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Night Scene Photography: How to Photograph the Milky Way

*****PLEASE NOTE, I LIVE IN THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE. RESULTS WILL VARY SHOOTING IN SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE LOCATIONS*****


As an astro photographer, one question I'm always asked is, “What is the best time to photograph the Milky Way?


I have broken this blog down into simple tips for night photography.

1. Time of Year

2. Gear

3. Location, Location, Location

4. Getting the Shot



1.) Time of Year

My favorite time to photograph the milky way is March - May. The great thing about photographing the these months is you can capture the full arch across the sky. By mid summer, the Milky Way will appear to high in the sky to capture the full arch but you are still able to get amazing Vertical shots with the galactic core.


March, April, May



June, July, August




Spirit of the Earth





September, October, November





2.) Gear

Photographing the night sky is not difficult, but having the right equipment makes all the difference. Getting sharp photos of the Milky Way is a lot more demanding than well-lit subjects during the day. Below is the gear I use when I'm out on location shooting the Milky Way.