On this masterclass, you will learn how to take stunning photographs of the night sky and Milky Way in one of the world’s best areas for viewing the night sky. Guided by expert tutors Spencer Clubb and Joel Stavely, you’ll understand the best settings and techniques to help you improve your skills and knowledge of shooting stars and focusing in the dark. The Masterclass offers a mixture of both tuition and post-processing sessions to help you create some stunning photographs of the night sky.

Capture to Print Masterclass Workshop: Our Astro Masterclass offers a mixture of both tuition and post-processing sessions to help you create some stunning photographs of the night sky. The workshop concludes with printing two of your best images as 16x22" fine art prints.
Astrophotography & Processing
Timelapse Photography & Workflow
Panoramic Photography & Stitching


Aoraki Dark Sky Reserve
The Hermitage Hotel
Private Night Sky Observatory ITINERARY

Day 1
We will pick you up early from Queenstown airport/hotel, or you can meet us in Mt Cook at lunchtime. After assembling in our conference room at the Hermitage Hotel, we will run through an programme of advanced camera setup for astrophotography, also covering workflows on panoramic and timelapse photography. In the evening, we will head out for our first sunset and nighttime shoot in the Dark Sky Reserve in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.
Day 2
We will spend today exploring Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. The day will be alternating between locations in the park and covering and doing some timelapse and panoramic photography. We will have dinner at Mt Cook village, heading out after dinner to capture the Milky Way above the Southern Alps and maybe a stop for some light painting before a late return to our hotel.
Day 3
We will spend this morning in the hotel conference room to offer some group critique of the photographs from the last days, coving in-depth post-production to bring out the best in your Astro images, and a tutorial on making a timelapse sequence. This afternoon we will venture further afield to explore more of the beautiful Mackenzie Country, including Lake Ohau’s shores and Lake Pukaki. We will visit a private observatory to learn more about the night sky and photograph the constellations. Day 4
Depending on how late we stayed up last night, there might be an option for a sunrise shoot to capture some of the first morning light across the southern alps. We will help you process your two best images from the workshop and produce a finished 16x22" fine art print to take home. The workshop will finish after lunch today; we will return to Queenstown to meet with late afternoon flights.

4 Days Photography Tuition
Night Sky Tour at a private observatory
3 nights accommodation at Hermitage Hotel in a twin room (single upgrade available)
3 cooked breakfasts at the Hermitage Hotel
Copy of Pocket Guide to Landscape Photography
Free access to our Online Essential Landscape Photography Course
Two 16x22" Fine-Art Prints from the Epson SureColor P906
Use of Benro filters kits
Conference room for processing & printing
Transport during the workshop
Queenstown pickup/dropoff (or meet at Mt Cook)
DOC concession fees
Donation to our Conservation Fund

Key Info

  • alarm Duration: 5760
  • person Age: All Ages
  • people Group Size: Min 1 Max 8

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  • Available for all ages
  • Packages start from NZ$3800.00pp

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