Tuesday, December 13, 2022

How to shoot Milky Way Nighttime Landscapes

In this Issue

  • How to Shoot Milky Way Nighttime Landscapes
  • New Product Announcements (Fujifilm X-H2, Best of Blog 4)
  • In the Pipeline (Fujfilm X-T5, Sony A7R V)
  • Noteworthy Factoids about the A7R V
  • Three fascinating Cameracraft articles
    • The photographer who Ansel Adams referred to as "The anti-Christ"
    • AI Image Generators - what they may mean for society
    • A portrait of Michael Colin Campbell - Kodak color chemistry pioneer

How to Shoot Milky Way Nighttime Landscapes

The Friedman Archives welcomes guest blogger Erik Quimby to explain how he gets these incredible Milky Way images.  (Spoiler alert: you can get results like this too!)

Taking amazing Milky Way photos is not very difficult if the right preparations have been made. Location, time of the year, day of the month, and gear selection all make or break a great Milky Way shot.  (Click on any image to make it larger and sharper.)

There are several websites, darkskymap.com and cleardarksky.com, and apps, PhotoPills and DarkSky for IOS [Editor's note: DarkSky for iOS will no longer be available after 12/31/22]  that will give you dark sky / light pollution information for a specific location. After choosing a good dark sky location with a clear view of the Southern sky (for Northern hemisphere), now it’s time to plan when to go. The 2 to 3 days before, during, and after the new moon are the best times of the month. March to October (again for Northern hemisphere) are the best months to plan the shot.