Night Photography: You Can Shoot Stunning Night Photos
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Night Photography: You Can Shoot Stunning Night Photos

You will shoot amazing night photos that impress your family and friends with this complete night photography course!
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4.6 (75 ratings)
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Last updated 5/2017
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 5 Articles
  • 11 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will learn how to take beautiful night photographs - like the pros!
  • You will be happier with the photos you shoot than ever before!
  • You will learn how to shoot light trail photos with your camera
  • You will know how to use Bulb mode and a shutter release remote to shoot long exposures
  • You will know what equipment you need to shoot great night photos
  • You will understand how to set your camera's ISO, shutter speed, and aperture (f-stop) while shooting night photographs
  • You will learn how to edit night photos to make them look even better
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  • While this course was created for beginner photographers, it would be beneficial for you to understand basic photography concepts such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. We have included a refresher lesson that will get you up to speed if you need it.
  • This is a great follow up to our Photography Masterclass, which will get you up to speed to dive right into this course.
  • You can use any camera to take great night photos. We'll be using Canon, Nikon, Leica, and Fujifilm DSLR and Mirrorless cameras + smartphones like the iPhone


That's why you're here right? 

We're excited to show you how to take your own amazing night & low-light photos.

With this complete night photography course, you'll learn the ins and outs from the gear we recommend, the settings we use, the composition tips we have, and the photo editing process we use to end up with award-winning night photos.

Follow us as we head out to Joshua Tree National Park to teach this night photography course!

In this course we combine entertainment education in this complete behind-the-scenes course. We're not just sitting behind our computer desk, showing you slides. We're out in the field, showing you exactly what we do to shoot our own night photos.

Key things you will learn in this night photography course:

  • What gear you need for night photography
  • How to prepare for your photography trip
  • Basic camera settings such as shutter speed, aperture, and ISO
  • How to compose beautiful night photos
  • Using a shutter release remote to shoot long exposures
  • How to shoot light trail photos
  • Composing creative night photos of the stars
  • How to shoot photographs of the moon
  • How to edit night photos to make them look even better

Course bonuses

  • Downloadable cheat sheets
  • Behind the scenes lessons
  • Full editing case studies
  • Practical assignments
  • Quizzes to test your knowledge

Why learn from us?

We are three instructors who love photography, and love teaching. We're the teachers of the best-selling Photography Masterclass. We always take our student's feedback, and use it to improve our courses. That's why we created this course in the first place - because fellow students wanted us to create a night photography course.

What students are saying about our courses:

Absolutely loved loved loved this course. - Ashonti

I really like this course. Its the best course I have ever taken on photography. I have come to really like Phil and Sam, and I think if you take the course you will to :D - TJ

I loved this course! The basics of photography were fully covered, plenty of practical examples, the tutors were very clear in their explanations and very quick in answering to any question. - Ornella

Perfect course for beginners and intermediate photographers. Duration of the lessons is great you can move at your own pace without needing to sit for hours for just one class. - Omar

If you want to take great night photos, this is the course for you.

Remember, there is a 30-day 100% money-back guarantee. There is no reason to hesitate. Enroll now, see if you enjoy the course, and start shooting better photos today! 


Phil, Will, and Sam

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginner photographers - you want to take your skills to the next level
  • Intermediate photographer - you want to develop skills in a particular craft
  • Anyone who wants to take better photos on at night or in lower light situations
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Curriculum For This Course
26 Lectures
Welcome & What is this Course About?
6 Lectures 11:47

Welcome to the night photography course. In this lesson, you'll learn what this course is all about.

Preview 01:03

In this lesson of the night photography course, we give you 10 commandments to get you started.

Preview 01:33

In this lesson of the night photography course, you'll learn about the key equipment we recommend (camera, lenses, filters, tripods, and gear for your adventures).

Preview 00:52

Download this checklist to help you remember what to bring on your next night photography adventure.

DOWNLOAD: "Don't Forget Me" Night Photography Checklist

If you need a refresher on camera settings such as ISO, shutter speed, and aperture, this is the lesson for you. We want to get everyone up to speed for the rest of the lessons.

If you already know your camera settings, this is just an OPTIONAL lecture. Feel free to skip ahead.

Preview 08:09

Here is a downloadable pdf guide to photography that should help you get up to speed with everything we talk about in this course.

DOWNLOAD: Beginner's Guide to Photography
Night Photography Demonstration
5 Lectures 22:04

In this lesson of the night photography course, you'll learn the basics of long exposure photography for photographing the stars.

Basics of Night Photography with Will

In this lesson of the night photography course, you'll learn how to add camera movements to your long exposures to get creative star and moon streaks.

Night Photography with Creative Camera Movements

It's time to have some fun! Phil and Sam show you how to shoot light trails - spelling out words and getting creative with light.

How to Shoot Light Trails

In this lesson of the night photography course, you'll learn how to shoot with a trigger (shutter release mode) in Bulb mode to get exposures longer than 30 seconds.

Longer Exposures with a Trigger & Night Photos with Foreground Elements

In this lesson of the night photography course, you'll learn how to photograph the moon.

Photographing the Moon
Editing Night Photos
13 Lectures 01:25:33

In this photo editing lesson, we go over the basics of editing night photos - going over our step-by-step process.

Basic Night Photo Editing

In this lesson, go over the basics of Lightroom to get up to speed with the rest of this course.

OPTIONAL: Adobe Lightroom Crash Course

In this night photography lesson, learn one editing trick to make star photos pop.

Night Editing Tip 1: Make Stars Pop

In this night photography lesson, learn one editing trick to improve night skies with graduated filters.

Night Editing Tip 2: Improve Skies with Graduated Filters

In this night photography lesson, learn one editing trick to remove things like airplane streaks from your photos.

Night Editing Tip 3: Remove Unwanted Airplane Streaks

In this night photography lesson, learn one editing trick to play with colors via the HSL Panel tab.

Night Editing Tip 4: Use HSL Panel to Improve Skies and Landscapes

In this night photography lesson, learn one editing trick to remove digital noise and grain from your photos.

Night Editing Tip 5: Remove Digital Noise and Grain

In this lesson of the night photography course, Phil takes his favorite photo from the adventure and walks through an entire edit.

Phil Edits His Favorite Night Photo

In this lesson of the night photography course, Sam takes his favorite photo from the adventure and walks through an entire edit.

Sam Edits His Favorite Night Photo

In this lesson of the night photography course, Will takes his favorite photo from the adventure and walks through an entire edit.

Will Edits His Favorite Night Photo

In this editing lesson, Will edits another night photo using Photoshop.

Will Edits a Light Trail Photo

In this lesson of the night photography course, we show you how to export photos - whether you want to post it online or print out.

Exporting Photos: For Posting Online & For Printing

Here's a quick guide to export settings, no matter what program you use.

CHEAT SHEET: Export Settings
2 Lectures 02:33
Part of learning is taking action. We would love to see a photo you've shot at night using the techniques learned in this course.
Post a Night Photo
1 question

Test your knowledge of night photography with this quiz.

Do you know your night photography?
2 questions

Thank you so much for taking this course! We really appreciate you as a student and hope you learned what you set out to learn!

Thank You & What's Next?

Read this lecture to get the latest deals and savings on other photography courses.

About the Instructor
Phil Ebiner
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My passion is inspiring people through online courses. I love learning new skills, and since 2012 have been teaching people like you everything I know. Through my online learning business, Video School Online, I create courses that teach you how to become the better version of yourself with all kinds of skills.

What would you like to learn?

Would you like to make money teaching online courses?

Would you like to build your own 6-figure business?

Would you like to learn motion graphics in After Effects?

Would you like to learn how to shoot & edit videos like a pro?

Would you like to take better photographs?

Would you like to design better presentations, create a great resume, colorize black & white photographs, brew beer, adopt a cat, edit photos in Lightroom, launch a freelance career?

If you want to do any of these things, just enroll in the course. You have a 30-day money back guarantee if you don't like it. And I'm always improving my courses so that they stay up to date and the best that they can be. Check them out, and enroll today!


I've always tried to live life presently and to the fullest. Some of the things I love to do in my spare time include mountain biking, nerding out on personal finance, traveling to new places, watching sports (huge baseball fan here!), and sharing meals with friends and family. Most days you can find me spending quality time with my lovely wife and our cat.

In 2011, I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television Production at Loyola Marymount University - one of the top 10 film schools in the country. While there, I was fortunate to make documentaries in Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, and India. After graduating, I worked at Participant Media shooting and editing short-form documentaries for their website TakePart. I followed that stint with a contract at Stanbridge College where I discovered online learning. I helped pioneer their online school there. Most recently, I spent 2 years working at University of California Berkeley with the media team. Throughout this time I built my Video School Online brand to teach others the skills that I have. In May of 2015, I left the 9-5 world to make my own path. Since then, I've made more money, worked fewer hours, and only have done the things I love each day.

I want to show you how to be a better creator, make money from your creations, and live the life you dreamed of.

William Carnahan
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Will Carnahan grew up in Southern California. After spending every hour he could in the darkroom at Highschool playing with film, Will went on to earn a B.A. from The University of California Riverside in Film and Visual culture. At UCR he became a staff photographer for the schools newspaper, covering sporting events, concerts, and local news. In late 2006 Will and his friend Ryan started a photography company focusing on weddings, events, and their love for photography.

In 2007 Will continued on to Loyola Marymount University, earning an M.F.A. in Film and Telivision Production. While still shooting headshots, weddings, and events on the side, he focused on Cinematography. The years between 2007-2010 were an exciting time for film makers as it saw the first heavy transition from emulsion to digital. Having a base education in film exposure and a practical education in digital media allowed Will to excel as a cinematographer while in grad school. He went on to earn LMUs Panavision Cinematography award in 2008 and 2010.

Graduating in 2010, Will started freelancing as a Cinematographer, camera operator, and photographer. With heavy expirence in 16mm and 35mm film will transitioned into 4k cinema and up using REDs, Arri systems, and other cameras to take on Hollywood. The first few years of freelance saw Will shooting Music videos, short films, 2nd unit features, commercials, and web content.

Late in 2011 Will got a job shooting a web commercial for Disney Interactive. Since then he has been shooting consistently for Disney, shooting commercials for the parks and resorts as well as Disney channel, ESPN, and the Muppets.

Will Call Cinematic was established in 2013 as Will and his business partner and friend built a Production company to accommodate their freelance work along with some notable corporate clients. Through Will Call Will and Sam direct and produce video content for companies like Ghirardelli Chocolate, Diesel films and Nike, Whitney Eve Clothing, PredPol, and many others. With Sam and Will being cinematographers, Will Call gives them a hub for equipment rentals, music video production, and photography.

Today Will continues to freelance as a cinematographer and photographer, shooting and directing mostly commercial content and weddings.

Sam Shimizu-Jones
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With a focus on cinematic beauty and human connection, Sam specializes in capturing peoples’ cultures and lifestyles. His affinity for traveling has led him to work on productions of all types and sizes across the United States, Western Europe, Central and South America. His travels abroad have taught him invaluable lessons in rural cinematography, multilingual interviews, and what it takes to capture stories while on the road.

Born and raised in the skateboard and surf culture of Santa Cruz, California, Sam found his passion for photography and filmmaking at a young age while making extreme sports videos with his friends. At Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television, he was educated in many aspects of filmmaking but focused on cinematography, directing, and documentary film.

Today, Sam looks to further explore the art of photography and new technologies of cinematography, expand his production company, Will Call Cinematic and continue to explore cultures around the world.

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