Introduction to astro photography workshop – Canberra



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27 March 2020: Due to the current public gatherings restrictions, these workshops are suspended until further notice.  I am available for one-on-one photography tuition via video link over Zoom or Skype.  Please use my contact form for more details


Milky Way at Horsehead Rock

Milky Way at Horsehead Rock

Believe it or not astro photography is easy to get started in! Within a few short hours I can teach you the basics of astro photography and open a new world to your images. But be warned, astro is addictive!

Note: the dates of these workshops are specifically selected to coincide with the best phases of the moon (ie little to no moon in the sky)

Over the course of an evening I’ll run you through the fundamentals you need to plan a successful astro shoot and capture the night’s sky. We’ll start in the classroom where we go through some basic theory including:

  • My favorite planning apps for the phases of the moon and position of the stars
  • Basic considerations for astro shooting such as the “500 rule”
  • RAW v’s JPG for astro
  • Composition composition composition!
  • Camera configuration tailored to your equipment
  • Fundamentals of single frame astro, star trails and panoramas
  • My favorite processing programs for astro
    • Note: post processing is not part of this workshop

Then we’ll head into the field ready for full astro dark, around 30 minutes from Canberra’s CBD, where we’ll set up our cameras and for three hours we’ll shoot the amazing night sky and put that theory into practice

Glenn is an excellent teacher. He knows what he’s talking about and can explain it to a group with diverse experience in photography. But most of all, Glenn makes the experience of learning inclusive and fun. He’s passionate about his photography and he passes that on. I’d highly recommend his courses

Lyndal C.

The milky way over a jetty at Frecyinet Tasmania

The Milky Way at Freycinet composed of a stitched panorama

Experience level

Star trails image at the cottage

Star trails image at the cottage

This is an introduction to astro photography workshop so it covers the basics without deep diving into the subject. The goal is to teach you how to successfully photograph the night sky. Heavy theory about stars and constellations, etc will not be covered here

This course is also aimed at photographers who are advanced beginners and up. It will help if you already understand the fundamental basics of how to use and control your camera’s shutter speed, aperture and ISO.  If you’ve not yet gotten off auto mode then I highly recommend my Beginner’s DSLR and Mirrorless workshop

Astro photography equipment


  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera, or a camera that you have full manual control over
  • Wide lens of around 24mm or wider, with a large aperture preferably f/2.8
  • Tripod
  • Head torch
  • Spare batteries – for both camera and torch
  • Lots of warm clothing!


  • Remote shutter trigger
  • Additional lenses but leave your super zooms at home for this workshop
  • More batteries!
  • A second camera body, lens and tripod


You can cancel your position in the workshop at least two weeks out for a full refund, If you are cancelling at less than two weeks you will forfeit 50% of your booking fee, however, you can transfer your spot to someone else

I can control a lot of things but I can’t control the weather. Only in the event of heavy cloud cover will the field trip aspect of the workshop be cancelled – we’ll still do the classroom element and reschedule the night sky as soon as possible

About Glenn Martin

Steel wool spinning under the milky way

Steel wool spinning under the milky way

I have a no secrets philosophy to my photography and will share with you anything I can. I’m also a passionate photographer and an experienced workshop facilitator having taught photographers since 2016. I’m often told my teaching style is casual and relaxed which puts participants at ease

My astro images have won numerous awards including a Bronze at the 2017 Epson International Panorama Awards. I’ve captured many aspects of the night sky including the Milky Way, Aurora Australis, the moon eclipse and even the International Space Station going over Canberra

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about this workshop, or check out the other photography workshops I run

7 reviews for Introduction to astro photography workshop – Canberra

  1. Sarah

    Glenn – the workshop was informative and really enjoyable. You gave us so many tools to start us on our astro photography journey. You shared your tips, your photos, your experience and camera settings thereby arming us with heaps of information for the field trip. Your photos are inspirational and I can’t wait to get back out there (hopefully on a warmer night!)

  2. Robin E

    Glenn really focused on what we needed to know and answered any questions clearly and at a level that was easy to understand.

  3. Lyndal C

    Glenn is an excellent teacher. He knows what he’s talking about and can explain it to a group with diverse experience in photography. But most of all, Glenn makes the experience of learning inclusive and fun. He’s passionate about his photography and he passes that on. I’d highly recommend his courses.

  4. Peter C

    In short, it was a very enjoyable experience that has given me another interest in photography. The planning and preparation was an interesting component to the course and has provided me with interesting opportunities for photography in the near future. I have shot the night sky on my resent trip to Adelaide and got some beautiful images from Swanhill golf course in Victoria. I used your example of picking the darkest part of the night, before the rising moon, and got some nice images despite some local lights.

  5. Kathy T

    After seeing Glenn’s stunning photos, I was very keen to do a workshop with him. I found Glenn’s presentation and his explanation on Introduction to Astro, to be very easy to understand, and he covered a good range of important information. He was patient with questions, and had a relaxed, fun attitude. I had read info online about Astro photography, but it was much better to learn, in person, with Glenn. At the shoot location, Glenn’s guidance and information was fantastic. He gave a good amount of one-on-one guidance to each of the participants, which he was able to do because of the small group size. Thanks Glenn for sharing your knowledge and experience. I look forward to doing more practice, and to continuing to be inspired by your great photos!

  6. Phil J

    Glenn, thank you. The course confirmed those “technical” things that I had already worked out but helped with many new learnings. In particular, the information on planning will be extraordinarily useful, especially, as I have now refined my plans for my upcoming trip. The guidance on the creative element of this art form will no doubt lead to much thinking and experimentation.

  7. Ben R

    Glenn is extremely knowledgeable, personable and a general nice guy. The perfect course facilitator.
    Glenn was able to spend a lot of time with us 1 on 1 and answer any and all questions we had – the small size limit of the group made this very easy.
    I look forward to attending another one of Glenn’s course in the very near future!

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