Editing Techniques for Night Photography
Discover how to edit night photos and make your skies the focus with instruction from award-winning photographer Jim Nickelson. During class, you'll learn the unique techniques and tools used to process, refine, enhance and prepare your night images for display.
Jim Nickelson is a full-time photographer and Maine Media educator specializing in night photography. Before realizing his passion for photography, he worked as a NASA engineer and as a patent attorney. Jim has received numerous awards for his work, including being honored as an artist-in-residence at Acadia National Park and having his photos featured in multiple museums and galleries.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet your instructor, Jim Nickelson, and learn what makes a well-edited night photograph. Discover common issues you might face and start adjusting exposure and tone.
Tackle the biggest challenge of editing night photographs: noise. Find out how to compensate for a high ISO and make adjustments to change the aesthetic of your photos.
Perform selective edits using filter and brush tools to gain full creative control, minimize distractions, and make your skies the focus of the image.
Tackle a new application: stars as points. Learn how to use multiple exposures and HDR techniques to enhance your photos, and make Milky Way shots more dramatic.
Get tips for capturing star trails, stacking your photos, and editing both single and multi-exposure images.
See how to print and share your photos with the world. Find out how to choose a paper, preview prints and troubleshoot for stunning final results.