Nevada City, CA – A free “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” night sky photography workshop is set for June 8 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Nevada City Hall, 317 Broad St. The workshop is open to all experience levels and includes a training at City Hall followed by a field excursion to Washington Rd. (off Highway 20) for hands-on instruction by local dark sky photographers of the Nevada County Camera Club (Mike Oitzman, John Seivert, Rick Aeschliman, and Frank Blocksburg).

Dark Skies at the HWY 49 Bridge - photo by Mike Oitzman
Dark Skies at the HWY 49 Bridge - photo by Mike Oitzman

Workshop Details

  • Free Dark Skies Photography Workshop. All experience levels are welcome.
  • June 8 from 6:30 p.m. (Field excursion will start at dusk around 8:30 p.m.)
  • For initial training, meet at Nevada City Hall, 317 Broad St., Nevada City. The field excursion will be located off Washington Rd.
  • Learn about night sky photography and submit your photos to the “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” photo contest by June 17 at www.nevadacountyarts.com/darkskies.

Register at www.nevadacountyca.gov/darkskiesworkshop.

Bring your camera, tripod, wide- angle lens, charged camera battery, and camera storage chip. Warm clothing, snacks, a chair and a headlamp are optional but recommended for the field excursion.

About the Dark Skies Photo Contest

Nevada County, the City of Nevada City, the City of Grass Valley, and Nevada County Arts Council launched a “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” photo contest to encourage residents to limit light pollution and enjoy the natural beauty of the night sky.

Dark Skies

This is part of a county-wide effort to preserve and protect the night sky. In Eastern County, Truckee kicked off a parallel initiative. Learn more about each jurisdiction’s dark skies initiatives at: