Coastal Milky Way Workshop - Stover Photo
Mono Lake Milky Way

What we will cover

Shooting the Milky Way.  One of the most exhilarating experiences you could have as a photographer!   Much to cover and plan for.  But after you take the first shots you are hooked!  

We plan to cover these items

A demonstration of the tools in PhotoPills to understand MilkyWay movement along with how to shoot star trails.

Discussions about the importance of planning for your shoot to account for foreground elements if needed and also Milky Way orientation.

Understand the ideal shutter speed/aperture/ISO/white balance and how they play off each other.

The toughest one. How to focus your lens at night

The Details

October is one of the best weather months on the Central Coast for Milky Way.  The galactic core is out early in the evening so you have the opportunity to capture sunset, the Milky Way, and still be home at a decent hour.  We are typically past the months where fog moves in off the ocean and before the winter rains start.  

Please plan to join us on October 6th.  If it looks to be foggy we have alternative areas inland slightly further.  

This is one of my most requested workshops and is sure to sell out.  

The cost for this workshop is $125 and includes a $70 print credit from McKenna Pro.

Learn Star Stacking


What to bring

Camera of your choice, DSLR preferred as my background with film is very limited.

Tripod. If you don’t have one or need to borrow one please let me know.

A full range of lens focal lengths from ultrawide to telephoto. Lens covering the range of 14-200mm will be fully utilized.

Clothing to be comfortable and active in average temperatures of 60 to 90 (Dress in layers). Sturdy hiking shoes/boots, please no flip flops!


What's Included/Not Included


Guidance to the best photography locations.

In field instruction on capture technique (composition, bracketing, histogram/exposure checks, camera modifications, etc)

A composition and in-field technique seminar at the beginning of the workshop to ensure you get the most out of your time including a reference sheet for recommended settings / shortcuts / tips etc.

Free 16x20 metal print or credit of around $70 towards a larger print through McKenna Pro. Access to water to refill water bottles or bladders.

Not Included

Meals and Snacks (please bring some extra snacks of your choosing. I will have a small fridge if needed)

Gratuities for all services. But this is not asked for and shouldn’t be given 😃 No really. Its my company.

Transportation to/from photography locations.

Additional information

The classes/workshops are typically 3-4 hours in duration. If you want to schedule additional time for post processing or 1n1 instruction those are available at $75 per hour.

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