Central Oregon Night Photography Workshop

July 8 – 10, 2024

The Deschutes National Forest stretches out across 1.6 million acres of Central Oregon and is distinguished by its giant Ponderosa Pine trees. You will experience factors of curiosity and adventure during this 3-day workshop, covering several locations within mountain meadows, wildflowers, and starlit lakes of the Oregon wilderness. Each night, stars rotate silently above the seven volcanic peaks competing for space in the Central Oregon Cascade Range. The Three Sisters, Broken Top, and Mount Bachelor are all wilderness locations that offer a rich and complex backdrop when illuminated under a starry night. You will be expertly guided to heavily forested mountain lakes offering a lush, old growth backdrop against the brilliance of the Milky Way.

This workshop is designed around capturing the galactic core of the Milky Way without moonlight interruption. Due to the remoteness of each location, there are limited facilities available during the in-field portion of the workshop.


July 8 – 10, 2024

Group Size

6 Participants



Spaces Available
Only 2 Spaces Remain!
Physical Difficulty

Less than 1.5 miles each night

Lunar Cycle

1st Quarter
11 – 17% Illumination

Elevation Range

~6100 ft

Workshop Gallery

Topics Covered & Materials Included

This 3 day workshop begins with a 3 hour ‘Introduction to Night Photography’ class at an indoor facility near Bend, OR. In addition, we will shoot 2 nights at numerous locations throughout the Deschutes National Forest and end with a 4-hour post processing in-class session.

This workshop will concentrate on capturing the Milky Way, create star trails, panoramas, and much more. As part of your introduction, you will receive an updated copy of our 50+ page workshop booklet with step-by-step instructions about all phases of post processing for personal reference. During all field work, we will follow “Leave No Trace” principles to minimize any impact on the fragile, alpine environment. With over 65 topics you will:

  • Receive an exclusive, updated copy of our 50+ page workshop booklet. This valuable guidebook contains step-by-step instructions about all phases of post processing, exposure guides for capturing the Milky Way, ‘Planning Your Shoot’, and much more.
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the night sky (Earth’s orbit, location of the Milky Way, meteor showers, moon cycles, etc.)
  • Appreciate the importance of planning for your shoot
  • Understand the differences between shutter speed/aperture/ISO/white balance, and more
  • Learn how to focus your lens at night
  • Begin to master the art of capturing the Milky Way, create star trails, panoramas, composites, and more
  • Learn about light painting
  • Understand noise reduction (how and when to use it)
  • Receive personal tips and special techniques
  • Learn how to blend multiple exposures together in post processing using Adobe Photoshop
  • Gain new skills with advanced post processing methods in Bridge & Photoshop

What equipment do I need to bring?

We encourage you to visit our ‘Workshop FAQ’s Page’ for required equipment during your workshop, itinerary examples, and much more.

Register for the Workshop

Central Oregon Night Photography Workshop: July 8 – 10, 2024


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*Must be 18 or older to participate. Prices do not include meals, accommodations, gear, transportation, or incidentals. A 50%, non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your space for the workshop. The remaining balance is due 60 days prior to the scheduled workshop start date. Please pay the balance in full by May 9, 2024, or your space may be forfeited. Please read our terms & conditions for more info.

Accommodations & Transportation

Accommodations and transportation are not included in the workshop fee. We understand each person has different needs and may want to stay in a hotel or campsite. For those who prefer to stay in a hotel, we recommend arranging your accommodations near Bend, OR. The group will meet for introductions and at that time, arrange to carpool, exchange information, etc. We generally try to arrange our classroom instruction in hotel meeting rooms similar to a Best Western or Holiday Inn Express when available. You will receive a detailed itinerary well before the workshop date to assist you as you make your travel arrangements.


GP Alumni


““Brad is vigilant and thoughtful, and he strives to provide the best experience for his students. He was warm and welcoming from the initial introduction. He fostered an environment of learning while having fun. He’s attentive to every need to every photographer at every level. He is passionate about preserving the environment which is awesome. Brad & Marci are an awesome team and good people. I’m so thankful to have found GP and look forward to future workshops. Thank you Team GP for an amazing experience!”

Behind the Scenes


If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by sending an email to info[at]goldpaintphotography.com.