This workshop is for photographers who would like to learn how to make proper exposures (either film and/or digital) after dark, both by the light of the moon, and by existing artificial light. This class begins at the Mare Island Museum where students get a brief introduction to the former shipyard and the lecture/presentation portion of the workshop. Students then will go out into the field and photograph the 100-150 year-old brick buildings, massive ship-building equipment and structures, historic officer’s mansions, cold war-era bomb shelters and military artifacts in park-like settings on Mare Island. Upon completing this workshop, participants should be comfortable photographing in a wide variety of low-light situations—from relatively short exposures illuminated by ambient or industrial light and streetlight—to longer exposures of ten minutes or more. Film and digital capture will be discussed and compared.

Please note, this class will take place rain or shine. We encourage you to dress appropriately for the weather.

PRE-REQ: Students should know how to use their specific cameras in the dark (with full manual control via remote shutter controller or cable release) and have a firm grasp of the basic concepts of photography.

BRING: 35mm, medium format film cameras, or digital SLRs with full manual controls and a bulb or time setting, sturdy tripod, digital watch or other timer. Instructor will email a suggested equipment list with more detail. 

Please note students will need to meet at the Mare Island Museum, 1100 Railroad Avenue, Mare Island, Vallejo, CA 94592. For more info on Mare Island go here

INSTRUCTOR:  Tim Baskerville


Please review our sales policies regarding class withdrawals and cancellations before signing up.  Sorry, we can not give refunds/credits for any class withdrawals less than 7 days before the class starts.

$25.00 off if you register at least one week prior to class start date, all online discounts are applied automatically.

Additional Discounts:

Register for the same class with a friend and each of you will receive 10% off. All registrations must be made by one person in a single transaction. To take advantage of the discount online, set the quantity to 2 (or 3, or 4...) when adding to the cart (or change the quantity in the shopping cart). The system automatically deducts this discount. The discount only applies if two or more you enroll in the same class. 

 Please enter the full name of your companion at the checkout stage including their name, email, and phone number in the comments section of your registration form. 

Workshop Cost: $175

Early Registration: $150

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