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Inspiration Tuesdays: Night Photography

by Philippe Dame on January 31st, 2012

This week I’m feature a video by Scott Martin and Lance Keimig that discusses the workshop they provide on night photography (view workshop description). Long exposure photography opens up the opportunity to radically rethink your pictures. It’s inspiration by offering creative freedom.

This film documents a Full Moon Night Photography Workshop in the Big Bend region of West Texas led by photographers Scott Martin and Lance Keimig. Learn more at There will be several workshops in 2012, in the US and Scotland.

Thank you Jason Office for bringing this video to my attention

My Own Experience

I’d like to try these techniques more but I have once used my off-camera flash to paint a large object during a long exposure. In this case, the object was my SUV. Learn how I achieved the photo below.

More recently, I did some light painting (indoors) to create an interesting background for a product shot. Learn how I achieved the photo below.

Related Book

Lance Keimig has published a related book titled: Night Photography: Finding your way in the dark ($23)

Night photographers have one big thing in common: a true love of the dark. Rather than looking at night photography as an extension of daytime shooting with added complications, they embrace the unique challenges of nocturnal photography for the tremendous wealth of creative opportunities it offers. That’s just what this book does. But if the idea of setting out into the deep, dark night with just your camera (and maybe a cup of coffee) gets your creative juices flowing, dive right in.

Lance Keimig, one of the premier experts on night photography, has put together a comprehensive reference that will show you ways to capture images you never thought possible. If you have some experience with photography and have always wanted to try shooting at night, you’ll learn the basics for film or digital shooting.

If you’re already a seasoned pro, you’ll learn to use sophisticated techniques such as light painting and drawing, stacking images to create long star trails, and more. A chapter on the history of night photography describes the materials and processes that made night photography possible, and introduces the photographers who have defined night photography as an artistic medium. A chapter on how to use popular software packages such as Lightroom and Photoshop specifically with night time shots shows you how to make the final adjustments to your nocturnal creations.

In this book you’ll find history, theory, and lots of practical instruction on technique, all illustrated with clear, concise examples, diagrams and charts that reinforce the text, and inspiring color and black and white images from the author and other luminaries in the field, including Scott Martin, Dan Burkholder, Tom Paiva, Troy Paiva, Christian Waeber, Jens Warnecke and Cenci Goepel, with Foreword by Steve Harper.

  • Includes the most complete information available for learning the art of light painting
  • Covers both film and digital shooting
  • Stunning color and black and white images from some of the world’s most well-known night photographers provide creative examples of the techniques discussed within the chapters
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