Night Sky Photography Workshops

Have you ever wished you could photograph the amazing Australian night sky?

With just your Digital SLR and a tripod, award winning photographer Phil Hart will teach you how to capture wide-field scenes of the night sky, long-exposure star trail images and timelapse video. And yes.. your camera is good enough and you can take images like these!

Workshop dates through early 2015 have been set. There are only a few each year but they are popular. Book in early to secure your place using the form at the bottom of this page.

Topics include:

  • What's up in the night sky at different times of the year
  • Optimum ISO, aperture and exposure settings for night sky photography
  • How to focus in the dark
  • Long exposure photography with manual and programmable timer releases
  • Controlling your camera's noise reduction settings
  • Photographing the moon and moonlit landscapes
  • Keeping your lens free from dew on cold nights
  • Timelapse video sequences of the night sky
  • Image processing of night sky photos

Every participant receives a 129 page eBook covering all the above topics and more.

Through our workshops, run in partnership with Michaels Camera Store, you'll learn how to take the following types of night sky images:

Twilight Landscapes

Night Sky Scenes

Long Exposure Star Trails

As well as the images above, we'll also show you how to make timelapse videos of the night sky like this:


Two different styles of workshop are available:

  • Short course in the City:
    This course consists of an instructional session held at Michaels Camera Store in the city (Melbourne) with an optional practical session on a clear weeknight in the following week, at a site on the edge of Melbourne where we can capture images of the night sky away from the lights of the city. Friday evening session runs from 5:30-8:30pm. Adult $185, Concession $125, Child $95.
  • Weekend Workshop at Lake Eppalock
    Starting on a Friday evening, we enjoy three nights and two days staying under very dark country skies beside Lake Eppalock in central Victoria. We will go through instructional sessions during the day and weather permitting take photos of the sky at night. There is some time during the weekend to visit local wineries and other attractions or just explore the site. Adult price $515 plus $60 per night for self-catering accommodation (twin-share). Partners can usually be accommodated as well or discounts are available for couples participating in the workshop together. The course includes a Sunday night, but it is possible to leave early that final evening or Monday morning and be back in town for work if necessary.

    Read full information about the weekend workshop arrangements including what to bring in this Weekend Workshop Information Pack.

Workshops for your Photography Club

If you have a group of people interested in a Night Sky Photography Workshop, anywhere in Australia, please contact me with the form below and we can discuss setting up a custom workshop tailored to your group.

Your Instructors


Phil Hart

Neil Creek

Phil Hart has been observing and photographing the night sky for almost twenty years. What started as a DIY hobby with film cameras on a student budget has developed into an all-consuming passion and admiration for what modern digital SLRs can do. As a natural educator, he enjoys sharing his passion for astronomy and photography, and can help you take amazing images of the night sky with your own DSLR. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious David Malin prize for Astrophotography.

Neil Creek is a professional photography educator and writes for the Digital Photography School (DPS). Phil and Neil met through the Astronomical Society of Victoria in their early days in the hobby. Neil has written three photography eBooks for DPS and is available to provide extensive help to beginners during the weekend workshops if the number of attendees requires more than one instructor.

Feedback

A wonderful course that has opened up a whole new world in terms of what can be achieved with the right settings and plenty of experimentation. I’m hooked!!
Kym, July 2011

I came to the course as an astronomy buff wanting to learn more about night sky photography, and I did. Your expertise and patience was exemplary. I didn't know just how much I didn't know about capturing the night sky with a DSLR. After a few hours at home doing some processing I have a series of pictures that I think are the best I have ever taken. The venue was great and ideally located. It was quite simply one of the nicest learning experiences I have ever had.
Geoffrey Wyatt, Education Officer, Sydney Observatory. February 2013

Read more feedback on the workshops here.

Registration

Register for any of these workshop dates using the links below which will take you to the TryBooking website to complete the process.

Short Course in Melbourne, 5:30-8:30pm at Michaels Camera Store in Melbourne (Adult $185, Concession $125, Child $95)
Friday 13th February 2015
Friday 15th May 2015
Friday 4th September 2015

Weekend Workshop at Lake Eppalock (Adult price $515 plus $60 per night for self-catering accommodation, twin-share)
Friday 17th - Monday 20th October 2014

Further Information

To ask questions or express your interest in future dates please use the form below. We also have a Night Sky Photography Facebook page with participant's images from earlier workshops or you can 'Like' the page to get further updates. We look forward to seeing you at one of our workshops soon!

Phil Hart & Neil Creek, October 2014