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July 28 - August 1, 2019
Inlet, NY

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.

Scheduled around the new moon to take full advantage of dark Adirondack skies! Mark will guide participants to new night shooting locations in the central lake region.


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

  • Photographing cityscapes

  • "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. The sessions will be held at The Woods Inn, renowned for their gracious hospitality and gourmet food.

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.

Description of skill levels - click here

Computer Skills Needed

A basic understanding of digital workflow and some working knowledge of Lightroom, Photoshop or other RAW processing software will be helpful.  A laptop computer with a program to store and view images is highly recommended.  Mark and Joe are glad to answer your image processing questions.

Other Considerations

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.

Group Size

12 participants max.

Registration Fees


Deposit of $250 required at time of registration. Deadline for early registration discount is May 28th. Click here for information on any other discounts that may be available.


Dates and Times

The program begins Sunday, July 28th at 5:00 pm and ends Thursday, August 1st at noon.

Where to Meet

Participants will gather in the parlor of the Woods Inn. All indoor sessions will take place in the conference center on the property


The Woods Inn is located on Fourth Lake in Inlet, New York. For driving directions go to and enter ZIP Code 13360 as your destination. If you have further questions don't hesitate to contact the Woods Inn at (315) 357-5300.


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.


Lodging is the responsibility of the participant and is not included in the registration fee.

We suggest The Woods Inn for this event. Contact them at (315) 357-5300 for details. Make sure to mention that you will be taking part in an Adirondack Photography Institute event.

For other nearby lodging options contact the Town of Inlet Information Office

Getting to the Event

The two nearest airports are Syracuse Hancock International (SYR) and Albany International (ALB). 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

Day 1

Participants gather at the Woods Inn. Dinner and opening presentation by Mark Bowie. Night photo shoot.

Day 2, 3 & 4

Participants may shoot sunrise on their own. Breakfast at the Woods Inn. 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. Group critique of participants’ images. Sunset, twilight and night photo shoot.

Day 5

Participants may shoot sunrise on their own. Breakfast at the Woods Inn. Instructional presentation by Mark on processing night images in Lightroom, Camera RAW and Photoshop. 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 the leader directly with questions.

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