Night Photography & Light Painting Workshops

Since 2008 I've taught a series of night photography and light painting workshops in California junkyards with the legendary Troy Paiva. Troy is taking a sabbatical in the Fall of 2015.

I am hosting an alumni-only workshop on October 24-25, 2015.
If you're an alumni that hasn't received an email, contact me for details.

I've specialized in night work for 11 years, and have extensive experience teaching photography and working in the photo industry. Over a hundred photographers have attended our workshops, and many find them addictive. Half of our attendees are repeat customers. Locations have included Pearsonville, The Big M, Paul's Junkyard, Eagle Field, and the Valley Junkyard. I've also taught night photography workshops in San Francisco and Death Valley.

The best way to find out about upcoming workshops is to get on our email list. We respect your privacy & your inbox -- it's only 2-3 emails per year. Contact me to get on the list!


"I have studied under Joe at several photography workshops over the past 3 years. The knowledge he shares with his classes is voluminous and covers a broad range of topics that usually leave me wanting more and more. His ability to convey complex technical topics such as cameras, post-processing techniques, storage and archival strategies and then effortlessly switch gears to the aesthetics and art of photography is simply incredible. He is an inspiration as well as a wonderful instructor and I'm glad to have continuing opportunities to learn from him." - Denver M.

"This was AWESOME. It was so surreal being in a junkyard on 3 full moon nights in a row. The lighting was exceptional, the place out of this world, the people really cool and the hosts funny, knowledgeable, helpful, accomplished and ready, willing and able to share the secrets and skills they have honed over many years of light painting." - Mark S.

"I really enjoyed my time with you guys.... Forget the photography.... you guys could be a Vegas comedy act." - Art N.

"These guys compliment each other perfectly. They are both friendly and approachable, but speak knowledgeably about all aspects of photography: light painting, equipment, composition, film characteristics, post processing, old cars and trucks, etc. Their enthusiasm for the genre of night photography is infectious, and it makes me want to go out and scout for things to photograph after dark. The venue is unbelievable--there is no way to even scratch the surface of the things available to shoot in a year of full moons. If you have even remotely considered taking this workshop, then do not hesitate." - Dave E.