Capturing the Night, an Astro-Landscape Photography Workshop at Acadia National Park
Ander Naturalist Photography Gallery


  • Driftwood at Sand Beach
  • Sand Beach
  • Eagle Lake Bridge
  • Comet Lovejoy
  • The Bubbles at Jordan Pond
  • Otter Point
  • Clouds and stars
  • Clouds and stars
  • Eagle Lake and the Milky Way
  • Cadillac Mt. View
  • Stanley Brook Bridge

2017 Capture the Night Photography Workshop

Schoodic Institute

Don't put your camera away just because the sun has set. With today's digital cameras, taking photographs at night is easier than ever and a lot of fun.

Come join our Capture the Night Workshop where we examine Astro-Landscape Photography, Night Photography and Light Painting. This workshop is for the amateur to the professional photographer. If you wish to learn how to successfully capture night images, have the required equipment and understand what the requirements refer to (see Requirements below), then this is the workshop for you. Depending on the weather, the group will gather near the coast at the Schoodic Institute in Acadia National Park and photograph the Milky Way galactic span over the Atlantic Ocean where we have the darkest skies along the U.S. east coast. We will explore light painting and discuss various techniques for achieving powerful night images.


The 2017 Workshops were packed to capacity with photographers eager to learn and enjoy the Acaida night skies, though the Friday group did mostly light painting due to heavy cloud cover.

2017 at the
Schoodic Institute

2017 workshop


This year there were two Capture the Night Workshops In September as part of the Acadia Night Sky Festival

Friday & Saturday - Sept. 22nd & 23rd, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm - the Rockefeller Hall, Schoodic Institute, Acadia National Park, Maine

Schoodic Institute, Acadia National Park

After entering the park one way road, follow the signs to the Schoodic Insitute. The entrance is on the right, then go to the first parking entrance on your left and park next to the Rockefeller Hall.

Schoodic Institute

Workshop Particulars:

Cost: $75.00 per person

For reservations, call: 207-266-9322 or email me with the subject: "Cature the Night"

Also inquire about lodging at the Schoodic Institute Campus at 207-288-1310.

The Moore Auditorium at night, Schoodic Institute

Required Equipment:
• A digital single lens reflex (DSLR), a mirrorless camera or rangefinder camera (please no camera phones or point&shoot cameras) with a minimum of:
            • 1600 ISO (prefer 6400)
            • Manual Mode - aperture and speed settings (especially “Bulb”)
            • Manual Focus capable
            • Remote Trigger (wired or wireless)

• Sturdy Tripod

• Flashlight and/or External Camera Strobe/Flash (for light painting)

Recommended Equipment:

            • A wide angle lens with a fast f /stop 2.8 or better
            • Headlight LED flashlight (red filter preferred)
            • Warm clothing, sturdy shoes, gloves and hat
            • Timer – Remote trigger timer, glow watch with second hand or a glow stopwatch
            • Note pad & pencil/pen
            • Spare batteries
            • Lens drying cloth (micro fiber)
            • Mosquito repellent (a must at times)
            • Bottle of water & maybe a snack

Optional equipment:

            • Star Tracker
            • iPhone or computer controlled trigger
            • Lens Defogger (heater or fan)


It is important that you know your equipment and how to use it. Setting ISO, manual shutter speed, Bulb and f-stop in the dark can be tricky, so be familiar with these functions of your camera prior to the workshop.
Please visit my Night Photo Tips Page and Understanding Exposure

Night Sky workshop at SchoodicAcadia National Park at Schoodic Point

2014 Capture the Night Workshop at Schoodic Point, Acadia National Park