Green-Wood Cemetery Night Photography Workshop now Open for Registration

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The Gates to Green-Wood ~ Sony A7II w/24-70 lens ~ HDR blend of 4 images at f/8 and ISO 100

The year is 1853 – can you guess what the 2nd greatest tourist attraction is in the United States, after Niagara Falls?   This was the time before the Central and Prospect parks and Green-Wood Cemetery, one of the finest examples of a rural cemetery, would easily have over 500,000 visitors a year.

Built in 1838 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006, what inspired people to visit remains the same:  the 478 acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds, and pathways which meander through one of the finest collections of 19th and 20th century statuary and mausoleums.  It is this rural landscaping that separates Green-Wood from the other famous cemeteries of New York City.

It is also steeped in rich history – Battle Hill is the tallest point in Brooklyn, rising 200ft above sea level.  You’ll find the goddess Minerva up there, standing tall and looking out to the Statue of Liberty.  The famous Battle of Brooklyn was fought in 1776 across from what is now Green-Wood.

Photo by Matt Hill Photo by Matt Hill

For the first time, the grand gates of Green-Wood will be open for an exclusive night photography workshop.  Photographers Gabriel Biderman, author of Night Photography:  From Snapshots to Great Shots, and visual artist and educator Matt Hill will lead you on this hands-on photography workshop dedicated to capturing the essence of Green-Wood at night.  Long exposures and light painting will be the focus so a tripod, cable release, and SLR camera are mandatory.  A comfort in shooting in manual and bulb mode is also recommended.  Gabe and Matt have been teaching workshops in historic NY locations like Sleepy Hollow, Woodlawn Cemetery, and Bannerman Castle, and pride themselves on their personal approach to sharing their night photography visions with their students.  There will be ample lecture, shooting, and touring time so that you will end up with a better understanding of night photography and Green-Wood.  You can attend this 2-night weekend workshop for either 1 or both days depending on your schedule.  If you take both nights, you will be able to get feedback on your work at the critique on Sunday.   We also feel that by shooting on consecutive nights you will become more proficient with your night photography skills, as well as a better opportunity to explore more of this amazing location!

Angel in the trees ~ Sony A7s and Voigtlander 50 1.5 lens ~ 8s at f/1.5 and ISO 100

DATE:  APRIL 25th-26th

TIME:  4pm-12AM each night


PRICE:  $150 Per night – to register click here

Required Gear: DSLR camera, tripod, and cable release. A full gear guide will be sent to you upon registration.

Snow Angel ~ Sony A7s and Voigtlander 50mm lens at f/2.8 and 4s ~ ISO 100

Woodlawn Cemetery Night Photography Workshop

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Photo on left by Matt Hill and Right by Gabriel Biderman


Woodlawn Cemetery is a 400-acre outdoor museum with an unrivaled collection of monuments, over 1300 significant mausoleums, which were designed by legendary architects, landscape designers, and sculptors. You will be transported in time as you walk the grounds and take in Art Nouveau, Egyptian, Greek, and Romanesque Revival architecture styles.

Since it’s inception in 1863, Woodlawn has become one of New York City’s irreplaceable treasures and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2011.

Photo on left by Matt Hill - Right by Gabriel Biderman

And now you have an opportunity to capture this magnificent place at night. Matt Hill and I are offering a two-night workshop on November 14th-15th. There will be no moon while we are shooting, so this is a great workshop to hone your light painting skills. We will have access to go inside several grand mausoleums, illuminate beautiful stain glass, and get lots of hands on training from Matt and I.

You can choose to shoot just one night – or if you take both you will be able to get feedback on your work at the critique on Saturday.   We also feel that by shooting on consecutive nights you will become more proficient with your night photography skills as well as explore more of this amazing location.

Tuition, per night$150 

Date: Friday November 14th from 4pm-11pm and Saturday November 15th from 2pm – 11pm
Instructors: Gabriel Biderman and Matt Hill
Where: Woodlawn Cemetery, Jerome Avenue Entrance, Bronx, NY
Required Gear: (Film or Digital): camera, tripod, and cable release. A full gear guide will be sent to you upon registration.

The above photos were taken by Matt and Gabe from previous workshops at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

The below images are examples from the Woodlawn Cemetery and taken by workshop coordinator Peter Nagy.

Woodlawn Cemetery Photo by Peter Nagy

Woodlawn Cemetery Photo by Peter Nagy

Seize the Night Workshop at Woodstock’s Center for Photography

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LightuptheMountain Woodstock Promo


I’m very excited to be returning to the Center for Photography to teach a 2 1/2 day workshop on Night Photography.  The school is located in Woodstock, NY and we will spend our nights exploring the celestial skies and historic locations around the beautiful Catskill region.  The daylight hours will be filled with a variety of lectures, priming you to get the best out of your nocturnal visions.  After shooting, we will share our images and give valuable feedback of your work.  This, and plenty of hands-on learning in the field, will help you take your images to the next level.

Whether you are new to the night or want to improve your technique, you are bound to gain more inspiration during this weekend workshop.

The dates are Friday September 19th – Sunday September 21st.  Class size is limited to 15 people and the Tuition is $340 or $310 if you are a member of CPW.

To find out more or register go to:  Seize the Night at Center for Photography 


6/14 Bannerman Island Workshop with Matt Hill

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Bannerman Castle 03 ~ Mamiya 7 with 43mm lens ~ 1 1/2 hours at f/11 ~ Fuji Acros 100 filmBannerman Castle 03 ~ Mamiya 7 with 43mm lens ~ 1 1/2 hours at f/11 ~ Fuji Acros 100 film

Join photographers Gabriel Biderman and Matt Hill as we lead you on a night photography tour of one of the oldest and most inspiring locations in all of NY – Bannerman Castle. This turn of the century castle rests upon the small, lonely island of Pollepel about an hour north of NYC in the middle of the Hudson River. Perhaps you’ve seen it on a train ride north or on a boat tour from Beacon; it has mystified generations of people and now you will have the opportunity to photograph it at night.

This will be a rare overnight excursion, so bring a tent if you think you will sleep, last time we shot until 9am! Thom Johnson, co-founder of the trust and author of the book Bannerman Castle (NY) (Images of America), will be on the island for a historical tour before we set up our tripods and focus on creating some truly outstanding images under the full moon.

Gabriel and Matt will go over the basics of night photography and how to successfully meter, capture star trails, star points, paint with light, and hone your “night vision”. The majestic Castle and Residence will be the main focus but there are many little details on the island that will be yours to capture, including the Twin Towers, rising from the water, that guard the south harbor. This will be a very hands-on, one-night workshop that is sure to add some amazing images to your portfolio.


We are making this unique opportunity available only one time in 2014:

Saturday June 14th from 6pm until 9am Sunday June 15th.

Fee: $350 for one night.  Payable by check/money order to the Bannerman Castle Trust. Please contact me for this information.

Boat transportation to the island and from Cornwall on the Hudson are included in the price. We recommend that you bring your own food, snacks, and water. Tents and sleeping bags are recommended, if you want to sleep. No animals live on the island but there is poison ivy.  Please wear the appropriate shoes and clothing (shorts are not recommended). Portable toilets are located on one side of the island.

This is an extraordinary night adventure and is limited to 6 people.

Technical Requirements:
Film and/or Digital SLR Camera, Tripod, & Cable Release

Who should attend: You must be familiar with your camera, especially in Manual Mode. A full list of suggested gear will be sent to you upon payment.

Cancellation Policy:   $50 cancellation fee if you need to cancel once you have paid. If we need to cancel due to weather, we will do our best to reschedule for later this year, and full refund would be available.

To check out more of my 2014 night photography workshops, including an epic 10 day adventure to Namibia – one of the clearest places in the world for stargazing, go to the recently updated workshop page.


Carpe Noctem!
Bannerman Fogrise - Photo by Matt Hill

Photo by Matt Hill