Calling All Photographers and Enthusiasts

Cary, NC – This September, I’ll be teaching Night Photography again at the Center for Documentary Studies. You are invited.

Night Photography at Duke

The class is called Documentary Night Photography. The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) is a program Duke University. In addition to teaching and scholarship, CDS also runs the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Read more about CDS.

Night Photography is open to all – students and non-students, enthusiasts, professionals and anyone interested in continuing education.

About the Class

Night Photography meets on Thursdays from 6-9 PM at CDS on the Duke campus in Durham. The class runs for six sessions, Thursday, September 15 – Thursday, October 20, 2016.

The first hour of each class is instruction. The final two hours are work on the street.

The class is open to all levels and all types of gear: DSLRs, film cameras, compact cameras, even cell phones. Night Photography teaches how to take pictures at night with any camera.


In the lecture part of the class, I teach a cloud of ideas, including:

  • History of Night Photography
  • Framing the World
  • Speeding up Your Camera
  • Tips for Working on the Street
"View of the Moon" by John Adams Whipple, 1852.

“View of the Moon” by John Adams Whipple, 1852.

Field Work

I jam as much as I can into the first 60 minutes of class. But at 7 PM, we hit the streets.

A lecture can highlight ideas but actually doing it yourself is knowledge, the key to owning a skill.

We venture out onto Ninth Street as the sky gets dark, just a block away from CDS. Other field trips include Downtown Durham, American Tobacco and Brightleaf Square.

Enrollment is Limited

Class is filling up and enrollment is limited. Read the Course Description and Register.

Class Details

Documentary Night Photography
Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
1317 W. Pettigrew St.
Durham, NC 27705
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Hal Goodtree is the publisher of CaryCitizen and teaches Documentary Night Photography at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Arts and education coverage is sponsored in part by Sister Cities of Cary.