Abandoned Schoolhouses (8/7)
When and Where
When: Saturday, August 7, 2021
Where: North Central Oregon

Tuition and Registration

Tuition for the schoolhouse workshop only is $225
Tuition for the schoolhouse and Milky Way workshop is $275
Contact me to be placed on a waiting list.
NOTE: I am currently working on adding a second workshop date.

Included with your tuition

  • Personalized instruction and assistance
  • How to set up your camera and tripod properly
  • How to choose the best lenses
  • How to set aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to get a proper exposure
  • Learn how to properly judge exposure based on the histogram
  • Learn how to properly judge focus with image playback and magnification
  • Guidance and instruction on composition
  • Proper use of polarizer and neutral density filters
  • How to accurately set focus for tack sharp images
  • Detailed instruction of photographing the Milky Way (Milky Way option workshop)
  • 2-hour post processing session using Lightroom and Photoshop (using Zoom 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 days prior to the workshop:
    50% refund.
  • Milky Way option only If the Milky Way portion of the workshop is cancelled prior to the workshop due to weather or sky predictions, you will receive a refund for the Milky Way portion ($50). Once the workshop starts, refunds cannot be issued. I make every attempt to insure sky conditions are ideal prior to the workshops. I monitor weather forecasts from several sources and astronomical sky forecasts. Conditions can change without warning - especially near mountains.

What to Bring

  • Camera with manual controls
  • Wide angle lens (with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 or faster for Milky Way)
  • Medium telephoto lens
  • Circular polarizer
  • Graduated neutral density filter
  • Sturdy tripod
  • Extra fully charged camera battery
  • Headlamp (preferable) or flashlight with red light option (for Milky Way workshop)
  • Remote shutter release (self timer will also work)
  • Cold weather clothing
  • Camp chair
  • Food and water
  • Full tank of gas (we will not be stopping for gas during the workshop)
  • Face mask
About the Workshop
This will be a photography packed workshop where we'll visit four historic abandoned schoolhouses. The last schoolhouse will feature sunset and blue hour photography. For those who wish to photograph the Milky Way, we'll end up at a very special location where the Milky Way will be directly over Mount Hood.
Please note: There will be approximately 15 miles of well graded gravel road on this workshop.
Certain equipment is required for the Milky Way workshop. See "What to Bring".

COVID-19 Statement

All of my workshops will be limited in size (depending on the location) and all are located at locations with limited (if any) other people present. I am fully vaccinated (including second booster). All participants will be required to be vaccinated. Social distancing will be required and anyone that wants to wear a mask is welcome to do so. If you are sympathetic, contact me so we can work out an alternate plan.
Why choose DTL workshops over others?
  • Value: Similar workshops charge $500 or more.
  • Experience: I have been leading workshops since 2007.
  • My refund policies that are far less restrictive than others.
  • This workshop is limited to only 5 participants meaning you WILL receive personalized attention.
  • I provide post workshop Zoom demonstrations on how to edit images from the workshop in Lightroom and Photoshop.
  • See "Included with your tuition" and compare to other workshops.
Physical Requirements
Physical requirements are rated as EASY

Itinerary (subject to change)

3:15-3:30 pm - Meet and Greet (The Dalles, Oregon)
3:30-9:30 - Schoolhouse workshop
9:30-12:30 - Milky Way workshop
Sample Images
Click here for sample images from the area

About Me

I am a passionate photographer with a focus on landscape and astro photography. I have been leading Milky Way workshops since 2015 and landscape workshops since 2007. 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 been teaching Photoshop and Lightroom since 2007.

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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