Milky Way over Mt St Helens (5/23)
  • When and Where
    When: Saturday, May 23, 2020, 8:00 pm - 1:00 am
    Where: Mt St Helens National Monument

    Tuition and Registration

    4 spots remain
    Tuition for this workshop is only $175
    Safe and secure payment through PayPal

    The "Pay Now" button will take you to a secure PayPay page where you can pay with a PayPal account or click "Pay with Debit or Credit Card"

    Once your registration and payment 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 in the challenging environment after dark
    • How to set aperture, shutter speed and ISO
    • Learn why shutter speed is limited
    • Learn why shutter speed is dependent on lens focal length
    • Guidance and instruction on composition
    • How to accurately set focus for tack sharp images
    • How to plan Milky Way shoots
    • How to use smart phone apps for Milky Way and other shoots
    • Learn how stacking can greatly reduce noise
    • Learn how to take images for stacking
    • How to prepare images for stacking in post processing
    • Post processing using Adobe Lightroom (add contrast, adjust exposure, manage noise, bring out details in the Milky Way and land, apply local adjustments, and much more)
    • Post processing using Adobe Photoshop (using luminosity and color channel masks, apply the Orton effect, apply noise reduction without affecting the sharpness of the stars, and much more)
    • Detailed PDF document: step-by-step post processing examples
    • Photo critiques (post workshop)

    Refund policy

    • Cancellations must be made in writing.
    • 30 days or more prior to the workshop: Refund less a $20 cancellation fee.
    • 7 to 30 days prior to the workshop: 75% refund.
    • Less than 7 days prior to the workshop: 50% refund.
    • If the workshop (including alternate dates) is cancelled the days leading up to the workshop (due to weather forecasts), you will receive a full refund.
    • Once the workshop starts, refunds cannot be issued. I make every attempt to insure sky conditions are ideal for this workshop. I monitor weather forecasts from several sources, astronomical sky forecasts, live web cams, etc. Conditions can change without warning and in an instant - especially in the mountains. If conditions change once we are at the shooting venue, I offer participants credit towards future workshops.


    If you would like to stay overnight in Castle Rock, here are some choices.
    Mt St Helens Motel
    1340 Mt St Helens Way NE
    Castle Rock, WA 98611
    (360) 274-7721
    7 West Motel
    864 Walsh Ave NE
    Castle Rock, WA 98611
    (360) 274-7526
    About the Workshop
    The main focus of the workshop will be on how to successfully photograph the Milky Way and stars but the workshop will also provide an opportunity to shoot the golden and blue hours from an iconic locatioin.
    The prime Milky Way season at Mt St Helens in 2020 is a short one (May and June being the prime months). Don't miss out on a rare opportunity.
    Certain equipment is required for this workshop. See "What to Bring".
    This workshop requires mostly clear skies (some clouds can add interest). If sky conditions are not favorable on the date of the workshop, participants should be flexible with their schedules.
    Alternate dates will be 5/22 and 5/24.
    Why choose this workshop over others?
    • Value: Similar workshops charge up to $300.
    • Experience: I have been leading Milky Way workshops since 2012.
    • Refund policies that are far less restrictive than others.
    • Focused workshops limited to 6 participants meaning you WILL receive personalized attention.
    • This workshop is more than just 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 are rated as VERY EASY
    (we will very close to our vehicles).

    Itinerary (subject to change)

    8:00-8:15: Meet and Greet (Castle Rock, WA)
    8:15-9:00: Travel to workshop venue
    9:00-1:00: Blue Hour and Milky Way photography

    What to Bring

    • Camera with manual controls
    • 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)
    • Camp chair
    • Wind protective clothing
    • Cold weather clothing
    • Snacks and water
    • Full tank of gas (we will be 50 miles from the nearest gas station)
    Sample Images
    Click here for sample images from the area

    About Mount Saint Helens

    The Pacific Northwest is blessed with many wonders. Mt. St. Helens is certainly one of them. In fact it is one of the true wonders of the world. The eruption of Mt. St. Helens on May 18, 1980 left a huge scar on the landscape that is still very visible today.

    About Me

    I am a passionate photographer with an extensive knowledge of landscape photography. I have been leading Milky Way workshops since 2012. 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 have led several outings and workshops throughout the Northwest.

    Photographing the Milky Way

    My book (Photographing the Milky Way) is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle format. Click here for more information.
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