Night Sky Photography Workshop

Night Sky Photography Workshop at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum

The museum’s “3rd Sunday” educational program series moves to a Friday night during the month of November for a special Night Sky Photography Workshop. The program will be led by museum board member and PA Wilds Juried Artisan, photographer Curt Weinhold. Curt will share the knowledge and insight he has gained in his experiences photographing the beautiful and dramatic “truly dark” skies within Potter County in the vicinity of the museum. Curt emphasizes the use of foreground materials in his compositions, which the buildings and landscapes at the museum can provide in unique and interesting ways.

The workshop will take place on Friday November 17th from 5 to 8 Pm. Cost for the workshop is $55/person for members of PALMA and $60/person for the general public. Payment in the form of cash or personal check is required upon arrival. Pre-registration is required for this event, and registration will be limited to 10 people. Curt has offered several of these workshops through PA DCNR at Cherry Springs State Park, and they always fill-up fast. Please call 814-435-2652 or email to register for the event. The event may be canceled due to poor conditions; registered participants will be notified of cancellation or changes.

Some things to remember: Participants are asked to supply their own photographic equipment. Low-light photography of dark skies requires a relatively sophisticated DSLR camera (with changeable lenses) and a tripod. Please be sure that camera and spare batteries are fully charged and that memory cards contain sufficient free space. Participants have the option of bringing a laptop with them as it is expected that there will be a brief review of captured images at the conclusion of the workshop. This event will take place at night, outside during the month of November so please dress appropriately. This workshop is not for those wishing to photograph through a telescope.

The museum would like to thank Curt Weinhold for agreeing to be part of this program; his dedication and service to the site are much appreciated! Please join us to behold one of the more beautiful consequences of the historic boom and bust cycle of the lumber industry in this part of Pennsylvania.

Examples of Curt’s night sky photography can be seen here: