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Master the Night Sky! Astrophotography Workshop

May 22, 2020
This is a 5 hours Star Trail and Milky Way Astrophotography workshop!

Learn to photograph the night sky from one of the darkest locations in Victoria. Join us at Cape Schanck for a highly practical five-hour introduction to photographing the night sky. This workshop will take place on a moonless night, so it will be possible to see and photograph Star Trails and the Milky Way, as long as the sky remains clear enough. No Astrophotography experience necessary.
  • Very comfortable, small group size
  • Practice-oriented with hands-on experience
  • Very quick learning curve and extremely easy to get used to


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The ultimate Star trail and Milky Way astrophotography workshop.

Every Month
moonless night
Cape Schanck
5 hour
Group size
up to 6 Guests
George Triantafillou
$269 / per person
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Highlights of the Astrophotography workshop

Learn How to Photograph Star Trails and the Milky Way in this Night Sky Photography Course! You will photograph colourful star-trails, milky-way and be helped with taking your image-processing skills to the next level.

The stars and planets have impressed mankind throughout history. We have always looked up to admire the majestic beauty offered by the universe and all the hidden mysteries. While gazing at the Milky Way is wonderful in itself, photographing it turns this into a magical experience. With a camera, we are able to capture details beyond what the eyes can see.

If you’ve ever thought about learning how to shoot amazing star trails and the Milky Way stars with great natural foregrounds, you won’t want to miss this opportunity. Pro photographers instructor George Triantafillou offers you an incredible learning experience under the night skies in some of the darkest favourite locations around Melbourne.

We will start by having a look at some of the optimal camera settings for Star trail and Milky Way photographs. You will photograph colourful star-trails, milky-way and be helped with taking your image-processing skills to the next level.

Capturing the night sky requires excellent technique and fundamental knowledge. By joining this Star trail and Milky Way astrophotography workshop you’ll be guided in the techniques needed as you learn how to capture some amazing night sky photographs.

  • Master your Night-Sky Star trail and Milky Way Astrophotography Skills.
  • The gear you’ll need.
  • How to set the tripod correctly to prevent any vibration.
  • Finding focus and getting sharp images at night.
  • How to Find The Milky Way at Night
  • Shooting Star trails
  • Shooting the Milky Way
  • Understand noise reduction (how and when to use it).
  • Camera modes and basic principles. ISO ratings and how it impacts on your images.
  • Understand the differences between shutter speed/aperture/ISO/white balance, and more.
  • The relationship between aperture and shutter speed.
  • Composition techniques
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Astrophotography Preparation:

  • Planning using phone-apps
  • The right time to take photos
  • The right place for the proper composition
  • Optimal equipment
  • Various techniques for capturing the perfect night picture
  • Tips and Tricks

Star trail Photography:

  • Camera settings
  • Composition
  • Various techniques for capturing the perfect Startrail
  • Where and how to focus for maximum results.

Milky Way Photography:

  • Camera settings
  • Composition
  • Where and how to focus for maximum results.
  • How to use “the 500 rule” to know ideal shutter speed for avoiding motion blur in the stars.
  • Crisp sharp images even at night
When is Milky Way Season?

We are very lucky to live in Australia, which is ranking one of the top places to photograph the Milky Way, due to low population density and it’s rural outback.  As Earth travels and rotates around the Sun, sometimes of the year the Milky Way is better to witness than others. Also called the galactic core.

  • In the Northern Hemisphere, the core is visible from March to October, with prime viewing times from late April till late July.
  • In the Southern Hemisphere, you’re at an advantage as you can see the core from February till October, with the prime time being June and July.

In our astrophotography workshops, we are focusing on the Milky Way and its Galactic core also we are focusing on shooting star-trails when the sky is cloudless throughout the night.

What you need to shoot the Milky Way or Galactic Core?
  • A dark sky
  • A moonless night
  • Away from light pollution
  • The right time of the year
  • A camera (We use Canon EOS 6D, Canon 1DX DSLR, Canon R5 or Nikon 850, Nikon Z9)
  • A wide angle lens
  • A trigger (remote controller)
  • A very stable tripod (We use Benro Tortoise 34c, Gitzo GT3542L or Really Right Stuff RRS TVC-4X)
Enhance your photos while having a fun and unforgettable time during the journey.
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Who is the workshop for?
Everyone who likes to learn Stars and Milky-Way photo techniques.
All experience level welcome.
Photographers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
What do I bring on the day?
This workshop best requires that you have a DLSR or Mirrorless camera which allows for manual settings of Aperture, Exposure Duration, ISO and bulb exposure controls. Your camera should be capable of shooting at 3200 or 6400 ISO in order to get photos of the Milky Way and stars as points of light.

What to bring also:
Your widest angle lens or zoom (eg. 24mm – 70mm, 16mm to 35mm) which are best for night-time photography.
A stable tripod.
A remote shutter release if you have one.
At least 2-3 fully charged camera batteries.
Empty memory cards.
Head torch will be handy or a red-light torch (if you have one). or both!
Camera manual if you are not familiar with your camera settings.

Other Gear:
Warm clothes - It's best to dress in layers with insulating layers close to your body. Windproof jackets and pants are recommended to keep you warm in windy conditions.
Gloves and a winter hat - It's not unusual for temperatures to drop down.
Sturdy boots or hiking shoes.
Water - It's important to stay hydrated at high altitudes.
-Bug Repellent.
-Camping Chair.
-Food and snacks (some provided.)

What is included in the course?
* Included
• Intensive supervision by the workshop leaders
• Coffee and water
What not included in the course?
* Transport
* Travel insurance
* Camera equipment and Items of personal needs
We reserve the right to make any changes to the program as a result of the weather. It is a trip into nature and unfortunately, we have no control over the weather conditions on site. A superior and cautious behaviour to minimize the risk of injury is our first priority. Nevertheless, we would like to mention that all travel activities are at your own risk.

Insurance is in the responsibility of each travel participant. As the organizer and workshop manager, we are excluded from any liability. The workshop is conducted in all weather conditions. By registering for this course the participant confirms that he has understood this important information and thus accepts this clause.

Weather Guarantee
If the weather condition on the day of the workshop it is unacceptable that we cannot run it you can,
• Reschedule to another workshop.
Time and Meet Point
You will receive a phone call 2 days before commencing of the Workshop to confirm if the Astro event can go ahead or not accordingly to the weather. We don't want you to go out there and face only clouds. If cloud prediction is less than 50% the workshop is going ahead. Also an SMS will be send with the time and where to meet (time is changing accordingly to the season).

Please feel free to reach out to us with any question you might have at 0414 222 958 at anytime.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Whether you're a budding enthusiast or a experienced photographer, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive support and guidance tailored to enhance your photography proficiency.
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