Have you ever wanted to improve your astrophotography and weren’t sure where to start?

Or perhaps you have some experience but would like to photograph the stars somewhere new?

         …well these are the workshops for you!

What You Can Learn

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

AstroWorkshop × Capertee

25 – 27 August 2017

Join Luke Tscharke and Jay Evans on one of two exciting astrophotography workshops 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

AstroWorkshop × Quirindi

14 – 17th September 2017

Get your creative juices flowing on one of two inspiring astrophotography workshops with Luke Tscharke and Jay Evans, based in Quirindi, New South Wales. With special access granted to the Superman barn at Breeza, the Quipolly Dam, and with the potential for the Canola crops to be at their peak, we are sure to have a bumper long photography weekend. The rural landscape and along with the spring season promises to uncover some stunning astrophotography potential.

During the workshop, you will be treated to three nights of dedicated astrophotography coaching and tuition, both in the field during capture and back at the accommodation including post processing sessions. Join us and we will help you take your astrophotography to the next level.

Itinerary includes:

  • Superman Barn
  • Quipolly Dam
  • Canola fields (where available)
  • Werris Creek
  • On-location coaching
  • Image post-processing classes

AstroWorkshop × Uluru

22 – 26th June 2017

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!!

AstroWorkshop × Narooma

20 – 23rd  April 2017

Join Luke Tscharke and Jay Evans on one of two action packed astrophotography workshops 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

What Guests Have Been Saying

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.

Tim, Illawarra

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!

Dietmar, Hobart

Excellent tour. Fabulous conditions. Delivered exactly as advertised by two great photographers who are proficient in their craft.

Peter, 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

Wayne, 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!

Wendy, Sydney

Overall a great experience, with excellent tutorials provided by knowledgeable photographers in a perfect location, with great food, and good accommodation. I would certainly recommend this to others wanting to learn about Astro Photography and I’m looking forward to future workshops on offer from Jay and Luke.

Shane, Central Coast

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.

Jason, Hobart

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 🙂

Kate, Sydney

Shooting for the stars was one of the best workshops I have ever participated in. Luke and Jay work really well together but both have something different in terms of Astro to offer. I have learnt and been able to apply these techniques and had a really fun time doing it.

Stacey, Sydney

I loved the shoot locations and because of your excellent planning and teaching, you set us up for success! Thanks to you both, I had a great time, learnt heaps, and am pleased with my results. Looking forward to the next one!

Penne, Melbourne

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.

David, Sydney

About The Leaders

Luke Tscharke

Workshop Co-Leader

Luke Tscharke is a very passionate professional landscape photographer based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. He specialises in wide-field astrophotography, particularly images of featuring the galactic core of the milky way. He’s an Accredited Professional Photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, and would love to help learn how to capture and process better night images. Luke has won awards and accolades for his astrophotography and has had several astrophotographs published in Australian Geographic, including the magazine cover of issue 126. He also written an article for Australian Geographic on photographing the Milky Way.

www.luketscharke.com

Jay Evans

Workshop Co-Leader

Jay Evans is a highly experienced astrophotographer with an obsession for wide field Milky Way images and timelapse, and specialises in star trail capture techniques and processing. Jay runs the Night & Astrophotography Enthusiasts group on Facebook and Meetup, organising monthly group astro shoots at easy to reach dark sky locations around Western Sydney, Central and South Coast, and the Blue Mountains. With a passion for ecotourism, Jay also hosts immersive Star Trail workshops in the Blue Mountains which have been well received by others. Attendees have developed their passion for the night sky and the wilderness with Jay’s education.

www.jaydidphoto.com.au

Contact Us

Would you like some more information about these workshops, or have a general enquiry?
Please fill out the contact form below and Luke and Jay will get back to you shortly.

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