News Release

Night Photography Exhibit and Workshop

Star trails seen through the canopy of redwood trees.

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News Release Date: October 16, 2018

Contact: Candace Tinkler, (707) 465-7304

HIOUCHI, Calif. -- Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP) is proud to present:  From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream Waters—A collection of night sky photographs celebrating the 50th anniversaries of Redwood National Park and Biscayne National Park. This exciting new art exhibit featuring stunning night photography is a collaborative partnership project between RNSP, Biscayne National Park, and National Parks at Night (NPAN), an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving our national parks through photographic education.


As part of Redwood’s year-long 50th anniversary celebrations, the public is invited to a free opening reception for the exhibit Friday, Oct. 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hiouchi Visitor Center in Hiouchi, Calif. The exhibit will be featured through Jan.13, 2019.


On Saturday, Oct. 20, NPAN photographers and exhibit curators will also host a free public gallery talk about the exhibit at the Hiouchi Visitor Center from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.


In addition, RNSP is very excited to offer a hands-on, introductory mini-workshop led by NPAN photographers Lance Keimig and Chris Nicholson on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.  Sponsored by Redwood National and State Parks and Bay Photo in partnership with NPAN, the workshop will teach fundamental techniques and concepts of night photography and light painting. Workshop participation is limited. Please call 707-465-7335 to register. A $75 workshop fee (cash or check, only) will be paid at the workshop location on the day of the event.


Night photography is a fun and challenging way to enjoy our national parks, and today’s digital technology makes night photography more accessible than ever. Even those with limited photography experience (though some personal gear/equipment is required—see below) can learn the fundamentals in this fun mini-workshop. The workshop will begin with a 1 ½- to 2-hour tech talk at the Hiouchi Visitor Center, followed by set up of participant’s cameras. Participants will then travel to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park’s day use area where the instructors will demonstrate night photography and light painting techniques and assist participants with their own shots.


Participants should bring: a DSLR or mirrorless camera that is capable of manual exposure and manual focus (point-and-shoot cameras and phones will not suffice); a wide angle lens and lens hood or lens shade, and, a tripod (required). Helpful items to bring include: a remote release or intervalometer; extra batteries (make sure all batteries are fully charged!); a camera manual; and, flashlights— bright ones, dim ones, white or colored light! Participants should dress warmly, and bring water and/or warm beverage and a snack as the workshop goes late into the evening/night.


NPAN is an internationally-recognized company of professional photographers offering workshops on night photography in national parks and other locations throughout the United States and abroad. NPAN has significantly reduced the cost of the workshop for this special event. In addition, a portion of proceeds from sales of the photos will benefit the parks.


Workshop instructor Lance Keimig is a Hinesburg, Vt.-based photographer who is best known for night photography made at the intersection of the natural and built environments. He is the author of two books, including Night Photography: Finding Your Way in the Dark which has been translated into seven languages. Keimig is a partner in National Parks at Night and has also taught night photography for the past twenty years at the New England School of Photography, The Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, The Houston Center for Photography, Maine Media Workshops, and the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, and leads independent workshops across the country, and international photo tours around the world.


Chris Nicholson is the author of Photographing National Parks, a partner and instructor with National Parks at Night, and a Manfrotto Photography Ambassador. Having worked independently since 2004, his work has appeared in several books and over 30 magazines. He has worked as a book editor for National Parks Traveler and an editorial consultant for Chimani national-park travel guide apps. Chris has also taught for CreativeLive, is a regular presenter at the B&H Event Space, and speaks at photography conferences and events around the U.S.


To learn more about the upcoming RNSP photography events, go to:   For more information about Redwood National and State Parks, stop by park visitor centers open seven days a week. Information can also be obtained by visiting the RNSP website at:

Last updated: October 19, 2018

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