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Milky Way Photography Workshop at Poachers Pantry

Beginner - Intermediate

This workshop has been completed. You can sign up on our email list below for our October 2024 workshop or alternatively register on a similar workshop in April 13th 2024


This special Milky Way Photography Workshop is held at the spectacular Poachers Pantry 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.

Delicious food prepared in-house* will be served initially and then we will proceed with the theory session. We will spent the necessary time showing 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 during the night. 

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.

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

  • How to plan and photograph the Milky Way

  • What are the 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

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

What Will I Need?

  • A DSLR or mirrorless camera and lens

  • Tripod 


Recommended but not required 


  • Low power headlamp with red light

  • Smartphone

User Agreement 


  • The fee for this workshop is $395 per participant and it includes food (drinks are not included, they are available at the bar)

  • Previous participants are entitled to 10% discount applied directly during booking

  • 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 the next day or two

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

  • You will receive a confirmation email soon after you finish the pay process

  • Our workshops fill up quickly so we recommend you to secure your spot at your earliest convenience

  • 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 info and 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 72 hours prior to the workshop

*10% admin fee applies


" 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