Two Night Milky Way Photography Workshop
Immerse yourself in a truly hands-on experience with innovative teaching methods designed to take your photographic skills to the next level.
Spend a weekend with an award-winning photographer learning new skills and expanding your knowledge with like-minded passionate people. In this workshop you will learn everything you need to know to take your night photography skills to the next level. You will find renewed motivation in this stunning natural location as you immerse yourself in the learning experience.
This is a two night workshop starting from Friday afternoon until Sunday morning, with a maximum of 4 participants. The workshop will take place at Ready Cut Cottage in Namadgi National park, (about an hour drive from Canberra). This is a cosy 1927 heritage cottage located in the picturesque Gudgenby Valley with lots of spectacular landscape and native wildlife surroundings, as well as ancient walking trails.
During the day as you explore the wonderful surroundings Ari will teach you how to take amazing landscapes and portraits in nature. After the sun settles you'll learn in depth how to capture the Milky Way nightscapes.
A big part of this workshop will be several Astrophotography post-processing sessions, you'll learn how to edit your nightscapes, manage efficiently your entire collection of images in logical structures and post processing workflow using Lightroom Classic. You will also learn how to work with layers and create advanced compositions in Photoshop with hands on exercises. Ari will teach you his simple to understand personalised method.
Ari is a trained photographer, he has won many industry awards in several genres of photography, nationally and internationally. He is regarded as a leading professional in his field. In 2019, he won the First place in Astrophotography and the 2020 Nature Photographer of the Year at IPA (International Photography Awards).
For Ari there is nothing as magical as when the camera captures the full splendour of the Milky Way arching over the horizon. It is a skill he loves to share through specialist courses such as Milky Way Photography Workshop.
* Participants are required to bring their own laptop loaded with Lightroom Classic or Photoshop, please download the free trial a couple of days earlier. You can decide later if you wish to continue using these programs. (We do not affiliate with Adobe, we use and teach these programs as they are industry standard for photography, You can also use your own software to edit images as the information presented in the workshop is still relevant to most editing software).
Workshop Goals & Highlights
This workshop will teach you:
You will gain a solid understanding of your camera functions.
Effective techniques to plan and prepare for taking outstanding Milky Way images, panoramas, timelapses and several star-trail techniques.
How and where to focus your camera to get pin sharp focus of the stars and foreground objects in total darkness.
Understanding the 500 rule of thumb and when to break it so you can extend the exposure time up to 70% (without using the star-tracker)
Tips and tricks for using creative foreground lighting techniques
Advanced capturing techniques, focus stacking and image stacking to reduce noise and exposure blending with exercises
Techniques and tips on how to keep your camera in optimal condition to photograph during day and night.
Hands on experience on how to quickly align and use any star-tracking device to capture high quality images of the Milky Way, moon, planets, constellations and nebulas.
You will understand how to best use the exposure triangle for the image you'd like to create. The importance of composition, lighting, whether that be indoor or outdoor environment.
You will take home a portfolio of photos, some of which will be edited.
You will gain a basic understanding of Lightroom and Photoshop, including powerful editing functions.
During the day on post processing workshop there will be several exercises so you can edit your images yourself under Ari's instructions.
What Will I Need?
A DSLR or Mirrorless camera
Wide angle lens (preferably f2.8 aperture or faster.)
Warm clothes (dress for very cold weather as the temperature drops low)
Linen or sleeping bag and a towel
Recommended but not required
Laptop (possibly loaded with Lightroom Classic and Photoshop)
Remote control or intervalometer
Low power headlamp
Hiking boots (waterproof if possible)
Warm clothes, beanie and gloves will be necessary at night when the temperature drops.
All skill levels are welcome. The workshops will be tailored to suit individual levels of knowledge, from basic to advanced techniques (it is a good idea to bring along instruction booklets as there is no internet access at the cottage. Reasonable physical fitness is required, we will be walking not far from the cottage and the terrain is relatively easy to navigate.
*Please note: In respect of our community and the land, we apply a "leave no trace" policy in all our workshops.
Reviews By Past Workshop Attendees
"My love of photography has grown to a new level after the weekend workshop I recently attended with Ari.
I was one of a small group that was taught by Ari, we covered studio and outdoor portraits, macro and night photography, including flash lights, monolights, soft boxes and backdrops and the amazing star tracker.
All in all two and a half days of fabulous fun, amazing stars, new adventures and great company. We were also shown which apps to use to plan our shots and how to edit our images.
Ari is very generous with his time and his energy is endless, I highly recommend his workshop to anyone who has a love of photography.
Thank you Ari, for your advice, hospitality and friendship and for picking me up and returning me back to Canberra. I am already planning to return next year."
" 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."
"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!"
"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 it. It was a wonderful experience and I highly recommend Ari’s course to anyone wanting to learn some new skills in photography."
"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."
The fee for this workshop is $.. per person on a twin shared room. Price includes accommodation, food, wood fire.
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The workshop will go ahead as scheduled regardless of weather conditions.
Cancellations - you can cancel your workshop booking at anytime up to three weeks prior to the workshop 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 a week prior to the workshop.
By booking this workshop you automatically agree to the terms and conditions that can be found here.
Interstate and overseas attendees can be picked up and dropped off to their hotel free of charge (please notify us in your booking to arrange pick up times).