Milky Way over Mt St Helens (2021)
When and Where
When: See dates and times below
Where: Mount Saint Helens National Monument

Tuition and Registration

Tuition for each workshop is listed below
Safe and secure payment through PayPal
Click the "Pay Now" button below for the workshop date you'd like at attend.
Mon, May 10, 2021 *
Wed, May 13, 2021 *
Mon, May 17, 2021 *
Mon, May 31, 2021 **
Mon, June 7, 2021 **

* Two shooting venues. ** One shooting venue.
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.
  • Up to 5 days prior to the workshop:
    Refund less a $20 cancellation fee.
  • Less than 5 days 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.
About the Workshop
The main focus of these workshops is how to successfully photograph the Milky Way.
You will receive instruction on all critical aspects of photographing in this challenging environment (focus, composition, and exposure).
We'll be shooting from two separate venues on the May 10, 13, and 17 workshops ($195). The May 31 and June 7 workshops will be from one venue ($).
The prime Milky Way season at Mt St Helens National Monument is a short one (May and June being the prime months). Don't miss out on this rare opportunity.
Certain equipment is required for this workshop. See "What to Bring".
These workshops require 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 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 up to $400.
  • Experience: I have been leading Milky Way workshops since 2012.
  • My refund policies that are far less restrictive than others.
  • These workshops are limited to only 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 VERY EASY
(we will very close to our vehicles).

Itinerary (subject to change)

Meet and Greet (Castle Rock, WA)
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 also work)
  • Camp chair
  • Wind protective clothing
  • Cold weather clothing
  • Snacks and water
  • Full tank of gas (we will be 50 miles from the nearest gas station)
Sample Images
Click here for sample images from the area

About Mount Saint Helens

The Pacific Northwest is blessed with many wonders. Mt. St. Helens is certainly one of them. In fact it is one of the true wonders of the world. The eruption of Mt. St. Helens on May 18, 1980 left a huge scar on the landscape that is still very visible today.

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.


If you would like to stay overnight in Castle Rock, here are some choices.
Mt St Helens Motel
1340 Mt St Helens Way NE
Castle Rock, WA 98611
(360) 274-7721
7 West Motel
864 Walsh Ave NE
Castle Rock, WA 98611
(360) 274-7526

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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