Learn how to capture the Milky Way with Ari Rex - 2020 "Nature Photographer of the Year" and 2019 Astrophotography winner.
Workshop Orroral Homestead
Dancing with the stars
Wide Brown Land
Air Disaster Memorial Site
London Bridge Walk
Orroral Homestead 2
Orroral Homestead 4
Milky Way Core
Qatari desert 2018
Wineglass Bay Tasmania
Old Taemas Bridge
Large Magellanic Cloud
Near Yass (NSW)
Dark Horse Nebula
A lone tree near Canberra
Painted Cliffs, Maria Island
Burned car in Jamison ACT
Rho Ophiuchi Cloud Complex
Warrumbungle National Park
Brayshaw's family hut
Milky Way, Belconnen
Milky Way at Taemas Bridge
Milky Way, Mount Stromlo
Milky Way Core
Milky Way Photography Workshop
This is a one night workshop that goes for about 5.5 hours with a maximum of 4 participants.
We will first meet at a meet up at a predesigned location (info that you will receive in email a day or two before the workshop) and after a short intro we will drive together for about 25 minutes to one of the darkest skies on the planet. 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.
What Will I Learn?
How to plan/photograph nightscapes and the Milky Way,
How to capture single shot portraits, 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 by up to 70% (without using the star-tracker), thus allowing to use very low iso therefore capturing low noise images of the Milky Way.
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 align and 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 (the kit wide angle zoom lens with f3.5 maximum aperture is fine but if you want higher quality images a lens with a f2.8 aperture or faster is recommended)
Warm clothes (dress for very cold weather as the temperature drops low)
Recommended but not required
Remote control or intervalometer with shutter release
You can also request to hire a full astro camera kit for an extra $90 on check out (limited availability available)
The Astro camera kit hire includes
-Canon full frame camera
-One fast lens
-Lens heat warmers
*Please note: In respect of our community and the land, we apply a "leave no trace" policy in all our workshop.
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, long term standing and cold temperatures are to be considered so you can bring a chair if you need to sit and rug up as the temperatures drop quite a bit after sunset.
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 $439 per participant.
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*. 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.
*Minus 5% admin fee applies