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WEBINAR: NP114 - Composition in Night Photography with Harold Davis

  • Jul 11, 2013 · 6:30 PM

Event time is 6:30 PM PDT (7:30 PM MDT, 8:30 PM CDT, 9:30 PM EDT)

Webinar tuition: $59.95 until July 9, 2013.

Normal registration closed on July 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM PDT.

Late sign up is priced as shown above until RSVPs close.

If the RSVP button is no longer present, it means registration is closed.  Sorry, but we don't allow registration after the deadline.

We have no control over the speed of delivery of email. When you register during the late registration period, you may NOT get the access information, or instructions in time.

Ancient Music of the Stars © Harold Davis


Composition in Night Photography

Photography of the night—as opposed to astrophotography—essentially involves views of the night sky from the earth. Night photographers come to realize very quickly that the earth in the foreground matters as much as the night sky in the background in this kind of photography. Furthermore, a successful night image integrates foreground and background in unique and clever ways.

This webinar addresses the compositional issues that are unique to night photography with the goal of helping you to create stunning night photos. Topics addressed include:

  • Understanding the wide range of possible night photography targets
  • Using underexposure to your benefit
  • Knowing when “day for night” is right
  • Solving “unsolvable” night photography exposure problems
  • Using exposure time as an element in creative night photo compositions
  • Creating riveting and compelling night photography images

Image Review: Selected images will be constructively critiqued for composition during the webinar.

To be considered for review, please email as attachments no more than three photos as JPEG files. Files should be saved at no more than 100 ppi, with the longest dimension no great than 1024 pixels, JPEG quality of 8, with your name as part of the file name.

Please email the files to [masked] with "Night composition webinar critique" as the subject line.

Prerequisite: To get the most out of this webinar, participants should have a basic understanding of night photography, and the experience of at least one night photography shoot.

The Composition in Night Photography webinar is scheduled for one hour plus Q&A.

Notes from the webinar: No notes or PDF will be made available from the webinar (Harold's books are available from Amazon and other sources), but a recording may be made available (at a discounted cost to webinar enrollees).

Instructor Bio

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is a professional photographer whose work is widely admired and collected. He is the author of many bestselling photography and Photoshop books from publishersincluding Amphoto, Focal Press, and Wiley. Harold Davis is a Moab printmaking Master. His night photography has appeared in numerous venues, including the 2013 Nikon World Calendar and the 2012 Astronomy Photographer of the Year compilation from the Royal Observatory Greenwich. You can learn more about Harold Davis and his work on his website,


Distant Night Storm in the Patriarch Grove © Harold Davis


You should have a decently fast internet connection! Dial-up won't work for audio or the data content.

We recommend that you use your computer microphone and speakers to talk and listen so you must at least have speakers.  My recommendation is get a headset for this if you do not already have one.

We  suggest getting a Plantronics headset with a microphone and a USB connection.  Such headsets can be found at Best Buy for from $25 and up. USB headsets with microphone can be used with Skype and many other online games, and calling tools. They come in many styles include behind the head and over the head, single ear, open ear and closed.  Most laptops include speakers and microphones but the audio quality of these is generally very poor.  Some webcams also include built in microphones but generally the quality of those is poor.

Don't have a microphone? That's OK, too... you can interact through text chat and you can use your iPad (or Android) smart phone.


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Joining the Webinar

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  1. Will there be a recording of the webinar in case I want to listen again?
    Please assume not. There are recordings of other webinars available in the Store

  2. May I make a recording of the webinar?
    Sorry, No.

  3. Will you repeat this webinar? When?
    We make no guarantees. 

  4. Where should I send any questions I have?
    During the webinar we will let you know where to send your follow up questions. If you have a question before the webinar, please post it in the comments below. 

  5. What about notes, can I get notes?
    No. There are no notes for this course, however copious reference information is provided.


What folks have said about Harold Davis workshops
and events (unsolicited comments)

  • “Great guy, passionate photographer, I learn a lot every time I listen to Harold.”—Steven C.
  • “A great artist and speaker!”—W. Anglin
  • “Harold is genuine, generous, and gracious – He has a world of knowledge and expertise that he loves to share – his wonderful books show his monumental talents and skill set- his workshops shows the depth of his connecting with others in a very real and personal way.”—P. Borrelli
  • “Awesome! He patiently addressed questions from the audience which contained photographers of all levels , molding his answers to the level of understanding for each of us. His presentations covered a wonderful range of technical knowledge as well as emphasizing the need for images to have an emotional quality. The images he shares are breathtaking and he is generous in sharing many facets of how he captures such beauty.”—J. Phillips
  • “Not all photographers are good verbal communicators. Harold is someone who can DO and TEACH. A rare combination of talents.”—B. Sawyer
  • “Inspiring!”
  • “He was very giving of his talents and time. The course was very organized and thorough. Loved it! Learned so much!”—L. Beck
  • “Very creative and a marvelous instructor.”—Kay S.

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  • Leigh A.

    Hi Harold, I had to miss the latter part of the composition webinar, however I uploaded my 3 photos I'd love to get your critique good AND bad/corrective.
    Leigh Anderson

    July 11, 2013

    • Steven C.

      They are attached to the event, Eric.

      July 12, 2013

    • Eric H.

      Got it. Sorry for the confusion

      July 12, 2013

  • Mary M.

    Thanks for the critique and new ideas to improve our photos. The artistic aspect of night photography is at the bottom of the list when we are standing in the dark trying to adjust settings, etc. You have given us new tools to use in the field long before pressing the shutter. Great webinar!

    July 12, 2013

  • marsha k.

    Well done Harold. Because night shooting does have a lot of specialized technique involved, I sometimes forget about the the composition part when I get so wrapped up in getting the settings right. It was nice to hear about design, visualization and thinking about what we want our images to say.

    July 11, 2013

  • Lynne P.

    Can't join the webinar. No matter what I do (Mac 0s X 6.8) citrix errors on download. Tried rebooting. Tried safari. Tried swearing.

    July 11, 2013

    • Lynne P.

      It won't install no matter what I do (and believe me, I can swear like a sailor with Tourette's....)

      July 11, 2013

    • marsha k.

      Lynn, I just upgraded to Mtn Lion and had trouble as well. I had to download a new version of Citrix and reinstall. I am so sorry that you missed.

      July 11, 2013

  • Lynne P.

    ha. 10.8.4. Nice shiny new OS. Did I say VERY SAD?

    July 11, 2013

  • Steven C.

    Registration is now closed. Harold and I are looking forward to chatting this evening!

    July 11, 2013

  • Lynne P.

    Really psyched for this one - I'm super glad Steven snuck me in under the wire (or over the wire?) .

    1 · July 9, 2013

  • Steven C.

    Webinar access information has been sent. Please check your email. If you haven't found it, please check your Spam/Junk mail folders and add us (me) to your contact list.

    1 · July 9, 2013

  • Tom S.

    Computer crashed for one last week. Fingers crossed for this one!

    May 27, 2013

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