Milky Way over the Deschutes River
When and Where
When: August 3, 2019 (6:30 pm - 11:45 pm)
Where: Deschutes River State Recreatioin Area

Tuition and Registration

Tuition for this workshop is only $150
Safe and secure registration through Eventbrite

Once your registration is received, you will be sent detailed information regarding the workshop.

Included with your tuition:
  • Hands-on photography instruction and assistance
  • How to set up your camera in the challenging environment after dark
  • Guidance and instruction on composition
  • Guidance and instruction on long exposures, camera settings and focusing at night
  • Photo critiques (post workshop)
  • How to manage noise associated with long exposure/high ISO images
  • Post processing help and suggestions (including noise reduction)
  • Written and digital copies of all presented materials
Refund policy:
  • Cancellations made more than 30 days prior to the workshop date are eligible for a refund (less a $20 cancellation fee).
  • Cancellations made 14 to 30 days prior to the workshop date are eligible for a 50% refund.
  • Cancellations made less than 14 days prior to the workshop date are not eligible for a refund.
  • If the workshop is cancelled due to weather conditions (cloud cover in the forecast the days leading up to to the workshop), you will receive a full refund.

Itinerary (subject to change)

6:30-6:45: Meet and Greet
6:45-7:15: Workshop orientation
7:15-7:30: Hike to workshop venue
7:30-9:30: Sunset and blue hour photography
9:30-11:30: Milky Way photography
11:30-11:45: Hike to cars

Alternate Dates

In the event that weather cancells this workshop, the following alternate dates will be available.
  • August 2nd
  • August 4th

What to Bring

  • Camera with good high ISO capabilities
  • Wide angle lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 or faster
  • Sturdy tripod
  • Headlamp (preferable) or flashlight with red light option
  • Remote shutter release (self timer will work too)


Deschutes River Recreation Area (camping)
(541) 739-2322
Motel 6
2500 W 6th St
The Dalles, OR 97058
(541) 296-1911
Cellilo Inn
3550 E 2nd St
The Dalles, OR 97058
(541) 769-0001
Cousin's Country Inn
2114 W 6th St
The Dalles, OR 97058
(541) 298-5161
The Dalles Inn
112 W 2nd St
The Dalles, OR 97058
(541) 296-9107
Shilo Inn
3223 Bret Clodfelter Way
The Dalles, OR 97058
(541) 298-5502
Fairfield Inn
2014 W 7th St
The Dalles, OR 97058
(541) 769-0753
About the Workshop
The wonder and amazement of the Milky Way. Billions of stars stretching over the entire night sky. Throw in the rolling hills of Cenbtral Oregon and the beauty of the Deschutes River to take your photography to the next level and amaze your friends and family.
Certain equipment is required for this workshop. See "What to Bring".
The date for this workshop was specifically chosen during a time when the Milky Way will be positioned over the Deschutes River. This only happens during a two month period from this location.
Due to the remote nature of this workshop, participants should bring water and food.
Photography instruction and assistance will be provided in the field and tailored to individual needs with an emphasis on the many challenges faced when shooting at night.
This workshop requires nearly cloud free skies. In the event that weather conditions aren't favorable, an alternate date will be available.
Physical Requirements
Physical requirements for this workshop is rated as EASY. We will take a short hike to the shooting location (about one mile). There is a small amount of elevation gain and we will be hiking back to the cars in the dark.

Personalized Experience

In order to provide each student tailored and individual attention, the workshop will be limited to 7 participants. A waiting list will be available.
Sample Images
Click here for sample images from the area

About Me

I am a passionate photographer with an extensive knowledge of landscape photography. I have been leading Milky Way workshops for the past 5 years. I have lived in the Northwest my entire life. My passion for photography goes back to the early 1980's. I am the Coordinator for the Portland/Vancouver Photography Meetup Group and has led several outings and workshops throughout the Northwest. I am also an instructor in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

Photographing the Milky Way

I recently published my book (Photographing the Milky Way). It is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle format. Click here for more information.
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