STEP BY STEP: Expansive starscapes
Master the art of Milky Way photography with these key settings and techniques
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).