Milky Way over Mt Hood 2023
When and Where
When: See dates and times below
Where: Mt Hood National Forest

Tuition and Registration

Tuition for the workshop is only $245
$20 deposit to reserve your spot
(applied towards registration fee - PayPal invoice sent for the remaining balance 2 weeks prior to the workshop)
Safe and secure payment through PayPal
Click the "Pay Now" button below to reserve your spot.
Fri, August 11, 2023
Alternate dates: 8/19 ans 8/20
Fri, September 8, 2023
Alternate date: 9/15

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 via email.
  • More than 30 days prior to the workshop:
    Refund less $20 deposit
  • 14 - 30 days or less prior to the workshop:
    75% refund
  • 5 to 13 prior to the workshop:
    40% refund
  • 0 to 4 days prior to the workshop:
    No refund
  • If sky conditions are predicted to be cloudy the days leading up to the workshop, the workshop will be rescheduled on one of the alternate dates shown above. If none of the dates work out because of sky conditions, a 90% refund will be issued or 100% credit towards a future workshop.
  • Once the workshop starts, refunds cannot be issued. I make every attempt to make sure weather conditions are ideal for Milky Way photography (weather forecasts from several sources, astronomical sky forecasts, live web cams, etc). Conditions can change without warning and in an instant - especially near mountains. If weather conditions change once we are at the shooting venue, you will be given credit towards a future workshop of comparable value.


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 these workshops is 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.
Why choose this workshop 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.
  • 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 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 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.
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