Author: Lance Keimig

Lance Keimig

Lance has been photographing primarily at night for more than 20 years. He is a successful commercial photographer and currently teaches night photography at the New England School of Photography. He has also taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and at The Photo Resource Center at Boston University. He teaches workshops around the world and regularly lectures at camera club meetings. He has curated several successful night photography exhibits and his own works are displayed in public and private collections worldwide.


Posts by Lance Keimig:


Minimizing Noise at the Source


Noise is unwanted information. It is a by-product of electrical processes that receive or transmit signals. Noise can have several sources and is present in all images to some degree. It can be independent of the image and therefore relatively easy to separate and remove, or it can be integral to the image, which makes…


Light Sources and Color Temperature for Night Photography


The color of daylight changes throughout the day depending on the amount of atmosphere that sunlight travels through to reach the Earth, and the amount of atmosphere depends on the elevation of the Sun above the horizon. Because there is only one primary light source during the day, most daylight pictures can be easily color…

Shawn Peterson, “Bodie Wheel of Wonder,” Bodie, California, 2008 This giant wheel was part of the mining operation at Bodie State Historic Park in California. Shawn Peterson and Scott Martin worked together to carefully compose this image, taking time to position the star trails so that they would mirror the shape of the wheel. The wheel itself was lit with a flashlight during the first and last of 23 4-minute exposures, which were processed in Lightroom and then stacked with Startrails, a Windows-based shareware program.

Night Photography: Star Trails vs. Star Points


Although the movement of both the Earth and the Moon affect the Moon’s appearance in night photographs, it is primarily the rotation of the Earth that causes stars to appear as trails in the sky in night photographs. All of the heavenly bodies in the universe are indeed moving through space, but the relative distance…

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The Variables of Night Photography


Photographing at night requires one to look at the world from a different perspective. Night photography should not be considered merely an extension of daytime photography because night light transforms the known world into something unfamiliar and strange. In much the same way that moving into the studio after photographing outdoors with natural light demands a…

Michael Kenna, “Full Moon Rise,” Chausey Islands, France, 2007 The Moon rises through the frame  in this multi-hour exposure taken  in the Chausey Islands in France.

Determining exposure while photographing by moonlight


The amount of moonlight when the Moon is full will never vary by more than two stops (and usually considerably less) after it is well above the horizon. However, two stops represents a significant increase or decrease in brightness and needs to be accounted for in an exposure. There are several factors that cause moonlight…

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