Astrophotography Weekend


The Boston Photography Workshops is excited to announce our next destination Astrophotography workshop in Bristol, Maine! Join us the weekend of August 2-4, 2019 for an amazing trip!

While in Maine, students will learn to photograph the star-filled night sky, capture the Milky Way, and edit their images, with our helpful instructors by their side for a personalized and one-on-one experience. 




Workshop Leaders:                                        

Chris Sanchez & Maria Zahir


Preliminary Class Dates (please attend one):

  •   Preliminary Session 1: July 8 (8:00-9:00p)  

  •  Preliminary Session 2: July 16 (8:00-9:00p)


Astrophotography Workshop:

Friday, August 2, 2019 – Sunday, August 4, 2019


Shooting Location:

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse in Bristol, ME


Preferred Hotel:

The Bradley Inn

3063 Bristol Rd, New Harbor, ME 04554

(207) 677 2105



South Bristol, Maine is the home of the historical and active Pemaquid Point Lighthouse. Thanks to the lack of light pollution, it’s the ideal location for students to learn how to photograph the night sky and Milky Way (weather permitting). During the weekend, students will also be invited to participate in an editing session taking place at The Bradley Inn.






What’s Included:

  • A preliminary, 65-minute class located at our home studio in Boston. We will review safety, preparation, and an astrophotography tutorial. Please select a convenient date upon registration. More information below.

  • Two nights of one-on-one guided astrophotography instruction in Maine (snacks and drinks provided).

  • A 3-hour editing session on Saturday at The Bradley Inn (lunch provided).

  • A beginner’s guide and checklist for astrophotography (delivered before the workshop).


What's Not Included:

  • Transportation to and from Maine

  • Accommodations while in Maine

  • Daily meals (with the exception of lunch on Saturday)

  • Laptop computer for editing session

  • Camera equipment such as lenses, tripods, etc. (available for rental upon request)


Transportation / Accommodations:

Students will be responsible for transportation to and from Maine and accommodations while in the area. 

The BPW has partnered with The Bradley Inn to reserve a block of rooms; your rate will  also include daily breakfast. This hotel is within 100 yards of the lighthouse location where students will photograph. Reservations need to be made personally by the students after registering for the workshop.

The Bradley Inn will contact students directly within a few days of registering to make your room reservation. They are aware of our group, so if you have any questions you may contact them at (207) 677-2105.   




Night 1 : Friday, August 2nd

Students may arrive in the area at any time. We will be offering two sessions: one optional walk to the lighthouse in the early evening so you can familiarize yourself with the area, likely around 7-8p before sunset and a session to capture stars (times to be announced to registered students). All sessions are optional, students may join for either session, or both.  


Day 2: Saturday, August 3rd

A 3-hour editing workshop will be held at The Bradley Inn. We will work on the photos taken from the night before. Students must bring their own laptops and have Adobe Lightroom installed. Lunch will be provided. 

Afterward, feel free to rest up for the second night of shooting, or join us for optional daytime photo opportunities (weather permitting).


Night 2: Saturday, August 3rd

First Session: Sunset into dusk

Second Session: Peak time to see the Milky Way center

This is the last night of instruction. 


Day 3: Sunday, August 4th

Departure Day: Students can meet instructors for a goodbye brunch at The Bradley Inn at 11:00a, with checkout from the Inn at noon.


Required Preliminary Class

Prior to the trip we will hold a 65-minute workshop at our Boston studio, which will introduce students to the mechanics of Astrophotography. With limited time to instruct on-site in Maine, this preliminary class is intended to prepare students to the technical aspects before arriving in Maine. This preliminary class is required for all students unless cleared by the instructor. There will be two sessions available: July 8 (8-9p) and July 16 (8-9p). You will be prompted to select your preliminary class date when you sign up for the astrophotography weekend.

For those who cannot attend either preliminary class date, you may schedule a private lesson at an additional charge of $125.00. This will be scheduled over email after you complete your purchase.



Terms and Conditions

All photography, including astrophotography, is subject to the whim of weather conditions. Since weather can be unpredictable we have learned not to adhere to weather reports until just hours before photographing. Our cancellation policy for special events differs from our regular classes, and requires more advanced notice for withdrawal or refunds. 

A non-refundable deposit of $200 is required upon registering for the astrophotography weekend. Full tuition is due by July 14, 2019 at 10:00p EST.

The BPW will allow for cancellations by July 19, 2019 at 10:00p EST  with a 50% reimbursement of tuition, minus the non-refundable deposit.

Please note that we will have backup plans for weather related delays, which include: light-painting, coastal landscapes (day & night), and more.





Ready to join us and expand your astrophotography skills? Awesome - we're excited, too! 

Once you click "REGISTER" you'll be prompted to fill out your contact info and an emergency contact info, confirm your previous BPW prerequisite classes, and select which preliminary astro class in our Boston studio you want to attend. 

After you are registered for the class, the Bradley Inn will contact you directly to make your reservation. They are aware of our group, so if you have any questions you may contact them at (207) 677-2105.

Prepare yourself for an amazing trip!