Contact Us Find Out About Us
Dusk Photography Level 1
Launching Summer 2020
Click here to be notified
Get ready to take great pictures at dusk and at night time!Spacer
6 Hours - 7 Modules - 68 Segments - Fee $80
  DUSK PHOTOGRAPHY LEVEL 1 - Beginner Level Course


At this most magical time of day, dusk photography allows most photographers to capture their first-ever 'wow' shot. This course teaches you all of the vital camera and location techniques you need to get amazing shots the first time.

About The Course

Dave McKane, the Principal of the IOP Online, has been shooting night and dusk photography for the over 20 years. Like many people, he started out capturing cityscapes at night-time, until he discovered the magic of the ‘Blue Moment’, that special time after sunset when cameras record an iridescent blue in the dusk sky.

Learn Key Camera Techniques

Through Dave’s examples of his own dusk photography from around the world, you will learn how to research and identify special locations that are likely to result in great dusk shots. You will also learn the professional photographer’s tips and techniques on how to set the camera up to ensure you get pin sharp shots every time.

In this special course you will also learn about how to use ‘light trails’ (the light from car headlights and tail lights) to add an extra special feel to any dusk or night shot

Dusk Photography Masterclass  
The Citadel in Milan © Dave McKane Spacer

Topics Covered

During this unique course you will learn key elements of dusk/night photography including how to:

  • Research and identify great locations
  • Calculating when the 'Blue Moment' will occur
  • Take control of the key camera settings for dusk and night photography to ensure the sharpest shots possible
  • Use light trails to add an extra something to your shots
  • Use and manipulate Raw files for the best control over exposure and white balance
  • Use of masks and layers in Photoshop/Elements to bring out all the important detail in your shots
  • Sharpening techniques for printing your shots

Full color, Illustrated PDF Tutorial Notes

Full color, illustrated PDF tutorial notes which are carefully worded and appropriately illustrated are an integral part of our courses. Because lectures tend to have an effect which lasts only a short while, particularly if no notes are given out, we believe our handouts are the key to making your newly gained knowledge much more long-lasting. As part of that philosophy, you will receive detailed notes covering the whole course that will both aid learning both while on the course and in the weeks and months afterwards. These will be made available to you for immediate download once the course is purchased.

This course is made up of Modules and Segments

This course is made up of various modules, each of which has a number of video segments that set out to explain individual elements of the main topic.

Understanding Modules

Every module is designed to stand on its own, covering the overall topic that the title of the module suggests, but it may benefit from the modules that come before it. Whether it is possible to watch modules out of sequence depends on your own previous experience with this topic.

Understanding Segments

Each module has a number of video segments, each of which correspond to a particular page in every set of tutorial notes. These segments concentrate on a specific topic relevant to that particular module. They are also great for quick recaps at a later stage. Spacer

MODULE 1 Overview: Setting The Camera Up
Segment 01 A Tripod Is The Key
Segment 02 If You Do Not Have A Tripod Follow These Steps
Segment 03 Use The Self-Timer Or Cable/Remote Release
Segment 04 Check The ‘White Balance’, Especially At Night
Segment 05 Turn Off Auto ISO And Put It At Its Lowest Number
Segment 06 Make Sure The Normal Flash Does Not Fire
Segment 07 Watch For Very Bright Spots In The Picture
MODULE 2 Overview: Creative Techniques
Segment 01 Dusk Shots Bring A Magical Feel To Photos
Segment 02 The Blue Moment Is About 30 Minutes After Sunset
Segment 03 Long Shutter Speeds Are Needed For Light Trails
Segment 04 Slow Sync Flash For People & Backgrounds At Night
Segment 05 Rear/2nd Curtain Flash Puts The Ghosts Behind
Segment 06 Recap Of Settings For Dusk & Night Shots
MODULE 3 Where to from here?
Course Tutor: Dave McKane
Course Tutor: Dave McKane

The tutor for this course is a fine art photographer, Dave McKane. Over the years, he has owned and used over 30 cameras, covering all of the major brands. He is well versed in almost every camera available on the market today. Dave started teaching photography in 1985, and set up the Institute of Photography in 2005 (now the IOP-Online), since then, he has taught over 20,000 students. He has also been the lead trainer for both Canon and Nikon.

Dave has vast experience in the field of using photography as a creative expressive medium. He has held multiple exhibitions of his own photography, mainly in the United States.

Dave graduated with honors from a 3 Year Photography Course in Dublin, Ireland, in 1985, and has over 35 years of experience in creative photography. He received his first film SLR in 1982 and has owned many darkrooms. Dave was early to adopt the use of a scanner (1989), Photoshop (1993), his first digital camera (2002), and Lightroom (2007).

His favorite saying? "It depends..."

Dave believes that there is only one answer to every question in photography. When he is asked what lens to get, "it depends"; the best flash; best camera; best tripod. He feels he is not being trite with this answer, simply because there is no "best." With flash, for example, a good one might not be available for your camera, so he needs to know the camera first. With lenses, he needs to understand what your budget is.

Dave's work can be seen in the following places: Website | Facebook | Flickr | Instagram | Twitter
Click here to be notified
Course Code DPC1-O
Modules 3 Modules/15 Segments
Learning Hours 6 Hours
Course Fee $80
Every course video comes with the following benefits:
- On demand -
play & pause
when you want
- Lifetime access -
downloadable files
Works on
mobile, tablet
& desktop
Free lifetime hints
& tips, even after
course is finished
You might also be interested in:
Lightroom Classic Level 1 - Beginner Level Course Photoshop CC Level 1 - Beginners Level Course Flash Photography Level 2 - Intermediate Level Course Photography and Digital Imaging - Intermediate Level Course
Our full list of ONLINE Courses
IOP Online Facebook Page IOP Online YouTube Page IOP Online Instagram Page IOP Online Twitter Page
IOP Online Photography Institute | Email:
Refund Policy
| Privacy Policy | © Copyright IOP Online 2005-2020 Spacer
Our full list of courses Our full list of courses Link to our newsletter Link to the Home Page Link to our full list of courses Link to finding out about us Link to our training portal