Milky Way over Mt Hood (8/31)
When and Where
When: August 31, 2019 (6:30 pm - 11:30 pm)
Where: Mt Hood, Oregon

Tuition and Registration


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

Included with your tuition:
  • Personalized instruction and assistance
  • How to set up your camera and tripod
  • Composition feedback
  • How to set up your camera to get proper exposures
  • How to set focus for tack sharp images
  • How to capture images for stacking
  • Photo critiques
  • How to manage noise associated with long exposure and high ISO images
  • Detailed post processing steps (noise reduction, local adjustments, stacking, etc)
  • Digital PDF of presented materials
Refund policy (now less restrictive):
  • Cancellations made more than 30 days prior to the workshop date are eligible for a refund (less a $20 cancellation fee).
  • Cancellations made 7 to 30 days prior to the workshop date are eligible for a 75% refund.
  • Cancellations made less than 7 days prior to the workshop date are not eligible for a 50% refund.
  • If the workshop is cancelled the days leading up to the workshop due to weather conditions (cloud cover in the forecast the days leading up to to the workshop), you will receive a full refund.
  • Once the workshop starts, refunds cannot be issued. I make every attempt to make sure weather conditions are ideal for Milky Way workshops (weather forecasts from several sources, astronomical sky forecasts, etc). If weather conditions change once we are at the shooting venue, I offer students credit towards future workshops.

Itinerary (subject to change)

6:30-7:00: Meet and Greet (Hood River)
7:00-7:30: Travel to workshop venue
7:30-9:00: Sunset and blue hour photography
9:00-9:30: Workshop orientation
9:30-11:30: Milky Way photography

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)


If you would like to stay overnight in Hood River, here are some choices.
Best Western
1108 E Marina Dr
Hood River, OR 97031
(541) 386-2200
West Cliff Lodge
4070 Westcliff Dr
Hood River, OR 97031
(541) 386-2992
About this Workshop
The wonder and amazement of the Milky Way. Billions of stars stretching over the entire night sky. Throw in majestic Mt. Hood with the Milky Way in a vertical position 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 directly over Mt. Hood. This only happens during a few months during the year 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.

Alternate Dates

In the event that weather cancells this workshop, the following alternate dates will be available.
  • August 29th, 30th
  • September 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 21st, 29th
  • October 19th
Why choose this workshop over others?
  • Value: Other Milky Way workshops charge up to $300.
  • Experience: I have been leading Milky Way workshops since 2012.
  • There are very few (if any) workshops at this location.
  • My refund policies are far less restrictive than others.
  • My workshops are limited to 6 participants meaning you WILL receive personalized attention.
  • This workshop isn't strictly about Milky Way photography. We will be there for sunset and blue hour photography as well.
  • See "Included with your tuition" and compare to other workshops.
Physical Requirements
Physical requirements for this workshop is rated as VERY EASY. We will drive to the photography venue and we will be only a few yards from our vehicles. It will be very dark so care will need to be taken when walking to and from your vehicle.

Personalized Experience

In order to provide each student tailored and individual attention, the workshop will be limited to 6 participants. A waiting list will be available.
Sample Images
Click here for sample images from the area

About Mt Hood, Oregon

Mt Hood is considered one of the jewels of Oregon. It is Oregon's tallest mountain standing 11,235' above sea level. It is the second most climbed mountain in the world behind Mt Rainier.

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 and Adobe Photoshop.

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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