Learn how to photograph the Milky Way in less than five minutes

Dec 30, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Learn how to photograph the Milky Way in less than five minutes

Dec 30, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Astrophotography is one of the most fascinating genres in photography. It allows us to see the world around us in a way that’s difficult or often impossible to see with the naked eye. For many of us, the issue is simply too much light pollution, but even when we do make the effort to go somewhere dark, we can still struggle, especially if we want to photograph the Milky Way.

In this video, Diana and Ian from Lonely Speck explain the basics of photographing the Milky Way from the gear and planning to the actual process of shooting it.

I’ve not had much chance to have a go at astrophotography. I’ve read up on it a lot and had a bit of a play occasionally, but I’ve never been able to really get anywhere with it, though, due to the light pollution in most of the areas I find myself. Since moving to Scotland, however, it’s something I’ve made more of an attempt to get out and have a proper go at because it’s relatively easy to get to areas with fairly dark skies. I even went camping with a friend in Glencoe over Christmas with one of the goals being to try to shoot the Milky Way.

I borrowed a friend’s Sony A7II and Sigma 20mm f/1.4 lens for a couple of days to take with me on the trip. I’ve definitely got a long way to go , but I was quite pleased with the results.

I wish Lonely Speck’s video had come out a few days earlier, though, and I’d have learned that this is completely the wrong time of year to capture the Milky Way in all its colourful glory. At least we got the right time of the month (the night before a new moon), even if it was the wrong month.

Oh well. I guess I’ll have to go back in the summer. I’m definitely not going to complain about having to go back to visit Glencoe again, though.

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8 responses to “Learn how to photograph the Milky Way in less than five minutes”

  1. John Downes Avatar
    John Downes

    You can still get usable Milky Way shots with light pollution. Single image shot with Canon 5D3 and Samyang 14mm f2.8.

    1. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      Usable is a relative and subjective term, though – as is light pollution. :)

    2. John Downes Avatar
      John Downes

      John Aldred all depends on like or dislike :-)

  2. Maisum Walji Photography Avatar
    Maisum Walji Photography

    I really appreciate about the information you shared with us.Thanks & https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9891fe99366cd3e279e21400e93319a533d10bfe916c9131772edd1013c4c0ac.png Keep it up.

  3. Chris Avatar
    Chris

    Thanks for the video, it used to take me way more than 5 minutes to shoot the Milky Way…

  4. Maria Hernandez Avatar
    Maria Hernandez

    I have always wanted to take pictures of the Milky Way. But, I was fully unaware about the procedure of it. Now I think I know all the steps or procedure which I have to do to take pictures of the Milky Way. In the five minutes video tutorial every details was really clear and easy to understand. The five minutes video was really worth it and it was really good to learn about the whole procedure. Do you guys have any idea or suggestions about the darker places of India and Bangladesh?

  5. Sayedul Avatar
    Sayedul

    Since childhood, I have always had a fantasy about the Milky Way. I was really interested to take pictures of the Milky Way. But, I was fully unaware about the procedure of it. Now, I think I know all the steps or procedure which I have to do to take pictures of the Milky Way. In the five minutes video tutorial every details was really clear and easy to understand. The five minutes video was really worth it and it was really good to learn about the whole procedure.

  6. gurpreet singh Avatar
    gurpreet singh

    oh before reading this article i tried but i was totally failed. now i will try again after reading this post. thanks for sharing it.