Learn astrophotography in the star-filled skies of the Moroccan Sahara

26th January – 4th February 2017

Enjoy an outstanding astrophotography holiday in the beautiful surroundings of Southern Morocco on this unique 10 day holiday.

Travelling over the Atlas mountains, staying in beautiful Kasbahs in the Draa Valley, including the Sahara Sky Observatory, before reaching the limitless star filled skies of the Sahara.

Here you will learn how to capture those beautiful night skies with workshops in astrophotography with Sam Cornwell.

To book your place please contact us on info@madnomadgallery.com

Your tutor

Sam Cornwell, Art Director and lecturer of astrophotography at Kielder Observatory and the Choice Astronomy Photography of the Year 2013 the ‘Sir Patrick Moore Award’. An excellent teacher and companion for this tour of the Moroccan night sky, Sam brings with him a vivid knowledge of astronomy and astrophotography,


“As a practitioner I describe myself as a multi-disciplinary photographic artist who specialises in a number of ‘fringe’ photographic techniques, specifically wet-plate printing, disposables, non-lens based film, astrophotography and abstract video pieces.

After rediscovering the wonder of photography by forcing myself to relearn the vernacular by using only disposable cameras for a year I was able to free myself from the constraints of traditional photography rules, straight lines, perfect compositions and rigid ideas. I often tell people that to be able to break the rules you must learn them first.

As an artist, my interest also lies in the story of photography. I have studied the history of chemical based capture of light and continue to stay knowledgeable with emerging digital technologies. Considering what is lost in the photograph during the digital revolution will continue to be a main and overriding focal point of my practice.

Since moving to Hawick, Scotland with my young family my focus has narrowed to the community. By purchasing a small freehold in the centre of town to build my practice from I can concentrate on local ‘micro-projects’ that I can develop into community inspired works of art.”

Workshops will cover

As you are learning in a small group the tuition will be adapted to your own individual needs.  Whether it is getting to grips with your camera or taking your existing skills to the next level.

  • You will get to know the basics of photography, such as composition
  • You will develop an understanding of depth of field, lens choice, exposure- ISO, shutter speed, aperture and more
  • You will develop your awareness of light
  • You will learn how to navigate the night sky with a basic astronomy tuition
  • You will learn how to take astrophotographs
  • You will visit fascinating and vibrant locations to inspire your photography

Included in the price – £860

Please note the holiday does not include flights.

  • 3 days of photography tuition
  • 3 nights of astrophotography tuition in the Sahara
  • Photographs will be reviewed in the evening with the group and the tutor
    An exhibition of two photographs of your choice will be exhibited in Mad Nomad Gallery
  • Photography sessions will start on day 2
  • Photography opportunities will include, astrophotography, sunsets, Kasbahs, markets, people and architecture
  • 9 nights accommodation in Hotel, Kasbah, Guest house and Saharan tents:
    • 3 nights at the Sahara Sky Observatory, CNN’s ‘World’s top 12 hotels for stargazing‘, half board
    • 3 nights in camping in the Sahara, full board
    • 2 nights in Marrakech, breakfast included
    • 1 night in the Kasbah, half board
  • All overland transport, including airport transfers

What to bring

  • Bring your own digital/film camera, manual, charger, memory cards, tripod, filters and flash
  • Extras – if you have them, a shutter release cable and range of lenses
  • Please bring suitable footwear for walking as you will be spending a lot of time exploring the different areas and also a sun hat
  • Suitable warm clothing and hand warmers for the astrophotography nights
  • Optional – computer

Transfers and Transport

  • A pick up from Marrakech airport with a transfer to your hotel is included in the price
  • You will be out and about for most of the day and all transport will be included