About this event

Cuyahoga Valley is one of the most visited national parks in the country, and also one of the most unique. It combines stunning natural scenes with rural features, such as railroad depots, farms, historic structures, covered bridges and old cemeteries, granting the photographer a nearly endless buffet of subjects to photograph at night.


This five-night, six-day photography workshop takes place in one of the newest and smallest of our National Parks. While not too far from the urban centers of both Cleveland and Akron, Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a step back into both nature and time. The winding Cuyahoga River flows through this 51 mile-long park, which includes landscapes as diverse as sandstone ledges, rolling hills, open farmlands, river gorges and over 60 waterfalls.

Cuyahoga Valley typically experiences pleasant weather in the late spring, with average daily temperatures of 70 degrees and nighttime of 48.

The workshop is intended for people who feel comfortable shooting their camera in Manual mode and who have the ability to download and export their images using Adobe Lightroom. Night photography experience is not necessary, but a familiarity with your camera, tripod, lenses and equipment is a must.


  • Night Exposures
  • Light painting
  • Controlling ambient and added light
  • Post-processing night images using Adobe Lightroom
  • Blending Exposures using Adobe Photoshop

Early afternoons will find us sharing and learning in the classroom with lectures or critiques, while evenings and nights will be spent shooting in the field. Some nights we’ll spend time in two separate locations while other evenings will find us settling into one spot for the night. Locations may include the beautiful Brandywine Falls, Everett Road covered bridge, Indigo Lake Train Station, Boston Mills, Beaver Pond, Blue Hen Falls and Hale Village. While in the field, the instructors will demonstrate their own techniques and will work with participants one-on-one to ensure everyone gets the most out of the workshop.

This workshop is for anyone who is interested in exploring Cuyahoga’s varied landscapes while gaining a deeper understanding of night photography and painting with light. Making new friends, learning new techniques, having fun and bringing home some epic images is guaranteed!


The workshop will be based in Stow, Ohio, located on the southeastern edge of the park. We have secured a block of standard rooms at Courtyard by Marriott Akron/Stow. Once you make your workshop deposit, you will receive a code that can be used to reserve one of the group rooms. The group reservation is for seven nights—checking in Saturday, May 6, and checking out Saturday, May 13. The workshop begins Sunday, May 7, at 10:00 a.m. and ends Friday, May 12, at 5 p.m.


You should be comfortable with the manual exposure operation of your camera.

Please read our FAQs section for more information about skill and gear requirements, and other information that pertains to all our workshops.