7 Tips for Better Milky Way Photos

It’s springtime, which means that for most of us around the world, the core of the Milky Way galaxy, or the “Galactic Bulge,” will be prominently visible in the night sky roughly through the end of summer.

While you can still see the galaxy in the “offseason,” generally from March until September is when the most spectacular region makes its transit. If you have been interested in trying out landscape astrophotography, the night sky over the next six months will provide the most interesting backdrop for your shots. 

If you’re looking for some best practices to improve your Milky Way photography, you’ll want to catch this video by astrophotographer Alyn Wallace. In the video, he covers seven tips to improve your Milky Way shots during this core season. Probably the biggest tip that gets overlooked by most hobbyists is to research the location you intend to shoot. Using a free website like www.lightpollutionmap.info is the first step in combating the issue of light pollution, as it not only helps you to be cognizant of where the light pollution is, but also which directions you are able to face to minimize or eliminate said pollution. 

Check out Alyn’s video above for the whole guide.

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Scott Donschikowski is a professional photographer and educator with over 11 years of experience leading a variety of photo workshops around the world. He specializes mainly in landscape, wildlife, and astrophotography. He is also active on YouTube where he makes tutorials sharing his photographic knowledge.

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