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Sydney Astrophotography Workshop (20th May 2017)



with Luke Tscharke and Jay Evans

Saturday 20th May 2017

Have you been wanting to learn how to capture the stars and Milky Way, or looking to improve your astrophotography techniques and post processing?  Join Luke Tscharke and Jay Evans on Sydney’s Northern Beaches for a full day workshop to learn how to capture some incredible night sky images.

Beginning with 4 hours of classroom based training, we cover the details of planning, equipment, shooting and post processing.

We then head out for an on-location sunset shoot at one of our favourite locations where we provide coaching in the field while you capture the Milky Way and Star Trail images.*

At the completion of this workshop you will have better knowledge on using your camera to create compelling imagery of the stars.


Price includes:

  • Astrophotography theory training (presentations and tutorials in a classroom setting for 4+ hours)
  • Image post-processing tuition for Milky Way and Star Trail imagery
  • Complementary tea and coffee (during classroom sessions)
  • In field astrophotography coaching session with Luke and Jay – from sunset to the stars (3 hours)*

*weather policy applies, see below for details

 $295 pp


Product Code WS-AAW-01-20170520

More Information

DATES:Saturday May 20th 2017 [10am to 9pm]
LOCATION:Workshop begins at Dee Why RSL Club, 932 Pittwater Rd Dee Why, NSW, Australia
GROUP SIZE:10 participants
COURSE RUN TIME:Approx. 7+ Hours
FITNESS LEVEL:Intermediate. A 2km return walk climbing to an elevation of 90m on a Grade 2 path. Terrain includes sandy beaches, bush tracks and sealed paths.
SKILL LEVEL:Suitable for all photographers from beginners to experienced photographers

The workshop is split between classroom style theoretical and post processing training, and on-location coaching at a nearby location. Theoretical topics covered include:

  • Introduction to Astrophotography
  • Common Astrophotography subjects and Top Australian Astrophotography Locations
  • Astrophotography safety
  • Planning for perfect Milky Way images
  • How to Capture Star Trails
  • Introduction to Astro post processing
  • Lightroom for Astrophotography
  • Photoshop for Astrophotography

The on-location shoot may take place at a location involving a long steady climb.  Bring a sturdy pair of shoes that are comfortable walking longer distances. Wear clothing that is suitable for hiking and can be worn in layers. It will get cold once the sun sets, so make sure you bring some warm layers you can put on to stay comfortable. Try to pack light to ease the load for the walk in to our location.

You will be fully briefed in preparation for the workshop, however please take note of the required and optional items below. If you are unsure what camera gear or other equipment you should bring feel free to contact Luke and Jay.

Required Items

  • Camera (fully charged batteries, empty memory card)
  • Tripod
  • Lenses (wide angle is better for astro – ask Luke and Jay for advice)
  • Head torch (new or fully charged batteries)
  • Remote timer for camera
  • Camera bag
  • Warm Jacket
  • Beanie and Gloves


  • Notebook and pen
  • Laptop to follow along during post processing session
  • Astrophotography theory training (presentations and tutorials in a classroom setting for 4+ hours)
  • Image post-processing tuition with two experienced astrophotographers
  • Complementary tea and coffee (during classroom sessions)
  • An on-location astrophotography coaching session with Luke and Jay from sunset to the stars (3 hours). Note: weather policy applies, see below


  • Meals
  • Airfares and ground transport
  • Accommodation

As you’ll learn during our workshop, hazy skies, cloud, and rain are the enemy when it comes to photographing the stars. As much as we would like to – we simply can’t control the weather. On the back of this please note the following conditions when booking your workshop:

  • The on-location photoshoot element to this workshop is entirely weather dependent.
  • If we get clear skies or patchy cloud we will be in “astro shoot mode”. Everything will move forward as planned with huge grins on our faces.
  • If cloudy skies obsure the stars we will switch into “light painting mode”. We have plenty of light painting tools to make use of our night time shooting, include the amazing light painting tool called the ‘Pixelstick’.
  • In the event of heavy rain or storms the night photoshoot will unfortunately be cancelled. It isn’t much fun photographing in the rain! But all is not lost, there will be an option to join one of our Monthly group astroshoots free of charge. We will make every effort to find you another astrophotography shoot to put what you learned into practice.
  • Please note that there will no refund of all or part of the workshop fee in the event of adverse weather conditions, even if the astroshoot component of the the workshop is cancelled. We appreciate your understanding.

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For more information contact us via the form below or email us at hello@astroworkshops.com

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