Learn how to shoot at night. We will explore how to plan and capture sharp images of stars and the Milky Way.
Foreground, subject and composition require a slightly different approach compared to other landscape photography. We will discuss how to set the stage for a sky full of stars. Advanced techniques like multi-row panoramas, star-stacking, star-trails and light-painting will keep you busy once you have mastered the basics.
Things you will be taking home:
- The knowledge to create captivating astro photography images
- A handout
- Our Hero Cheat-Sheet
- A $50 discount towards a Hero Holiday
- Membership to a student-exclusive Facebook group, the Hero Hangout. Share your progress with others and get constructive feedback.
- A smile
We believe that a productive learning environment requires small group sizes. All our workshops are limited to ten students. This allows us to pay more attention to individual needs.
Please note that only one instructor might present if the number of participants for this workshops is low.
Requirements for this workshop are simple:
- A camera with a viewfinder that allows manual control of settings (DSRL, Mirrorless)
- Enough battery power to get you through the night
- A sufficiently sized memory card
- A sturdy, full-height tripod
- A torch (ideally a head-torch)
- A wide-angle or standard-zoom lens (faster apertures are better)
Useful, but not essential:
- A wired or wireless remote
Please arrange your own transportation. We are happy to help you arrange carpooling with other students.
We designed this workshop for photographers who are comfortable with using their cameras in manual mode. If you are not familiar with the exposure triangle and how aperture, shutter speed and ISO interact, we are happy to get you up to speed with our Essentials workshop. Further information here.
While it is not a prerequisite, a basic understanding of composition in landscape photography is of advantage when attending this course. Our Hero Landscapes workshop will get you up to speed. More details here.
Locations are never far from the car park, but you will be moving on uneven terrain at night.
Clothing & ExtraS
We will be out at night. Good clothing for all eventualities is essential. Expect to stand in the wind and cold for extended periods of time.
Your safety is of great importance to us. You should bring:
- Warm layers
- A windproof jacket
- Beanie & gloves
- Snacks & water
- Personal medication
- A sufficiently sized backpack to carry all your camera gear, clothing and extras
You will receive further information with your info package.
We want you to have an enjoyable workshop and to return home in good health. To ensure your safety, and the safety of others, we require you to disclose all relevant health conditions when you book the workshop.
At the beginning of the workshop we give a health and safety induction and warn you about environmental hazards. Both Rob and Dennis hold current first aid certificates and carry a first aid kit and emergency blankets.
It is your responsibility to carry personal medication required for your safety and well-being.
Please notify us immediately if you have any concerns about environmental hazards, your personal level of fitness or if you start to feel unwell at any time during the workshop.
Please note that to attend the workshop you will need to sign a waiver at the beginning of the workshop. In this form you confirm that:
- You received a health & safety induction about environmental hazards.
- You have disclosed any medical conditions that could impact your safety, or the safety of other participants at the time of booking.
- You are responsible for insurance of your personal items.
- You will carry all gear, clothing and personal items as required for the workshop.
- You waive certain legal rights.
The waiver form can be found here. We will also send you a copy with your info package.