Long Island Lighthouses Workshop (SOLD OUT)
Long Island Lighthouse Photo Workshop
Lerro Photography Presents:
Long Island Lighthouses Photo Workshop
April 15-17, 2024
Join Lerro Photography as we photograph the lighthouses of eastern Long Island, with two extremely special opportunities to experience working classical Fresnel lenses still in place in the lantern rooms of some of America’s oldest lighthouses.
Part 1 – Montauk Point Lighthouse – Montauk Point, NY
April 15-17 (Monday evening to Wednesday morning)
The Montauk Point Lighthouse sits on the easternmost point of Long Island, New York, high atop a dramatic cliff overlooking the ocean. From 1860 to 1987, various Fresnel lenses produced dramatic beams of light to help protect mariners. For most of the light’s service history, it utilized an unusual Third-and-a-half Order clamshell-style Fresnel lens. 1987 this optic was removed, and a smaller modern optic was put into service. In November 2023, the original 3 1/2 order Fresnel lens was placed back into the lantern room as part of a two-year trial sponsored by the Coast Guard and private donors to investigate the feasibility of re-activating classical Fresnel lenses in lighthouses across America.
At Lerro Photography, we specialize in photographing these classical Fresnel lenses at night. We have collaborated with the Montauk Point Lighthouse Museum to do a two-night photo workshop focused on photographing the Fresnel lens at night.
During our photo workshop, the Montauk Point Lighthouse Museum will grant us unique access to the fenced-in areas and allow us to turn off the exterior lighting at night, allowing the features of the night sky to reveal themselves in our photographs. The first half of the night will feature a half-moon, which will help illuminate the landscape. The night’s second half will feature dark skies, allowing us to photograph the Milky Way as it rises above the horizon. Being
inside the fenced-in areas will give us the best angles to photograph this scene.
In addition to our unique access at the museum, our New York State Park special use permit will allow us to be on the state park grounds after hours to capture multiple angles of the lighthouse, including the rocky cliffs and ocean waves crashing onto the shore. We will photograph two sunsets, two sunrises, and numerous night shots during the photo workshop.
This is an incredibly special opportunity. Lerro Photography has coordinated multiple groups to ensure our group can access all sides of the iconic lighthouse throughout the night. Montauk Point is one of the most photographed lighthouses in America, but our images will be unlike any others you have ever seen. Due to the normal nighttime regulations from
different agencies covering the areas around the lighthouse, and with the exterior security lights being turned off just for us, the photos we will take are impossible to capture at any other time.
Part 2 – Eatons Neck Lighthouse – Northport, NY
April 17 (Wednesday evening and night)
Eatons Neck Lighthouse sits on an active Coast Guard base on the north shore of Long Island in the town of Northport, NY. Built-in 1798, it’s one of the few lighthouses left in America from the 18th century. Public access to the Coast Guard base is difficult to obtain, and this lighthouse is one of the most difficult Long Island lighthouses for enthusiasts.
For our photo workshop, we have been permitted by the United States Coast Guard to photograph the lighthouse both at sunset and at night. A third-order Fresnel Lens is still active in the lighthouse, and we can photograph the lighthouse featuring the illuminated lens. This will be an incredible opportunity — not just to view this hard-to-access lighthouse but also to see its lens lit up at night.
Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate.
Most of our shooting areas are flat or slightly graded. To fully participate, you must stay up most hours of the night. The workshop will feature minimal daytime activity to give participants time to rest.
- Special day and night access on the grounds of the Montauk Point Lighthouse and State Park for two nights
- In-Field Photography Instruction
- Post-processing instruction and image critique via Zoom at a future date
- A great time, and good memories
In Field Instruction
- Creating compelling compositions and storytelling through images
- Controlling your camera in manual settings
- Learn how to capture images of the stars and Milky Way
- Understanding and using the histogram
- Finding foregrounds
- Proper filters usage
- How lens selection affects the scene
- Technical tricks: Bracketing, Focus Stacking, Perspective Blending
- Understanding and using light
- Capturing difficult scenes
- Lightroom and Photoshop Techniques
- Importing and organizing
- Using the clone tool, warping, stretching, and eliminating distractions
- Blending images in Photoshop
- Dodging and burning
- Using layers and masks
- Image critique
Recommended Camera Gear
- DSLR or mirrorless camera (full-frame or cropped sensor)
- Lenses ranging from wide angle (16-35mm), mid-range (24-105mm), and a long telephoto (70-200mm)
- Memory cards
- Sturdy tripod
- Remote or cable shutter release
- Circular polarizer and ND filters
- Lens cleaning cloths
- Extra batteries
- Cleaning supplies
- Dust blower
- Protection for your camera gear and backpack
- Digital SLR or Mirrorless camera body
- Laptop if you wish to back up your photos
Recommended Personal Gear/Clothing
- Quick-dry, lightweight long pants and shirts
- Warm/water-resistant hiking boots/shoes
- Warm jacket for cool mornings
- Fleece underlayers
- Refillable water bottle
- Insect repellent
- Sturdy hiking footwear and hiking socks
The Trip Does NOT Include:
- Vehicle Transportation
- Meals, beverages, and snacks
What You’ll See
Sign Up Information
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Transportation, Food, and Hotel Accommodations are NOT INCLUDED
Bank checks or money orders made payable to:
PO Box 497
Glenolden, PA 19036
Checks are not subject to credit card convenience charge.
In the envelope with your check, please include a letter with your name, email address, phone number and what you are planning on attending.
Credit Card sales are subject to a 4% convenience charge which is not refundable. The 4% has been added to the price with the button below.
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Our latest go/no-go date is March 15, 2024. If by March 15, there are not enough spots sold; the photo workshop will be canceled. All reservations are non-refundable after our go/no-go date is set. If a patron can’t make the event after our go/ no go date is set, the patron must find someone else to purchase their ticket, or the ticket charge gets credited to a future event. Lerro Photography does reserve the right to cancel a photo charter at their discretion. If the charter is canceled, Lerro Photography will refund the photo charter ticket price. All refunds will be issued by check only. The Credit Card Convenience fee is non-refundable regardless of patron or charter cancellation. Lerro Photography is not responsible for the loss of additional expenses. Lerro Photography reserves the right to change the schedule, dates, and or lighthouses if needed. We are not responsible for bad weather, delays, or cancelations. We are also not responsible for lost or stolen items, injuries, sickness, or damages to personal equipment and loss of personal travel expenses. Failure to comply with park rules and regulations and the direction of Lerro Photography can and will result in your expulsion from the charter without a refund. Lerro Photography reserves the right to expel a patron if needed.