Vancouver Island Milky Way Photography Tutorial Workshop

Have you ever wanted to know how to capture those mind blowing Milky Way shots with your own camera? Join my Milky Way photography workshop where you’ll get to learn how to photograph and post process Milky Way images.

Date: Saturday July 4th, 2020 – Only 10 Places Available
Location: Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC

Gavin Hardcastle Instructor

Gavin Hardcastle

This is a rare opportunity to photograph the Galactic core right here on beautiful Vancouver Island. The Milky Way is every astrophotographers ‘Holy Grail’.

Now is your chance to capture that same celestial phenomenon with your own camera and I’m here to show you how I do it.

Join Me Under The Stars

During the summer, I’ll be living a nocturnal life as I shoot the Milky Way as much as possible. Join me Gavin Hardcastle, for a one night workshop under the stars on the South, West coast of the Island.

Where and When?

Saturday Night July 4th, 9PM, 2020
Meeting Place: Tim Hortons, 739 McCallum Rd, Victoria, BC V9B 6M1.

Milky Way photography tutorial workshop

This is Creyke Point where we will be shooting the stars.

Vancouver Island Milky Way Photo Workshop

The Milky Way and sea stacks of Bandon Beach in Oregon.

Here’s What You’ll Learn

  • How to focus for astrophotography
  • Choosing the Right White balance
  • Setting the Correct Shutter Spead (Exposure Value)
  •  Light Painting
  • Composition
  • How to Post Process Milky Way Shots in Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop

The Trona Pinnacles in California with light painting by helicopter.

What to Bring

Photography Equipment

  • A DSLR or mirrorless camera with ‘Live View’ and the capability to shoot in manual mode with at least ISO 3200. Don’t forget your memory cards and spare batteries
  • A sturdy tripod, ideally with a ball head
  • The widest and fastest lens you have. Ideally a 2.8 or faster.
  • A Headlamp

Laptop Computer Equipment.

Most of the post processing that I do can be done in Adobe Lightroom so if that’s all you have that is fine. If you’d like to make the most out of the light painting we’ll be doing, you’ll need Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop users should also have Adobe Bridge for fast previewing of their RAW files.

Download a Free Trial of Photoshop Here.

Please ensure that whether you’re using Lightroom or Photoshop that your installation is fully installed and working on your laptop.


The Trona Pinnacles in California. This entire scene was light painted with just one headlamp.

Don’t Forget to Sleep In

For those who can, I advise sleeping in till late on the morning of the workshop. Maybe have a power nap in the afternoon because we’ll be burning the midnight oil until it runs out.

Milky Way Post Processing Tutorial Included

How to Process Photos of The milky Way

Sure, it’s great to know how to shoot the Milky Way but how you process those images can make a huge difference to the finished product.

In this workshop I’ll show you how I process my Milky Way shots so that you too can produce images that amaze your friends and family. Be sure to bring along your laptop with a fully functional installation of the latest version of these apps:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Bridge
  • Adobe Camera Raw (comes as part of Photoshop)

You’ll also need to ensure that you are familiar with the process of downloading your images on to your laptop. Oh, and don’t forget your laptop power supply 😉

This is a NONE SMOKING Workshop

All Fototripper workshops are strictly none smoking. Please respect the health and comfort of your instructors and fellow attendees by not smoking at any time during the workshop. Please read our booking policy.

Let’s Go Shoot The Stars!