Four Steps to Taking Great Photos of Stars and the Milky Way

posted on 12th of september, 2017

There are some great opportunities, and challenges, in photographing the night sky. This is especially true if you want to include the Milky Way as in this photo below. Here are four steps to make it easier for you.

1. Plan the location.
You are looking for the darkest sky possible. In order to capture the Milky Way you will need to find a south facing location (in North America) where you are at least twenty miles or so away from a city or town. Plus the scene should ideally have no light sources within it either. If you can find a view with a lake or stream the water will add interest to your shot.

2. Plan the date and time to take the photo.
The Milky Way shows up best when there is no moon in the sky. The easiest way to determine this is to use a calendar that shows the phases of the moon....

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Comments (2)

Posted by GWHughes on September 17, 2017
Thanks for your comment. I was at ISO 1600 and reduced the noise as much as possible in Photoshop Elements. I understand that noise can get worse at higher ISOs so a faster lens, lower ISO and faster shutter speed would be ideal if you have a budget for a really fast wide angle lens.
Posted by Lostintimeline on September 15, 2017
i tried this with a telephoto lens 70 to 300 mm and i captured many stars not visible in the sky and a trail of a moving plane.i usually use the iso 3200 above that it gets a big or huge amount of noise not even ph can fix it for you.
but nice article btw

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