Astrophotography Workshops

Roger Groom, who runs this website Astro Photography Australia also hosts workshops on astrophotography in Perth Western Australia. This page outlines the current workshops planned. Follow links to the workshop information to make bookings or enquire.

I am passionate about astronomy and astrophotography, and love having any excuse I can to get others enthused also.

I am based in Perth, Western Australia and currently that is where I run my workshops. If you are interested in me running an Astrophotography Workshop for you, your community group, photography club, etc then you are welcome to contact me. All courses are night-time or weekend subject to my availability.

Why do astrophotography workshops with Roger Groom:

  • I have all the equipment or you to try with your camera including several different models of the leading ultra-portable tracking mounts common for nightscapes. Try before you buy.
  • I maintain a set of up to date adaptors for fitting your camera to a telescope including Canon, NIkon, Sony, Pentax, Olympus, Panasonic Lumix, Fuji X.
  • I have 20 years of astrophotography experience in a diverse range of subjects.

One-on-One Astrophotography Workshop Tuition in Perth
(on demand)

Get together with a friend or two to share the cost or just book for yourself, and enjoy an awesome night under the stars learning to use your camera for astrophotography!

I am happy to provide private lessons and workshops on Astrophotography. This can be done at the Perth Observatory, your home, at selected parks and reserves, or at my personal private dark sky site, suitable to yours and my location. Lessons can be as long or short as you wish with the minimum being one hour, and may span several nights. A common approach is one night of three hours.

One-on-one workshops can be just for yourself or a group of friends. Up to five people works well for being able to dedicate sufficient time to each person in the group.

My broad experience with Astrophotography means that I can help you with not just Nightscapes but other forms of astrophotography also (Deep Sky, Planetary, lunar, solar and many more). These might be with a telescope or just your camera on a tripod.

Cost: $100 for the first hour then $80/hour. Payment by EFT or in person (cash or PayPal Here credit card service). Contact Me to discuss what you would like to learn. You will be amazed how much you learn in simply two to three hours.

Vouchers available – contact me.

Astrophotography at the Perth Observatory

If you are interested in attending an astrophotography workshop at the Perth Observatory you can do so by attending one of my workshops below, or by booking a 1-on-1 workshop with me as per above.

Since 2013 I have run more than 10 awesome workshop nights at the Perth Observatory with all participants overwhelmingly happy with their results and the fun nights.

Perth Observatory Nightscapes day & night Astrophotography Workshop

When: Next will be scheduled for mid to late 2019
Where: Perth Observatory, Bickley WA
Dinner: A dinner break will be held at 7pm, Subway catering provided
How to book: Contact Perth Observatory

This workshop is a nightscapes and wide-field astrophotography course at the Perth Observatory. During the afternoon we will work through the technicalities and how-to information in the theatre before then going outside for the night practical.

See the Perth Observatory website for full details.

Perth Observatory – Image Processing for beginners

When: April 2nd 2019, 7pm – 9:30pm
Where: Perth Observatory, Bickley WA
Requirements: BYO Laptop or similar if you wish to do in-class tinkering on your own images
Food: Light refreshments provided
How to book: Contact Perth Observatory

This is a beginners class on astronomy software and image processing. Aimed at a novice DSLR users who have basic comptuer and image processing knowledge, this workshop covers the basics from file management to introductory stacking and post-processing.

This will be a presentation and demonstration lead by the instructor. You are welcome to bring your own laptop or similar to tinker with examples but participants will not specifically be working through examples themselves within the workshop, so a computer is not required.

Topics covered:

  • Types of astronomy images (calibration and light frames)
  • Calibration frames and libraries
  • File types
  • Good file management and data retention processes
  • Basic one file image processing of RAW image in:
    • Lightroom
    • Canon Digital Professional (principals can be applied to other brands of camera)
  • Introduction to the concept of image stacking
  • Basic stacking of wide field nightscape images in Deep Sky Stacker (principals can be applied to other stacking software)
  • Stacking/processing of a startrail image
  • Introduction to post-processing techniques including black-point, saturation, colour temperature, levels and curves in:
    • Lightroom
    • Photoshop

Perth Observatory – Image Processing – Intermediate

When: April 9th 2019, 7pm – 9:30pm
Where: Perth Observatory, Bickley WA
Requirements: BYO Laptop or similar if you wish to do in-class tinkering on your own images
Food: Light refreshments provided
How to book: Contact Perth Observatory

Taking on from where the beginners class will have left of, this intermediate class assumes basic knowledge of image file types, file handling, basic post-processing and the concepts of astronomy image stacking.

In this workshop we delve more in to image stacking and post-processing, incorporating of the use of leading software package PixInsight for more accurate and capable image processing (and associated additional complexities).

Topics covered will include:

  • Quick overview of:
    • Types of astronomy images (calibration and light frames)
    • Introduction to the concept of image stacking
  • Stacking of wide field nightscape images in:
    • Deep Sky Stacker
    • PixInsight
  • Stacking of narrow field images in:
    • CCDStacker
    • PixInsight
  • Layering of stacked and foreground exposures for nightscape images, in Photoshop.
  • Post-processing in:
    • Lightroom
    • Photoshop

Perth Observatory – Image Processing – Advanced

When: April 16th 2019, 7pm – 9:30pm
Where: Perth Observatory, Bickley WA
Requirements: BYO Laptop or similar if you wish to do in-class tinkering on your own images
Food: Light refreshments provided
How to book: Contact Perth Observatory

This image processing workshop takes the intermediate workshop to the next step. Assuming a good understanding of astronomy image processing basics such as stacking and post-processing here we delve a bit deeper.

Topics covered:

  • Optimising your calibration frames
  • Advanced stacking techniques (demonstrated in PixInsight and CCDStack with some inclusion of Deep Sky Stacker):
    • Sigma Clipping and other data exclusion/clipping parameters
    • Normalisation
    • Aligning/Registering on moving targets such as comets
  • Normalisation, colour balance and calibration, in:
    • PixInsight
    • Photoshop
  • Fine tuning noise reduction in:
    • Photoshop
    • PixInsight

Lake Ninan Milky Way session with Stargazers Club WA

When: Saturday 4th May 2019
Where: Lake Ninan, Wongan Hills
How to book: See the Stargazers Club WA page for Milky Way at Lake Ninan

This is a fantastic dark skies opportunity to do astrophotography as a group, with tuition by Roger Groom. More information to come, in the meantime check out the Stargazers link above.

More information: https://stargazersclubwa.com.au/upcoming-events/#!event/2019/5/4/how-to-photograph-the-milky-way

Mount Vincent Astro Photography Twilight Hike

When: Sunday May 11th (rescheduled from April 14 due to weather), 3:45pm – 9:30pm
Where: Mt Vincent, Brookton Highway.
How to book: See the Down Under Discoveries tours page

This unique event combines an afternoon to twilight hike together with astrophotography workshop tuition and night time astrophotography session. More information at the Down Under Discoveries tours page.

More information: https://www.downunderdiscoveries.com/tour/mount-vincent-astro-photography-twilight-hike

Image Processing for Nightscapes

When: July 13th, time TBA
Where: TBA
Requirements: Basic computer knowledge
Food: Light refreshments provided
How to book: Contact Stargazers Club WA

This image processing workshop will teach you the how-to of image processing for nightscape style astrophotography.

The style of workshop will be presentation with discussion. You may wish to bring a comptuer to take notes or tinker with your own images as we go, but we will not be using computers to work through examples in-situ during the workshop as a group.

In this workshop we will cover topics including:

  • Single image processing and post-processing of stacked images, in Photoshop (same principals can be applied to Gimp and other similar software).
  • Calibration of images
  • Registration/aligning of images
  • Combining/stacking of images
  • Masking
  • Layering
  • Basic image attribute modifications of brightness, contrast, saturation, levels, curves.
  • Histogram
  • … and more.

More Workshops …

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