Ever since a local space camp excursion and model rocketry obsession as a child, I’ve been enamored by the wonder of the night sky. In 2011 purchased my first telescope. One year later I took my first long-exposure deep space photo (Messier 13 – the Hercules globular cluster) using a home-built equatorial platform and that same same dobsonian telescope.

That was the beginning.

Since then, I’ve photographed deep-sky objects (DSO), moon and planetary astrophotography, wide-field and landscape astrophotography, daytime and night sky time lapse, and I am still and always learning and sharing.

In 2013, my passion led me to Tanja Schmitz (http://AstroTanja.com), to move to Johannesburg, South Africa. Together we travel to find dark skies in both hemispheres and work to share the enormity of space as we see it through cameras and telescopes.


In addition to being internationally commissioned, my work has been published in worldwide digital media, print media, and books, and I have been the recipient of a NASA APOD (Astronomy Photo Of the Day).


In 2015, we started PhotographingSpace.com in an effort to help anyone and everyone learn astrophotography through our combined knowledge along with the help of a team of astrophotographers from around the world.

Talks // Workshops // Inspiration

I give talks and teach astrophotography workshops in the hopes of inspiring other humans to just look up a little more.

I’ve been a keynote speaker for large corporate and private events, given how-to astrophotography and space/astronomy related talks, and private presentations for small groups.

Sharing is Caring

To prove it, I share my experiences with the community via social media and internet streams.

Most notably, in 2018 I teamed up with the prominent online space and science media outlet, Universe Today, to provide a live view of the total lunar eclipse as viewed from South Africa, from start to finish. Overall, we broadcast this event through my telescope and camera to more than 1 million viewers worldwide.

Interested in my work or want to contact me?
Send email to: cory@photographingspace.com

Social media
Instagram: @theastroshake // @photographingspace
Twitter: @theastroshake // @photo_space