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Dusk to dawn photography with Andy Horner 6-9.1.2022


During the course we will cover the following:

Techniques for photographing sunsets and sunrises, dusk and dawn twilight, afterglow, moonlit landscapes, the night sky, full moons, the Milky Way, star trails, meteor showers, auroras and associated phenomena, eclipses and noctilucent clouds. Scenes where celestial and artificial light are mixed, like firework displays, streetlit scenes and lights of moving vehicles with long shutter speeds. We will also practise light painting, where the photographer herself/himself introduces light into the scene, for instance with torchlight and coloured filters.

During the field sessions participants will work on specific photo tasks and there will be feedback sessions.

What you should bring with you:

You should bring a digital camera with spare batteries, a wideangle lens and a solid tripod, and a laptop for processing your photos. This is not a course in post processing of photos, but if you have Photoshop or Lightroom installed on your laptop it will be an advantage. You will also need warm clothes and footwear, hat and gloves, and a headlamp or good torch with spare batteries (the torch in your mobile phone is not suitable!) A thermos flask is a good idea if you need a warm drink on a cold winter night outdoors.


Dusk to Dawn Photography Course


Day 1 Thursday 6.1

14.30 Transfer from harbour in Mariehamn

15.00 Arrive Stalldalen pensionat. Welcome drink, presentation and check-in

16.00 Introduction to the basics of low light photography – what to photograph and how.

18.00 Dinner

19.00 Excursion to Bamböle beach for some dark sky photography (if it is cloudy we will work with light painting foregrounds). Photo task.

Ca 21.00 Return to Stalldalen.

Day 2 Friday 7.1

8.00 Breakfast

9.00 Techniques for night photography and light painting

10.00 Time to work on own photos from yesterday evening

11.30 Feedback on photos from yesterday evening

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Excursion to Hammarudda in Jomala for sunset and twilight photography by the sea

16.30 Return to Stalldalen

18.00 Dinner

19.00 Excursion to Havsvidden in Geta for dark sky photography by the sea. Photo task

Ca 23.00 Return to Stalldalen

Day 3 Saturday 8.1

8.00 Breakfast

8.30 Excursion to Sjökvarteret in Mariehamn for dawn photography

11.00 Return to Stalldalen

12.30 Lunch

13.00 Time to work on own photos from yesterday and this morning

14.30 Sunset/twilight photography excursion to Möckelö, Jomala

16.30 Return to Stalldalen

18.00 Dinner att Stallhagen Brewery

19.30 Excursion to Bomarsund/Prästö in Sund for dark sky photography and light painting

Ca 23.00 Return to Stalldalen

Day 4 Sunday 9.1

8.00 Breakfast

9.00 Time to work on own photos

10.30 Feedback on photo tasks

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Transfer to Mariehamn


Please note, times and program may be changed at short notice due to weather conditions


Andy Horner – Bio

Andy Horner, born in the north of England, is an internationally respected landscape photographer and photography teacher based in the Finnish Åland Islands.

Andy lectures widely in the Nordic countries and has led photo courses and photosafaris on five continents. He has published ten photo books and an annual photo calendar and his work has been exhibited widely in all the Nordic and Baltic countries. Andy´s work has won prizes in the Finnish ”Vuoden luontokuva” competition and in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

You can follow Andy Horner´s work on Instagram @andhorner.



595 euro including course program, meals, a shared double room in Stalldalen and transport from/to Mariehamn harbour. Ferry tickets to Åland not included in the price.


Reservations to


The last reservation date is 17.12. 2021. A reservation is binding.

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