Andy Smith Photographic

Astro Photography Workshop

Astro Photography Workshop

Learn to shoot manually and experience the night sky with us.

Join us on an astro photography workshop in Ballarat to learn how to shoot in low light conditions and be able to photograph the night sky. Workshops last 2 hours with maximum group sizes of 4 people so that all participants can get required attention. They are suitable for all skill levels for those who have never been out at night with a camera to those who know what they are doing behind a lens.

Astro Photography Workshop

What you'll learn

Workshops start off learning the theory with exposure and how to shoot manually. We will go over using shutter speed, aperture and ISO specifically for shooting at night and how these settings relate and are used. Once this has been learned we will start to put that theory into practice and get the camera pointing up at the stars. 

Setting up your camera can be daunting when trying to get an astro shot. We will show you what settings are required to be able to get the best photo of the stars.

We will show you how to frame up the best shot of the Milky Way. The locations we take you to are specifically picked to get the best possible photo.

You’ll be able to walk away from the workshop with your own photos of the stars and Milky Way.

Your Instructor

After picking up a camera in 2014 when moving to Australia it soon became apparent that it was more than just a hobby.

Self taught through the years I realised that landscape photography was what drove me to take photos. The thrill of being in nature, discovering sometime unknown locations and capturing it in a way that can last forever.

This grew into a passion to teach via photography workshops so that others can experience the same landscapes that are all around us whilst learning to use a camera.

Astro Photography Workshop

Here's what others are saying
Lake Gunn Astro
Thank you for a great course Andy! The workshops are suitable for experienced photographers as well as novist or hobby snappers such as me. I really enjoyed it & got so much out of it, including handy tips and a great cheat sheet to refer back to.
Astro Photography Workshop
Andy’s Astro workshop was an immersive experience, sharing his thorough knowledge while educating in an approachable and friendly way. Highly recommend this workshop for anyone wanting to give Astrophotography a go.
Mountain sunset
I took Andy’s sunset photography workshop and it was honestly such good value for money. The face to face, on-site workshop went for 2 hours where I learnt so many tips and tricks. Andy teaches in depth but is approachable and passionate. Thanks ASP!

Astro Photography Workshop

Frequently Asked Questions

Not at all. The workshops will go through everything you need to know to use your camera to take photos at night. 

For those of you that do have experience and want to further your skills we can delve into more advanced shooting techniques.

To shoot astro the most important thing with your camera is to have a wide angle lens. This can be anything from 12mm to 24mm. Other than this a sturdy tripod is essential, without this shooting night skies is all but impossible. If you have a remote shutter they can be handy but it is not required. Bringing a torch is worthwhile for any walking we might need to do. 

A warm coat, hat and gloves is recommended. We will be in areas that are exposed at night and it is likely to be cold and potentially windy. Unfortunately there is not much protection from the elements when shooting astro so there’s no overdoing it with layers.

Hand warmers can be a life saver!

Travel to and from Ballarat is included in the workshop. The itinerary is flexible to react to the weather and conditions and as such it’s easier to travel together.

That being said, if you’d like to take your own car and meet at location that is absolutely fine. We will reach out after booking to discuss locations and pickup details.

Unfortunately astro workshops are heavily dependant on the weather. Each month there are about 2.5-3 weeks suitable to shoot astro before there is a full moon and too much natural light. However cloud can be problematic.

Workshop bookings are only taken close to the event so that weather can be assessed and judged to be suitable for the workshop. However, in cases where it is not possible to run a workshop bookings are transferrable to another date.

If you’d like to learn more about processing and developing the photos you’ve taken we also run workshops to do just that. 

Join us on a processing workshop to learn how to finalise your photos and get them ready for print and digital use.


Astro Photography Workshop

Together we will have plenty of time to practice shooting the stars. As they, practice makes perfect, and with astrophotography the best way to learn is to be behind the camera. There will be opportunities to learn and practice composition and exposure techniques to enhance night photos.