Workshop Details

Planning your night shoots is an important part of being able to create compelling and purposeful images. Since it will be a great time to shoot the Milky Way, a large component of the planning discussion will be about how to find the galaxy and when it is best to photograph it. Techniques for aurora borealis, star trails and light painting will also be covered.

Shooting at night requires you to use your camera in full manual mode. We will go over ISO, white balance, aperture choices, and shutter speeds.

One of the most difficult parts of shooting at night is getting your focus correct. We will cover techniques for this and the situations where you would want to use certain techniques.

Included in the Workshop:

  • In-the-field instruction
  • Two classroom sessions
  • Coffee/Tea provided during classroom sessions
Not Included in the workshop:

  • Accommodations
  • Transportation to and from Banff National Park
  • Transportation during the workshop
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals
  • DLSR or mirrorless camera
  • Tripod
  • Remote/Intervalometer/Shutter Release
  • Extra batteries
  • Extra memory cards
  • Laptop
  • Variety of lenses
    • Wide angle, fast lenses are ideal for Milky Way.
  • Snacks
  • Hot drinks in a thermos, water
  • Appropriate clothing and layers for the weather
  • Hiking boots, pole, pack, etc.
  • Headlamp
  • Hand/toe warmers
  • Masks
  • Hand Sanitizer (Monika Deviat Photography will also carry this during the workshop)

The workshop plan is tentative and will be adaptive to conditions and weather. Participants should be prepared to shoot at any time during the night.


  • 4pm Meet at Juniper Hotel, Banff
  • Classroom session + camera practice
  • Break


  • Night Shoot
  • 1pm Meet at Juniper Hotel, Banff
  • Classroom session on processing and image review
  • Group dinner for those interested
  • Sunset Shoot
  • Break


  • Night shoot
  • Wrap up (potential morning shoot if anyone has energy)


  • Virtual Meet up – if participants are interested

By registering for this event you agree that you have read and understand the following.

Registration is non-refundable but is transferrable. If you can find someone to take your spot and buy your ticket from you, this is acceptable. Email to confirm a transfer.

Please ensure you can travel and abide by all health and safety travel recommendations for Canada, Alberta and your home location if you are booking a spot. It is your responsibility to ensure you can make the workshop.

A participant may not attend if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have had close contact with a confirmed case and are required to self isolate.

Only in the event that the Parks or the venue is unable to host the workshop (such as a lockdown situation), participants will be given the option to postpone or receive a refund.

Monika Deviat Photography reserves the right to cancel the workshop at any time. The cancellations could occur for a variety of reasons, such as a minimum number of participants is not met, family emergency, unforeseen circumstances impact the worksop, etc. In the event of cancellations that are under the control of Monika Deviat Photography, participants will receive a full refund for the workshop. No compensation would be made to participants for any other associated costs such as, but not limited to, travel, hotels, etc. Participants should have travel insurance.

You, for yourself, your heirs, executors or anyone else who may claim on your behalf, hereby waive, release and forever discharge, Monika Deviat/Monika Deviat Photography, assistants, and affiliates, representatives, executors, and all others from any and all responsibilities or liability from personal injury, death, damage to property or loss of any kind resulting from participation in a photography workshop event.

This release extends and applies to, and also covers and includes all unknown, unforeseen, unanticipated and unsuspected injuries, damages, loss and liability. You are responsible to research the event and bring the proper gear.

Your attendance at any event confirms that you have read and accept the terms of this liability waiver. By signing up for this event you understanding that you are attending at your own risk.

“One night I spent some time on Bumble with a glass of wine looking to see if there was anybody interesting out there. A lot of left swipes and then the last person. Identified only by a nickname and one picture. A closer look, a big sip of wine, and I deleted my profile on the app and immediately signed up for Monika’s workshop. Because night photography with a group of strangers is way better than swiping right on a man wearing a papier-mâché deer head mask and carrying a wooden gun.

Seriously though, Monika’s night photography workshop was a great time. Even in these weird Covid times Monika took time in a pre-workshop video conference to give us some great tips, explanations of techniques, settings, and more. On day one of the workshop, we went out to a couple new locations and Monika took time with every participant to help us out with our composition, settings on our camera, making sure that everything was going well. The second night, the weather wasn’t very cooperative, but there was still some interesting techniques learned. A few weeks later we did the processing workshop, and I learned a lot from Monika about the post processing and how to make those images look as stunning as you want them to be. I would highly recommend Monika‘s photography workshops; they’re way better than a date with a dude wearing a deer head mask.” – Erin Ghostkeeper

“Monika’s passion for wild spaces and dark skies is infectious. Whether it’s taking in one of her talks, or alongside her out in the field, she is always so generous in sharing her experience and knowledge in helping you to capture your own incredible images. She keeps you safe and the energy level high, even in the wee hours of the morning, or when Mother Nature is throwing everything your way.” – Sharon Mulligan