night sky

  • Star trail photography

  • Remote shutter release and tripod use

  • Digital proofing and exposure calculation for night photography

Meeting Location

Cathedral of the Pines, Rindge, NH at 8:30 P.M.

 Every registrant will receive a free spiffy lens cloth for all your camera cleaning needs!

Every registrant will receive a free spiffy lens cloth for all your camera cleaning needs!