Milky Way over the Deschutes River
When and Where
When: July 7, 2021, 10:00 pm - 12:45 am
Where: Deschutes River

Tuition and Registration

Tuition for each workshop is only $195
Safe and secure payment through PayPal
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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 to get the perfect exposure
  • How to read the histogram
  • How to accurately set focus for tack sharp images
  • Learn why shutter speed is limited
  • Guidance and instruction on composition
  • How to plan Milky Way shoots
  • How to use smart phone apps for Milky Way and other shoots
  • Learn how star stacking can greatly reduce noise
  • Learn how to take images for star stacking
  • Post processing using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop (2-hour Zoom session scheduled after the 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
About the Workshop
The main focus of the workshop will be how to successfully photograph the Milky Way and stars.
We'll be shooting from an unique and special 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.

COVID-19 Statement

Due to the uncertantly with COVID-19, this workshop will adhere to strict social distancing guidelines. Each workshop will be limited to 3 participants and everyone will be spaced at least 6 feet apart at all times. The location of this workshop was carefully chosen where no other people will be present. If face coverings are still required in Oregon, everyone will be required to wear one while in the field during the workshop. If face coverings are no longer required, wearing them will required during this workshop if anyone in the group requests it.
Why choose this workshop over others?
  • Value: Other Milky Way workshops charge up to $350.
  • 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.
  • This workshop is limited to only 3 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
(0.4 mi. hike with 0.1 mi uphill section).

Itinerary (subject to change)

10:00-10:10: Meet and Greet
10:10-10:30: Hike to workshop venue
10:30-12:30: Milky Way photography
12:30-12:50: 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 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

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