Night Photography

Night Photography Class Image by Juan Aguilera - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College

Class Overview

Explore the night sky! Discover how you can capture images at night through photography. Explore how the night sky appears in the city, with urban structures, and in its celestial expanse during this exciting hands-on photography class. 

Photography is been define as painting with light, the key word is light, when we capture images at night, our environment  light is low or none. There is where long exposure comes to play. Learn exposure techniques and how to maximize the light on any environment, and use the light to your advantage. Explore long exposures on low light, painting with various types of light and using remote releases. Discover individual camera settings to ensure your best possible night photography exposure. If we can capture the light at night, we can capture anywhere under any circumstances. 

Through shooting at various locations, you will be able to form your own personal photographic vision as it relates to night photography. Travel is required and will offer new perspectives. 

Supplies Needed

  • Digital camera with manual settings (and manual skills)
  • Tripod and quick release plate
  • Memory cards

Learning Outcomes 

  • Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 
  • Understand how to determine long exposures using different techniques 
  • Use several helpful principles, such as the 500 Rule, High ISO Rule and more. 
  • Create star trails on both a single shot and multiple images 
  • Capture stars and the Milky Way 

Who Should Take This Class?

  • Stargazers, see millions of stars you can not see with the naked eye 
  • Amateur astronomers who have seen the night sky and want to have images to show to people 
  • Amateur photographers who are  looking to upgrade their composition skills 


Class Details

This class is held online by videoconferencing. It is led by an instructor(s) in real-time as an interactive class experience. To attend and participate fully you will need access to a computer or device with video and a microphone, plus high-speed internet connection. Instructions to access the class will be emailed to you by the instructor or staff member before the class begins.


Note: part of this class might be recorded, for the students and instructor to use for review only; recordings will be deleted after the end of the quarter.


Winter 2022

  • 5 Saturdays ; Feb 19 to Mar 19 ; 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Location : SCONL; Room Online
  • Fee : $279
  • Class ID : 38859 ; SKU : 32312