Presentations We Offer

All five National Parks at Night instructors are available to deliver presentations or lectures, participate in panel discussions, lead photo walks, and so on, either individually or as a group of two, five or something in between. We have experience working with, and are eager to work again with:

  • Conferences, Trade and Consumer Shows
  • Outdoors Groups, Night Sky Festivals
  • Camera/Photography Clubs
  • Arts Councils, Museums
  • Educational Institutions

Below is a selection of presentations that we are ready to deliver for interested audiences, along with the names of the instructor(s) available for each topic. All these presentations are tweaked to fit different audiences, events and time requirements. We are also more than willing to put together a unique presentation if you desire.

For more information, please contact us today.

 
 

Night Photography in National Parks

As many people know, our National Parks are seeing ever-increasing numbers of visitors, which means traffic jams, long waits and huge crowds at the better-known photo spots. The good news is that almost everyone disappears after the sunset fades. The instructors from National Parks at Night will show you how to make the most of your visit to any national park, and how to experience them in ways that most people never do. National parks have some of the darkest skies in the country, which means they are filled with amazing landscapes, subjects, night skies and views of the Milky Way. We will share our experiences photographing the night in parks such as Acadia, Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Zion, and many others, along with presenting tips on night photography, including techniques and gear for working in natural-light situations.

Presenters: Gabriel Biderman, Tim Cooper, Lance Keimig, Matt Hill and/or Chris Nicholson

 
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Night Photography: Master the Night

Night photography is more popular and accessible than ever before, yet it can require intimidating techniques and pose some of the most confounding challenges. But fear the night no more—the National Parks at Night team will shine light on the world of nocturnal photography, sharing images and breaking down how they got each shot. They'll also discuss the importance of scouting locations and tracking the sun, moon, stars and Milky Way. You'll learn about essential gear, post-production tips, light painting, star trails, star points and urban night photography to elevate your work and maximize your experience in one of the most exciting new horizons in photography.

Presenters: Gabriel Biderman, Tim Cooper, Lance Keimig, Matt Hill and/or Chris Nicholson

 

Night Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots

The night may be dark and full of shadows, but night photography expert Gabriel Biderman is here to relieve the fear and reveal the mystery! He will share some of his favorite images from his book Night Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots as well as shed light on creating inspirational images once the sun goes down. Gabe will help you look beyond the fleeting moments of time and inspire you to create stunning images that can be captured when you expose for seconds, minutes and even hours, and will expand on his experiences in the night and help demystify how to successfully shoot the moon, capture star trails and cityscapes, and paint with light.

Presenter: Gabriel Biderman

 

 
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Photographing National Parks

From sea to shining sea, the national parks preserve some of the country’s most unique wilderness areas. Their existence is a gift to nature photographers everywhere. In this presentation, delve into what the park system offers to the photographer—where to find the wildlife, the wildflowers, the waterfalls—and how to best research and prepare for a trip to explore the artistic opportunities within. In this presentation, Chris Nicholson, author of the book Photographing National Parks, discusses how to travel safely and photograph in the various environments found in the parks, including desert, alpine, forest and coastline. He also shares secrets for finding new and exciting photography spots, how to stay powered up in the outdoors, ideas for supplementary gear that will make a photo project more productive and enjoyable, and tips for scouting locations to maximize your creative potential. Many national parks will be discussed, including Acadia, Death Valley, Everglades, Grand Teton, Great Smoky Mountains, Olympic, Shenandoah and Yellowstone.

Presenter: Chris Nicholson

 
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The Magic of Light Painting

Painting with light is an exciting and artistic way to portray your subject in a completely unique manner. Using the darkness of night as the backdrop and any subject as the canvas, the photographer works like a painter using flashlight to illuminate, highlight and emphasize their subject. Using your own light source to illuminate the scene provides unrivaled creativity in rendering your final image. Experimentation with color, intensity and angle of the light source creates limitless possibilities and adds another technique to your portfolio. The tools are simple and the technique easy to master.

Presenter: Tim Cooper

 

Photographing the Aurora Borealis

The northern lights, or aurora borealis, is one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights. Experiencing a strong display is truly an unforgettable experience, and staying “focused” on photography takes real effort as the aurora can be overwhelming. The intensity of the northern lights varies tremendously––the brightness, how quickly it moves, the color, and position in the sky can all change from one moment to the next, which makes photographing it a real challenge. The ambient light level also has a strong impact on the appearance of the aurora, and varying degrees of moonlight or light pollution all impact aurora photography. In this presentation, you will learn about when and where the aurora is most likely to occur, and how to be prepared for it when it arrives. You’ll also learn the best techniques to capture the aurora, regardless of when and where it appears.

Presenter: Lance Keimig

 

Voyage Into Galapagos

Experience the magic of the Galapagos as explorer and travel photographer Gabriel Biderman shares his stories and images from his last two expeditions to these legendary islands. Meet all the animals—the ancient and Giant Tortoises; the Blue, Red and Nazca Boobies; land and marine iguanas; sea lions; Sally Light Foot crabs; the Winged Albatross; and flamingos! Let’s not forget the life aquatic—sea turtles, sharks, penguins, rays and plenty of exotic fish. And the best part is that this amazing array of wildlife is up close, uninhibited and ready to share their volcanic little worlds with you! Gabe will walk through the tools, techniques and considerations that he applied in creating his latest portfolio of the Galapagos experience.

Presenter: Gabriel Biderman

 

Photographing Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is fringed by Maine’s quintessential rocky shores, serving as a final crashing point for waves that have come from distant places in the Atlantic Ocean. The surrounding bays and open waters are home to picturesque lighthouses and harbors of lobster boats, as well as seals, whales and countless sea birds. The interior of the park features rustic carriage roads and stone bridges, groves of birch and aspen, forest ponds and marshes, and trails that meander by waterfalls and over granite-topped mountains. Learn strategies and hear stories from working in the park, including information about places to stay, specific gear to consider bringing to an Acadia shoot, iconic and off-the-beaten-path locations, and subjects a photographer can expect to find during different times of year.

Presenter: Chris Nicholson

 

Simmer Dim: The Endless Twilight of High Summer in Northern Scotland

In the far north of Scotland, it truly never gets dark for a month on either side of the summer solstice. Deep twilight lasts for hours on end, and this is some of the most magnificent light there is for photography. The Scots call this the “Simmer Dim.” Instead of a “blue hour” that lasts for 20 or 30 minutes, it stretches on for four or five hours, and is perfect for light-painting the many neolithic sites of the Northern Isles—and also for photographing the small towns and villages, because the streetlights of the towns are nicely balanced with the ambient light in the sky. Mix in some fog, and the resulting colors can be amazing. Lance has traveled regularly to these Northern Islands since 1995, and in this presentation he shares his images and experiences from these adventures.

Presenter: Lance Keimig

 

Scouting a National Park Shoot

Planning has one objective: to maximize your time and creativity. By researching your options in advance, and by actively refining your strategy while on-site, your photography and your overall experience will improve dramatically. Whether you are on assignment, on vacation, or something between those extremes, research and scouting will make your national park project better. It may save you from wasting good light while hiking to someplace that turns out to have no good view of anything, or it may lead you to wonderful places and photographic adventures that you would never have otherwise found. This presentation will review various strategies and tools for researching and scouting national park photography locations, both before your trip and once on site. Learn how to build a plan that gives you structure, that gives you confidence, and that leads to the most productive, successful and enjoyable shoot possible.

Presenter: Chris Nicholson