Photograph the Milky Way

in New Zealand
Official Auckland Regional Park Guides

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Astrophotography Workshop on Whatipu Beach

3 workshops this July

$120 per person
(Optional accommodation available at Whatipu Lodge for $45 per person)

Thursday 12 July

Friday 13 July
Saturday 14 July

 

Join us in Whatipu this weekend! (West coast, 1 hour's drive from CBD)
Turn up any time from 5pm to 12am. It is highly recommended to turn up early to familiarize yourself with the beach during daylight.

Price includes group and individual training with photographer Charles Brooks in camera settings and post production.

The Milky Way will be stretching over Paratutae Island for the whole night, which can make for some truly stunning panoramas.

We'll be teaching camera settings and post-processing with your own photos! You'll learn to use Lightroom, Photoshop, PTgui and 3D LUT Creator to create truly astonishing images.

In the event of intermittent cloud cover we will work on some post processing techniques between shots. We might even pull out the light painting sticks! If it's completely clouded over for the duration of the night we will offer a full refund.

What you need to bring:

  1. A Camera (any modern digital camera with a detachable lens)

  2. A Tripod (essential for night photography)

  3. The Widest Lens You Have (ideally 24mm or less and with an aperture of 3.5 or lower. If you don't own one you can rent one from somewhere like Topic Rentals)

  4. A Torch (bring a red light if you have one, like a bicycle light. Red light helps you change your camera setting without blinding you or your neighbors)

  5. Really Warm Clothes (It can be surprisingly windy and cold!)

  6. A Cable Release or Remote (to allow your camera to take photos longer than 30 seconds)

  7. Gumboots / Spare shoes and socks (there are a couple of shallow rivers that you'll have to cross - wet feet are almost a certainty)

  8. A Thermos of Your favorite hot drink

  9. Did we mention to bring a Torch? (super important)

  10. Optional: Laptop with Photoshop and Lightroom (we will teach you editing techniques on ours if you don’t bring your own)


    Please message us at highrestours@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns about gear.

    We’ll send you a detailed itinerary and weather updates a few days before the event. If it looks bad we’ll cancel and refund you. Sometimes, even if the forecast is clear, we get cloud: If you do turn up and it’s cloudy all night we’ll offer a full refund!

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 High Res Tours Workshop student capturing a panorama at Whatipu - June 2018

High Res Tours Workshop student capturing a panorama at Whatipu - June 2018

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