Hakan Nedjat
24 Aug

Rotoroa Island Astro Photography Experience

Hakan Nedjat
Image: Hakan Nedjat, a7R II Digital E-Mount Camera with Back-Illuminated Full Frame Sensor (Body only)
Learn astro photography on Hauraki Gulf's stunning Rotoroa Island

About the event

This is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy two days on Rotoroa Island, an island wildlife sanctuary just an hour from Auckland. We'll be taking advantage of the island's dark night skies to learn astro photography. You'll also have the opportunity to explore the beautiful beaches and experience the conservation of iconic New Zealand species during your stay.

The package includes:
  • Ferry with Fullers360 to and from Auckland central 
  • Accommodation for the night on the island (boutique hostel)
  • A night under the stars learning how to capture the night sky and the Milky Way
  • A processing session to make the most of your RAW files
  • A guided nature walk on the island
  • A $50 donation to the Rotoroa Island Trust, a nonprofit restoring the island sanctuary

Please read the FAQs below to find out what to bring and for more information about this event.

Please have the weekend of 31st Aug/1st Sep available in case the weather doesn't permit the event going ahead on the planned dates.

Note: This event is suitable for all skill levels but at a minimum you should be comfortable operating your camera in manual mode and be able to navigate through your camera's settings.

Techniques covered

  • Astro photography - from the basics to the more advanced capturing techniques
  • Post processing - learn to make the most of those RAW files, create stitch panoramas and stack images
  • A guided nature walk with one of the knowledgeable and passionate island rangers

What to bring

  • Food for two days (there are cooking facilities on the island)
  • Linen (pillowcase [pillow is provided], sleeping bag or duvet/bed sheets, and towels)
  • Camera and lenses (wide angle for astro, others for wildlife/landscape during the day)
  • Tripod
  • Torch or head torch
  • Laptop to follow along during processing session (optional) - NB: Download a free trial version of Adobe Lightroom if you don't have this software application already

Event FAQs (For general FAQs, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page)

Sony gear will be available but ideally you will have your own camera gear. Bring a spare memory card if you want to try some of the latest Sony camera bodies.
No, you must bring all food and beverages that you'll require for the weekend. You will need to bring lunch and dinner for Saturday, and breakfast and lunch for Sunday, as well as snacks and sustenance for the astro evening. Basic provisions such as tea, coffee, sugar and oil are provided at the accommodation. There are cooking facilities at the accommodation too. Tap water is filtered and safe to drink on the island.
Bring warm clothing, wet weather gear and sturdy footwear. The island is predator free, biosecurity measures need to be followed - All bags/containers sealed with no holes, Check bags for any pests, Check your footwear is clean and that there is no soil or seeds in laces or treads.
Yes, you'll be staying at The Superintendent's House, a shared hostel-style accommodation, simple yet stylish. You can see more info here:
Yes. The meeting point is Auckland Central Ferry Terminal. There are plenty of public transport options - check out for more info.
Yes, you can find Hakan's contact details here:
24 Aug 2019, 8:00AM - 25 August 2019, 6:30PM
Suitable for all levels
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