Primitive Skills | Intro to iPhone Astrophotography

Wimberley is designated as an International Dark Sky Community which makes it a great place to enjoy beautiful skies and learn how to take astrophotography (like the ones on this page) with your iPhone. Learn from professional photographer Steve Irwin what you need, finding the right setting, and start taking your own photos of the beautiful Texas sky.

Single Partipant
(5 hours)
Season: November 10, 2023
Location: Spoke Hollow Ranch, Wimberley, TX

In the class you will learn the basics of landscape astrophotography with your iPhone and visit Spoke Hollow Ranch. Look forward to learning:

  • How to plan for a night of shooting the stars (locating the Milky Way, Moon phases, composing the photo)
  • Ensure you have the gear needed for iPhone astrophotography and why?
  • Device settings

Target Outcome:

For attendees to understand how to plan and execute using their iPhone to take their own photos of the stars. Whether you are traveling for astrophotography or you happen to find yourself in dark skies, you can come home with your own souvenir of the night sky!

The workshop is designed for all skill levels. You will need to know how to navigate the phone settings and the camera settings. The class is delivered in a way that is easy to learn and there are many hands on teachable moments where the instructor will be side-by-side coaching and giving pointers.


5:30pm | Overview of Astrophotography

6:00pm | Gear to use, Apps and Settings

6:30pm | Set up iPhone settings

7:01pm | Sun sets and start photography

We recommend bringing:

  • Snacks and drinks
  • Weather appropriate clothes (including shoes for dirt roads and grass)
  • Equipment needed:
    • iPhone 11 or later with most recent software
    • iPhone Tripod Mount
      • This is a similar combo kit found on amazon (here)
    • Red Flashlight (white flashlights ruin your stargazing vision, find a light option¬†here)
  • Folding chair, cot or small blanket to sit in the field and observe.

If you’re interested in learning Astrophotography with your DSLR camera, check out our Intro to Astrophotography class here.

About the Instructor:

Steve Irwin has spent over a decade in photography and has been working with Astrophotography since 2018. He started his Astrophotography journey in the dark skies of Far West Texas and has made it his missing to share the Texas Dark Skies and Astrophotography with those who want to learn. Steve has many repeat students that enjoy the non-formal ways of teaching and easy to learn friendly environment.