Milky Way Photography Workshop

Beginner to Intermediate



Ari Rex is passionate about teaching the different aspects of astrophotography. After the theory, 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. 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 an award winning photographer and accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP). He is regarded as a leading professional in his field. In 2019, he won the first place of Professional Astrophotography at  IPA (International Photography Awards). 

Special Event - Saturday 7th November 2020

National Archives of Australia

Canberra is one of the best cities in the world for astrophotography. Grab your camera and join us for an exclusive evening that is ‘out of this world’.

The evening begins with an after-hours tour of Out of This World: Australia in the Space Age at the National Archives of Australia followed up with a light supper and the theory about photographing the Milky Way, after that we will head off to Springrange NSW for the hands on practice session under the Milky Way. 

Time: 5pm-10:30pm

Presentation Venue: National Archives of Australia at Kings Ave, Parkes ACT 2600

Workshop Venue: Private property near Springrange, NSW (approx. 35 minute drive from NAA). Transport is self-drive and participants will need a car to access the venue.

*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 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

  • 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 with preferably f2.8 aperture or faster

  • Tripod 



Recommended but not required 

  • Headlamp with low power (50 lumens or less)

  • Water and snacks


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 dissapointed..

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 $249 per participant. light supper included.

  • The workshop will go ahead as scheduled regardless of weather conditions. If the sky is covered more than 50% than 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 (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.

  • By booking this workshop you automatically agree to the terms and conditions that can be found here