Milky Way Photography Workshop 
Beginners to Intermediate 
29th April 2022  


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Milky Way Photography Workshop

Beginner to Intermediate


As part of the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival 2022 "CURIOSITY", we are pleased to announce another beginner to intermediate Milky Way Photography Workshop, this is the 4th year we are running this workshop and it is becoming really popular

This workshop is suited best to those that are just starting to learn about night photography. This event will take place at Namadgi Visitor Centre on Friday 29th April 2022, from 4:00-8-30pm. 

This workshop will be taught by award winning photographer Ari Rex and his assistants (The Star Crew).

After an initial theory session, which will be held in the theatre, 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 to become comfortable using your camera’s manual settings and recognise favourable night sky situations.

The second part of the workshop will be conducted outside the Visitor Centre, and as the night falls dark we will be putting what we learnt into practice - photographing the majestic Milky Way as it rises above the horizon. 

You will learn to become a better photographer and Ari will make sure you return home with a beautiful set of 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 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 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 focus 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 (14mm-24mm)*

  • Tripod 

*Any dslr camera 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, such as f2 or even better f1.4)



Recommended but not required 

  • Headlamp with low power (50 lumens or less)

  • Water and snacks

** A COVID-Safe plan is in action for this workshop. Numbers are strictly limited with social distancing and hygiene strategies in place. **


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 $235 per participant.

  • 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 (usually the next month Milky Way cycle)

  • 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