Night shoot Aviation Photography Workshop: Beginners

19 November 2022


We have teamed up with Chappers Photography to offer a unique introduction into the World of aviation night-time photography. In this Night Shoot for Beginners Photography Workshop, you tutor will guide you in how to get the best from an evening photography session. Attendees can expect to learn more about various aspects of setting up their cameras including focusing modes, bracketing, self-timer and long exposures. The aim of the session will be to prepare you to capture some stunning images after the sunsets and the aircraft are lit with professional lighting.

The workshop will start at 2.30pm, your afternoon will begin with informative photography theory. You will then test out some of this knowledge using the incredible collection of aircraft and exhibits as your subjects. Here you will have chance to practice the skills and techniques required for achieving the perfect night-shoot without the pressure and before it gets dark.

You will then spend some time learning how to photograph some of our iconic aircraft in our First World War hangar, in conditions similar to what we will experience later in the evening. It will include the chance to step across the barrier and take up-close shots of the rare aircraft from the period. You will then have chance to return to the class room to review your images and refresh before we join the full night shoot in Hangars 3,4 and 5.

After a short safety briefing you will work alongside the tutor to capture some of the iconic Second World War aircraft, which will be lit up with unique lighting. This will be your chance to challenge your newly-refined photography skills with some rewarding low-light photography. Expert a chance to capture some unusual clean shots away from the public.

This event is aimed at photographers who are new to low-light photography or those who wish to brush up their skills with assistance from the tutor.

Aircraft under the lights (subject to change):

  • Battle of Britain Fighter Four and Lancaster Access – private viewing and mini tour
  • H345 Second World War and Cold War collection
  • The First World War in the Air – private viewing outside opening hours

Event Timings:

2.00pm – Arrival, briefing and welcome in H1 Sunderland Suite

2.30pm: Course Start

3.30pm Museum photography practice in long exposure techniques

4.30pm: Q&A from the practice

5.00pm: Night shoot briefing

5.30pm – Course resumes alongside the night shoot with guidance from your tutor

8.00pm: Opportunity to continue shooting alongside the night shoot independently

9.00pm: End of course


Tickets cost £75.00 per person (include lunch and car-parking at the Museum).  Places are limited to 20 per day and tickets must be purchased in advance.

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Please note…

Only ticket holders will be able to gain access to the workshop

The event is for age 16 and overs only

You must bring your own camera (any type and model of camera is acceptable)

In addition, you may benefit from bringing the following if you have it:

Wide angle lens

Additional lens up to 200mm

Tripod (essential)

Memory cards

Spare battery

The photography will be indoors, but we may need to move outside during the day, so please bring suitable clothing and footwear.

Lunch is provided (we will be in touch closer to the event to confirm options and any dietary requirements that you may have)

The aircraft will be in their usual Museum settings



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