Primitive Skills | Intro to Astrophotography

Capturing the night sky can be an amazing and rewarding experience, but it can be intimidating to know how to start. 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 Participant
(5 hours)
Season: November 11, 2023
Location: Spoke Hollow Ranch, Wimberley, TX

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. In the class you will learn the basics of landscape astrophotography with your digital camera. This class includes:

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


5:30pm | Overview of Astrophotography

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

6:30pm | Set up gear

7:01pm | Sunset and start photography

We recommend bringing:

  • Snacks and drinks
  • Weather appropriate clothes
  • Equipment needed:
    • DSLR or Mirrorless (make sure all your batteries are charged)
    • Tripod
    • Wide Angle lens (the lower the aperture the better)
    • 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

Want to learn how to take astrophotography with your iPhone? We also host an iPhone Astrophotography class, see more 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.