Astro-Landscape Photography

Whereas classroom sessions are held Wednesdays 6-9 p.m., the photo shoots are Fridays 9 p.m. to midnight, because it doesn’t get dark until 9 and most people need to work early on Thursdays.


  • This is a workshop to create astro-landscape photographs, night time images that contain a landscape foreground portion, combined with an intriguing sky portion, be it star points, star trails, the Milky Way or a rising or setting moon.
  • Astro-landscapes, particularly the inclusion of our galaxy, the Milky Way, are an increasingly popular niche of night photography, made possible by modern digital cameras that are able to capture more light than our eyes can see in dark places. The resulting imagery is out of the ordinary and guaranteed to capture the attention of your social media audience.
  • This is an advanced photography class, attendees are expected to be familiar with night photography and comfortable using their equipment in darkness, as well as getting around in sometimes uneven terrain without much use of flashlights.
  • Hands-on editing high ISO photos, foreground/background layering techniques, night time panoramas and stacking images to create star trails are all topics covered in the classroom sessions.
  • The first classroom will cover all aspects of astro-landscape photography. If you are unable to attend that first class, we strongly recommend that you consider waiting to take the course when it is offered in a future workshop session.
  • The four location shoots will be outside of NESOP and require substantial driving to get to dark enough locations for this type of photography. Optional car pools will be facilitated. Whereas classroom sessions are held 6-9 p.m., the photo shoots are 9 p.m. to midnight, because it doesn’t get dark until 9.


To participate in this class, student must be 18 years of age or the minimum of a high school graduate (or the equivalent).



This course is suitable for advanced photographers who are familiar with night photography, wanting to learn high sensitivity, night time photography. An understanding of their camera and its controls is essential, especially manually controlling time, aperture, ISO and white balance. File development techniques through Lightroom and/or Photoshop will be covered in the review sessions.


Gear Requirements: standard DSLR and mirrorless cameras with RAW file capability and manual exposure controls will work for this class. Additionally, students will need a tripod and intervalometer/remote control for steady long exposures. Very wide angle lenses with apertures of f/2.8 or wider are recommended. Equipment needs will be covered in a preparation email and discussed during the first session. Items can be purchased before the first photo shoot, if needed. Bring your gear to the first classroom event if you have questions or contact NESOP to ask if your equipment may work.

June 26 - August 21

Wednesdays 6:00-9:00pm at NESOP alternating Friday Location Shoots 9:00pm - Midnight



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Please note: NESOP’s evening workshops do not fall under the scope of the school’s accreditation, and so they are not accredited by ACCSC.