Night Photography


Advanced Image Editing

June 18-21, 2024
Banner Elk, NC Blue Ridge Parkway
Registration $765.00/person

$20.00 Discounts available for CNPA and NANPA members

Join Kenny McKeithan and Kate Silvia for an adventure in learning and exploring along the Blue Ridge Parkway in western North Carolina. During this 3 night workshop, we’ll visit wondrous waterfalls, capture amazing sunsets, explore Blue Ridge Parkway, and hike along the Appalachian Trail. A visit to breathtaking Grandfather Mountain is included in the price. This is one of our biggest and most popular workshops of the year and it tends to sell out months in advance. We’ll be adjusting our schedules a bit and skipping sunrises so we can work on our night photography skills. Photo editing classes will be held early afternoon.  All photography skill levels are welcome. If you’re a beginner, be sure to let us know so we can walk you through the steps of proper exposure. A block of rooms will be reserved under “Silvia Photography Workshop” at the Best Western Mountain Lodge in Banner Elk, NC. 

Starts at 4:00 p.m. on the 18th and ends at noon on the 21st.

$765.00 per person  (Discounts available for CNPA and NANPA members)                   .

What You’ll Learn

  • Basics of Digital Nature Photography

  • Camera settings, exposure, and working in Manual Mode

  • Composition

  • Lenses and Filters

  • Night Photography skills including pinpoint stars, star trails, photographing the Milky Way, photographing the moon, focusing at night, using star trackers, and processing night photos in Photoshop and Lightroom.

  • Creative Processing with Nik and Topaz software.

  • Image blending in Photoshop and Lightroom (HDR for sunset images.

Recommended Lodging: We have a block of rooms reserved at the Best Western Mountain Lodge, Banner Elk but you may stay wherever you wish. Class sessions will be held at the host hotel. Ask for “Silvia Photography Workshop”

What To Bring

  • Digital Camera with Interchangeable lenses ranging from wide angle to medium telephoto.

  • Tripod

  • Any filters you own. A polarizer is highly recommended for waterfalls we’ll visit.

  • Remote release (not required but necessary for star trail images if you choose to do them)

  • Flashlight/headlamp with Red Light capability…maintains your night vision.

  • Batteries, Chargers, SD/CF cards or film

  • Hiking Shoes or Boots

  • Rain gear

  • Sweatshirts, pants, layers…it can get chilly even in summer

  • Cell Phone

  • Water bottle/hydration pouch

  • Sunscreen and Bug spray

  • Hat