Photographing The Night Sky - Milky Way and Star Trails
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Photographing The Night Sky - Milky Way and Star Trails

A hands on guide to long exposure photograpy of the Milky Way and Star Trails with an introduction to Time-lapse
4.8 (2 ratings)
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328 students enrolled
Created by Sandy Dee, Matt Dee
Last updated 9/2017
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  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 45 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Plan and prepare for a night shooting the Milky Way
  • Create a Star Trail Image
  • Enhance the images in Adobe Camera Raw
  • Bonus Timelapse section
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  • You should be familiar your camera's manual settings - we will also cover the fundamentals
  • The basics of Adobe Bridge/ACR/Lightroom
  • A sense of Adventure!

Are you fascinated with the night sky and wondered how they get those Milky Way and Star Trail images?

Looked outside and all you see is an orange, light polluted sky? Where are all the stars?

The night sky is one of the most awe inspiring sights that we have the privilege of witnessing.

We’ve been photographing the night sky since moving out to California from rainy England in 2012. The skies literally opened up with possibilities now that we could count on good weather most of the time, but learning how to photograph the night sky could be challenging and confusing. We've traveled all around California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona, going through many nights of trial and error to pinpoint the best and easiest steps to get great results and we are going to share them with you in this course.

It’s estimated that 80% of the US population cannot see the Milky Way due to light pollution. This is a sight that should not be missed for the world - but it will need some planning and some traveling. How much traveling is really down to your proximity to a big city.

After this course, you will be able to know how to take images of the Milky Way and star trails by following a clear set of guidelines. You will get outdoors, capture the wonder of the universe and create great memories at the same time.

Note - this course is from a Northern Hemisphere perspective, but the principles are still applicable everywhere!

In this course you will learn:

  • How to find the perfect location for photographing the Milky Way and Star Trails
  • Understand the best times of year and how to work around the Moon cycles
  • The equipment and settings needed for surefire results
  • The retouching process to bring out the best in your images.
  • A bonus: create a Timelapse at the same time

And more.

This course is for the photographer who wants to take images of the amazing Milky Way but has either tried and not gotten far yet, or who wants to get fully prepared before heading out and not to waste time. No special equipment is needed besides your camera, tripod and a few accessories

Go ahead and enroll to start on you way - I promise you will never look back and the night sky is an addictive place to photograph!

Who is the target audience?
  • Photographers who are fascinated by the night sky
  • Photographers who are looking to try something new
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Curriculum For This Course
47 Lectures
7 Lectures 51:34

Preparation is Everything! Location, Direction, Light Pollution

A Brief Overview of the Big 3 - Aperture, ISO, Shutter Speed

Night Sky Compositions - Milky Way

Night Sky Compositions - Star Trails

Night Sky Compositions - By The Light Of The Moon

How to Plan a Time-lapse Movie
Road Trip Time! Onsite
7 Lectures 36:42
Equipment - Your Camera, Lens, Tripod and Accessories

Camera Settings Part I

Camera Settings Pt II

How to Change Settings on your DSLR (Based on Canon)

A Star Trail Primer

Scouting The Location During The Day

The Shoot Itself
Night Sky Image: Workflow and Editing in Bridge / ACR
12 Lectures 49:34
Equipment that Sandy uses to edit (excerpt from her Photoshop Udemy Course)

Rating and Labelling in View Mode

Edit Your Milky Way Images with ACR - White Balance, Clipping & Contrast


Color Adjustments on the Airstream

Toning the Image and Finding the Ideal Crop

Enhancing the Overall Image & the Milky Way Even Further

Vignetting with the Radial Filter
Editing the Night Sky in Photoshop
4 Lectures 17:52
Removing Distracting Elements

Changing the Color of the Night Sky with Color Lookup

Changing the Milky Way with More Color & Contrast

Final Adjustments
Speeding Up Your Workflow in ACR
6 Lectures 28:06

Sync Settings to Speed Up Your Workflow

Workflow for Star Trails

Star Trail Preset & Sync Up

Star Trail Manual Adjustments

Timelapse Preparation
How to Create a Panorama
5 Lectures 29:56
Panorama Intro

Why to Blend Multiple Exposures to Get the Best Panorama

Blending Images in Photoshop

Edit in ACR

Edit in Photoshop
Quick Development Overview for Lightroom
3 Lectures 21:38
Developing the Image in Lightroom

Opening an Image from Lightroom into Photoshop plus Quick Edit

Speed Edit
Timelapse and Star Trails
2 Lectures 13:47
Creating a Star Trail Image

Creating The Time-lapse Movie
A Final Note
1 Lecture 01:38
Thank You And More Example Images
About the Instructor
Sandy Dee
4.8 Average rating
62 Reviews
2,947 Students
6 Courses
Photographer/Owner at Sandyseyecatcher

Sandy is originally from Germany and studied Photography in London, where she earned a Diploma in Professional Photography. Following her passion for creative conceptual portrait photography, she moved to San Jose, California where she runs stylized portrait workshops, and wrote the book 'Posing Like A Pro' which covers all aspects of posing for the contemporary photographer.

Sandy loves teaching and helping photographers reach new levels in their technique and creativity!

Matt Dee
4.8 Average rating
2 Reviews
328 Students
1 Course
Photographer/Composer @ sandyseyecatcher

Matt's specialty is spontaneous road trips to the middle of nowhere to photograph the night sky, as well as writing songs and composing instrumental music. Passionate about anything new, creative and interesting, he also owns perhaps a few too many guitars.

Born in the UK, he has lived in Germany, the UK (again) and now in California.