Learn the basics of Astrophotography, take full manual control of your camera, and make beautiful images of our night sky.

Taught by Mark Russell, a Kerikeri based photographer, who has been taking photos of the Milky Way and the dark sky for over a decade.  Mark has worked closely with Aotea / Great Barrier Island and the island of Nuie assisting photographically in their successful applications to become Dark Sky Sanctuaries.

Mark makes the class welcoming and guarantees you will leave with the skills to take pictures of our night sky.  Breaking down the techniques used, Mark will focus on your camera settings (shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance) along with lens selection, composition and also editing images through to publication.

Theory will be hands on (bring a camera and a tripod if you have one), with spares available for those without.  Following the practical theory section, we will step outside and use the techniques just learned to take images of the night sky.  The course runs in all weathers, with a backup shooting scenario planned if there is rain.

The Plough & Feather is an English-style Gastro Pub with a Northland twist, and they celebrate the culture, history, and stories of the people and land around them through food and drink. The Plough & Feather sits on the very land where Europeans and Maori first lived together peacefully, adjacent to the Stone Store and New Zealand’s oldest building, The Mission House. 

Cost includes 3hr workshop and delicious shared platters. Drinks are available to purchase at the venue, including their very own range of craft beers and wine. Numbers are strictly limited and will sell out!