• 2 Nights of photographing on the Outer Banks of NC

  • The darkest night skies on the east coast

  • Spectacular coastal subjects to include in your compositions

  • Extensive, Expert Instruction in the field

  • All transportation included

  • Image Processing Session during the second day

  • Photo Sessions also include photographing Sunrise or Sunset

  • Small group of 4-5 participants


Nearly the entire eastern half of the United States suffers from light pollution that prevents people from being able to see many stars at all and certainly not the Milky Way Galaxy. Due to limited light pollution, the Outer Banks of NC has some of the darkest night skies in the eastern United States and is an excellent place to photograph at night.

The Milky Way is visible in the night sky all year long, however we see different parts of the Milky Way throughout the year. In the months of April through September, the Galactic Core (the most attractive portion of the milky way) is visible for at least a couple of hours each night (assuming that you have clear skies). It is also best to photograph stars around the new moon phase so that moonlight doesn’t wash out the stars. Because of all this, I offer most of my night photography workshops between April and September in the few days surrounding the new moon each month.

In the Spring, the Milky Way is lower in the sky…giving it a more horizontal appearance in your images. In the Fall, the Milky Way is more directly overhead…giving it a vertical appearance. Additionally, in the Spring, the Galactic Core is visible in the hours preceding sunrise. Whereas, starting in the summer, the Galactic Core is visible right after sunset and throughout the entire night. In the Fall, the Galactic Core is visible only for a time right after sunset.

Most of the trips will start in the evening of the first day with a sunset shoot. After Sunset, during blue hour, we will then go over what you need to do in order to photograph stars (that generally reach peak visibility about 1.5 hours after sunset). We will then continue photographing at a couple of different locations. There is some chance that we will stay out all night long (especially if the weather forecast for night 2 is poor). However, it is rare that we are out much later than 1-2 am. On the second night, we will meet in the late afternoon to grab dinner and have a night photo processing session before we begin our field session.

It is rare that I’ve ever had a workshop washed out due to the weather. Even if we have clouds, there are plenty of attractive nighttime subjects to photograph. Quite frankly, I actually ofter prefer to have some clouds in my night sky images. It also make for some great shot of the lighthouse.

Starscapes of the Outer Banks
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May 29-31, 2019
August 30-September 1, 2019

Day 1  PM - Photograph Sunset and into the night
Day 2 AM - We may still be out photographing in the early morning hours
           PM - Meet for early dinner and go over image processing.  Photograph sunset and into the night
Day 3 AM - We may still be out photographing in the early morning hours and possibly photograph sunrise

Equipment Needed for this Workshop:

  • Camera with high ISO capability

  • Tripod

  • Wide angle lens (24mm or wider) with aperture of at least 2.8 or larger (2.0, 1.8, 1.4).

Workshop Fee:  $490 (Includes local transportation during the workshop times)

Limited to 5 people per session


    All transportation during the workshop period is provided.

    All entrance fees and permits for all National and State Parks are included

    Extensive field instruction will be tailored to the needs of each student

    We will make sure to stop to pick up food and water


    It is your responsibility to get to the Outer Banks

    Discounted lodging has been secured or you may make your own lodging arrangements. I will provide you with lodging information upon registration.

    You will need to pay for your own meals. We typically eat meals some of my favorite restaurants

    I highly recommend purchasing travel insurance