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With the holidays behind us, ample snow in the mountains, and perhaps a new (or even old) camera in hand, there are a few upcoming seminars and lectures that may enhance your outdoor photographic skills. And, the winter skies also present an excellent opportunity to gaze at the sun, moon, and stars.

Stargazing in Sunriver

Depending on weather conditions, the Oregon Observatory at Sunriver will offer two sessions for stargazers during the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend. On Saturday, Jan. 16, there will be a solar viewing from 11 am to 2 pm and an evening viewing from 8 to 10 pm. Admission to the daytime solar viewing is free. Evening session: $8 for adults and $6 for children. The Oregon Observatory has the largest collection of telescopes for public use in the United States. For more information, check their website at

Next Level GoPro

REI is offering an evening GoPro Editing Seminar on Jan. 19 at 5:30 pm at its store in the Old Mill. GoPro has recently revamped its editing software, and GoPro experts will guide you through the editing process and share techniques to improve your videos. You are invited to bring your laptop with GoPro Studio and video files to edit. There is a $20 fee for REI members and a $40 fee for non-members.

National Geographic Expertise

The Cascade Center of Photography offers numerous opportunities to fine-tune your outdoor photography skills including worldwide excursions with professional photographers offering their expertise. There are also Central Oregon outings available, half-day and full-day outdoor classes, and online courses.

On Jan. 22, from 6 to 8 pm, The Cascade Center of Photography is offering a free evening session featuring Bend resident and National Geographic photographer Jonathan Kingston, who will share his insights and highlight some of his most popular works. Kingston attended the Brooks Institute School of Photography in Santa Barbara, he has taught in India, and he is currently one of 17 photographers represented in the National Geographic Fine Art Galleries. Reservations are not necessary for this event, but seating is limited. For more information, call CCOP at 541-241-2266 or visit them online at

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