Milky Way and Night Photography on the Outer Banks
Photo Tour & Workshop

August 3-5, 2018
Limit: 9
Location: Based in Buxton, NC

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The Outer Banks of North Carolina is renowned for its beaches, sand dunes, lighthouses, salt marshes, wildlife, and recreational opportunities. Photographers come to the Banks in droves and shoot the same subjects in the same manner as everyone else. This workshop is different. You’ll photograph some of the same subjects, but you’ll shoot them at night, using light painting and other techniques to create unique and exciting images. A highlight of this workshop will be photographing the Outer Banks under the summer Milky Way. This will be a special treat!

This will be a combination field and classroom workshop. During the late afternoon, you’ll learn night-photography techniques in the classroom, and at night you’ll apply those techniques in the field.

What you will photograph:

Sunsets (Sunrises are optional).
Beach scenes at night.
Lighthouses at night.
Fishing piers at night.
Waterfronts, harbors, fishing boats, and sailboats at night.

What you will learn:

How to photograph all types of beach scenes at night.
Composition and exposure for sunset.
How to shoot night skies and star trails.
How to light paint using flash and flashlights.
How to previsualize scenes for night photography, including how to scout locations during the day.
Basic post processing techniques for night photos.

What is included:

Guiding and instruction.
Refreshments for the field and classroom.
GelGrips™ and gel filters (for light painting) will be provided to all participants for use during the event.

What is not included:

Lodging (See lodging info below).
Transportation (Carpooling is encouraged).

What you must bring:

A detailed packing list will be provided when you register.

General itinerary

The photo tour begins at 4:00 pm on Friday, August 3 and ends around 11:00 am Sunday, August 5. On Friday, we will have orientation and I will give a program on night photography, with emphasis on photographing the Outer Banks.
We will have dinner as a group and then spend the rest of the evening in the field photographing. We will stay out as late as the group, or any individual, desires.

Saturday during the day is on your own. You can sleep as late as you like and then photograph as you wish along the coast. We will meet again as a group at 4:00pm. We will then have a classroom session where I will process some of the photos that participants shot the night before. We will have dinner as a group and then spend the rest of the evening in the field photographing. We will stay out as late as the group, or any individual, desires.

We will meet again as a group on Sunday morning at 10:00am for a final hour-long discussion of shooting and processing techniques.  

Special considerations

All participants must be able to change the basic settings on their cameras, such as ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and be able to switch between manual focus and autofocus. A full list of requirements will be sent when you register. If you only know how to use your camera in the auto modes, you should not register for this photo tour unless you plan to learn the manual settings beforehand.

This is a night-photography event. As such, we will be staying out late at night and possibly well into the morning. You should come willing to adjust your normal sleep patterns for the weekend. We do not have any group-related activities planned during the day on Saturday, so you can use that time to catch up on sleep or as you wish.

This is more important than you might realize. You are paying to learn how to photograph at night, not during the day. If you get sleepy and decide to go back to the hotel at 9:30 pm, that’s certainly not a problem for me. But it sure will be a waste of your money. Please, take advantage of this opportunity!

Important note

With any night-photography event, we are at the mercy of the weather. All events will go on rain or shine, and we will just have to make do the best we can if the weather does not cooperate. If it is cloudy, you won’t be able to incorporate the Milky Way in your composition, but you’ll still be able to shoot scenes at night. If we have a steady rain on both nights (unlikely at this time of year), we will have to improvise.

Refunds cannot be issued because of the weather.

Physical requirements:

We will not be doing anything strenuous during this workshop. You only need the willingness to alter your normal day/night routine for a weekend. We will be staying out at night as late as everyone in the group can stay awake. If you get tired, you are free to go back to the hotel at any time. 


Lodging is not included and you are free to stay wherever you like. However, it is recommended that you stay at our host hotel, where we will have our meetings. The host lodging for this workshop is Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging at 46677 NC Hwy 12 in Buxton. (800-225-7651)

Cancellation Policy

We will provide a 100% refund up to 90 days prior to the event, minus a $100 processing fee. Cancellations made between 90 days and 30 days prior to the event will be refunded 50%. No refunds will be given for cancellations made within 30 days of the event. However, if we are able to fill your space, we will provide a full refund, minus a $100 processing fee, regardless of when you cancel.

More information:

Please read the general information regarding all events. There’s some stuff in there that you need to know. When you register for an event, I will send you detailed information, including a packing list and specific info about the location and time at which the event starts. If you need more information before you register, please contact me through email or call 336-870-4283.