Milky Way over Mt Hood (2021)

Tuition and Registration

Tuition for each workshop is only $185
Safe and secure payment through PayPal
Click the "Pay Now" button below for the workshop date you'd like at attend.
Mon, August 2, 2021
Sat, August 7, 2021
Mon, August 9, 2021
Sat, August 14, 2021
Mon, August 30, 2021
Sat, September 4, 2021
Wed, September 8, 2021
Mon, September 27, 2021
Wed, September 29, 2021

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
  • Zoom session featuring post processing using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

Refund policy

  • Cancellations must be made in writing.
  • More than 6 days prior to the workshop:
    Refund less a $20 cancellation fee.
  • 5 days or less prior to the workshop:
    Refund less a $40 cancellation fee.
  • 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.


If you would like to stay overnight in Hood River, here are some choices.
Best Western
1108 E Marina Dr
Hood River, OR 97031
(541) 386-2200
West Cliff Lodge
4070 Westcliff Dr
Hood River, OR 97031
(541) 386-2992
About the Workshop
The main focus of the workshop will be on how to successfully photograph the Milky Way and stars.
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 5 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: Similar 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.
  • These workshops are limited to 5 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 VERY EASY
(we will be parked very near our cars).

Itinerary (subject to change)

Meet and Greet (Hood River)
Travel to workshop venue
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
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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