Introduction to Night Photography

Learn to use your tripod and basic camera skills to shoot alluring photos after the sun goes down.
Upcoming Class
Aug 1
EARLY BIRD PRICE (expires 07/25)
Class starts at DCP at 6:30pm followed by on location shooting until 9:30pm. -Early Registration: $65 - Late Registration: $75

Have you admired those luscious, dusk photos of cities with glowing, undulating trails of traffic and clouds that seem to be racing across the sky? Or the delicate tones of the fading light in a scenic landscape, or shadowy pedestrians that look like a swarm of bees in motion? Those photos require a little bit of skill, a tripod and patience. Shooting after the sun goes down is one of the most rewarding ways to spend time with your camera.

We’ll start in the classroom studying some long exposure photographs, discuss how they were done and go through the technical and creative process of setting up a shot. Then we’ll head out to Klyde Warren Park, Trinity Groves or a similar location where we’ll position our tripods, get our exposures roughed in and make some interesting photos.


  • Using Google maps to do some virtual scouting
  • How to choose gear and accessories for long exposure photography
  • How to save time in the field by quickly roughing in your exposure
  • White balance considerations
  • The interplay between time, motion and blur
  • Lens selection and setup
  • Filters: when you might need them and when you should take them off
  • How ISO figures in to night photography


  • Knowledge of your camera, settings and exposure modes. Our Beginner Workshop or DSLR-1 and DSLR-2 evening classes are a recommended prerequisite.
  • A DSLR or mirrorless camera capable of Manual exposures.
  • A charged battery and room on your memory card.
  • A tripod.
  • Remote release is optional but nice.
  • The right shoes and clothes to deal with the weather. An umbrella if needed.

  • Cost per person is $65 early registration, $75 late registration.
  • Doors open at 6:15pm and class starts promptly at 6:30pm.
  • Around 7:45pm we’ll head out for on location shooting at Klyde Warren Park, Trinity Groves or a similar location.
  • Class ends at 9:30pm but you’re welcome to continue shooting.
  • Advance registration and payment is required.
  • Maximum number of students is 18, minimum number to make a class is 10.

Q: What do I need for this workshop?

  • A DSLR or mirrorless camera with a full battery and empty memory card and a basic understanding of how to use your camera and its settings.
  • A tripod.
  • Remote release is optional but nice.
  • The right shoes and clothes to deal with the weather. An umbrella if needed.

Q: Are there previous requirements for this workshop?
A: You should have a working knowledge of your camera settings including exposure modes, shutter speed, f-stop, white balance and ISO control. It’s recommended that you’ve already taken the DCP Beginner DSLR WorkshopDSLR 1 & 2 classes or equivalent training.

Q: How will I know if a workshop makes or not?
A: If a class doesn’t make and has to be cancelled, you will receive an email no later than 2 days before the scheduled class date.

Q: What if I have to cancel?
A: If you cancel 3-7 days ahead of the scheduled date of the class, you will receive no refund or 50% transfer credit toward another similar class within 3 months of the cancellation date. There is no refund or transfer credit for cancellations within 48 hours of start time of the class or workshop. Full details on cancellations are on our Policies page.

Q: Where is the workshop held?
A: The class will begin at Dallas Center for Photography, 4756 Algiers, Dallas, 75207. Then we’ll head out to Klyde Warren Park, Trinity Groves or a similar location for hands-on shooting.

Jim Olvera

Jim has been behind the lens of a camera for almost 40 years and counting. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences with others, and he’s worked with students at every level from middle school classes to graduate degree programs. Coming from a family of teachers, he understands what a joy it is to hear someone say, “Oh, now I get it!”

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