Central Oregon Sunset and Milky Way
When and Where
When: Monday, July 12, 2021
Where: Based out of Sisters, Oregon

Tuition and Registration

Tuition for each workshop is only $245
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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
  • 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
  • Zoom post processing session using Lightroom and Photoshop (post workshop)

Refund policy

  • Cancellations must be made in writing.
  • 30 days or more prior to the workshop:
    Refund less a $25 cancellation fee.
  • 7 to 30 days prior to the workshop:
    75% refund.
  • Less than 7 prior to the workshop:
    50% refund.
  • If the workshop is cancelled due to weather or sky conditions, 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 these workshops. 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.


Five Pine Lodge
1021 E Desperado Trail
Sisters, OR 97759
(541) 549-5900
Best Western
500 Hwy 20
Sisters, OR 97759
(541) 549-1234
Sisters Inn and Suites
605 N Arrowleaf Trail
Sisters, OR 97759
(541) 549-7829
Grand Stay Hotel
1026 W Rail Way
Sisters, OR 97759
(541) 904-0967
Sisters Motor Lodge
511 W Cascade Ave
Sisters, OR 97759
(541) 549-2551
Sisters Bunkhouse
114 N Oak St
Sisters, OR 97759
(541) 549-6122
Several options for camping in Sisters
About the Workshop
This workshop will focus on photographing the sunset, blue hour, and Milky Way from three separate locations.
We'll photograph the sunset from the middle of Oregon's largest lava flow (don't worry - we'll be shooting next to our cars). I've picked two very special spots to shoot the Milky Way. July is the only month for the Milky Way in a prime position from these venues. Don't miss out on this rare and unique opportunity.
Certain equipment is required for this workshop. See "What to Bring".
This workshop requires mostly clear skies (some clouds can add interest).

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 4 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 DTL workshops over others?
  • Value: Similar workshops charge $500 or more.
  • Experience: I have been leading Milky Way workshops since 2012.
  • My refund policies that are far less restrictive than others.
  • This workshop is limited to only 4 participants meaning you WILL receive personalized attention.
  • I provide post workshop Zoom demonstrations on how to edit Milky Way images in Lightroom and Photoshop.
  • See "Included with your tuition" and compare to other workshops.
Physical Requirements
Physical requirements are rated as EASY
(there is a short/flat hike to one of the shooting venues).

Itinerary (subject to change)

7:15-7:30 pm - Meet and Greet (Sisters, Oregon)
7:30-8:00 - Travel to sunset shooting venue
8:00-10:00 - Sunset and blue hour photography
10:00-11:00 - Travel to first Milky Way shooting venue
11:00-12:30 am - Milky Way photography
12:30-1:00 - Travel to second Milky Way shooting venue
1:00-1:20 - Hike to second Milky Way shooting venue
1:20-3:30 - Milky Way photography
3:30-3:45 - Hike back to cars

What to Bring

  • Camera with manual controls
  • Wide angle lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 or faster
  • Medium telephoto lens
  • Circular polarizer
  • Graduated neutral density filter
  • Sturdy tripod
  • Extra fully charged camera battery
  • Headlamp (preferable) or flashlight with red light option
  • Remote shutter release (self timer will also work)
  • Hiking boots or shoes
  • Cold weather clothing
  • Camp chair
  • Food and water
  • Full tank of gas (we will not be stopping for gas during the workshop)
  • Face mask
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

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