Astrophotography is our passion.
With years of professional award-winning experience, we expertly guide you and share the beauty of the night’s sky, teaching you how to create starry masterpieces of your own.
We travel to the most beautiful and awe-inspiring destinations across Australia, hosting some of the darkest skies on earth – perfect for astrophotography!
Whether you’re beginning your photography journey, or have some experience, join us on an AstroWorkshop and start your next adventure.
– Luke and Jay

What You Can Learn

astrophotography workshops

Whether you are just starting your journey in photography, or are looking to further develop your astrophotography skills, Luke and Jay’s hands on training will help you take your image-making to the next level.

Even if the weather does not allow us to photograph the stars (keep your fingers crossed!) you will still go home with sunrise and sunset images, and your mind bursting with astrophotography knowledge. These workshops will cover skills such as:

  • How to plan astrophotography shoots, using phone apps and other programs
  • How to photograph in the dark safely, and general seascape safety advice
  • Essential gear and equipment to capture stunning night images
  • How to focus and compose images in the dark
  • How to set up your camera to capture the milky way
  • How to post-process milky way images
  • Advanced post-processing noise reduction techniques
  • How to capture star trails and timelapses
  • How to create star trail images and timelapses in post processing

The Workshops

bruny island astrophotography workshop

Bruny Island AstroWorkshop 2019 (Workshop 1)

4th – 7th April 2019

Bruny Island Photography is dedicated to capturing and showcasing the Island’s unique natural beauty. Tasmania has a proud tradition of Nature Photography dating back to the 1850’s and these images have played a critical role in highlighting the richness of its natural environment and the imperative for its preservation. Our tours continue in the spirit of that tradition.

Bruny Island, itself, is a microcosm of the Tasmanian mainland. It is blessed with an extraordinarily diverse range of distinct environments – spectacular coastlines, geological wonders, beaches, rainforests, mountains, lagoons, abundant flora and fauna – a cornucopia of photographic material; all at your doorstep!

While bringing you to the many beautiful places this region has to offer, we will do our best to teach you how to take better photographs, to skilfully use your camera and equipment, and help you with post-processing. We pride ourselves on providing highly qualified photography guides to help you improve your photography.

From a chartered boat, our resident photographers will show you the geological splendour of the rugged Bruny coastline with its abundant sea and bird life – It is here that your journey begins.

Over subsequent days we will take you to some of the Island’s most scenic locations – many of which are situated on private reserves spanning thousands of acres.

Our accommodation offers spectacular settings for communing with the Island’s elemental beauty and unwinding from the day’s activities. A perfect base from which to practice, reflect upon and discuss the craft of photography with our guides and fellow tour participants.

We look forward to sharing our passion for the Island and showing you what an incredibly special place it is whilst honing your skills in the art of photography. You won’t be disappointed!

Workshop includes:

  • Boat Transfer from Hobart to Bruny Island (weather permitting)
  • Tasmanian gourmet food and drink (all inclusive including alcohol)
  • Deluxe accommodation in our private lodge
  • Bruny Island boat cruise
  • Iconic Bruny Island locations such as the lighthouse
  • On-location coaching
  • Image post-processing classes
narooma astrophotography workshop

Narooma AstroWorkshop

9th – 12th May 2019

Join Luke Tscharke and Jay Evans on an action packed astrophotography workshop based in Narooma, on the South Coast of New South Wales. You will be treated to three nights and two full days (four days total) of dedicated astrophotography coaching and tuition, both in the field during capture and back at the accommodation including post processing sessions. With ideal tides and timing for dark night skies this workshop will help you take your astrophotography to the next level. Whilst we can’t guarantee clear skies to capture the stars (keep your fingers crossed!), the Narooma area offers some amazing locations for photography, where we will also photograph at sunrise and sunset.

Itinerary includes:

  • Glasshouse Rocks
  • Horsehead Rock
  • Camel Rock
  • Other less known locations if time permits
  • On location coaching
  • Image post-processing classes
uluru astrophotography workshop

Uluru AstroWorkshop (Workshop 1)

30th May – 3rd June 2019

It’s pretty hard to beat a crystal clear night sky in Australia’s Red Centre, it’s awe inspiring. When you add iconic places like Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta into the mix, it’s pretty clear this will be a very special and memorable workshop.

You will be treated to five days and four nights (three full days total) of dedicated astrophotography coaching and tuition, both in the field during capture and back at the accommodation including post-processing sessions. With ideal timing for dark night skies and the milky way rising from behind the rock this workshop will help you take your astrophotography to the next level. With the absence of light pollution, the clear night skies in the outback really do have to be seen to be believed.

Itinerary includes:

  • Uluru (Ayers Rock) – sunrise/sunset/astro
  • Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) – sunset/astro (where possible)
  • Yulara village and surrounds
  • Optional Uluru scenic helicopter flight
  • On-location coaching
  • Image post-processing classes
  • Plus more!!
kata tjuta astrophotography workshop

Uluru AstroWorkshop (Workshop 2)

6th – 10th June 2019

It’s pretty hard to beat a crystal clear night sky in Australia’s Red Centre, it’s awe inspiring. When you add iconic places like Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta into the mix, it’s pretty clear this will be a very special and memorable workshop.

You will be treated to five days and four nights (three full days total) of dedicated astrophotography coaching and tuition, both in the field during capture and back at the accommodation including post-processing sessions. With ideal timing for dark night skies and the milky way rising from behind the rock this workshop will help you take your astrophotography to the next level. With the absence of light pollution, the clear night skies in the outback really do have to be seen to be believed.

Itinerary includes:

  • Uluru (Ayers Rock) – sunrise/sunset/astro
  • Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) – sunset/astro (where possible)
  • Yulara village and surrounds
  • Optional Uluru scenic helicopter flight
  • On-location coaching
  • Image post-processing classes
  • Plus more!!
red centre astrophotography workshop

The Red Centre Way AstroWorkshop

10th – 15th June 2019

Join Luke Tscharke and Jay Evans on an incredible adventure touring the Red Centre Way. The romance of the outback can never be understated and the landscape in this region has to be seen to be believed.

Not only will this iconic road trip give opportunity for Astrophotography with some of the centre’s most picturesque landscape, rock formations and gorges, you will also photograph the magical light and colour of of Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), the Mereenie Loop, the sublime gorges of Tjoritja (West Macdonnell Ranges) and Palm Valley with your guides helping you get the best images from your camera.

As we travel the unbelievable distances across Territory roads, we will also stop to capture the incredible landscape and wildlife with wallabies, camels, dingoes, brumbies, birds and lizards common sights along the roadside.

Five nights accommodation with your own room, breakfast and most meals are provided, and a full four days on the road to experience the breathtaking majesty and vastness of the Red Centre Way.

Itinerary includes:

  • Uluru (Ayers Rock) – sunset/astro
  • Kings Canyon
  • Mereenie Loop Road
  • Glen Helen Gorge
  • Optional Uluru scenic Glen Helen photography heli flight
  • West Macdonnell Ranges (Finke River, Ormiston Gorge, Ellery Creek, Standley Chasm)
  • Hermannsburg and Palm Valley
  • Alice Springs
  • On-location coaching

 

capertee astrophotography workshop

Capertee AstroWorkshop

2nd – 4th August 2019

Join Luke Tscharke and Jay Evans on an exciting astrophotography workshop based in Glen Davis in the Capertee Valley, 135km north-west of Sydney. You will be treated to two nights of dedicated astrophotography coaching and tuition, not only in the field during capture but also back at our accommodation for post processing sessions. This workshop is designed to help you take your astrophotography to the next level. This is an all-inclusive workshop, all accommodation and food and drink will be provided (some conditions apply).

Whilst we can’t guarantee clear skies to capture the stars (keep your fingers crossed!), the refinery ruins, rural landscape, forest and surrounding valley wall of the Capertee Valley provides some stunning compositions for your Milky Way shots.

Itinerary includes:

  • The historic Glen Davis Works (including guided tour)
  • Capertee Valley
  • Glen Davis & Surrounds
  • On location coaching
  • Image post-processing classes
bruny island astrophotography workshop

Bruny Island AstroWorkshop 2019 (Workshop 2)

26th – 29th September 2019

 

Bruny Island Photography is dedicated to capturing and showcasing the Island’s unique natural beauty. Tasmania has a proud tradition of Nature Photography dating back to the 1850’s and these images have played a critical role in highlighting the richness of its natural environment and the imperative for its preservation. Our tours continue in the spirit of that tradition.

Bruny Island, itself, is a microcosm of the Tasmanian mainland. It is blessed with an extraordinarily diverse range of distinct environments – spectacular coastlines, geological wonders, beaches, rainforests, mountains, lagoons, abundant flora and fauna – a cornucopia of photographic material; all at your doorstep!

While bringing you to the many beautiful places this region has to offer, we will do our best to teach you how to take better photographs, to skilfully use your camera and equipment, and help you with post-processing. We pride ourselves on providing highly qualified photography guides to help you improve your photography.

From a chartered boat, our resident photographers will show you the geological splendour of the rugged Bruny coastline with its abundant sea and bird life – It is here that your journey begins.

Over subsequent days we will take you to some of the Island’s most scenic locations – many of which are situated on private reserves spanning thousands of acres.

Our accommodation offers spectacular settings for communing with the Island’s elemental beauty and unwinding from the day’s activities. A perfect base from which to practice, reflect upon and discuss the craft of photography with our guides and fellow tour participants.

We look forward to sharing our passion for the Island and showing you what an incredibly special place it is whilst honing your skills in the art of photography. You won’t be disappointed!

Workshop includes:

  • Boat Transfer from Hobart to Bruny Island (weather permitting)
  • Tasmanian gourmet food and drink (all inclusive including alcohol)
  • Deluxe accommodation in our private lodge
  • Bruny Island boat cruise
  • Iconic Bruny Island locations such as the lighthouse
  • On-location coaching
  • Image post-processing classes

What Guests Have Been Saying

Wayne, Sydney

Before doing this course I lack the experience in Astro photography, but after spending the weekend with Luke / Jay I came away with enough experience that I can now say that I can shoot the stars. Luke showed me the correct settings and how I store them in my camera’s memory and I now use these as my starting point. Thanks Luke

Kate, Sydney

Overall it was an amazing weekend where we were fortunate to photograph some stunning locations in surprisingly near perfect conditions regardless of the forecast. It was great to learn and spend time with others that have an obvious passion for photography. Luke and Jay were knowledgeable, friendly, approachable and accommodating to requests and always looking out for the safety of others. I genuinely hope we can shoot together some other time 🙂

Tristan, Brisbane

The professionalism of Luke and Jay made for a fantastic experience where nothing was left up to chance. I could not recommend the workshop enough!

Wendy, Sydney

This was the first workshop that I have attended and I thought it was great! An amazing learning opportunity and I was able to produce images that not only was I proud of – but that people want to buy – and that is the ultimate compliment!

David, Sydney

It was an absolutely wonderful weekend. The type of experience that forms long lasting memories. Well worth it I would do it again next year. Wonderful hosts and instructors ! The attention to our safety was appreciated.

Liz, Sydney

A great weekend to learn lots about Astro photography. Highly recommend.

Jason, Hobart

I had an incredible time at Shooting for the Stars. For me personally it was about the location and shooting with Luke and Jay, both of whose photography I am a huge fan of. The technical skills both of these guys have is something that is awesome to learn from and experience if your aim is to grow as a photographer. No matter what your skill level, you are bound to walk away from a workshop with Luke and Jay with new knowledge and technical skills which you can continue to apply to your photography.

Dietmar, Hobart

It was a brilliant few days down on the NSW South Coast. The weather couldn’t have been better for astro and seascape photography and Luke and Jay are two top blokes. You couldn’t meet two nicer or more knowledgeable guys. I felt very lucky to be able to learn from them and shoot with these two legends. The experience will stay with me forever. Thank you!

Yvonne, Sydney

I participated in the Capertee Valley August 2018 workshop! It was always my dream to click pictures of the Milky Way and now that I’m in Australia I really wanted to join this workshop! And it was Amazing! I had never seen so many stars in my life. Jay and Luke took care of everything and answered all the questions I had. They made sure everyone had a good time, was feeling okay and they checked if we all took some great pictures! The amount of people in the group was good and everyone was nice and helping each other. I really had an amazing time and would definitely want to join another astro workshop with Luke and Jay! Thank you guys for this wonderful service and experience, I loved it!

Chelsey, Sydney

Not only were the night astro activities well organised and a fun experience but it was a real added bonus to have day activities included – well done gentlemen.

Tim, Illawarra

I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. Luke and Jay’s knowledge of astrophotography is excellent and they genuinely wanted to transfer that knowledge to all the participants. My photography skills took a great leap forward in just one weekend.

Roger, Sydney

Luke and Jay provided a great venue for the shoot with good accommodation and food to keep us all going. The arrangement and timing were flexible but provided all the time we needed to do all that was planned. The shooting time and workshop training time / teaching space covered all that was needed and access to their knowledge was always just a call away.

About The Leaders

Luke Tscharke portrait
Luke Tscharke

AstroWorkshop Leader

Luke Tscharke is a very passionate professional landscape photographer based in Hobart, Tasmania. He specialises in nightscape imagery, particularly images featuring the galactic core of the milky way and Aurora Australis. Luke has won awards and accolades for his astrophotography including being shortlisted in the 2017 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, and winning editors choice at the 2017 David Malin Astrophotography awards. He has had several astrophotographs published in Australian Geographic, including the magazine cover of issue 126. He has also written articles for Australian Photography Magazine and Australian Geographic on photographing the Milky Way. Luke is an Accredited Professional Photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, and would love to help you learn how to capture and process better night images.

luketscharke.com

jay evans
Jay Evans

AstroWorkshop Leader

Jay Evans is an avid Landscape and Nightscape Photographer based in the Blue Mountains. With a passion for Milky Way, Star Trail and Night Sky Timelapse photography, and a love of capturing the natural beauty of Landscape, seascape, sunrise, sunset, Jay is also a keen guide, educator and conservationist.  He is an accredited Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park (UKTNP) and Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park tour guide and preserves special permissions for after-hours access into the park to capture the night sky over some of Australia’s most iconic landmarks. Jay also administers the Night & Astrophotography group on Facebook, organising group astro tours at easy to reach locations around Sydney, South Coast, and the Blue Mountains and is also a moderator on the ig_australia Instagram account.

jaydidphoto.com.au

Contact Us

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you can also contact us by emailing us: hello@astroworkshops.com