Join us for an Oregon astrophotography workshop where we’ll capture the Milky Way over some of the most spectacular nightscapes along the Southern Oregon Coast. This coastline will impress you with pristine white sand beaches, forested sea stacks, and beautiful state parks in one of the most photogenic states in the USA.
We are running this Oregon photography tour in June 2023, during the best time of year to photograph the Milky Way in both Bandon and Brookings, Oregon.
During this Oregon Coast astrophotography workshop, we will focus on shooting nightscapes and the Milky Way over one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in the world: Oregon’s Southern Coastline. You’ll see spectacular sea stacks, wild beaches, historic lighthouses, and the best Oregon Coast hidden gems.
Southern Oregon’s Coastline is positioned in a privileged location for stargazing with minimal to no light pollution, where we’ll enjoy ideal conditions for astrophotography.
We will help you capture the best possible images during this Milky Way astrophotography expedition to the Southern Oregon Coast. You’ll learn the best techniques to shoot our galaxy, from the basics to the most advanced techniques, and we will also do some post-processing sessions so you can bring your captured images to life.
While this workshop is primarily focused on night photography, we will also have time to capture the sunrise, sunset and daytime images when the timeframe and conditions allow.
Our Oregon Coast astrophotography workshop itinerary is flexible and will be adjusted according to the weather conditions so you can make the most of this trip.
Our workshop will take place at the best time of year to capture the Milky Way over the Oregon Coast landscapes when our galaxy is visible just before midnight and rainfall is minimal. Nights are chilly, but the temperature doesn’t fluctuate much along the coast, so we will photograph as much as possible based on the conditions.
We will also have the time to shoot in the morning, scout, and focus on post-processing sessions during the middle of the day when the light is harsh.
Our Oregon Coast astrophotography workshop starts at the Table Rock Motel in Bandon, Oregon at 2:00 PM. This hotel is located in an ideal spot just a short drive from the main shooting locations and offers a nearby view of the Pacific Ocean.
After a meet and greet with the rest of the group and a welcome speech, we will prepare for our first night session. We’ll review all your camera gear by helping you fine-tune your camera settings, providing some night photography guidelines, and getting everything ready for the first shoot!
We will photograph the Milky Way at Face Rock Scenic Viewpoint, which has one of the most impressive groupings of sea stacks along the Oregon Coast. This location offers fantastic photo opportunities to capture the Milky Way over Wizard Hat and other photogenic sea stacks.
On the second day of our Oregon Coast astrophotography workshop, we will visit Coquille River Lighthouse for either sunrise or sunset. This historic lighthouse was built in 1895, and while it’s no longer operational, it’s beautiful to photograph at first and last light.
During the day, we will scout Sisters Rock State Park to prepare for our night shoot. This location has three beautiful rock formations; two on land and one a short distance into the Pacific Ocean. It is a 0.9-mile out-and-back trail that has 180 feet of elevation gain.
On the third day of our Oregon astrophotography workshop, we will drive 1.5 hours south to Brookings, Oregon, and stay at the Westward Inn on Chetco Ave. Brookings is a small city located along the southern Oregon coast and boasts some of the most spectacular vistas, secluded cove beaches, rugged cliffs, and forested sea stacks in the entire country.
While heading south, we will stop to shoot and scout Secret Beach, where you’ll find a secluded and breathtaking rocky beach with a stream that leads to the ocean. It’s a short hike down to Secret Beach, less than 0.5 miles over rocky terrain.
After checking in to our accommodation, we’ll head out to photograph the sunset and Milky Way at this beautiful spot.
The next day, we will have our first post-processing session mid-morning. During this editing session, we will use Lightroom and Photoshop to show you how to get the most out of the images you took during the trip. The editing class will cover both daytime images and Milky Way photos.
It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or an advanced photographer; we will design a post-processing plan for you so you can improve your editing skills.
In the late afternoon, we will visit the Arch Rock area to photograph the sunset and plan compositions for the Milky Way that night. The Arch Rock is a massive natural rock arch standing tall in the Pacific Ocean. This location is elevated high above the shore and offers a unique perspective of the Oregon Coast.
On the fifth day of the tour, we will visit the Meyer’s Creek and Pistol River areas. This ocean beach is a hidden gem as it lies well away from large metropolitan cities. There are numerous and intriguingly shaped rock formations here, including the “Shark Fin.” The shoreline is nice and flat, so we can comfortably stroll along the beach. During low tide, large pools form at the bases of the rocks, which create nearly perfect reflections of the surroundings.
During the day, when the light is harsh, we’ll do our second editing class. During this session, we’ll tackle the most recurring topics and give you a refresher on editing techniques to make the most out of your images from the trip.
While here, we will find unique compositions for shooting astrophotography later that night at this stunning location.
On the last day of our Oregon Coast astrophotography workshop, we will have a final morning session where we will photograph the sunrise from Arch Rock Viewpoint.
After breakfast near our hotel, we will conclude our Oregon Coast workshop.
PRICE: $3,490 USD
Deposit: $1,000 USD
A $1,000 USD deposit is required to reserve your spot for this workshop. You can also pay in full at any time. The remaining balance is due three months before the start of the trip. If the remaining balance is not paid in full by the due date, you will lose your spot.
This workshop is mainly focused on night and Milky Way photography. However, we will also photograph landscapes during the blue and golden hours, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn about landscape astrophotography.
What you learn during the workshop will vary according to your goals and skills. Your instructors are professional photographers with extensive experience who will help you take your photography to the next level.
Some of the post-processing techniques that you can learn with our included tutorials are:
Your instructors on this Oregon Coast photo tour
Daniel Gomez will be the tour leader of this Oregon workshop and he will make sure that you get the best photography results and experience out of this tour. He will help you with your photography, technique, composition, and post-processing for both day and night images.
Daniel is an Oregon-based landscape astrophotographer who has explored and led astrophotography workshops on the Oregon coast over the last few years. He is very knowledgeable, not only about the most well-known locations but also about the best hidden gems where you most likely won’t see other people or photographers.
Daniel has been taking photos for the last 9 years. He’s an expert in the main subjects that you’ll be photographing on this trip, and he can also help you with other topics like star trails and timelapse.
John Byrn will be the co-leader of this Oregon workshop. He has a background in photographing many different subjects and specializes in astrophotography, focusing on strong compositions captured during the best moments of light and atmosphere.
John is based in the Pacific Northwest and has been taking photos over the last decade. He has explored and led photo tours in Washington and Oregon, and he’s an expert on the Oregon Coast and the main subjects that you’ll be photographing on this trip.
He will guide you in finding great compositions and help you with your night photography, from the basics to advanced techniques like star-tracking.
Below is a summary of things you might need:
*This Oregon astrophotography workshop focuses on Milky Way nightscapes and not on deep-sky imaging. However, you can bring a telephoto/telescope and take your own deep-sky photos if you like.
If you are traveling from outside the US, you may need a specific travel visa or an electronic travel authorization (ESTA) depending on your country of origin.
We can help you with this process.
There are two options for flights to Oregon. PDX is an international airport where most air traffic comes through, and it’s 4.5 hrs away from Bandon, Oregon. If you can find a flight to the Eugene Airport in Eugene, OR, it’s only 2.5 hrs away from Bandon, Oregon.
Airline ticket prices will depend on the airport you are flying from. We recommend this article to find the best flights to Oregon from your current location.
Transportation will not be included. We will only be driving on paved roads with occasional gravel pullouts to park along the coast. A small sedan or SUV with all-wheel drive will be perfect for the Oregon Coast roads.
When traveling to different locations on the tour, we will try to carpool as often as possible. Some parking areas are small, and we would like to minimize our impact on the land and ecosystem as much as possible.
Meals are not included. Most days, we will have a big lunch or dinner once a day in a local restaurant. We will try to eat snacks/picnic during lunch to maximize the photoshoot time.
There are plenty of grocery and meal options in both Bandon and Brookings, Oregon. The coast is known for great seafood options and delicious local diners.
All the locations and state parks we’ll visit during this Oregon Coast photography tour are free to visit, so no entrance fees are required.
Whether you are experienced or just starting out in photography, you are welcome, and I am convinced that you will progress quickly. Together, we will send you home with a thorough knowledge of many photography areas from the basics to multiple advanced techniques.
Most shooting locations on the Oregon Coast will only require short walks where we can stroll on flat sandy beaches. There are a few that will be up to one mile and up to 300 feet in elevation gain.
Some locations constantly change depending on the weather, and often require some scouting and longer walks, so we recommend being in good physical shape to fully enjoy this experience.
There is no age limit. This trip is perfect for anyone over 18 years old who wants to photograph the Southern Oregon Coast.
Capture the Atlas is drone friendly. However, drones are not allowed in some Oregon State Parks we’ll visit. Each state park determines whether drones are allowed, and will clearly indicate this with signage.
Daniel Gomez is a licensed drone pilot and can help you with your drone photography.
I’ve had the opportunity to work with and help countless photographers over the last years:
The Oregon Coast is one of the most renowned stretches of coastline in the world for good reason.
Here you will explore and photograph endless wild beaches with rugged cliffs, photogenic sea stacks, and historical landmarks.
At night, the best natural show starts when dark starry skies offer a superb opportunity to photograph our Milky Way with minimal to zero light pollution.
Be ready to take your astrophotography to a whole new level on one of the most photogenic coastlines in the world!