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Milky Way Photography Workshop 

Beginner - Intermediate 

Saturday 13 April 2024
6:30pm - 10:30pm


Unlock the secrets of photographing the Milky Way and immerse yourself in an unforgettable stargazing adventure alongside like-minded enthusiasts. Whether you're a beginner eager to learn the art or someone who's just ventured into Milky Way photography, this workshop is tailored for you. Join our internationally acclaimed photographer, Ari Rex, and set off on this celestial odyssey!

This workshop has concluded, join our main Milky Way Workshop here, limited spaces available



This exclusive Milky Way photography workshop, now in its sixth year as part of the Heritage Festival Canberra, will take place at Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve. The initial segment of the workshop, including the introduction, will be hosted at the acclaimed new building of Wildbark. As night descends, we'll venture outdoors to Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve to embark on the exhilarating task of capturing the stars, putting into practice the fundamentals learned earlier. The workshop spans approximately 4 hours in total.

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

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

What Is Covered?

  • Expert guidance from internationally renowned photographer Ari Rex

  • How to plan and photograph the Milky Way

  • The optimal settings to capture high quality image of 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 focus to get pin sharp focus of the stars and foreground objects in total darkness

  • After the workshop you will receive a detailed email information pack with all the techniques learned 

What Will I Need?

  • A DSLR or mirrorless camera*

  • Tripod

  • Headlamp with red light function

Lenses: The wider the better, anything from 10mm to 28mm is more than enough. A lens with aperture f2.8 takes clearer picture than a lens with aperture f3.5 as it allows almost twice the amount of light to the sensor. 

Smart phones: Even some of the latest smart phones are capable of capturing the Milky Way and you are more than welcome to bring them to the workshop but you'll still need a tripod as the principles are the same, although on this workshop we encourage more the use of a camera that performs manual settings. 



Recommended but not required 


  • Remote control or wired camera trigger

Workshop Info


  • The registration can be done directly at the Book Workshops page or by pressing the green button Book Now below

  • The registration is not completed if the payment hasn't been made. If you have issues booking try another browser or contact us here

  • Few days before the workshop begins you will receive an email with workshop itinerary

  • 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 three weeks prior to the workshop will be liable for a 50% cancellation fee. Unfortunately refunds cannot be issued for cancellations made less than 14 days prior to the workshop.

*10% admin fee applies

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" 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