Night Landscapes and Astrophotography

Event info

An on-location workshop for up to 5 participants.  

This will be a two-part night landscape and astrophotography workshop situated on the Dorset Coastline.  It will be led by Ollie Taylor, creator of the very first landscape astrophotography workshops in Europe, now running since 2013. Ollie is considered one of the pioneers of nightscape photography within the UK, he is widely published and helped to take the genre mainstream towards the start of the current decade. 

Part 1 will be an on-location course to teach the basic techniques for nightscape photography, focusing, camera settings, composition and some advanced field work techniques.

Fieldwork will start at around 8:30 pm and continue until around 1:00 am.

Part 2 will be conducted online and will comprise:

- a workshop covering the particular post-production techniques for nocturnal images using Lightroom and Photoshop

- a detailed, in depth session on global nightscape location, orientation, and time of year/night. Planning and shooting will also be covered, demonstrating apps and useful websites to help achieve successful future shoots.

This will take place during the afternoon.

Parts 1 and 2 will take place on 12th and 13th September.  Ideally the location shoot will take place on the first day but may, depending on the weather, be switched to the second day.  The decision will be taken at short notice by Ollie so participants must be available on either night.  Ideally part 2 will take place after part 1 so that participants can work on their own images during the editing workshop but if the weather dictates otherwise Ollie will provide images for use.

NB The location of the workshop is provisional and is subject to change to another location in Dorset.


Field work will cover:

  • How to focus for land and sky

  • Composition, and cheats in the dark

  • In camera night photography setting adjustments

  • Aperture and ISO speeds

  • Shutters speeds, old rules, new rules, and what really works in the field

  • Brining it all together to create the shot

  • Long exposures and advanced techniques for “magazine quality images”


The online workshop will cover:

Post Production:

  • Post production will demonstrate how, and just how quickly basic and advanced images can be worked up when editing.

  • Using one of the groups images from the night, or example files distributed to the group, the group will then follow step by step in Lightroom (or camera Raw)

  • For those using Photoshop the chance to follow step by step blending two exposures for a more professional outcome will be available.


  • Step by step tuition on exactly how to plan out night photography and astrophotography shots, globally will be covered.

  • Various apps and websites to aid planning.


  • Throughout the field work, and post production advanced lens and equipment use will be discussed with the group regarding how to advance techniques and interests further

  • Depending on weather, time, alternate equipment i.e. trackers, longer focal lengths, panoramic heads and other specialist equipment may be demonstrated.


Skill Level

Participants must have a basic understanding of manual camera settings and know how to change aperture, shutter speed and ISO.

Essential Equipment

• Modern DSLR (up to 10/11 years old), Modern Mirrorless (i.e Sony A7 series), Micro 4 Thirds (i.e Olympus OMD 10 and above, Fuji XT1 and above etc).
• Fastest aperture widest lens possible
• Tripod
• Remote shutter release
• Spare battery if possible
• Plenty of layers to keep warm
• Hand warmers
• Head Torch, ideally with red light option to avoid blinding other participants

Essential Software

Photoshop (full version with Camera Raw)

Participants who only have Lightroom are welcome, though they will not be able to undertake part of the advanced editing.
The entire workflow can be done in Photoshop with an up to date Camera Raw for those only owning a version of Photoshop.


Social distancing:

The workshop leader will be following safe practices in line with social distancing guidance and will require participants to do the same.  Please do not book if you do not wish to comply.  


This will be a category C event for up to 5 people.  Capacity may be increased to 8 places if social distancing regulations allow.

Category C means events that focus on a particular skill or technique (such as long exposures, composition or night photography) and/or on getting the best from a particular location. The event leader will have good location knowledge to ensure that the best is made of the prevailing conditions and will be a skilled landscape photographer able to offer tuition at all levels. These events are usually led by professionals but sometimes by volunteer members of the landscape group.  


Your data

Please note: your personal data (name, email address and telephone number) that you supply when booking an event will be passed to the event / workshop leader in order to enable them to:

  • contact you in advance of the event to remind you or notify you of joining instructions (or changes thereto) etc.
  • contact you at short notice before or during an event in case of any emergency or last-minute changes (eg because of weather).

By booking this event you are deemed to consent to this transfer of your data.


Event Organiser

Mark Reeves


Cancellation policy

Cancellation by You

If you wish to cancel your booking PLEASE let the event leader / organiser know with as much notice as possible. If nothing else, this can avoid them delaying the start of the event while they wait for you.

If you have paid for an event, please note that this fee/ticket price is non-refundable unless we are able to sell your place to somebody else. You are welcome to sell your place yourself but, again, PLEASE notify the event leader / organiser in advance of any change.

Cancellation by us

Event leaders are asked to make plans for alternative activities or locations in the case of poor weather and, in most cases, events will proceed despite poor weather unless, in the view of the event leader, the weather will lead to unacceptable safety risks or very little chance of successful photography. It is inevitable, however, that occasionally an event will be postponed or cancelled for this or another reason beyond the RPS’s control. If an event is postponed we will transfer your booking to the rearranged event, with the option of a refund if the rescheduled date is not suitable for you.

Occasionally an event may also be cancelled owing to lack of bookings. So if you wish to attend an event, don’t leave it till the last minute to book as it may be too late.

If an event is cancelled we will give you as much notice as we are able and any payment by you to the RPS in respect of the event offered as a full refund. In the case of events cancelled because of lack of interest we will aim to give at least three weeks’ notice wherever possible.

Please note we are NOT able to refund any associated or consequential costs including but not limited to travel, accommodation, insurance premium or other costs incurred by you in order to attend the event.


Portland Bill car park

Portland Bill Road