How to shoot the Milky Way

Amateur Photographer - - Technique Shooting After Dark -

THE MILKY Way is one of the most magical sub­jects in the night sky and, al­though pho­tograph­ing it may seem daunt­ing, some solid pho­to­graphic tech­nique could un­lock this stun­ning scene and re­sult in spec­tac­u­lar cap­tures.

Find­ing the Milky Way can be quite straight­for­ward. head to an area of low-light pol­lu­tion and use an app such as Pho­toPills to view the Milky Way via aug­mented re­al­ity, as this will dras­ti­cally cut down your set-up time and will help you to frame a suc­cess­ful com­po­si­tion.

Se­lect a wide, fast-aper­ture lens, such as a 16-35mm f/2.8, and place the cam­era on a tri­pod to keep it steady. Switch to man­ual mode and dial in a start­ing ex­po­sure of 30 sec­onds at f/2.8, ISo 1600 be­fore ad­just­ing the ISo to ac­count for light lev­els. the aim should be to con­trol the ex­po­sure by keep­ing the shut­ter speed at or be­low 30 sec­onds to pre­vent any stars from turn­ing into trails.

Some pho­tog­ra­phers use the ‘500’ rule, where 500 is di­vided by the lens’ fo­cal length. Us­ing this method will give you the max­i­mum shut­ter speed you can use be­fore stars turn to trails.

If you are plan­ning to shoot a lot of as­tropho­tog­ra­phy, the Pen­tax k-1 is a good cam­era choice as, not only does the cam­era of­fer 36 megapix­els of res­o­lu­tion, but it also boasts an astro-tracer fea­ture that fol­lows the move­ment of the stars so you can achieve sharper im­agery.

When shoot­ing the Milky Way, keep the shut­ter speed be­low 30 sec­onds to pre­vent stars from turn­ing into trails Nikon D750, 14mm, 10sec at f/2.8, ISO 10000

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