L A K E   S U P E R I O R |  N O R T H  S H O R E , MN




SEPTEMBER 15th  - 19th, 2023


INVESTMENT: $1,750.00/ $1,395.00 (ALUMNI)




Minnesota's North Shore is a magical place that I feel is often overlooked by many photographers. It boasts stunning shorelines along Lake superior with interesting rock formations and waterfalls along the way. The skies are really dark up here which make this a perfect place for night sky photography.  During our time here we be on alert for northern lights every night while capturing some of the best night sky scenes this area has to offer. We will cover the entire shoreline from Grand Portage to Duluth. We will also incorporate the golden glow from sunset and sunrise into some of these locations. Although seeing the northern lights are not a given, I have seen them on every trip over the last 5 years and are looking to extend that streak in 2023. Get ready to have an amazing time during our 5th Annual Great Lakes Night Sky and Northern Lights Photography Workshop! 

I am beyond excited to explore these area's with you while helping you learn to master the art of night sky photography.   Like all of our workshops here, much research is taken into consideration, this has had great potential in the past for many amazing photo opportunities and it has become one of Jeff Berkes Photography's staple locations for workshops because of that. Even though this is a night sky workshop, we will be taking hikes and walks some days to visit other interesting places like waterfalls, rock formations and other coastal scenery,speciall if we encounter some poor weather one day. I am looking forward to making it another fun fall workshop with you in 2023! 




Most of the shooting will be done along the lakeshore,  which has plenty of interesting areas for night sky photography. Not only will we learn how to capture the milky way, star trails, panoramas, time-Lapse video, and meteor showers, we will also have plenty of time to cover the post processing workflow and techniques used to finalize your images along the way.



One of the most important things to think about is how you will process your images after you create them. Processing your images is a very important part of photography. We have time to work on our editing learn and how to select that "perfect picture".


This workshop will leave you with a better understanding of the night sky, your camera, your computer and yourself, not to mention making some new friends along the way. I look forward to experiencing the endless possibilities of night sky photography along the north shore and  Apostle Islands with you in September 2023.



- Milky Way and Aurora Hunting every night  (weather permitting) 
- Light painting techniques and demonstrations
- Time-lapse photography / star trail photography
- How to illuminate a scene for time-lapse photography at night
- How to focus at night
- How to find the milky way all year long
- Multiple shooting locations
- Commercial permits
- Online video tutorials on how to process your images, star trails, time lapse and panoramas
- How to find and predict the Northern Lights
- PDF packets on camera settings and tips on Night Sky Photography 




Weather this time of year is usually seasonably comfortable in the 60's or 70's during the day and 40's at night. A weather outlook will be sent out within 1 week from our start date. 




We will be spending our entire time along the North Shore.  Lodging is not included in this workshop.




A full list of camera gear will be supplied to upon registering, the basics are a DSLR camera , wide/fast angle lens, a tripod and a cable release. Most gear that is used can be found on the workshop overview page. 




Being so close to the equinox will give us a better chance at seeing the auroras not to mention that we will be near and at the Canadian border for this trip. It is by no means a given that we will see them, but our chances are much higher than normal. Northern lights were visible here the same week in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 and in 2022.. We are on a roll!! I hope that streak continues for us next year. The Sun is approaching solar maximum which means it is becoming very active. Between 2022 and 2025, we can expect lots of activity from the Sun, and when you line it up with an equinox, things can get quite interesting here. There is only one way to find out, and that is to go and see what is in store for us, to me that is the best part, not knowing what to expect and being greeting by the unreal "found situations".




In the spring as you might know. the milky way rises in April around 1:00 am and around midnight by May. That means no waiting around for us once the Sun sets. In September, the milky way is already visible after sunset. Most nights we will end shooting by 1:00am - 2:00am(depending on weather) but if we are having a great time and the auroras are dancing away, that is something that we shouldn't walk away from!







The moon phase will be  near the “New Moon” Phase.  The moon will have no impacts on our shooting locations.





During the day we will have time to recharge our inner batteries as well as our camera batteries. We will have time to edit our images and scout our locations, relax and even take a couple hikes. The weather will dictate our schedule, so we may do more day shooting one day if we encounter a cloudy night or poor weather.





Jeff Berkes Photography reserves the right to make changes to the schedule, dates if need be. We are not responsible for bad weather, delays or cancellations. We are also not responsible for lost or stolen items, injuries, sickness, death or damages to personal equipment and lost of personal travel expense. Failure to comply to park rules, regulations and will result in you being ejected from the workshop.

This workshop does not include travel to, from, or during the workshop.




This workshop does not include travel to, from and during the workshop, meals or overnight accommodations.




2023 Great Lakes Northern Lights and Night Sky


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