Sony Alpha Group Astro Workshop


Sony Alpha Melbourne

Astro Workshop

Phillip Island

23rd to 25th September 2022

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This special event workshop is proudly presented by Rare View Photography, Sony Australia and Camera House Geelong, in conjunction with the Sony Alpha Melbourne Facebook Group. It will be run over the long weekend of September 23rd to 25th at Phillip Island, Victoria and includes

  • Full training classroom style workshop over 2 half days
  • 2 nights of Astro shooting
  • 2 nights of accommodation at the Tropicana Motor Inn or similar
  • Dinners on the Friday and Saturday nights and breakfast Sunday morning

The course is designed for intermediate to expert photographers who want to expand their knowledge into astro and night photography. We are specialising in Sony equipment for this weekend although every brand is welcome. 

Camera House Geelong and Sony Australia will also be offering fantastic special deals on Sony camera gear for course participants only, so this is a great opportunity to learn the craft then purchase the gear you want at a very special price.

Workshop Instructors

Levin Barrett

Levin Barrett

Rareview Photography

Award Winning Landscape and Astro Photographer Levin Barrett (APS Associate) will be guiding and educating you in the unique skills of astrophotography. Levin has been delivering training to pilots and engineers in the Aviation industry for 20 years. Combined with his wealth of astrophotography knowledge and experience, he is well able to pass on the concepts and technical knowledge to you in an easy to understand format.

Greg Thomas

Greg Thomas

Greg Thomas Photography

Greg has a wealth of Sony knowledge and experience. I doubt there are any Sony cameras or lenses that Greg does not currently or previously owned. Creator and Administrator of the Sony Alpha Melbourne and Sony Alpha Australia Facebook group, Greg has an intimate knowledge of Sony gear, is an exceptional photographer in his own right and years of training experience. Greg will be assisting Levin with the onsite photography and support for you.


  • Day 1

    Friday 23rd Sept. 1:00pm

    Meet at the Tropicana Motor Inn
    Phillip Island

    1:30pm to 5:00pm

    Astro Photography Part 1

    Levin Barrett

    We open the training with a discussion on general principles and why astro photography is so different to general photography and why you need to approach it back to front. We then discuss the equipment and accessories you need, the camera settings you should use and composition and focusing techniques. We then move onto lighting techniques and foregrounds.


    Dinner (included in price)


    Astro Shoot 1

    Levin and Greg

    We meet at our 1st location for our Astro Shoot and we begin putting our new found knowledge into practise. Levin and Greg will assist you with setup, guidance and any questions you have. The Milky Way will be at it’s best from about 9:30 till 1:00am.

  • Day 2

    Saturday 24th Sept 1:00pm 

    Astro Photography Part 2

    Levin Barrett

    After a morning to sleep in and an optional get together brunch, we again meet at the Tropicana Motor Inn for part 2 of your training. This afternoon we cover post processing of images in Lightroom. Topaz and Photoshop and then tackle some more advanced astro photography like star trails and blended images. Time permitting, we can even touch on star tracking and panoramas. 


    Dinner (included in price)


    Astro Shoot 2

    Levin and Greg

    Again we head out on location and this time capture the images we need for our star trails and blended compositions. 

  • Day 3

    Sunday 25th Sept 10:00am 

    Farewell Breakfast (included in price) and Special Camera House offers.

    Trevor Cooke (Camera House Geelong), Sony Australia, Levin and Greg

    We meet for breakfast and your final chance to chat, compare stories and ask questions. Sony Australia and Trevor from Camera House Geelong will also be there with some amazing discounts and offers for Sony gear. These offers will be for workshop participants ONLY and are worth your serious consideration! 


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There are limited spaces available so please book early


What’s the Cancellation Policy?

If you cancel, we will re-advertise the position on the workshop and if a replacement is found – full refund. If no replacement is found then NO REFUND is given. If we can rebook accommodation and cancel meals that reduces the overall cost then we will refund what we can. 

If you need to cancel due to catching Covid just prior to the workshop, a full refund will be issued. A medical certificate will be required as evidence. 

If we cancel the workshop, we will reschedule the workshop to a later time. If you are unable to attend on the new dates you will receive a full refund. 

Where is the workshop located?

The workshop is located at Phillip Island, Victoria. The astro shoots will be conducted at various locations on or near Phillip Island.

The accommodation and workshop presentation is planned at the Tropicana Motel in Cowes. It is located at 22 Osbourne Avenue, Cowes VIC 3922

​Should you need to contact them personally for any private arrangements they can be contacted at 


Telephone: +61 3 5952 1874


Astro photography is obviously very weather dependant. If the weather prevents astro photography, we will still run the daytime course and reschedule the astro night shoot for another time and will be advised on the Sony Alpha Facebook Group. We will organise a short fill in season on the nights affected on general topics like post processing, composition, timelapse or more detailed astro photography as the group would like.

Why are there 2 prices for accomodation

Accomodation can be booked for either

  1. an individual in your own room (Single)
  2. a couple sharing the room in a queen bed (Couple). This option is NOT available for twin share accommodation with a random course participant. 

Please ensure you book the correct accommodation!

What’s included and NOT included

The Workshop cost includes your accomodation, 2 dinners, one breakfast on the last morning and the astro photography course and notes. 

You will need to supply

  • your own breakfast and lunch where not supplied
  • your own transport to/ from and during the event
  • Drinks (Tea and Coffee supplied during each afternoon course)
  • Your own camera equipment

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