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Photographing The Milky Way Workshop

Your Guide To Nightscape Photography

  • Learn How To Find & See The Milky Way
  • Achieve Focus In Dark, Challenging Conditions
  • Perfect Exposure Settings For Any Starry Scene
  • 10 + Lightroom Presets To Help Create Incredible Imagery
  • 2 Hours of HD Video Instruction + 3 PDF Resources



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Learn How To Capture The Vast Beauty Of The Milky Way

Nightscape photography is pushing the boundaries of photography, putting modern digital cameras to incredible use, and capturing images that simply were not possible only a few years ago. It can be daunting to begin learning the ins and outs of astrophotography simply because you are out in the dark, but this workshop will be your guide to help light the way!

Learn 4 Incredible Nightscape Photography Techniques!

This workshop will take you from beginner to master in just under 2 hours with our comprehensive guide packed with useful tips, recommended gear & apps, & so much more!

You can read more about the four techniques covered below! 

Nailing your exposure in the dark is a challenging technique to master but with our rough starting guide for exposure settings you will be ready to go in no time! We'll also teach you how to blend two different exposures (one of the sky & one of the earth) to arrive at a more balanced overall scene. 

It can be difficult to capture the vast beauty of the Milky Way when you may be limited by your focal length which is why we included Panoramic Stitching as part of our 4 teaching techniques in this course. Our last technique covers portraiture under the stars - the perfect way to capture your memories under the gorgeous Milky Way sky! 

we're solving the two greatest challenges of astrophotography

It's late at night and it's dark outside, how do you nail focus and how will you know if you've captured the full potential of the night sky? We cover all the common issues that beginners face when out in the field and just how easy it is to combat them to get perfectly sharp images. 

focus issues - blurry stars 

With many lenses, it’s very difficult to focus perfectly on the stars, because even a fraction of a millimeter on your distance scale can mean the difference between 100% sharp stars, and uselessly blurry stars. We will teach you fail proof methods to nail focus everytime, so you won't get frustrated in the dark trying to figure out what went wrong. 

correct exposure - grainy images

We'll take you back to Photography 101 to discuss how the Exposure Triangle changes when it comes to photographing the night sky. Our starting guide will be the perfect companion for your nightscape adventures and will help point you in the right direction to get the ideal settings for the scene you're in. 

Don't let your gear limit you from endless possibilities

Worried that you won't be able to capture the epic sky because you don't have the right camera or lens? We give you our favorite recommendations for gear for every budget and experience level. Don't break the bank buying the best gear when you can make do with what you have! 

document your adventures in an extraordinary way

Many photographers pick up nightscape or landscape photography as a hobby, allowing them to use their gear to create fun images outside of their everyday work. We wanted to create a workshop that will aid you in documenting your travels in a memorable way, giving you insight on how to photograph subjects under the stars!

detailed lightroom tips to help polish imagery 

Take your Milky Way images from drab to fab with our 10+ Lightroom presets included with the purchase of this workshop. We've also included an entire chapter on post-production to help alleviate some of the common issues people face when editing astrophotography images.  

noise reduction

Learn how to avoid noise while shooting on-location, to get the best possible image quality out of the camera you own. Learn how to reduce noise in post-production using basic and advanced techniques for both single and multiple exposures.

Editing A Panorama

Learn how to choose the right lens/focal length for a panorama, and how to capture the individual frames for optimal image quality in the field. Learn how to stitch frames together in post-production for seamless, dramatic yet realistic results.

Blending Two Different Exposures

Learn why and when to capture two exposures and what camera settings to use. Learn how to combine two or more exposures in post-production, so that they appear natural and realistic.

Chapter One

  • Introduction | Why Are We Here? 
  • Goals for Photographing The Milky Way
  • Milky Way Gear Guide

Chapter Two

  • Exposure Triangle At Night
  • The 500 Rule
  • Field Reference Guide

Chapter Three

  • About The Milky Way Core
  • Why Should You Location Scout During The Day?
  • 5 Tips on Location Scouting
  • How To Predict And See The Milky Way
  • Shooting Countdown Checklist
  • How To Focus On Stars And Get Sharp Images
  • Checking Sharpness And TroubleShooting

Chapter Four

  • Why Create Two Exposures?

Chapter five

  • Reasons For Creating A Nightscape Panorama
  • Creating A Panorama Of The Milky Way

Chapter Six

  • Why Use Illumination? 
  • Shining A Light On Your Landscape
  • Near vs. Far Illumination 

Chapter Seven

  • How To Photograph Subjects Under The Milky Way

Chapter Eight

  • Basic Single-Exposure Milky Way Sky Editing
  • Blending Two Separate Exposures In Lightroom And Photoshop
  • Editing A Nightscape Panorama
  • Editing Low-Level Illumination
  • Illuminated Subjects
  • Editing A Blend And A Panorama
  • Noise Reduction, Part I
  • Noise Reduction Part II
  • Removing Long Exposure Noise In Capture One
  • Stacking For Noise Reduction In A Blended Pano
Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is this workshop included in SLR Lounge Premium membership?

A: Yes, this is the first landscape workshop included in our Premium catalog.