Milky Way over the Deschutes River (2020)
  • When and Where
    When: August 14, 2020, 8:30 - 10:45 pm
    Where: Deschutes River

    About the Workshop

    Due to the COVID-19 situation, this workshop will adhere to strict social distancing guidelines. Face masks will be required at all times while in the field during the workshop.

    Tuition and Registration


    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.


    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
    More Workshop Information
    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 location.
    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 8/12 and 8/13.
    PLEASE NOTE: Face masks will be required by everyone while in the field during the workshop.
    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 are rated as EASY
    (there is a short hike to the workshop venue).

    Itinerary (subject to change)

    8:30-8:45: Meet and Greet (Deschutes River State Recreation Area)
    8:45-9:15: Hike to workshop venue
    9:15-10:30: Milky Way photography
    11:00-11:15: Hike back to cars

    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)
    • Sturdy hiking shoes
    • Wind protective clothing
    • Cold weather clothing
    • Snacks and water
    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 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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