Photo Workshops and Tours

Chris Nicholson is a leader and instructor of workshops and photo tours. He is also a partner and workshop leader with National Parks at Night, a group of five photographers (including Gabriel Biderman, Tim Cooper, Lance Keimig and Matt Hill) who lead night-photography workshops throughout the park system.

“Chris is a great teacher. Patient, supportive and right there if we had questions.” — Karen G., New Jersey

 

Upcoming Workshops

Cuyahoga Valley National Park — 2 SPOTS LEFT

Night Photography Adventure Workshop in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, May 7-12, 2017
Cuyahoga Valley is one of the most visited national parks in the country, and also one of the most unique. It combines stunning natural scenes with rural features, such as railroad depots, farms, historic structures, covered bridges and old cemeteries, granting the photographer a nearly endless buffet of subjects to photograph at night.

More Info & Registration: NationalParksAtNight.com

Cape Cod National Seashore — SOLD OUT

Night Photography Adventure Workshop at Cape Cod National Seashore, May 21-24, 2017
Photograph the open sand dunes, regal lighthouses, quaint cottages and quiet seaside villages of Cape Cod National Seashore, one of the natural gems of New England. Lance Keimig and I will be leading this mid-spring workshop during the prime of Milky Way season, and during the dark skies of the nights leading up to the new moon. Though we will cover night photography in general, there will be an emphasis on lighthouses and Milky Way panoramas.

Sign up for announcement: NationalParksAtNight.com

The Eastern Sierra

Eastern Sierra, Bodie & Mono Lake Night Photography, July 5-8
This night photography workshop will feature one night of photography at Mono Lake, one on the Conway Summit, one at Bodie Ghost Town, and one at either Tioga Pass or another location in the Eastern Sierra depending on the group’s interests. The workshop takes place just before the full moon, which will provide us with conditions optimal for people with little night photography experience, and for those who are more interested in light painting or star trails than photographing the Milky Way. Topics covered will include optimizing night photography exposure, live-view focusing at night, high ISO testing, composition in low light and light painting.

More info: TheNightSkye.com

Olympic National Park — 3 SPOTS LEFT

Night Photography Adventure Workshop in Olympic National Park, September 17-22, 2017
Photograph on the rugged mountains, in the vibrant rainforests and along the pristine coastline of Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula, in one of the most beautiful and diverse national parks in the U.S.

More Info: NationalParksAtNight.com

Olympic National Park

Night Photography Adventure Workshop in Olympic National Park, September 24-29, 2017
A second week in one of Chris’ favorite national parks! Photograph on the rugged mountains, in the vibrant rainforests and along the pristine coastline of Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula, in one of the most beautiful and diverse national parks in the U.S. Details will be announced soon.

Sign up for announcement: NationalParksAtNight.com

Acadia National Park

The Park After Dark: Autumn Night Photography in Acadia, October 8-14, 2017
When it comes to fall photography, Acadia is the jewel of the National Park Service. And when it comes to night photography, Acadia is one of the premier locations in the U.S. This course combines the two, as Matt Hill and Chris Nicholson of National Parks at Night join Maine Media Workshops + College to lead you on a nocturnal adventure to New England’s only national park during its most shining season, when rich colors and deep skies serve as both subject and backdrop to scenic mountains and stunning coastline.

More Info & Registration: MaineMedia.edu.

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park, October 16-20, 2017
Acadia National Park is an incredible location to have a photo adventure. The park comes to life in October with its stunning fall foliage and breathtaking views of its iconic  coastline,  pristine lakes and beautiful mountain landscape.  Chris will be joining Photour Adventures for this workshop exploring Acadia for daytime and nighttime photography.

More Info & Registration: PhoTourAdventures.com.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TBA, 2018
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an amazing location to improve your photography skills. The mountains comes to life in the spring. With its beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife and blooming wildflowers, your pictures are sure to impress. Chris will be joining Photour Adventures for this workshop exploring the Great Smoky Mountains for daytime and nighttime photography.

More Info & Registration TBA

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Private Workshops & Tours

Chris is also available for private photography tours, workshops or tutoring in any of the 59 national parks or other beautiful spaces. Topics covered are limited only by Chris’ knowledge-base and whatever the participant(s) would like to learn. For more information, please contact Chris directly.

Past Workshops

Joshua Tree National Park

Night Photography Adventure Workshop in Joshua Tree National Park, April 21-26, 2017
Joshua Tree National Park encompasses sections of two different deserts—the Mojave and the Colorado—both full of opportunities for remarkable images. Chris will join Lance Keimig in this park with diverse land features and legendary dark skies—ideal for a memorable night photography workshop. Workshop archive page: NationalParksAtNight.com.

Death Valley National Park

Night Photography Adventure Workshop in Death Valley National Park, November 15-19, 2016
One of the darkest skies to be found in America, full of extreme conditions and opportunity for remarkable images. This class is for those looking to expand their photographic horizons, recharge their creative batteries, share ideas with friends and colleagues, and to go home with some exciting images from this unique landscape. Workshop archive page: NationalParksAtNight.com.

Acadia National Park

Night Photography Adventure Workshop in Acadia National Park, May 2-6, 2016
This late-spring workshop in Acadia National Park will entail five nights of photographing some of the most beautiful scenery on the New England coast. The experience will begin under a waning crescent moon, and will culminate under the dark skies of a new moon and the peak of the Eta Aquarids meteor shower. Celestial conditions will be perfect for photographing the Milky Way over iconic Acadia scenes such as Eagle Lake and Monument Cove. Workshop archive page: NationalParksAtNight.com.