Mike Shaw’s
CV and Bio

Mike Shaw

Dr. Mike Shaw is an award-winning photographer, author, speaker and workshop leader based in St. Paul, Minnesota.

He holds a Ph.D in Materials Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an M.S. in Ceramic Engineering from the Ohio State University and a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He spent two years as a post-doctoral research scientist at Cambridge University, England.

Before his photography career took off, he was a physics and astronomy professor for over fifteen years. He also worked as an applied physics research scientist for over ten years.

His new book (2018), “Composite Nightscapes and Time-lapses,” Routledge/Focal Press, explains everything you need to know to make state-of-the-art multi-image photography and time-lapse projects using photographs made from a fixed tripod position.

His first book (2017), “The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography – Understanding, Planning, Creating and Processing Nightscape Images,” Routledge/Focal Press, integrates astronomy, photography and planning methods to allow you to be at the right place, at the right time, with the right equipment and knowledge to get your shot right the first time.

His field workshops take him and his students around the globe in search of the darkest, clearest skies. He is a frequent speaker at photography and astronomy meetings and conferences. He also teaches online courses in the Bryan Peterson School of Photography on night photography and time-lapses. Finally, he is the co-host of an astronomy-themed podcast, “Get Out, Look Up,” on Brigade Radio One with renowned voice actor Roger Craig Smith.

Mike has traveled with his camera to remote wilderness areas around the world. He is known for his friendly, down-to-earth teaching style and enjoys collaborating with others. His work has appeared on CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, Space.com, Sky News, NASA, Minnesota Monthly, Lake Superior Magazine, Destination Duluth, The World At Night (TWAN), PhotoPills, the Bryan Peterson School of Photography and in the US National Park Service.