Milky Way Photography Workshop
at Poachers Pantry
Beginner to Intermediate

Wednesday 19th October 2022
6:00pm - 10:30pm

Milky Way Photography Workshop

Beginner to Intermediate


We are excited to announce a special Milky Way Photography Workshop, in collaboration with Poachers Pantry, at their starry location just outside of Canberra. Come and enjoy their famous smoked food while learning how to photograph the Milky Way with award winning photographer Ari Rex.

This workshop is suited best to those that are just starting to learn about night photography. You will enjoy meeting other like minded photographers while being treated to tasty local foods. This event takes place on Wednesday 19th October 2022, from 6:00pm to 10:30pm.

Delicious food prepared in-house* will be served initially and then we will proceed with the theory session. A good amount of time will be spent on learning how to use some important functions of your camera with detailed feedback and assistance. Ari’s aim is to help you become comfortable using your camera’s manual settings and learn how to recognise favorable night sky situations. 

The second part of the workshop will be conducted outside by the private lake. As the sky becomes dark, we will put what we have learnt into practice - photographing the majestic Milky Way as it sets over the horizon. You will learn to become a better photographer and Ari will make sure you return home with a set of beautiful images (weather permitting).

Ari Rex is the is regarded as a leading professional in his field, he won the Nature Photographer of the Year (2020) at IPA (International Photography Awards)​​​​, 1st Place - Australian Professional Photography Awards SLA "Manmade" Category  and was awarded 1st Place in Astrophotography at IPA in 2019.

* A selection of house smoked meats with marinated vegetables and cheese served on a charcuterie board with fresh bread (dietary requirements can be catered for).

In respect of our community and the owners of the land, we apply a "leave no trace" policy in all our workshops.

What Will I Learn?

  • How to plan and photograph the Milky Way.   

  • Using optimal settings to capture the Milky Way.

  • How to capture single shot portraits with the Milky Way in the background.

  • How to capture and stitch panorama images of the Milky Way

  • What equipment to use for best results.

  • How to get pin sharp focus of the stars and foreground objects in total darkness.

  • Tips and tricks for using creative foreground lighting techniques.

What Will I Need?

  • A DSLR or mirrorless camera 

  • Wide angle lens 

  • Tripod 

*Any DSLR or mirrorless camera made after 2010 can photograph the Milky Way but the quality of the pictures will be better if the lens you are using has a fast aperture (f2.8 or faster)



Recommended but not required 

  • Headlamp with low power (50 lumens or less)

  • Smartphone

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."

Luke Foster

"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"

Sue Bui

"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."

Tanvir Hossain

"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."

Anna Calvert 

"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 disappointed..

I am going again!"

Craig Willoughby

"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."

James Robins

 (More reviews? see below..!)

User Agreement 


  • The fee for this workshop is $285 per participant and it includes food (drinks are not included, they are available at the bar).

  • The workshop will go ahead as scheduled regardless of weather conditions. If the sky is covered more than 50% then we would reschedule the practice session on another night 

  • Cancellations - You can cancel your workshop booking at anytime up to three weeks prior to the workshop day to receive a full refund* Cancellations made within three 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


Gift Voucher 

Purchase this gift Voucher for your loved ones. To redeem the voucher chose your favorite workshop on the booking page and then contact us here for confirming your spot.