Paint St Louis

Nocturne Photography Workshop



Compton Water Tower
Compton Water Tower

Balloon glow by Garry McMichael
Ballon Glow Forest Park
Stan Musial Bridge
Fireworks over St Louis
FTRL Train & St Louis Skyline
FTRL Engine with St Louis Arch

Eat Rite Diner by Garry McMichael
Eat Rite Diner St Louis
Barge Traffic in Alton Pool by Garry McMichael
The Alton Pool on the Mississippi River
CityGarden in Downtown St. Louis by Garry McMichael
CityGarden, St Louis

Shooting “in the dark” can be really fun, exciting, and create incredibly dramatic images. There’s something magical about photographs taken at dusk, at night and under inclement weather conditions. If you want to set your photography apart from the crowd, win awards and get published then the “Photographing the Edges of the Night” workshop is for you. This workshop will be limited to eight participants.

This is a “hands on” workshop where you will photograph dramatic skylines, city streets with moving blurs, neon lights, fountains, and a variety of special effects such as zooms and flares. We’ll also discuss capturing lightning, taking photographs in the rain, dramatic fog and clouds, and shooting the moon.

This is not a “camera workshop” - where we show off fancy equipment and gadgets you need to purchase. All you need is a good camera, even a "point and shoot” camera, a sturdy tripod, and a flashlight.


Your camera settings for night photography; ISO, shutter speeds, aperture, white balance, camera modes, RAW vs. JPG, reducing noise, and controlling unwanted camera vibration

Shooting the “Golden Hour” Capturing motion

Photographing lightning

Taking photos and protecting you equipment in the rain and snow.

Special effects, “Zooms, Flares and Blurs”

Post processing your images in editing software such as Photoshop, Lightroom…

Concerning safety when taking urbanscapes and photos at night

This photography workshop is designed for both basic and advanced photography enthusiasts.  DSLR cameras are recommended, but advanced point and shoot digital cameras will be suitable for the workshop provided they are not more than 3 years old. The only other equipment needed for the class is a sturdy tripod and a small flashlight. On Saturday afternoon we will meet in the studio and learn how to set up and use our cameras. One hour prior to sunset we will travel to a nearby location, possibly the Arch or Citygarden in downtown St Louis to take sunset, dusk and night photographs. We will do the same on Sunday and Monday evenings.  A light dinner is included in the Saturday and Sunday meetings. To make sure everybody gets plenty of personal instruction the workshop will be limited to eight participants.

To learn more about the Garry McMichael and his photographic skills visit his website at: 


City Garden Fountains at Night
CityGarden at night by Garry McMichael


Saturday, June 10th, 2016 4:00PM - 9:30PM
Sunday, June 11th, 2016 5:00PM - 9:30PM
Monday, June 12th, 2016 6:00 - 9:30PM

WHERE:  On Saturday & Sunday we will meet at Paint St. Louis Studios (near Lafayette Square). Mondays locations will be decided at the Saturday meeting.

Paint St Louis Studios
1926 Allen Avenue,
St Louis, MO 63104

COSTS: $265- A equipment list and directions will be provided upon registration.

Workshop fee is refundable, less $50, up to May 15th.  After that date it will be refunded only if someone takes your place. Make sure you include your telephone number and e-mail address. Directions to the Paint St Louis Studios will be sent to you prior to the workshop. If you are coming from out of town we can provide you with a list of hotels, and Bed & Breakfasts within a few minutes of the workshop location.

Stormy Skyline
Gateway Arch on a Foggy & Rainy Summer Night

You can pay online with PayPal or use your Credit Card. Please include your Phone number and email address.  If you prefer to register by mail by using the registration form below.

3 Evening Nocturne Workshop with Garry McMichael
Phone and E_mail


How to Register by check: Photographing the Edges of the Night

Print the form below and mail to Paint St Louis:

Name: _____________________________________________

Address: ___________________________________________

City: __________________________ State: _____ Zip: ________ Telephone: _______________ Cell: __________________

E-mail: ____________________________________________

How did you hear about this workshop? ____________________________________

The Art medium you want to photograph: _____________________

Please list any artist organizations in which you are affiliated: _____________________

Workshop fee is $265.00 - Make Checks payable to Paint St Louis. Mail this registration form along with your registration fee to:

Paint St Louis
1926 Allen Avenue
St Louis, MO 63104

After April 15th we will send you workshop information, equipment list and directions.

Thank You, Garry

Questions?  Contact:

Garry McMichael at 314 773-4112