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Winterstellar Astrophotography

Practical Workshop

 Friday, 9 July 2021
5 pm till 9:30 pm
Scott Base Vineyard, Cromwell

The practical workshop brought to you by the team from Winterstellar will suit early intermediate and up photographers who are fairly happy working in manual mode on their camera and want to learn more about how to specifically photograph the stars and other low light scenes. Adobe software will be used for post-processing.


  • A digital camera and lens that can be operated manually

  • A tripod

  • Head torch

  • Warm clothes

  • Laptop

  • Some knowledge of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop would be helpful.

NB: Warm outdoor winter clothing is required as the practical component will be completed outside.

S135 per person – includes nibbles and welcome drink, as well as
Intro to Astrophotography presentation.
Only 10 places available. 
Register by filling out this form:
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After attending the workshop, come and show off your new skills at

Infinite Energy Light Up Winter on Saturday, 10 July.

The best photo on taken on the night will win a night's accommodation at the Bendigo Cabins, and the runner up will be rewarded with a $100 voucher from Scott Base Vineyard. This competition is only open to Winterstellar Astrophotography Workshop attendees.

Intro to astrophotography presentation

 Friday, 9 July 2021
6 till 7 pm
Scott Base Vineyard, Cromwell

Presentation from Winterstellar about how to take nighttime photos/low light photos, how to take photos of lanterns and tips for Light Up Winter lantern photo competition, no previous knowledge required.

S10 per person
Food and drinks available to purchase.
Register by filling out this form:

Winterstellar is an astrophotography competition that celebrates Matariki and the Central Otago night sky. For more information on this year's competition, visit:

About the presenter

Professional photographer, educator and environmentalist, Simon Williams has been involved in digital design and imaging for the last 25 years. Over the course of the last decade or so he has focused on developing his photographic achievements whilst being constantly inspired by the mountains
and lakes of the deep south.


Simon uses knowledge learnt whilst reading for his BSc. (Hons) in Physics & Astrophysics to command highly technical yet emotive photographic nightscapes which last year were recognised at the New
Zealand Professional Photography IRIS awards. Based in Queenstown, Simon has recently been awarded the Premier Applied Art Award at the Arrowtown Autumn Art Festival. He also contributes words and pictures regularly to Spoke, Charge and 1964 Magazine.

For more on Simon’s day-to-day photographic adventures see or read his reflections whilst shooting astrophotography on his Instagram page @siwilliams