|Mark Gee is an award winning photographer,
time-lapse filmmaker & visual effects supervisor
based in Wellington, New Zealand. He has worked on many high profile and Oscar award winning feature films, and his love of the New Zealand landscape is a big part of the inspiration for his photography.
|Mark’s short film, ‘Full Moon Silhouettes‘ also gained him international acclaim after going viral online, and has been broadcast all over the world by the likes of CNN, The BBC, NASA and various other mainstream media.
In 2013, Mark won the prestigious Astronomy Photographer of the Year. Not only did he win it overall, but Mark also won the Earth and Space category, and the People and Space category which had never been done before in the competition's history.
|Wholly self-taught, Mark’s style of photography is influenced by his many years of experience in the feature film business, & with an eye for detail he strives to produce creative images of exceptional quality, no matter what the subject.
While his images can portray a wide variety of subjects, astrophotography is Mark’s specialty. He often ventures out to the darkest, most remote skies all around New Zealand and the rest of the world, enjoying the challenge of capturing striking landscapes with the ethereal beauty of the night sky in new, creative ways. This has led to international success with Mark being shortlisted in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year every year from 2012 onwards, a finalist in the 2012 World Open of Photography, and 4th place in the 2014 International Earth and Sky Photo Competition, as well as having images published in various books and magazines.
|Since then, Mark has gone onto to sharing his passion and knowledge through workshops and on the public speaking circuit. One of the highlights of that was his well received TEDx talk in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2014.|
|Astrophotography techniques and processing covered during the workshop.
1. General techniques required to photograph the night sky - this will cover such topics as equipment required, camera settings, calculating the correct exposure, focusing at night.
2. Planning an astro shoot - location scouting, composition and planning, making the most out of the Milky Way season.
3. Post Processing - techniques and workflows for processing your astro photos in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.
4. Shooting an Astro Panorama - a practical guide to shooting a multiple image astro panorama and stitching the image
5. Shooting an Astro Time-lapse - a practical guide to shooting an astro time-lapse, processing and outputting a video.
Minimum requirements for the workshop.
1. A DLSR or mirrorless camera.
2. A wide angle lens - anywhere between 14mm and 24mm is ideal.
3. A tripod
4. A knowledge of how to operate your camera manually. This includes setting the shutter speed, aperture, ISO and white balance and shooting in RAW.
5. A torch/head torch preferably with a red light function.
Additional equipment, although not necessary.
1. Laptop computer with Adobe Lightroom and/or Photoshop.
2. Intervalometer for shooting time-lapses
0900 arrival into Okiwi Airstrip
1030 Introductions and first workshop: General Astrophotography and Camera Techniques
1400 Trip to Kawa Marae for powhiri and Matariki narrative.
1800 Dinner at Marae
2000 > late stars at Katherine Bay
0930 review of photos with Mark / free time for post processing + photo taking
1430 topic #2: post processing
1930 stars at Owhitu / Leys’ jetty / Orama
0930 free time for photo taking / post-processing
1430 workshop for review of post-processing work
1930 > late topic #3: Astro time-lapse
0300 stars at Forestry Bay, Port Fitzroy
0800 picnic breakfast
1730 dinner at Currach Pub in Tryphena
1930 stars at Medlands beach
2300 return to Orama
0930 workshop for review of photos with Mark
1530 flights to Auckland
(inclusive of all accommodation, meals, and transfers):