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2022 Workshops Contact
& Field Trips


COVID19: With the spread of COVID19, associated  travel and social distancing restrictions, all workshops are naturally subject to any government public health orders.

Even as restrictions are relaxed, COVID19 will continue to be present.  As the situation evolves, we will  continue to give further consideration as to when and how workshops can be delivered safely and hygienically without risk to participants or staff. In turn, all participants and staff involved in astro workshops are required to comply with all measures and be triple vaccinated.

You can enrol with confidence, refunds available for any workshops that need to be cancelled or postponed due to COVID. You can choose to get a full refund or keep your place in the postponed/rescheduled workshop.

Stay safe look after yourselves and we'll all meet on the other side of this difficult period.

Joe Cali



Workshops with Photoaccess
 
Interested?  Contact me with an expression of interest and you will be emailed when courses & excursions open for enrolment. Your email won't be used or passed on for any other purpose.


2022 WORKSHOP PROGRAM


Above: Comet Leonard shot with DSLR camera, 135mm lens, 
ISO 800, f2.8
star  tracker, 12 x 90s exposures stacked in Photoshop.

Image Above:  Margaret Stapper was a participant in the first Nightscapes and Star Trails course [May 2019].
                          Margaret captured this dreamy nightscape during the course fieldtrip.












Image below: Picture taken during April 2021 field trip between Young and Cowra.
                         Pentax K1 Samyang 14mm f2.8 ISO6400 30 seconds.






Digital Toolbox:
Photoshop and Lightroom -  from the ground up

(  Photoaccess Teaching Room Manuka )

Aimed at complete beginners, and over 4 three-hour sessions, Joe will start at the basics and quickly teach you a set of robust processing techniques essential for photographers that can be applied to astrophotographs or any other type of photograph. This is a face-to-face course that will cover both Lightroom and Photoshop.
 
We will look at various file types and the differences between raw and jpg capture.  We'll run through the whole of the develop module in Lightroom and look at how the library module can help you stay organised.  We'll also look in less depth at the map module, the slide show and web gallery generator. 

Then we'll unravel the mysteries of Photoshop. Photoshop is a complex behemoth of a program. This is because it tries to be all things to all people. It's the industry standard in layout, graphic design and publishing as well as digitial painting and rendering, 3D and photography.  Joe has used Photoshop for 30 years and taught it for 20 years. He will help to cut through the complexity and introduce you to "Photoshop for Photographers." A reduced but very powerful function and tool set that will give you more control than you thought possible for all photography not just astrophotography.

The course assumes you can use a computer, mouse, keyboards, understand how to use your operating system and file organisation but you do not need any prior experience with Photoshop or Lightroom. We start at the beginning and work up quite quickly skipping all the slow techniques typically taught to beginners. 12 hrs is not long to learn both programs.  This workshop is better suited to quick learners. If you struggle using a computer and learning computer techniques, perhaps this is not the workshop for you.  A much slower paced Lightroom course is on the drawing boards.

Course includes access to Joe's video tutorials on his website. We do ask you to have your licenced installed versions of Lightroom Classic and Photoshop already running on your own computer that you can bring to class to gain full benefit  from this hands on workshop. Please ensure the programs are installed and licenses registered and everything working before coming to class. Class time is valuable and it's unfair to your classmates to expect them to sit aroundwhile the tutor helps with basic IT issues that are better handled out of class. 

Dates: TBA (November?)
 
Venue: Photoaccess Manuka 6:00pm-9:00pm    Cost  $325

Inclusions: Instruction +  Lightroom Notes + password access to video tutorials for Photoshop techniques.

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Long Weekend Tracked Astrophotography Workshop @ 34 South 
Dark Sky tracked astrophotography retreat near Young.

Spend the reconciliation day long weekend shooting and enjoying the stunning dark skies at “34 South,” located 160km northwest of Canberra between Cowra and Young with expert astrophotographer,  Joe Cali. 

In addition to some fixed tripod nightscape photography, this workshop will primarily focus on tracking techniques. A few tracking devices will be available ranging from entry level tracker devices to a $10000 Takahashi EM-200 high precision mounting.  Joe will demonstrate the set-up of these devices including all important polar alignment techniques. Polar alignment technique instruction is an accurate optical technique  and will not require purchase of any expensive software or hardware.

Bring your own tracker or take turns on Joe’s trackers and precision mount. Requirements: DSLR & lenses, tripod, remote release or intervalometer, sleeping bag and towel, very warm clothing, own transport. 

*34 South is Joe’s private home, 1 3/4 hours drive from Canberra. In addition to camera gear and warm clothes, you will need a sleeping bag and towel. Mattress, pillow and bed linen plus meals provided. Expected outdoor temperatures – night-time -2oC=>+5oC, daytime 15oC-22oC.

#1:  May 27, 28, 29, 30 (Arrive Friday afternoon, Sat, Sun nights leave Monday after brunch)
Weather Contingency : We will reschedule to June 3-6 if previous weekend is cloudy
Cost  $775
Inclusions:   handbook with comprehensive notes +  overnight stay field trip at dark sky retreat near Young inc meals  accommodation, instruction, and access to tracking equipment and telescope mounts.
Requirements: Camera, batteries, charger, remote release or intervalometer, sleeping bag and towel.  Optional: BYO tracker


Image Above: This wide angle  picture of the summer Milky Way is just one example of the amazing dark skies at 34 South. No tricks here just stunning dark skies.

Image Right: The image at right is a mosaic of 12 images shot @ 34 South with a 50mm lens and stitched into a 2 wide by 6 high mosaic. The silhouette was shot and added separate to the astrophotography. Below: The Large Magellanic Cloud is a galaxy that orbits the Milky Way. All three photographs shot at 34 South, January 2021.

Cost $775
ENROLMENTS OPEN NOW  at the Photoaccess Enrolment Course Page
Fully catered : breakfasts, lunches, dinners,  tea and coffee provided.
BYO snacks.




Astrophotography workshops with Joe Cali all incorporate shooting at '34 South,' a private property out under brilliant dark skies located between Young, Grenfell and Cowra with astrophotographer Joe Cali and joined by some of the Photoaccess staff.  Joe has more than 40 years of experience as an amateur astronomer and astrophotographer and 25 years experience teaching photography workshops with Photoaccess. Courses are either 1 night or 3 nights and the fee includes food and accommodation. The location is a 160km, and 1 3/4 hour drive each way from Canberra. 








Guidance will be given throughout the nights with night sky orientation (astronomy 101) including some Wiradjiri dreamtime astronomy. We'll assist with target identification, capture techniques, telescope or tracker control, and camera operation.  The nightscape workshops are timed so that we'll shoot the rising Milky Way around Scorpius. Later, the full milkyway loop will be able to be captured as a panorama or circumpolar star trails. If we are really lucky, we might get an airglow display or a faint aurora invisible to the eye but  that can be recorded photographically.  Bright aurorae visible from this latitude to the eye are extremely rare.

 

Some motorised tracking devices will be available for you to try out.  We will demonstrate set up of such devices including all important polar alignment technique and discuss pro's and con's of various devices as well as sources of error not related to the polar alignment. You are welcome to bring your own tracker & learn how to set it up or take turns trying your camera on Joe's trackers. Objects such as Eta Carina and Rho Ophiuchi shown below are within your grasp with the use of the trackers. Naturally, the program will  also include plenty of wide angle fixed tripod nightscape photography targets in addition to the tracking targets.

                
Eta Carina   Rho Ophiuchi

After midnight the central Milky Way will reach peak altitude.  If you have the energy, it remains dark enough to do photography until 5am. By 4am, the zodiacal light will be visible and able to be photographed. Some lenses/telescopes may be available to try.  Subject to availability of camera mounting adapters for your camera brand.

We recommend you turn in a bit earlier on the last night to ensure you get enough sleep for a safe fatigue free drive home on Monday.

Requirements: DSLR, Lenses, Tripod, remote release (intervalometer recommended), small pair of binoculars useful but not essential, towel, and sleeping bag for bedding, spare batteries recommended and chargers, very warm clothes.  Own transport to 34 South (160km/ 1 hr 45mins drive). We will try to facilitate carpooling arrangements between participants if requested.  Meals, accommodation in the property's bedrooms, and astronomical activities are all co-located, once there, you don't need to travel unless you want to explore. Road access is good, all sealed except the last 120 metres of the road which is unsealed but well maintained and accessible with a small low ground clearance sedan. 






Nightscapes and Star Trails
Dates:
Courses scheduled during 2022. 

#1:  Wed, Thurs March 17, 18, 24,25  (4 zoom sessions),
       
Sat/Sun Apr 2/3 ( overnight field trip )

Cost  $345 
Inclusions: 
Four zoom sessions + handbook with comprehensive notes +  overnight stay field trip at dark sky retreat near Young inc food and accommodation.
Requirements: Digital Camera -  DSLR/Mirrorless, batteries, charger, tripod, remote release or intervalometer, sleeping bag and towel. more details


Cost $345

Do you stand outside at night, look up at the stars and dream of capturing the awe-inspiring beauty of the Milky Way? If you're in possession of a DSLR camera, a tripod, warm clothes and a sense of adventure, then your dream can come true!

Join experienced astrophotographer and tutor Joe Cali for this hands-on workshop focusing on creating nightscapes. Together with fellow astro-enthusiasts, you'll consider how to compose after-dark land and skyscapes, explore practical aspects of night shoots, such as forecasting clear skies and staying comfortable during long cold shoots, and experiment with processing your images to create striking stills, star trails and panoramas. During long exposures, you'll no doubt also have lots of opportunity to discuss and observe the wonder of the galaxy.

The workshop comprises four 1-hour zoom classroom sessions at PhotoAccess and an overnight Saturday field trip staying at 34 South, Joe's Dark Sky Retreat near Cowra (160km, and 1 3/4 hour drive each way, with many hours field time). Drive up on Saturday afternoon. After an induction, relax over dinner then shoot until you drop then crash and sleep in Sunday morning. Price includes course work , dinner, bed and brunch.  Transport from Canberra to 34 South is not included.
Fully catered :  dinner, supper, tea and coffee, late brunch provided.
BYO snacks.


The next course overnight field trip is scheduled for Saturday 4 Sept, but due to cloudy weather we may need to delay it. We'll only be able to give you 24-48 hours' notice if it's re-scheduled.

 
For this workshop, you'll need basic to intermediate photography skills, a good working knowledge of your camera controls and any associated equipment because you need to use it in the dark. The zoom sessions will help you to prepare for this before the field trip. If you're not sure about your skill level, give us a ring in advance to discuss.


You'll need:
  • DSLR camera;
  • wide-angle lens;
  • charged batteries;
  • memory card/s;
  • a solid tripod;
  • a cable release or intervalometer*
  • a red torch** (not a head torch or mobile phone).
  • a small pair of binoculars useful but not essential
  • sleeping bag
  • towel
  • very warm clothing+


* We recommend that you purchase an intervalometer, which costs less than $30 on Ebay ( https://tinyurl.com/y6qy9w25  ). Please make sure to purchase the cable adaptor/connector appropriate to your brand and model of camera.
** Red cellophane held over a white torch by elastic bands works fine.

 + You'll be shooting outside in late autumn, so you'll need to dress warmly – as in really, really warmly! You may also be working alongside country roads at night, so a Hi-Vis outer layer is recommended. There will be some Hi-Vis vests available for loan. 



"Sari Sari Night"
 Sari Sutton shoots the stars at a "Nightscapes and Star Trails" workshop field trip 2019. 




 
Nightscapes and Star Trails fieldnight


Central Milky Way - photo Joe Cali  2017


 
Photoshop and Lightroom for Photographers

Do you look at elegantly processed images astronomical or otherwise and wish you could do that.  Tutor Joe Cali has been using Adobe Photoshop since version 2 in 1992. He began teaching photography workshops at photo access in 1995 and has taught photoshop workshops since 2004. He has taken numerous masterclass workshops in Photoshop, Lightroom and raw capture with Les Walkling formerly of the Art School at RMIT.

In this two-part series, Joe will give you a ground up introduction to Lightroom and Photoshop then move into more advanced techniques.


Digital Toolbox : Photoshop-Lightroom-From the ground up
Cost: $325
Dates: 
Term 1: Dates TBA
Term 2: Dates TBA
  ENROLMENTS OPENING MID-MARCH

We will look at various file types and the differences between raw and jpg capture.  We'll run through the whole of the develop module in Lightroom and look at how the library module can help you stay organised.  We'll also look in less depth at the map module, the slide show and web gallery generator. 

Then we'll unravel the mysteries of Photoshop. Photoshop is a complex behemoth of a program. This is because it tries to be all things to all people. It's the industry standard in layout, graphic design and publishing as well as digitial painting and rendering, 3D AND photography.  Joe will help to cut through the complexity and introduce you to "Photoshop for Photographers." A reduced but very powerful function and tool set that will give you more control than you thought possible for all photography not just astrophotography.

The course assumes you can use a computer, mouse, keyboards, understand how to use your operating system and file organisation but you do not need any prior experience with Photoshop or Lightroom, we start at the beginning and work up quite quickly skipping all the slow techniques typically taught to beginners. Course includes access to Joe's video tutorials on his website. We do ask you to have your licenced installed versions of Lightroom Classic and Photoshop already running on your own computer that you can bring to class to gain full benefit  from this hands on workshop. Please ensure the programs are installed and licenses registered and everything working before coming to class. Class time is valuable and it's unfair to your classmates to expect them to sit aroundwhile the tutor helps with basic IT issues that are better handled out of class. 

ENROLMENTS OPENING MID-MARCH


Photoshop and Lightroom for Photographers

Part 2 : Astronomical Image Processing
 
Cost $325
Dates TBA

ENROLMENTS OPENING MID-MARCH

In this workshop, Joe Cali will build on skills developed in back to basics and concentrate on techniques he uses for processing astronomical images.  Back to Basics is suited to anyone who wants to become proficient using Photoshop and Lightroom whether they are an astrophotographer or not. However, if  you are not an astrophotographer, this astronomical image processing workshop probably isn't the workshop for you.

We'll look at various sharpening techniques, stacking and blending techniqes that are used for noise reduction, stacking and blending sequences of images into star trails, advanced masking to separate landscapes from sky in a nightscape so that stars can be de-rotated and stacked and then recombined with the foreground landscape. We'll then apply this technique to separating and stacking stars before recombining to a landscape, adding stars from one picture to another landscape. Course includes access to Joe's  video tutorials on his website

ENROLMENTS OPENING MID-MARCH




Michael was a participant in  the Nightscapes and Star Trails course [May 2019] He has since done a lot of individual work in Namadgi such as this beautiful Milky Way panorama taken at Brayshaws Hut.

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