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Intro to Astro Photography

Intro to Astro Photography

Friday 02 August
Wentworth Falls Picnic Area - 7pm - 2 Hours
Blue Mountains Photographers
Robert Palejs
Do you gaze up at the night sky with wonder?

What about looking up at the stars and thinking, how old that light you are seeing is?

Maybe you watch as day and night morph into one, and the stars come out to play.

This meetup is going to cover everything you need to know to start capturing amazing single-shot astrophotography and a few extra bits of helpful advice. The learned basics of capturing a single frame will form the building blocks of your astrophotography journey. Think of this meetup as your first step on that journey or for those who have already started, maybe a road sign.

Astrophotography looks amazing and packs a real punch, however, you do not need to spend a fortune to partake. Does gear make a difference, the simple answer is yes, but it is not the deciding factor when it comes to astrophotography.

This meetup will look at planning your session, camera settings, and required equipment. I want this meetup to help you maximize your current gear as your start capturing milky way shots.
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Come along to our photo sessions to dust off your camera and get snap-happy with a professional photography instructor.

Brush up on your camera skills and learn new photography techniques whilst on a photo walk class with other local keen photographers!

We run two hour photography sessions based on a photography theme/technique/style and they take place in various locations in Bathurst .

  • New to photography? We also run a popular 3 hour Beginners Guide to Photography Class once a month. And once in a while we will run special niche 3 hour classes, for example, Astrophotography - so do subscribe to our newsletter to know when the next on is!

  • Who can attend? Open to all skill levels, from beginners to keen amateurs. The photography instructor is there to help you with camera settings and provide any advice you need.

  • What to bring? We recommend bringing a camera that has full manual mode or semi-manual modes (Aperture or Shutter Priority). Compact cameras and smartphones also welcome!

    The meeting point and full details for the day are sent in the booking confirmation email to the email address you provide at time of booking.

    Join the Bathurst Photography Group on Facebook to share your photos after the session.

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
    Bathurst Photography Group
    Title or Location: Taken from Bathurst Observatory at Billywillinga
    The Eta Carina Nebula is a highlight of the Southern skies. Located not far from the Southern Cross, it is a fairly easy target to capture. This image is an average of about 50 frames taken with a Nikon D7200 attached to a 14 inch diameter F2 telescope. The pink areas are hydrogen gas clouds glowing due to the number of younger hot stars within it.
    Credit: Ray Pickard

    Bathurst Photography Group
    Title or Location: Taken from Bathurst Observatory at Billywillinga
    Image of Comet Leonard from the first of January back in 2022. The comet was not really visible to the eye, but stunning with the wide angled telescope. The image was taken using a Nikon D7200 at the prime focus of this telescope.
    Credit: Ray Pickard
    Bathurst Photography Group
    Title or Location: Mt Panorama / Wahluu
    These tiny Silvereyes were feeding excitedly in a small Wattle tree. As one hung upside down feeding I capture the other flying toward my camera!
    Credit: Genevieve Schebeck
    Facebook: Genevieve Schebeck Photography
    Instagram: @genevieve.schebeck

    Bathurst Photography Group
    Title or Location: Grow Early Learning - Kelso
    Every Monday and Thursday, my two boys love when daddy picks them up from daycare. I find the time of 5:30pm is perfect, the golden hour of the sun setting. This gives me a brief moment to appreciate another beautiful day living in Bathurst and what it has to offer. A moment of pure silence to take capture a moment that will last a life time and before I walk into my sons daycare and all the fun chaos begins with having 3 kids under 5 bring.
    Credit: David Aiello
    Facebook: Grow Sunsent
    Instagram: Grow Sunsent

    Bathurst Photography Group
    Title or Location: Icefeilds parkway alberta canada
    The drive theough the icefeilds parkway in Alberta Canada show you the brute strength of glaciers as the whole valley and gully's were carved out millions of years ago by glaciers.
    Credit: Angus McIntyre
    Instagram: angusmcintyrre
    Bathurst Photography Group
    Title or Location: In my garden
    The Silvereyes are tiny birds that love to feast on insects in the Japanese Maple outside my office window. I captured this one just as they were taking off to feed in another tree.
    Credit: Genevieve Schebeck
    Facebook: Genevieve Schebeck Photography
    Instagram: @genevieve.schebeck

    Chichester Photography Group
    Title or Location: East bank of the River Arun West Sussex
    Out for an evening walk heading up the river Arun, luckily this vessle gave an already colourful photo op a finishing flourish.
    Credit: Steve Smith
    Instagram: PS & H Photography
    Leicester Photography Group
    Title or Location: Titchwell Reserve Norfolk
    I was focusing on a Marsh Harrier and when I put the camera down I saw this Robin perched on the edge of my table. He just stared at me and patiently waited as I reset the camera. I still had my zoom on and almost fell off my seat leaning to get focus. The images of this bird are among my favourite sets....
    Credit: Mike Hobson
    Maidstone Photography Group
    Title or Location: Betws-y-Coyed North Wales.
    Taken in Betws-y-Coyed. Swallow Waterfall. Nikon D750 & Nikkor 24-120 mm lens.Long exposure 30sISO 100f/22120 mm
    Credit: Jako Ecka

    Christchurch Photography Group
    Title or Location: Castle Hill,South Island, NZ
    Castle Hill is an amazing location for Landscape and Astro photography. Used a Nikon Z6ii & 20mm 1.8 lens along with a lens warmer plus the Photo Pills planner.The moon was brighter than expected - 5 days old but it actually did us a big favour in lighting up the rocks with the Milky Way core above it. This is the jpeg with no edits.
    Credit: Kevin Woods
    Detroit Photography Group
    Title or Location: Capital Reef National Park, Utah
    I was on a photo workshop in the park with about 8 others. We set up for the night in the Cathedral Overlook campground. At about 3:30 am, the leader got us up and we drove, then hiked to this spot. We took astro shots, then waited in place for a couple hours until early light on the cathedral formations. This is was a merging of the two exposures that created this image.
    Facebook: ROY GOLDSBERRY
    Nashville Photography Society
    Title or Location: Percy Priest lake
    Just out to clear my head before a busy work week.
    Credit: Dave koz
    Facebook: Dave koz
    Instagram: Kozkreationphotography

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