Wednesday, August 9 (rain date August 16), 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Night Photography in the Gardens


This Tower Hill Botanic Garden lecture on Wednesday, August 9 from 7 – 8 will cover the basics of night photography – the uniqueness of making photos at night, equipment, exposure, white balance, highlights and shadows, composition, capturing the element of time and a brief concept of light painting.

The photo shoot, from 8 – 10, will include one-on-one guidance on how to get the best photos. You may register for the lecture only (Tower Hill members $15, nonmembers $25, or for the lecture plus photo shoot (Tower Hill members $45, nonmembers $55) at https://towerhillbg.thankyou4caring.org/pages/event-registration-form—night-photography-in-the-gardens-2017

For photo shoot only, required equipment: a camera capable of manual settings (user-selectable exposure time, aperture, ISO), a tripod to hold that camera and a remote control/intervalometer for exposures longer than 30 seconds. You can buy these for around $15 on Amazon.com: search for your camera brand, model and the word “intervalometer”. A small flashlight to get around and colored flashlights for light painting the plants are useful. Advanced users can also do light drawing with any gadget that lights up. Ideas for what can be done in the gardens can be found here: http://www.meetup.com/GBNight/photos/26645926/

A “cheat sheet” for equipment preparation and settings can be downloaded on Jürgen’s website: http://leyetscapes.com/edu/Night.Photography.Handout-Equipment+Settings.pdf

Instructor Jürgen Lobert is a Massachusetts-based fine art photographer born and raised in Germany. He received a Ph.D. in atmospheric chemistry from Gutenberg University in Mainz before moving to the US in 1991. Jürgen is a self-taught photographer who specializes in night photography, daytime long exposures as well as Urban Exploration. According to Jürgen, there is a profound peace in roaming the nights in remote places, capturing the element of time to create otherworldly, serene and hauntingly beautiful photos. Jürgen is an executive member of the Boston Camera Club and the founder and organizer of the Greater Boston Night Photographers Meetup group. He has organized more than 100 photo excursions and he is a lecturer, instructor and judge for regional camera clubs.