Peter Baumgarten

The Wonders of the Night Sky - A Journey of Photographic Discovery


Astro-landscape photography is often regarded as one of the more challenging styles of photography since we are literally “shooting in the dark”. There is no doubt that it comes with some very specific challenges, but once those are identified, photographing the night sky actually becomes one of the easiest and most rewarding genres. 

Peter Baumgarten, Olympus Visionary, stumbled into the ‘dark side’ of photography and has developed a real passion for astro-landscape photography; something that he views as an extension of his landscape imagery. 

In this presentation Peter will take you on his journey of discovery into night sky photography. Along the way he will provide you with tips and techniques that you can use as you start (or continue) your own journey into photographing the night sky. Learn the basic camera gear and settings, how to photograph the Milky Way, the moon, the aurora and other phenomena. Peter will also examine online and mobile tools that will increase your chances of success, and important compositional strategies that will make your images stand out.


Peter is a professional photographer and educator living on Manitoulin Island in Northern Ontario. He regularly leads photography courses and workshops for novice and enthusiast photographers and travels across North America as an Olympus Visionary providing lectures and seminars on landscape, wildlife, and astrophotography. His work has been published in a number of magazines in both Canada and the U.S. and has been recognized for excellence on a number of photography websites. Peter is an avid outdoor enthusiast with a passion for wilderness camping, canoeing and kayaking.

upcoming speakers for 2019

Jan - Peter Stranks
Feb - Eric Drumm
Mar - Ross Chevalier
April -
May -
June - David Chapman
July - no meeting
Aug - Jeff Vogan
Sep -
Oct - Peter Baumgarten
Nov - Ethan Meleg
Dec - social