Workshops - Chris Cook Photography

Milky Way Photography  Workshop at Stage Harbor Lighthouse

Spend an evening learning to capture the beauty of Cape Cod's starry night skies with award winning photographer Chris Cook. Chris' work has been published worldwide including National Geographic, Canon USA, Caltech, Astronomy magazine, Sky & Telescope magazine, MIT and is a 11x NASA 'Astronomy Picture of the Day' (APOD) recipient.


"Spent a great night with Chris Cook's workshop shooting stars, star trails and light painting. Chris is one great educator and photographer. Highly recommended if you want to learn night photography." - Ted Heath "

Thanks for the class tonight Chris....I highly recommend anybody contemplating taking a class with Chris to do so!!....Great fun and super informative..." - Jeff Smith


The workshop will be conducted at Old Stage Harbor Lighthouse and Hardings Beach in Chatham.  This site offers dark skies free of most light pollution found elsewhere on the Cape... especially to the south where the galactic core of our own Milky Way will shine brightly over Nantucket Sound.

2017 Dates

There is currently two scheduled workshops for 2017:

July 18th (rain date 19th)

October 16th (rain date 17th)

October 18th (rain date 19th)


The workshop will last around 5 to 6 hours. 6pm - 12am.  Meeting time will be 6pm.  We will meet at the eastern end of the eastern parking lot at Hardings Beach. GPS coordinates: 41° 40' 2.3"N  69° 59' 43"W  From there, we will hike just under 1 mile over sand to the decommissioned lighthouse. This will give us time to organize our gear, introduce ourselves and plan our schedule for the evening.

Techniques Covered

You will learn to photograph the Milky Way and stars, including correct exposure/camera settings and composition. - Create star trails - Paint with light

Workshop Requirements

- DSLR. Each participant must be fully knowledgeable on how to work their DSLR. No point & shoot, tablets or phone cameras.

- Wide angle lens or lenses between 14mm and 35mm with a 'fast' f/ratio... f/4 or f/2.8

- No film cameras (we want to be able to review the images on the spot and adjust our settings, composition etc. as needed)

- Tripod. Must be sturdy enough to hold your camera's weight in a slight breeze without shaking.

- Multiple memory cards (at least 16GB each)

- Extra camera batteries that are fully charged.

- Cable release

- Intervalometer (for startrails). 

- Flashlight and/or headlamp capable of both red and white light.

- Hand warmers and duct tape (to reduce dew on the lens)

- Sturdy shoes/boots

- Warm clothes, jacket (yes, even on July)

- Bug spray (a must for mosquitoes and no-see-ums)

- Food, snacks, water, drinks (no alcohol)

- Beach or camp chair (optional). You'll be on your feet for 6hrs.

- Beach buggy cart to carry tripods, camera bags, food, drinks, camp chair etc. (optional)

Workshop Size

Each workshop is limited to 5 participants

Equipment Rental

If you wish to rent equipment for the workshop, I would suggest Lens


$200 per person. 


Payment may be made via PayPal, check, money order or cash. Please contact me at for payment details and workshop availability.

The Fine Print

All payments are non-refundable. If the weather looks to be a washout (rain and or total cloud cover), I will reschedule the workshop for the rain date specified. This decision will be made by 2pm the day of the workshop. The weather on Cape Cod can be unpredictable. If both scheduled dates are rained or clouded out, your payments can be applied towards a future workshop. If you are unable to attend because of personal reasons, you may attend another workshop at a later date (based on availability).

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