Night Sky Photography

Do you want to photograph the night sky with its myriad of bright stars, record the awesome Milky Way or capture shooting stars and eclipses? Do you want to visit the mountains at night, travel through silent landscapes and explore astrophotography? The Lake District is recognised for its dark night skies. It currently contains two international Dark Sky Discovery Sites and hopes to be awarded International Dark Sky Reserve status in the near future. The Lake District therefore provides an ideal location for my Night Sky or Dark Sky Photography courses.

During a Night Sky or Dark Sky photography course we will consider:

  • Planning a night sky photography trip
  • Equipment
  • The camera settings (aperture, shutter speed and ISO)
  • How to focus
  • Composition
  • Light painting
  • Post processing

The Night Sky or Dark Sky Photography course runs throughout the year. The course will last approximately 6 hours and is suitable for both beginners and those with some experience.

All you need to bring is your personal kit (including spare warm clothing), camera and tripod, food and a flask of hot drink. Don’t forget your head torch and spare batteries as we will be spending time outside in the dark.

If you want to photograph the night sky, sunsets, sunrises and visit remote locations during the ‘Golden Hour’ than why not consider one of our Wild Camping and Photography courses – especially during the summer months when the sun sets late and rises early.

One-to-one Night Sky  Photography and Small Group Courses

The Night Sky or Dark Sky Photography course is available on a one-to-one or small group basis. This allows me to tailor your course to your specific requirements, skill level and interest. It also enables the arrangement of early and late starts providing access to the magic hours when the light is at its best and the most stunning images can be captured. I want to help you make the most of our time together. I will also do my best to make it safe and enjoyable.

Course Costs: one-to-one tuition £180.  Small Groups: 2 persons £100pp, 3 persons 70pp

Please e-mail your preferred dates to book your day(s) and arrange payment.

Young people under the age of 18 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Night Sky Photography. Clear night sky over the Brecon Beacons

Fixed Date Courses

My photography courses are also available on set dates throughout the year. On these courses the group size is deliberately kept small, maximum 3, so there will be plenty of one-to-one time and ample opportunity to ask questions.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic we have cancelled our 2021 programme. We are currently working on our Lake District 2022 programme – this should be completed soon. If you would like me to forward dates and course details please e-mail and I will send these as soon as they are finalised.

One or More Days

The Night Sky or Dark Sky Photography course can be combined with a one of my other mountain photography courses to provide two or more days of teaching and the opportunity to consolidate and develop your picture taking skills and creative ambitions. If you book two or more days together you will receive a discount of 10% on the combined cost.

The bright night sky over Lake Windermere. Night sky photography course

Accommodation

My photography courses can be booked either with or without accommodation allowing you to choose exactly what you prefer. If you would like to book with accommodation please go to our photography holidays and short breaks webpage.

My photography courses do not include accommodation allowing you to choose exactly what you prefer. A large range of accommodation is available in the Lake District and we are happy to help organise this. You could also consider booking a wild camping and photography course on a one-to-one basis. This is especially enjoyable and beneficial in the summer when the sun sets late and rises early. Please visit our Wild Camping and Photography page for more details.

Night Sky Photography beyond the Lake District

If you wish to explore an area outside of the Lake District please contact me by e-mail or phone for an informal chat about your requirements. I am a regular visitor to Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons and just love visiting and photographing Britain’s wild places.

Gift Cards

One-to-one workshops and group courses make memorable gifts. If you book a one-to-one workshop or group course as an inspirational gift or for a special occasion you will be provided with a downloadable voucher containing details of the day.