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

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!

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!

Penne, Melbourne

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!

Chelsey, Sydney

The Astro Workshop in Quirindi really did exceed all my expectations. It was professionally well run, with fantastic scenery for both daytime and night time shoots. Both Jay and Luke were very approachable, friendly and informative and the other attendees were one of the best bunch of people Ive met on a workshop. Id certainly look at booking another one with these guys.

Liz, Sydney

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

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.

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!

Stacey, Sydney

Shoot for the Stars x Uluru was an incredible experience. Luke and Jay worked very hard planning the trip and it paid (sic) off. We had some great weather and always seemed to be in the right place of the right time. The help/new ideas Luke and Jay offer both out in the field and processing is invaluable.

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.

Renee, Sydney

I really enjoyed the workshop and would do it again. Thanks so much for all the effort and work that went on behind the scenes to make this such a great experience!

David, Canberra

Very happy with the workshop and its organisation and the efforts of both Jay and Luke – I would definitely look to coming on another Uluru workshop

Trevor, Sydney

We were so fortunate to have just wonderful conditions for the first two nights as we could have had cloudy skies which would have been so disappointing. I would have liked to photograph from some other locations to have a greater variety of images. Saying this takes nothing away from the overall experience of the beauty of the park, of being out in the Australian desert & working with two craftsmen both of whom offer so much in sharing the knowledge of their craft. Thank you Luke & Jay for your guidance, great enthusiasm & encouragement.

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

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