Learn how to capture the Milky Way with an award winning photographer
Milky Way Photography Workshop
This workshop is ideal for those that love learning new things, spending time reconnecting with nature under the stars, away from the noise of daily life and artificial light pollution. Award winning photographer Ari Rex can't wait to teach you his techniques of capturing stunning Milky Way images. Ari won the 1st place at the prestigious IPA 2019 International Photography Awards on professional Nature/Astrophotography
Canberra is one of the best cities in Australia (and possibly the world) for astrophotography and stargazing. It has very low humidity and less light pollution compared to other Australian cities. Its inland location and height above sea level cause its dry climate to be an ideal place for photographing the Milky Way and getting sharp, pinpoint images of the stars. Although you can still photograph the Milky Way right from the middle of Canberra, to get the best results you'll need to drive about 30 minutes away from the city lights.
This is one of the most comprehensive Milky Way workshops out there taught by a qualified photographer, it's designed for those that want to take their night sky photography to the next level.
This is a one night workshop that goes for about 5.5 hours with a maximum of 4 participants.
We will first meet at Namadgi visitors center*** and after a short intro we will drive together for about 30 minutes to one of the darkest skies on the planet located in Orroral Valley, Namadgi National Park**. Once your eyes have adjusted to the dark, you'll be amazed at the beauty you'll witness that night.
5.5 hours might seem like a long time but, the time will fly as there is plenty to learn. then we'll pack our stuff and head back to town.
*Please note: In respect of our community and the land, we apply a "leave no trace" policy in all our workshops.
**Location might change due to the park closure times.
*** Due to the closure of Namadgi national park because of summer bushfires, these workshop will be held in the north side of Canberra at this magnificent private property
What Will I Learn?
How to plan/photograph nightscapes and the Milky Way,
How to capture panoramas, timelapses and several star-trail techniques
How to focus to get pin sharp focus of the stars and foreground objects in total darkness.
Understanding the 500 rule and when to break it so you can extend the exposure time up to 70% (without using the star-tracker)
Tips and tricks for using creative foreground lighting techniques.
Advanced capturing technique such as focus stacking, image stacking to reduce noise and exposure blending tips.
Techniques and tips on how to keep your camera and lens in optimal condition to photograph during the night.
How to use a star-tracking device to capture very high quality images of the Milky Way, Moon, planets, constellations, nebulas as well as moon and sun eclipses.
Verbal post-processing overview (post-processing is not included in this workshop, but it's available in our Two Nights Milky Way Photography Workshop or in private tuition).
What Will I Need?
A DSLR or Mirrorless camera with extra battery
Wide angle lens with preferably f2.8 aperture or faster
Warm clothes (dress for very cold weather as the temperature drops low)
Recommended but not required
Remote control or intervalometer with shutter release
We welcome all skill levels to our workshops even if you are not confident about how to use your camera in manual mode or you have never shot the night sky before, don't worry, before the workshop begins we will run through a quick crash course about some important commands that we will be using during the night.
We keep our group size small to ensure that each participant receives individualised attention from Ari.
As far as physical difficulty is concerned, there is some walking involved on a relatively flat terrain (about 1km return).
Reviews By Past Workshop Attendees
" I spent last night with Ari Rex and three other keen photographers learning 'tricks of the trade' in order to photograph the Milky Way - wow - what an experience. Ari's super enthusiastic approach was infectious and I doubt any of us left without having learnt a considerable amount - and I might add not just about astrophotography but also enhance our knowledge of our cameras and photography in general."
"Ari is a very passionate, knowledgeable and fabulous astrophotographer. He goes that extra mile to create the perfect Astrophotography experience from hot coffee and cookies to artificial moonlight. Ari ensures everyone gets ‘the shot’ before the session is done. His enthusiasm to teach is commendable and since the workshop, we have had a meet up session which was a lot of fun. Peter and I look forward to future meet up sessions where we will get the opportunity to learn so much more. We highly recommend his workshop"
"Yesterday (16 May 2018), I along with three other interested persons attended the workshop. When I met Ari Rex, I realised that he is a down-to-earth person with ample of practical experience in astrophotography. He is extremely friendly and very keen to teach his skills to the attendees. He started from the very basics of the camera set ups, useful apps and then drove us to the wonderful workshop site at the Namadgi National Park. It was all done in a very friendly manner but with a professional touch."
"I always wanted to shoot the stars at night and Ari’s Milky Way course was fantastic. We got to do many practice shots with detailed explanations on how to do wonderful experience and I highly recommend Ari’s course to anyone wanting to learn some new skills in photography."
"Well what can I say, if you have not been on one of Ari's adventures into the wild to capture the magnificent Milky Way and all the lights in the night sky, you have not lived! Even though it was absolutely freezing..the results speak for themselves. Ari is great at showing you how to get the max out of your camera to make your images come alive. Wether you are a novice or a think-you-are-pro...Go get yourself booked in TODAY!! You will not be dissapointed..
I am going again!"
"A workshop with Ari will teach you heaps bout photographing the Milky Way, and debunk myths you read on the interwebs.
Ari gives you practical and hands on advice, and takes you to great locations as well."
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The fee for this workshop is $410 per participant. Please join us on our private Facebook group. It is a valuable place to ask questions, see work from participants of previous workshops, review our work and keep in contact for future events.
The workshop will go ahead as scheduled regardless of weather conditions, unless heavy clouds, rain or storms are forecasted. In this instance, you will be given the possibility to transfer to another workshop or given a full refund at your request.
Cancellations - You can cancel your workshop booking at anytime up to two weeks prior to the workshop day to receive a full refund (a 5% admin fee will be deducted). Cancellations made within two weeks prior to the workshop will be liable for a 50% cancellation fee. Unfortunately refunds cannot be issued for cancellations made less than 72 hours prior to the workshop.
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Interstate and overseas attendees can be picked up and dropped off to their hotel free of charge (please notify us in your booking to arrange pick up times).