Sunday, January 1st, 2017

11 Myths About Professional Nature Photographers

I’m not a fan of the “professional” designation when referring to photographers. I know so many terrific photographers who don’t try to earn money from their work and some of them are much better than those whose income comes only from photography. So for the purpose of this discussion, I’m using professional to define those Read more... you know you want to.

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

July 2015 Night Photography Events Calendar


Each month I post a monthly night photography events calendar on the first day of the month. Events listed on this calendar are suitable for wide-field and moderate-telephoto astrophotography, as well as for general night photography. Unless otherwise stated, all events occur in the United States at mid-latitudes. Most of the events also occur at Read more... you know you want to.

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

11 Things All Night Photographers Need

Yeah, I know. “Must-have” lists are a dime a dozen. Most of them are designed to sell you something or they are little more than superficial fluff. Of course, you are now expecting me to say something like, “But this one’s different.” Okay, this one’s different! Seriously, I’m not trying to sell you anything, although I Read more... you know you want to.

Monday, March 24th, 2014

11 Ways To Become A Better Photographer

Icicles and Night Sky

11 Learn once. The best photographers don’t need to hear or read the same things repeatedly. They pay close attention the first time, go out and try it for themselves, and then apply whatever is appropriate for their photography. Then they move on to the next thing. 10 Share. Sure, we all keep some of our favorite locations Read more... you know you want to.

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

11 Quotes About Night Photography

I’ve often stated that I’m no fan of photographers (or anyone, for that matter) using quotes from others. Tell me what YOU have to say and I’ll listen. I can look up a quote from someone else just as good as you can. Yes, the last time I talked about quotes here on the blog, I followed Read more... you know you want to.

Monday, February 25th, 2013

11 Common (and Stupid) Questions I Hear on a Photo Shoot

Fishing boats at twilight

We hear it all the time. The questions and comments from strangers that make us wonder about the collective intelligence of our society. Are people really that stupid? Yes, they are, but we should keep it in perspective and remember that each of us has no doubt asked questions just as dumb of people we Read more... you know you want to.

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

11 Quotes About Photography

Waterfall at night

I’m not a big fan of quotes. Sorry, I know I’m in the minority here, but when I hear another photographer speak, or I read his or her writing, I want to know what THEY have to say. If the program is filled with a bunch of quotes by someone else, I leave a little Read more... you know you want to.

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

11 Things That Can (WILL) Go Wrong On a Night Shoot

Night view of Queensboro Bridge in New York City.

I think I do a pretty good job of paying attention to detail. I consider every little possibility and I don’t push the shutter button until I’m positive that everything is set up properly. Some might even say I’m obsessive about it. (My wife uses another word.) But try as I might, I haven’t been Read more... you know you want to.

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

11 Reasons to be a Night Photographer

Light painting photo of burning steel wool

“What is there to shoot at night?” “You can’t photograph in the dark!” Yep, I’ve been asked the question on more than one occasion and the matter-of-fact statement came from a boat captain who couldn’t understand why I wanted him to ferry me to an island in the middle of the night instead of waiting until Read more... you know you want to.