Introduction to Astrophotography Canberra

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2023 workshops finished in September!
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Milky Way and Aurora Australis

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.

Experience level

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

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

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  • 5
    Introduction to Astro Photography

    Posted by MerrilyW on 25th Sep 2023

    Can't rate this course highly enough. Had amazing fun and was able to take home some shots I was very proud of. Glenn delivers his course with tons of energy and care for every one of his students. He is extremely knowledgeable, No-one misses out. Information is delivered in a well-structured way that is easy to understand. Making sure everyone was safe at night was also not overlooked. Can't recommend this course enough for everyone - it MUST be on your list. Thanks Glenn!

  • 5
    Intro to astro - a great investment of my time

    Posted by Mike on 20th Sep 2023

    I joined Glenn for his introduction to astrophotography in September 2023 and found the course extremely informative. His experience provided me with a great deal new knowledge that will improve my astrophotography. The investment of my time was invaluable. Thank you Glenn.

  • 5
    Introduction to Astrophotography Workshop

    Posted by Warren B. on 23rd Aug 2023

    This is a very worthwhile workshop. Glenn is a relaxed presenter with a passion for his topic, and takes the time to make sure his students understand the content before showing where it could lead them. Highly recommended.

  • 5
    Intro to Astro Photography

    Posted by Denise Iglesias on 17th May 2023

    Information provided in the theory session was very relevant and not overwhelming. Practical session was a lot of fun and very productive. Glenn is so patient and kind when troubleshooting issues during the practical. I felt very comfortable asking for help and I learnt a lot.

  • 4
    Intro to Astrophotography Workshop 21 April 2023

    Posted by Janet H on 8th May 2023

    Glenn's Intro to Astrophotography Workshop was well organised and delivered in an easy to understand style, covering the fundamentals, the importance of planning and some technical information about initial camera settings. Glenn also provided a list of useful applications & relevant programs for planning & processing astrophotography shots. The practical session at Lake George, later in the evening, enabled us to put this information into practice and capture single exposure & panorama shots of the Milky Way & star trails all on the same night. Glenn assisted each of us within the small group to make the most of the clear night to get some great shots and deal with a myriad of questions about settings & challenges we were experiencing. I was very happy with what I achieved at Glenn's introductory workshop.

  • 5
    Explained all the mysteries and questions I had

    Posted by Robin on 3rd Apr 2023

    The Intro to Astro course explained all the mysteries and questions I had about how to take great photos. Very helpful and knowledgeable. Loved seeing the fruitions of what I had just learnt. Highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to photograph the stars. Robin E from Facebook 15/8/2018

  • 5
    The mix with classroom style workshop with on field practice is great

    Posted by Rach on 3rd Apr 2023

    Glenns astro workshop is very informative, relaxed and the mix with classroom style workshop with on field practice is great. The small class size is fantastic as this enables Glenn to spend time helping everyone out on the field. Definitely recommend to anyone who wishes to learn how to take photos of the night sky! Rach H. from Facebook 12/9/2018

  • 5
    Learned so much

    Posted by Tailai on 3rd Apr 2023

    Fantastic class last night. Learned so much. lm excited about long exposures and capturing the night sky. Glenn helped me with setting up my equipment right through to taking my first Milky Way shot and even a panorama. Tailai O. from Facebook 7/10/2018

  • 5
    Would recommend to anyone

    Posted by Emma on 3rd Apr 2023

    Had a great time doing the Astro Workshop. Very informative, Glenn was a great teacher. Learnt how to get some great shots of the Milky way. Would recommend to anyone. Emma F. from Facebook 8/4/2019