Milky Way Photography Workshop

Multiple proofs

  • May 16, 2020, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • San Diego, CA
  • Classroom Session
  • Maximum 8 participants
  • Registration $185

Note: see updated cancellation and refund policy below.


Do you want to make fantastic landscape images of the Milky Way and starry night skies? This is an intensive, hands-on, classroom workshop that will help you master photographing the Milky Way. You'll learn how to plan a Milky Way shot, photograph in the field, and edit your images. We'll then go on to cover advanced topics to help you take your work to the next level.

This is a full day workshop, which will be a mixture of tutorials, examples, demonstrations, exercises, and discussions. The class size is purposely kept small so that every student will have an opportunity to get personal help.

Here's a partial list of topics covered:

  • tools for planning your milky way shoot
  • composing a nightscape
  • exposure settings
  • focusing in the dark
  • post-processing images
  • creative coloring and stylizing
  • blending separate exposures of the sky/foreground
  • sources of noise
  • low level lighting
  • shooting during the moon
  • image stacking
  • star trackers
  • panorama stitching
  • noise reduction algorithms
  • dealing with light pollution

Who is this For?

  • Landscape photographers at an intermediate level with no prior experience photographing the Milky Way
  • Experienced Milky Way photographers who want to learn advanced techniques and post-processing methods

Participants should be familiar with Lightroom and have a basic understanding of Photoshop layers and masks.

What's Included?

  • 1 day hands-on session in a classroom setting
  • example raw files to edit
  • PDF of slides
  • private facebook group to connect with fellow photographers and instructors

What's Not Included?

Meals, transportation, and lodging are not included.

Where is the Workshop Held?

We will meet in the historic LaFayette Hotel located in the University Heights neighborhood of San Diego. The address is 2223 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104 (link to google maps).

The hotel has free onsite parking with two lots which may be entered from either Mississippi St. or Louisiana St. There is also free unmetered street parking just south of the hotel.

When is the Workshop?

The workshop will be held on Saturday May 16, 2020. It will start at 9 a.m. and go until 4 p.m. There will be a break for lunch from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. as well as short mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks.

What Should I Bring?

  • laptop with Lightroom / Photoshop
  • lunch (there also several places to eat within walking distance)

Cancellation Policy & Coronavirus

As of March 10, San Diego County's Coronavirus website has stated that "San Diego County's general population remains at low risk of coronavirus disease, or COVID-19". As such, I intend to hold the workshop as planned.

However, due to these circumstances, I'm changing the cancellation policy. If you've registered for the workshop and then decide later that you do not wish to attend due to health concerns, you will receive a full refund.

If the situation changes so that public meetings are not recommended, I will cancel the workshop and issue a full refund as well.

Joshua Tree
Cave with Milky Way
Lone tree under the Milky Way
The Racetrack in Death Valley
Water Tower
Abandoned Factory
Abandoned Bus