Learn the technical skills to capture stunning night images along Maine's beautiful coastline.

Explore the art of photographing the night sky with Nate Levesque.  You will receive in-depth, simple to understand, professional instruction in all aspects of night, star, and landscape photography including, planning, shooting, and post processing / editing.

Course Goals -  

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the night sky (location of the Milky Way, moon cycles, planetary movements, best times to shoot, etc.)
  • Learn how to plan your shoot and it’s importance.
  • Understand the different settings and how they will affect your final photograph.
  • Learn how to focus at night
  • Learn how to capture the Milky Way, create star trails, and composite images.
  • Understand Noise Reduction Techniques
  • Learn how to blend multiple exposures in Adobe Photoshop
  • Learn how to edit your photographs in Adobe Lightroom

Equipment -

  • DSLR camera (Full-Frame Recommended) with wide-angle lens or wide-angle zoom of at least 24mm equivalent or wider. I recommend a lens with a minimum aperture of f/2.8 or faster for best results.
  • Tripod.
  • Cable/remote release cord with locking feature.
  • A Large SD Card (32 GB).
  • 3 Batteries. Long Exposures & Cooler Nights drain batteries quickly.
  • If needed you may check out equipment from MMW's Digital Services Dept

Schedule -

Schedule for Day 1

  • 2 pm - 4 pm: Classroom Training at Maine Media
  • 4 pm - 7 pm: Break for Dinner & Drive To Location
  • 7 pm - 1 am: In-Field Guiding & Training

Schedule for Day 2

  • 10 am - 12 pm: Post Processing Training
  • 12 pm – 1 pm: Lunch
  • 1 pm – 3 pm: Post Processing Training


Nate Levesque

Nate Levesque is a freelance photographer based out of Hampden, Maine. Over the last 5 years he has focused his time and energy on capturing the Night Sky from the Coast of Maine. His images have been featured in Astronomy Magazine and National Geographic Travel Magazine. His Night Sky work has won contests with Canon and the National Parks Foundation, as well as the Acadia Night Sky Festival.

When Nate is not spending his nights under the stars, he can be found shooting automobiles and craft beer from Maine breweries.

Course Dates

Oct 14 to Oct 15



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