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Intro To Astro

3 Days | 2 Nights

When -  25th to the 27th April 2025 

Accommodation - Riverstone House

Locations - Kaniere, Kumara, Mahinpua, Tarakamakau 

Cost - $1,190 including accommodation (20% deposit to secure your spot) 

Maximum Participants - 4

Skill Level - Beginner 

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Nightscape - Mahinapua - Rachel Roberts (1 of 1)
The Reflection
Afterglow
Southern Arm
Riverstone Stack w watermark
Nightscape - Solitude - Rachel Roberts
Mahinapua Jetty Stack-PS Edit
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Rising arch
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Overview

Whether you're just starting on your astro journey or have never taken a photo of the stars, this is adventure is tailor made for beginners. We'll be based at Riverstone House situated on the banks of the Taramakau River halfway  between Greymouth and Hokitika, owned and operated by yours truly. You'll have your own private king or queen bedroom with access to a full kitchen stocked with all the essentials, including continental breakfast supplies that you can help yourself to.

The workshop commences at 12pm Friday 25th April and concludes Sunday 27th April at 12pm.

The exact schedule will be determined according to the whole group’s photographic objectives and the weather. I keep a flexible itinerary to accommodate this.
Places we may visit are some of my most beloved haunts close by such as the Kapitea Reservoir just out of Kumara with the most epic reflections on a still night, Lake Kaniere which is the most compositionally perfect lake in all NZ, Lake Mahinapua also with beautiful reflections and the Taramakau River and bridge which is just a short walk out the back door. We'll shoot the rising Milky Way which is not only a beautiful composition, but also perfect for beginners.

You'll learn;

  • How to plan your compositions using apps such as Photopills 

  • How to focus at night

  • Settings and methods specific to your gear and skill level

  • Single frame exposure techniques 

  • Blended exposure techniques 

  • Milky Way panoramas (mosaics)

  • Stacking 

  • Post processing using Photoshop, Lightroom, plugins, PTGui, Auto Pano Giga,  Sequator and Starry Landscape Stacker.

  • Specific topics discussed and tutored will depend on group ability, skills and understanding.


 

What to bring

Whats Included

  • Mirrorless or DSLR camera

  • Ideally a fast, wide, prime lens; - f/1.4 through to f/2.8, 16mm through to 24mm for the best results, although up to f/4 is fine if your camera has high ISO capabilities. 

  • Spare camera batteries and SD cards

  • Sturdy tripod (essential)

  • Lens heater (not essential but very helpful if you have a bulbous lens that is prone to fogging up)

  • Remote shutter/intervalometer (again, not essential but very helpful)

  • Laptop or desktop with Lightroom and/or Photoshop installed.

  • Thermal base layers

  • Warm jacket*

  • Gloves

  • Sturdy and warm footwear

  • Hat, hood or beanie

  • Head torch with a red light

  • 2-3 lens cloths*

  • Water bottle

  • Snacks

*The high humidity on the West Coast causes dew. If bringing a puffer jacket, please bring a waterproof jacket to go over top. This also is why we need plenty of lens cloths in case your lens starts fogging up.

  • 3 days and 2 nights of landscape astrophotography tuition

  • Accomodation at Riverstone House with your own private king or queen bedroom

  • 2 nights of tuition in the field 

  • 2 post processing tuition sessions to learn the ropes and make your images pop

  • Travel during the workshop

  • Daily continental breakfast supplies to help yourself to

  • Full kitchen with all the essentials to cook and prepare your own meals should you wish to dine in 

  • DOC concession fees

  • Comprehensive Safety Management Plan

  • Pick up/drop off at Hokitika airport

  • Digital workflow sheet spilling all my secrets on how I plan, shoot and edit an image from start to finish.

Whats not Included

  • Personal, equipment and travel insurance

  • Meals except continental breakfast supplies

  • Snacks

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