Beth Ruggiero-York is an award-winning and published photographer with a passion for travel photography that grew over
the past 40 years of world travel. She led groups for National Geographic and Smithsonian beginning in the mid-1990s, and when National Geographic was
ready to create their photo tour itineraries in China, they called on her to scout itineraries.
Night photography became a passion for Beth 15 years ago on her first photography trip to Alaska and has evolved. Beth now teaches photography in the form of workshops for Arizona
Highways PhotoScapes as well as her own workshops in the US, Europe, and Asia, and night photography is a component, if not the whole, of
every workshop. She also teaches an online class on night photography and long exposure photography for the Bryan Peterson School of Photography.
Beth is the author of several books, including Fun in The Dark: A Successful Guide to Night Photography (now in its 2nd edition), coauthor
of Everglades National Park: A Photographic Guide, as well as a personal memoir of her years in the 1980s as a commercial and airline pilot, Flying Alone: A Memoir.
Beth and her husband, Ron York, live in Fountain Hills, AZ half of the year, and on Cape Cod the other half, taking full advantage of the
photography opportunities in both locations.
Morning Presentation: The Evolution of Night Photography. Night photography has been a subject of fascination since cameras were conceived.
Looking at how night photography has evolved from its earliest days, through the film days, and now digital, I will focus on a discussion of the explosion
of this niche during the pandemic and the tools and technology now available to photographers. Astrophotography is not just for astronomers
anymore; even novice photographers can participate. In the presentation, I will give examples of night photography and astrophotography setups and
explain the possibilities and the limitations. I will also have a table set up with some of the equipment I discuss.
Afternoon Presentation: Computational Photography at Night: Is your phone an effective camera for night photography?
Many of us have experimented with taking mobile phone photos at night, but we don’t take it very seriously. In this presentation, I will show how
computational photography is creating a revolution in nighttime phone photography. I will talk about how it works, the types of night images you can successfully
take with your phone, and the tools and techniques used. As with the morning session, I will have sample gear a
photographer needs laid out on a table.