Milky Way over Mt St Helens 2022
When and Where
When: See dates and times below
Where: Mount Saint Helens National Monument

Tuition and Registration

Tuition for each workshop is $225
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Mon, May 30, 2022
Once your registration and payment is received, you will be sent detailed information regarding the workshop.

Premium Package

With "Premium Package" you'll receive personalized one-on-one instruction on post processing your images from the workshop using Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, Starry Landscape Stacker, and Topaz DeNoise AI. This can be anything from basic processing to advanced - you choose. My normal rate for one hour sessions is $40, but for workshop attendees, the cost is only $25.
Add Premium for only $25

Included with your tuition

  • Personalized instruction and assistance
  • How to set up your camera and tripod
  • How to choose the best lenses for astro photography
  • How to set aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to get a proper exposure
  • Learn why shutter speed is limited and based on focal length
  • 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
  • How to accurately set focus for tack sharp images
  • How to plan Milky Way shoots with smart phone apps (twilight periods, Milky Way position, and much more)
  • Learn how to take images for stacking to greatly reduce noise in the sky and land

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.

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)


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
About the Workshop
The main focus of these workshops is how to successfully photograph the Milky Way.
You will receive instructions on all critical aspects of photographing in this challenging environment (focus, composition, and exposure).
The Milky Way season at Mt St Helens is a very short one in 2022 where the prime time is only a two week window in May. 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.
Why choose DTL workshops?
  • 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.
  • Small workshops where you WILL receive personalized attention.
  • Post workshop Zoom session where you'll see how I 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
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 a focus on landscape and astro photography. I have been leading Milky Way workshops since 2012 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.

COVID-19 Statement

All of my workshops are outdoors and are limited in size (depending on the location). I am fully vaccinated (including bivalent booster). Social distancing is encouraged. If you registered for a workshop and become symptomatic the week of the workshop, contact me so we can work out an alternate plan.
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