Applications are now closed. Invitations to attend this event will be sent out by October 8, 2018.

Some of the fantastic photos you see of aircraft and spacecraft in the Museum are only possible because our photographers have exclusive after-hours access to the artifacts and use specific techniques to capture them. Join us for our first-ever photography workshop for your chance to have that same access and learn photography tips from the pros.

Our experts will share tips on some of the more challenging aspects of photographing objects in the Museum, including lighting large aircraft and spacecraft, shooting objects in cases or behind glass, and techniques for creating composite photographs. The photography editor from Air & Space Magazine will also be on hand to share what publication editors look for in a photograph.

You will have the chance to take your own photographs of aircraft and spacecraft with exclusive after-hours access to the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall and Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery. Some of the objects we will feature include the Star Trek Starship Enterprise studio model, Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Vega 5B, and the Apollo Lunar Module LM-2

During the event, you will also have the opportunity to network with other photography enthusiasts who interact on social media. We encourage participants to share photos on Instagram, Twitter, and in the public Flickr Group for the National Air and Space Museum

We will invite 40 people who have an interest in photography and who follow the Museum on social media to participate in this event. Registration opens on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 and will close at midnight EDT on Monday, October 8, 2018. Selected participants will be notified by Wednesday, October 10, 2018. 


About the Team

The team of photographers at the National Air and Space Museum work with some of the most iconic artifacts in the world. Our staff photographers each have over thirty years of photography experience and often collaborate closely with the photography editor at Air & Space magazine. Your experts during this workshop include:

  • Jim Preston: Jim recently joined the Museum as Supervising Photographer bringing 35 years of experience as a photojournalist, photo editor, designer and director. His career includes working as a U.S. Navy photojournalist with the Blue Angels, Director of Photography for multiple newspapers, and Deputy Director/Senior Photo Editor for the White House Photo Department during the last three years of President Obama's administration.
  • Eric Long: Eric joined the Smithsonian in 1983 and is known as a photography lighting expert. He is active in the local photography community and his work is featured in books, magazines, and exhibitions. See Photographing Aircraft in the Museum by Eric Long.
  • Mark Avino: Mark has been on the National Air and Space Museum's photography team since 1983, serving as Photographer and Photo Services Manager. Many of his photographs are published in books, magazines, and exhibitions. See A Blending of Photography and X-ray by Mark Avino.
  • Caroline Sheen: Caroline is a photography and illustration editor with over thirty years of experience working at the Air & Space magazine. She previously worked as a photo editor at National Geographic.

This event is sponsored by the Ryna and Melvin Cohen Family Foundation as part of the Air and Space Photos initiative.

How to attend

National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC

6th St. and Independence Ave SW. Washington, DC 20560