Dakota Nights & Twilights - ColdSnap Photography

Dakota Nights & Twilights

Bottineau North Dakota

August 16-20, 2023

Against the fading light of a western sunset on the North Plains, this workshop will illuminate the intricacies of light painting.  Work with the fading light of twilight to set just the right illumination for an abandoned barn. Return the inner glow to a homestead that has been abandoned for years or illuminate an old tractor or sedan against the Milky Way. This workshop will offer you the opportunity and skills to make these photographs.




We will teach you how to light a subject, so it blends and is a part of the surrounding landscape. We will discover the difference between using light panels, spotlights, flashlights, headlamps, glow sticks, and strobes. The workshop will instruct you on how to light for twilight and night scenes. We will experiment with exposures that are short enough to capture the Milky Way and exposures that are long enough to create star trails. We will develop light schemes that are suitable for long exposures and the proper light schemes for short exposures. We will experiment and work with lighting from within a structure, light applied from the outside of a structure, and backlighting from behind structures.


Bottineau North Dakota.

Bottineau is about 80 miles NE of Minot ND. If you are planning to fly you will want to fly into Minot ND where we can pick you up and at the end of the workshop drop you off.

Bottineau is approximately a 7.5-hour drive from Mpls MN.

Sample Itinerary

Each day we will shoot at sunset and well into the night. There will be plenty of opportunities for breaks, naps, and rest. There will also be plenty of opportunities to capture stunning photographs.

Specific locations and times are not given because each day’s itinerary will be determined by weather, light, and subject opportunity.

John Gregor and Tim Zeltinger have been teaching workshops together in North Dakota for the last 5 years. They have developed an extensive network of locations with fantastic light painting opportunities.



Cost: $1495

The workshop fee is for tuition and instruction only,  not included are accommodations, transportation, or food.

A non-refundable deposit of $200 will hold your spot until 60 days prior to the workshop when the balance is due.

Maximum of 6 participants.

Once you are enrolled we will provide hotel information where we have a block of rooms reserved.

Before signing up for a workshop please read our Cancellation Policy.

This is a past workshop

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