Frequently Asked Questions
HAVE you done this before?
Not at Passport Series locations, which are mostly national parks. There are 59 National Parks in the U.S. alone. We believe there is not enough time to go the the same places over and over. We want to explore, and bring new opportunities to you—especially for lesser-traveled hidden gems. Each location is a once-only experience unique to that time and place and especially that group of people.
Will you ever teach at _______ location again?
What is included?
Your night photography workshop includes all lectures, critique and instruction in the parks, unless otherwise noted on the workshop page.
What is not included?
You are responsible for travel to and from the workshop, lodging, meals and properly equipping yourself for success. A few of our workshops are all-inclusive, or nearly all-inclusive, and those exceptions will always be noted on individual workshop pages.
What should I know prior to attending a workshop?
At the very least, you should be comfortable using your camera in manual mode. If you have some or much experience shooting at night, including focusing, exposure and more, it will only help. Photography newcomers are welcome to contact us for private night-photo lessons prior to committing to a workshop, to buy and study our books, or to book us for one-on-one videochat tutoring.
Our workshops are intended for people who are comfortable with their equipment, and with capturing RAW files in Manual exposure mode. Night photography experience is not explicitly necessary.
Those who have extensive experience shooting at night will find our workshops challenging, stimulating and inspiring. And some very few of our workshops are intended for advanced night photographers, which will be indicated on specific workshop pages.
What Skill Level should I be when attending a workshop with you?
There is no strict curriculum and our instructors will tailor your workshop to the conditions and landscape. Nonetheless, you may learn any or all of the following:
- light painting
- controlling the ratio between ambient and added light
- star points / Milky Way exposures
- star trails / long exposures
- night portraiture
We firmly believe in helping you develop your own personal vision for night photography and look to help you create unique images that have deep personal meaning.
A lot of effort is put into making modular and constructive learning—meaning you will get the building blocks to assemble all the skills needed to execute great photography, while also working on how to find the best visual opportunities and apply your own "fingerprint" to the scene.
We also spend a lot of time in discussion. Questions are encouraged, as well as a curious mind and a willingness to take creative risks. We'll help you grow into a new understanding of your capabilities, as well as that of your gear.
What things can I expect to learn at your workshops?
How do I register for a workshop?
What gear should I bring?
We will provide a very detailed list of recommended gear before every workshop. But in brief, you will need a camera that can take quality long exposures (digital and/or film), a sturdy tripod, lots of extra batteries, a reliable intervalometer or cable release, and flashlights. See more of our gear here.
Can I affect what you choose next?
What is your Cancellation Policy?
No. National Parks at Night (NPAN) is not affiliated with or an agent of the National Parks Service (NPS). We are an independent group of photographers and educators who deeply appreciate and admire natural beauty. We choose to explore as much of this as possible in as many places with a select group of night photography enthusiasts.
Do you work for the National Parks Service?
Not often, but we always put a note in the section indicating when the update happened. We reserve the right to make changes anytime without notice (that's a legal disclaimer), but keep in mind we are customer-first and will always strive to provide timely notice to our customers and list members when appropriate.