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2021 - Milky Way Photography Workshops - Cape Cod

Spend a evening learning to capture the beauty of Cape Cod's dark night skies with award winning photographer Chris Cook. Chris' work has been published worldwide including National Geographic, Canon USA, California Institute of Technology, Astronomy magazine, Sky & Telescope magazine, Lonely Planet and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also a 11x NASA 'Astronomy Picture of the Day' (APOD) recipient.


"Your course June 3 was wonderful--we loved every minute of it! We had taken one other night sky course in UT/AZ last spring and it was NO comparison to what we learned with you. Thank you for your instruction, patience, the insights you gave to us...and I'm sure to the others too. You know, after we got home, we looked further on your website pages and saw so much more of your marvelous work. Wow. We will one day definitely come back for more, and of course we will recommend you to others!" - Jo & Tom

"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

Locations, Dates & Schedules

June 7th  | Fort Hill & Salt Pond    SOLD OUT

Spend the evening under the dark skies of the Cape Cod National Seashore.  Reaching 30 miles out into the Atlantic Ocean, the night skies found within the CCNS are some of the darkest in Massachusetts.  We will begin our night of photography at Fort Hill in Eastham  Fort Hill is home to a beautiful patch of Lupines which bloom every June.  These colorful flowers make for a wonderful foreground as the summer Milky Way rises out the Atlantic Ocean.  After spending a couples hours here we'll drive a short 2 miles to the Salt Pond area.  One of the more scenic locations within the park, Salt Pond offers a wonderful reflection of the starry sky on calm nights.  Astronomical darkness in early June runs from 10pm-2:30am.  If the weather is poor, the following night, June 8th, will be the rain date.

August 9th  |  Highland Lighthouse (Early Perseid Meteor Shower)

Spend the evening under the dark skies of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Jutting 30 miles out into the Atlantic Ocean, the night skies found within the CCNS are some of the darkest in Massachusetts. This workshop will concentrate our night of photography at Highland Lighthouse in Truro. This iconic beacon stands watch over the outer Cape and offers tons of creative Milky Way compositions. The nights around August 9-13 are also the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower. A summer tradition for sky-watchers and astrophotographers alike. The dark northeast sky here offers the perfect location for viewing and capturing meteors. The workshops will conclude around 3am. If the weather is poor, the following night, August 10th, will be the rain date.

Techniques Covered

You will learn to photograph the Milky Way and stars, including correct exposure/camera settings, composition and painting with light.

Workshop Requirements

- DSLR or DSLM (mirrorless). Each participant must know how to work their camera. 

- 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.

- Remote cable release

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

- USB powered Lens heater (try PROTAGE lens heaters to reduce dew on the lens, if needed)

- Very soft cloth to wipe dew off lenses if needed

- Sturdy shoes/boots

- Warm clothes, jacket

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

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

- Beach/camp chair (optional). You'll be on your feet a lot.

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

Workshop Size

Workshop is limited to 6 participants.

Equipment Rental

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


$200pp - Cape Cod


Payment may be made via PayPal, check, money order or cash. Please contact me at chris@cookphoto.com 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 a rain date TBD. This decision will be made by 9am the day of the workshop. The weather on Cape Cod and Nantucket can be unpredictable. If the workshop is canceled because of poor weather, your payment can be applied towards a future workshop (date TBD). If you are unable to attend the rescheduled workshop because of personal reasons, you may attend another one at a later date (based on availability).

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