The Bakersfield Museum of Art wants you to make it a late night. Inspired by summer exhibit L.A.Te: Photographs of Los Angeles After Dark, the museum is offering a class in July on nighttime photography, taught by two of the exhibiting artists.

On July 7, J. Wesley Brown and another photographer featured in the L.A.Te exhibit will share tips on shooting at night for a two-day workshop. The first day will focus on camera setup and exploring the streets of Bakersfield for photo ops, working with existing lighting. Day two will teach students how to digitally process and enhance photos to produce a quality print.

Photographers of all levels are welcome but they should be familiar with basic photographic techniques. Participants must provide their own equipment, including a digital camera with manual capabilities and tripod.

The cost for the two-day class is $35, $25 for museum members and students. Call 323-7219 to sign up.

Even if you can't make the class, you can get in on the nighttime fun with the museum's online photo contest. Seeking the most creative nighttime shots, styles and interpretations -- all done with a digital camera. The contest will run from July 1 through 31. Submit your work via e-mail to BMoA marketing director Jason Gutierrez at Entries will be posted on the museum's Facebook page.

The top three photos with the most "likes" will be declared winners and photographers will receive a special prize. Winners will be announced on Aug. 1. For more information, call 323-7219 or visit

-- Bakersfield Museum of Art news release