STEP BY STEP: Ex­pan­sive starscapes

Master the art of Milky Way pho­tog­ra­phy with these key set­tings and tech­niques

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1 Get set UP

Find a dark sky lo­ca­tion where the Milky Way will be vis­i­ble in the night sky; use an on­line star map or app to help with this. Once you’re on lo­ca­tion, you should look for a sim­ple, graphic sub­ject to use as a fo­cal point in the fore­ground of your shot (see main im­age).

2 EX­PER­I­MENT WITH EX­PO­SURE

In Man­ual ex­po­sure mode, set the ISO to 3200, and se­lect the widest aper­ture avail­able on your lens, such as f/2.8 or f/1.8. Start by set­ting a shutter speed of 10 sec­onds, which will avoid record­ing too much move­ment in the stars when us­ing a wide-an­gle lens.

3 LIGHT UP THE FORE­GROUND

If you want to cap­ture de­tail in the fore­ground, you will need to use a longer shutter speed – maybe 30 sec­onds in a dark lo­ca­tion – or use a torch to paint it with light (see be­low).

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