Central Oregon Time-lapse Photography Workshop

June 27 – July 1, 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 5-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 5-day workshop focuses on learning how to photograph and process time-lapse videos with few physical demands. It is specifically structured for those who desire very little hiking and on fairly easy terrain. This workshop is organized to accommodate intermediate to professional photographers desiring to learn more about capturing time-lapse videos of sunsets, the night sky, moon strikes, and the Milky Way under some of the darkest skies in Central Oregon.

This workshop is designed around capturing early evening views of the Milky Way without moonlight interruption, followed by utilizing moonlight to illuminate foreground elements. Due to the remoteness of each location, there are limited facilities available during the in-field portion of the workshop.


June 27 – July 1, 2024

Group Size
10 Participants
2 Instructors


Spaces Available
Only 3 Spaces Remain!
Physical Difficulty

Less than 1 mile each night

Lunar Cycle

3rdst Quarter
56 – 23% Illumination

Elevation Range

~6100 ft

Workshop Gallery

Your Instructors

Brad Goldpaint

“Two great passions of mine are wilderness travel and experiencing the drama of a night sky. I combine my passions with photography by teaching night sky photography workshops to participants of all skill levels.”

Evie Urbina

“I love to wander and explore! I’m looking forward to sharing my passion for the night sky, wilderness and wildlife while helping people understand that you don’t have to fear the wild side of our planet!”

“To provide you with the best personal learning environment possible, we limit our class size and NEVER bring our own cameras to a class.“

Topics Covered & Materials Included

This 5 day workshop begins with a 3 hour ‘Introduction to Time-lapse Photography’ class at an indoor facility near Bend, OR. In addition, we will shoot three nights at numerous locations throughout the area with two 4-hour post processing in-class sessions. This workshop will concentrate on capturing time-lapse footage of the Milky Way, create animated star trails, capture sunsets, and much more. As part of your introduction, you will receive an updated copy of our 60+ 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 70 topics you will:

  • Receive an exclusive, updated copy of our 60+ 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 and know when to photograph in manual mode or aperture priority
  • How to choose the correct interval for each scene you capture
  • Begin to master the art of capturing time-lapse footage of the Milky Way, moonsets, animated star trails, and much more
  • Understand noise reduction (how and when to use it)
  • Learning about de-flickering your time-lapse videos
  • Receive personal tips and special techniques
  • Gain new skills with advanced post processing methods in Adobe Bridge, Photoshop, LRTimelapse, & Premiere Pro.

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 Time-lapse Photography Workshop: June 27 – July 1, 2024


SKU: COTL Category:

*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 April 28, 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 bleeds excellence in everything photography-related. He is kind, intelligent, quick-witted, knowledgeable, but most of all, caring. At no additional cost, Brad offered to lead during extra nights when weather threatened planned photoshoot evenings. He purposefully left behind his camera to ensure focus on helping students.

In short, I couldn’t have been more pleased with Brad. He was simply outstanding!

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.