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Astrophotography Program - 7 Events

7 NIGHTS OF ASTRO SPREAD OUT OVER THE SEASON WITH RACHEL GILLESPIE ASTROPHOTOGRAPHER & TUTOR - 24 SPOTS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST STREAM ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY 2024 

Welcome to our Astrophotography 7 Stars Workshop Program suitable for all levels of photography - SEE DETAILS BELOW

The introduction modules run online (2 events) and you can then choose from 7 in-person events on the following dates for out-in-the-field workshop shoots, strictly limited numbers - DOC Approved

All locations are subject to weather and may change in the lead-up to the week prior so plan accordingly

Payments plans available - THIS PRICING IS A ONE-OFF OPPORTUNITY FOR THE LAUNCH

The Online Workshops will run live at the beginning of March and will be recorded for replay

GET YOURS BELOW  OR EMAIL FOR BANK DETAILS AND RECEIVE YOUR enrolment pack info@nztraveladventure.com

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Dive Deep in to Astrophotography with a small group of like-minded photographers and create a season of epic content!

Astrophotography 7 Stars Workshop Program

Hey guys, Rachel here; I have put together what is to be the most comprehensive value-for-money astrophotography adventure season event around. I am super stoked to be able to share this with you, and not only will you come out of it taking amazing photos, but you will meet and hang with some other amazing creatives, learn how to edit your photos, what not to do as much as what to do and much more fun in the most incredible locations in the South Island of New Zealand.  With my many years experience and background in hosting  tourism adventure groups and photography workshops I am excited to bring this extensive program to the market.

If you are new to astrophotography this is brilliant for you; if you are a seasoned photographer, this is also great for you to get out with a group and take the adventure to get consistently epic shots for your portfolio and have fun doing it and make some adventure buddies.

You will learn and get:

  • Seven nights of astrophotography adventure in some of the best dark skies in the World; you choose from 12 dates below, we will meet up, a full itinerary will be sent to you the week before your arrival

  • Professional instruction on how to use your gear, what lenses to use, what additional gear you may wish to invest in over the season, where to buy second hand gear, use of some loan gear to help you decided what you like, how to setup your camera for night images and master magic single images, stacking, how to shoot panoramas and other types of astrophotography

  • Connection with our gear partners 

  • Priority access to the AstroApp new lessons on release

  • Composition of images and how to start thinking like an astrophotographer scouting location where possible, online before you go and in the field on location

  • Meetup and Sunday post processing and editing sessions, Lightroom and Photoshop and how to stitch multiple rows of images can be accessed over the year on some of these dates or otherwise accessed training online just for this group

  • How to plan your shoot - What apps to use to plan your night skies position of the Milky Way Galaxy, aurora australis alerts and other valuable planning tools and apps

  • Personal coaching with your own camera and settings, troubleshooting and working on planning

  • Written updates and lessons to take home and download

  • Access to private group communication on this course

  • Access to private chats with invited astrophotographer guest speakers to talk with you about your photography from my private network (this in itself will be gold)

  • We will try our best to team people up together for accommodation/transport if we know others are looking to share (at your own cost)

  • Graduate from our course with an after-session questionnaire and gain a certificate of merit (optional)

  • An additional business mentoring option is not included in this course; enquire for more information if this should interest you

South Island locations

Dates - choose from 7 of  the 12 following (plus you get the 2 online introduction events free totalling 9)

1.      Saturday 9th March (New Moon 10th March) - Twizel

2.      Saturday 6th April  (New Moon 8th April) - Kaikoura

3.      Saturday 4th May (New Moon 8th May) - Canterbury High Country

4.     Saturday 11th May (New Moon 8th May) - Tekapo

5.     Saturday 1st June (New Moon 6th June) Tekapo/Aoraki

6.     Saturday 8th June (New Moon 6th June) Tekapo/Aoraki

7.     Saturday 29th June (New Moon 5th July) - Kaikoura

8.     Saturday 6th July (New Moon 5th July) - TBA South Island

9.     Saturday 31st August (New Moon 3rd September) - Twizel

10.  Saturday 7th September (New Moon 3rd September) - TBA South Island

11.  Saturday 5th October (New Moon 2nd October) - TBA South Island

12. Saturday SPARE date - TO BE ADVISED IF NEEDED

(if you cannot make all these dates message us for other possible packages (if all 20 are not presold we may consider it)

You will need to own, borrow or hire:

  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera that can shoot well in low light situations

  • Large capacity, fast memory cards, we will discuss this on the first call

  • Solid tripod with a ball head, especially if you want to take panoramas

  • Remote shutter (optional) check your camera may have it built in (eg, Canon R6)

  • Spare camera batteries

  • Lens that is wide and goes down to at least aperture of F2.8 - eg 14mm, 15-30mm 24mm prime

  • Winter weather gear (list will be provided)

  • Let us know if you are unsure about your gear

Safety and permits

We hold a Department of Conservation permit under the company Southern Photography Adventures Limited, public liability insurance and first aid certificate

Your Investment 

$199 per session - total package $1,393.00 for all 7 workshops

If you are not as mad as Rachel wanting to be out all Winter in the cold you can take up the opportunity to attend at $299 per session for one off night, multiples can be selected at checkout

or Payment Plan 

$247 per session - total package $1,729.00 paid over 8 months (paid by bank deposit direct debit)

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