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Outdoor Photography Workshops & Classes

Specializing in Nightscapes and Time-Lapses

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Thanks for visiting! I’m a professional photographer & photography instructor who specializes in nightscapes and time-lapses. My passion and mission is to help you discover new ways to create incredible images and video clips - ones that you’ll be excited to share with your family and friends. Some of the things you’ll learn include Milky Way photography, time-lapses, star trails, moon photography and more.

With more than thirty years of experience practicing as a professional photographer and teacher of thousands of students, I have the background, knowledge and understanding to teach YOU photography on YOUR own terms, in almost any environment. From small group workshops to private instruction, we will work together to help you achieve your goals. Whether you’re new to photography or striving to become a professional, I guarantee that you’ll have fun and learn a ton!

 

Featured Workshops
 

 

Death Valley Geminids
December 2018

The Geminid meteor shower is considered to be the best of the year, and is known for its ability to produce many bright, streaking meteors. Operating under a special Commercial Usage Authorization permit from the United States National Park Service, you will be shooting from before sunset until late at night each night to capture the widest possible range of nightscape subjects. The first quarter moon will gently illuminate the incredible scenery of Death Valley National Park, and then set around midnight to allow true deep sky imaging under dark night conditions. The best of both!

Minnesota Nightscapes
April 2019

Learn how to plan, prepare, shoot and process stunning images of the Milky Way, Aurora Borealis, star trails, full moon, enormous panoramas and much more. Want to create stunning time-lapse videos of sunsets fading into the Milky Way rising in the east? Curious about astronomy and the night sky? If your answers are “yes,” then this workshop is for you! Visit lesser known, dark-sky locations near the Twin Cities for the chance to hone your skills while enjoying metropolitan amenities.

California Nightscapes
June 2019

This knowledge-packed Master Class in night photography and time-lapses is offered in collaboration with the renowned nightscape pioneer Babak Tafreshi, Director and Founder of “The World At Night (TWAN) and National Geographic Photographer. Based in in the Eastern Sierra town of Bishop, California, the workshop is timed to coincide with the new Moon for the darkest skies possible.

Indoor seminar sessions during the day will cover the best phases of the moon, little-known night sky objects, how to create stunning star trail images and immense, gigapixel panoramas, state-of-the-art light-painting; when, where and how to shoot the Milky Way, how to create spectacular, “Holy Grail” time-lapse videos, and more.

 

Galleries

Check out my favorite nightscape and landscape images from around the world. From huge vistas to the tiniest details, they’ve been selected from the million-plus images I’ve created.

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How-To Guides

You’ll find a host of free, helpful guides for photography, post-processing, planning your sessions and more. You can choose from specialized topics in astronomy, image blending, nightscape imaging. Learn how to make your Milky Way images pop; plan your next solar eclipse journey.

 
 

Presentations & Talks

Choose from a variety of fascinating topics, presented in the most entertaining and easy to understand way!

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Portraits You’ll LOVE

We love creating images you’re proud to hang on your walls and share with your family and friends. From toddlers to families, high school seniors to engagements, from Minnesota to California to England, indoors, outdoors, formal or fun - we have the experience to make your visions come to life. You can choose from a variety of session options and trust us to deliver the portraits you want. Let’s get started!

 
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