Milky Way over the Deschutes River 2024
  • When and Where
    When: July 6, 2024, 9:00 pm - 12:00 am
    Where: Deschutes River

    Tuition and Registration

    Tuition is only $265
    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 choose the best lenses for astro photography
    • How to set aperture, shutter speed and ISO to get a proper exposure
    • How to accurately set focus for tack sharp images
    • How to properly judge exposure based on the histogram
    • Learn why shutter speed is limited and based on focal length
    • How to properly judge focus with image playback and magnification
    • How to set up your camera and tripod
    • Guidance and instruction on composition
    • 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
    • 2-hour Zoom session to review your images and see my post processing workflow

    Refund policy

    • Cancellations must be made in writing.
    • 30 days or more prior to the workshop:
      Refund less your $25 deposit.
    • 7 to 30 days prior to the workshop:
      75% refund.
    • Less than 7 days 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.


    Deschutes River Recreation Area (camping)
    (541) 739-2322
    Motel 6
    2500 W 6th St
    The Dalles, OR 97058
    (541) 296-1911
    Cellilo Inn
    3550 E 2nd St
    The Dalles, OR 97058
    (541) 769-0001
    Cousin's Country Inn
    2114 W 6th St
    The Dalles, OR 97058
    (541) 298-5161
    The Dalles Inn
    112 W 2nd St
    The Dalles, OR 97058
    (541) 296-9107
    Shilo Inn
    3223 Bret Clodfelter Way
    The Dalles, OR 97058
    (541) 298-5502
    Fairfield Inn
    2014 W 7th St
    The Dalles, OR 97058
    (541) 769-0753
    About the Workshop
    The main focus of the workshop will be on how to successfully photograph the Milky Way and stars but the workshop will also provide an opportunity to shoot the golden and blue hours from an iconic location.
    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.
    Alternate dates will be 7/5 and 7/7.
    Please note: This workshop involves a fairly short hike over flat grass, dirt trail (short distance uphill) and along a flat gravel trail.
    Why choose DTL workshops?
    • Value: Similar workshops charge up to $400.
    • Experience: I have been leading Milky Way workshops since 2012.
    • More peace of mind: My refund policies that are far less restrictive than others.
    • Personal attention: Small workshops where you WILL receive personalized attention.
    • Even more value: 2-hour post workshop Zoom session where I'll review your images and lead you through my processing workflow in Lightroom and Photoshop.
    • See "Included with your tuition" and compare to other workshops.
    Physical Requirements
    Physical requirements are rated as MODERATE
    (there is a short hike to the shooting location that includes a short uphill section).
    Physical Requirements
    Physical requirements are rated as EASY
    (there is a short hike with some elevation gain).

    Itinerary (subject to change)

    8:30: Meet and Greet (Deschutes River State Recreation Area)
    8:30-9:15: Workshop orientation
    9:15-9:30: Hike to workshopp location
    9:30-12:00: Workshopp
    12:00-12:15: Hike back to cars

    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)
    • Sturdy hiking shoes
    • 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 since 2012. 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 led several outings and workshops throughout the Northwest.

    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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