How to photograph milky way – Three steps | Jaworskyj

hi buenos dias and hola to all my
Spanish watching photography friends today I show you how I photograph the
Milky Way and how you can take great Milky Way photos as well my name is
Benjamin Jaworskyj photographer and adventurer 10 years ago I started to
teach myself photography today I travel the world as a professional photographer
and filmmaker learn from my experiences mistakes and tips and join me on my
photography adventures Milky Way photography is a great thing and I show
you in three easy or more less easy steps how you can take great Milky Way photos
so the first step the first step is all about the right timing and to be honest
the first two steps are the most important thing and the last step the
photography part is the easiest thing so timing is very important and for timing
I use an app and I use Photopills it’s a paid app it cost something around 10
euro but it’s a very great app I would say every photographer needs and there
are free apps as well but none of the free apps I know does all the things
Photopills does and there’s as well sun surveyer for Android but I think
Photopills is available for Android now as well it was for many years not but I
think now it’s available as well so I just go on Photopills and then I go on
moon and on moon everything is German right now my cell phone so don’t worry
about that I tell you what it means and you learn some German the moon is one
important factor when the moon is out you can’t photograph the Milky Way
because it’s too bright so you have to avoid any light but I will talk about
that in the next important part so I will look for the moon right now and
today moon setting is at 10:00 in the morning and moon rising is at around
10:00 in the evening 10:45 so the
middle of the galaxy of the Milky Way comes out at 11:00 moon rises before
the galaxy is coming out not good for photography we want the moon down so no moonlight no backlight or anything just pitch black night and the Milky Way or the middle of the Milky Way the galactic
center out so I just go a few days in the future and there I have Tuesday
the 15th of august for example and here it says the moon is rising at 50
minutes after midnight and is setting at 3 p.m. so in the afternoon that is
perfectly because the moon is setting and the galactic center is out at 11:00
and the moon is rising at after midnight so I have one hour left with no moon and
Milky Way Center up in the sky so one hour for photography everything is
prepared in a few days in the future so that is the planning thing I would
definitely recommend you when you want to take great Milky Way photos you see
parts of the Milky Way all over the night when you just watch up in the sky
and it’s pretty dark but the galactic center is the most interesting part to
photograph it’s the thing with all the different colors and the big part of the
Milky Way what I always say to just understand it easy and yeah that’s the
thing I want to photograph the second part is next to the right
timing the most important part you need a very dark place a very remote area
because most of the people do the right settings have the right timing but the
place where you photograph is not dark enough when I for example want to take
photos from that part here from that place right now in Berlin and I look up
in the sky I cannot see the Milky Way because it’s too bright the city is too
much shining all the artificial light you have here all the lights on the
street all the different things that are glowing in a city they are too
bright so you have to go out of the city a good thing is to go on a mountain so
above a city or anything to go in a desert in the forest so everything
that’s very dark very remote far away from cities is great to see stars and of
course great to photograph the Milky Way so don’t underestimate that part that
together with the right timing is the most important part I always say when
you can see the Milky Way with your own eyes just looking up in the sky then you
can take great photos when you don’t see it with your own eyes very good then you
don’t have much chances to photograph it well on the camera and now comes the
last part the camera the camera itself is not that important
more important is the lens and I would recommend a wide-angle open aperture
lens so 16 to 35 2.8 or something is great lens I did many Milky Way shots
with that lens and I now use a 24 millimeter 1.4 so even more light because
you have to think about the Milky Way itself is so dark with everything in the
sky and you go to a very remote and dark area so you need a lot of light on the
sensor of your camera and you can get the most of light through the aperture
of your lens and then comes the camera itself as a camera I can recommend the
full-frame camera but you don’t necessarily need a full-frame camera you
have some advantages the bigger sensor you can go higher with the ISO
and this is a big advantage with the Milky Way but you can take great Milky
Way shots as well with an aps-c camera so don’t be disappointed if you don’t
have a full frame camera anything so I take the settings and this is a next
important thing when you have all the other things now done I take a tripod
this is important not to shake when you photographing and then I go on the most
open aperture I have so with this lens 1.4 with this lens it would only be 4.0
this is not that open you won’t get that good results with that aperture with 4.0
it’s pretty hard the ISO I take as high as possible on a full frame on this
camera it goes on 6400 or even 10000 on an aps-c
depending on the brand I would go from 1600 to 3200 better some noisy image
and do some noise reduction than going to dark and try to pull it up over the
exposure and the post process and that what I can tell you and yeah then you
can take the right shutter speed and the shutter speed is depending on the focal
length so when you are wide angled you can go something around 15 to 30 seconds
just give it a try you can go on Learn From Ben there I
have a blog post and there is a sheet where you can see the different focal
lengths and where you can see which shutter speed you can take as a maximum to not
get the stars as a line in your sky so that they stay as a dot you can see it down there as well so everything together very dark
place very remote area at the right time with all the constellation in the sky
take the right settings high ISO very open aperture long shutter speed but not
too long depending on your focal length on a tripod and then badabinbadabum
Milky Way shots epicness is incoming those were three steps to take epic
Milky Way photos I hope you liked the video and now some commercial check out
my website there you can find three video courses one about
landscape photography we filmed in Norway I talk about my tricks and
techniques to get better landscape photos we have one course about image
editing and one course about Lightroom you find everything on so see you next time adios buenas noches and yeah if I should give your
country a shout-out to write it in the comments below and you have any
questions or topics I should talk about write it in the comments see you next
time ciao ciao

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100 thoughts on “How to photograph milky way – Three steps | Jaworskyj

  1. No link to the lens you recommend? Looks like a Sigma 24mm 1.4 art and yes…it´s great and one of my fav´s

  2. Hi ich fände es mega mega cool wenn du mit "schlechten" Kamera Equipment (mft-sensor und ein f 3.5 oder so wie z.b bei der LUMIX gx80)Mal Sternfotos machen würdest. Einmal um zu zeigen, dass teures Kamera Equipment nicht unbedingt notwendig ist und um zu zeigen wie es mit einem solchen Equipment am besten zu fotografieren ist. Ich würde mich auch freuen wenn du Mal deine Meinung zu der gx80 sagen würdest.
    Mach weiter so 👍👍👍

  3. I dont know why he left the part with the shutter speed out… there is a very easy rule if you want your stars as a dot: called the 500 rule
    just take your focal length,
    for example 24mm.
    then you divide 500 by your focal length. so 500/24 = shutterspeed in seconds.
    if you are on an apsc camera do this: 500/(24×1.6) =shutterspeed in seconds.
    i hope this helped you 🙂

  4. A very good free App on Android is LunaSolCalMobile 😉 It has many great features and is probably as good as Photopills

  5. Love from india ☺️☺️☺️ i do photography from my mobile phone … Do visit me on Instagram … On unmeshkumbhar95

  6. ich will auch mal so ein foto machen bin aber echt noch nicht dazu gekommen aber wenn wir jetzt dann im outback sind mach ich eins

  7. Man I love your videos! you do it in such a different way and you helped me alot ever since I started photography!!

  8. And if you don't have a great dslr + expensive lense….just photoshop it!😄
    See some examples of mine on my insta:

  9. Brilliant video!
    Your videos are clear and precise

    But I have 2 questions.
    If you used a Sony for astrophotography, then which sony camera did you use and please specify the firmware in it.

    Because Sony cameras are affected by something called as "star eater". Google this term and also check out this youtuber named Ian Norman who's explained this star-eater effect very well in his blog (lonely

  10. This is a very good production. You definitely deserve more credits so please give Ben a thumbs-up to support him!

  11. Very nice to the point and informative. I would like to add though that there are filters that will filter most of the citylight other light pollution out there, You can clip them on a sensor if you like, I believe there are several brands but I saw one from a Taiwanese company and they even contacted me confirming they would make clip on filters. I think they won't work with LED lights however and there are more and more of these lights getting used. I have no clue about the percentage though.

  12. Hey Ben
    Ich hab seit 1 1/2 Jahren eine kamera und hab mir das fotografieren selber, mit deiner Hilfe selbst beigebracht. Ich feier alle deiner Videos vor allem die #jaworskyjaroundtheworld videos. Freue mich jetzt schon auf die nächsten videos. Ich finds cool dass deine Videos jetzt auf Englisch sind, jetzt kann jeder viel von dir lernen.Mach weiter so :DD

  13. Read more about Milky Way Photography and Lenses I prefer in the Blogpost ➡️

  14. Í guess you forgot one important point… the trickiest part I would say: how to focus in pitch dark? Just trail and error? And what do you focus? Without some building or subject or tree your picture looks somewhat boring, without context. I would even take a little flashlight to illuminate objects or people in the shots.

  15. Please suggest me can use canon 600d with 50mm lens for milky way photoshoot ?
    and very important thing is that how to know sky under focus on dark night time ???

    Please let me know. waiting response

  16. You left out one of the most important steps: How to gain proper focus on stars.  Outside of that, good intro to the basics.

  17. Hello from Latvia! I am new on digital camera stuff! And I got Nikon Coolpix P 900 and Nikon D5200 cameras. Plus GoPro Hero 4 Black and Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 . Starting with CoolPix P900 I got nice pictures out plus no skill whatsoever!

  18. Are you going to do a subject like, Milky way filming? We hope so! We have a JVC GZ-RX615 (Quad Proof) digital video camera. It is our hope that you can help us. We tried filming the beautiful clear nights sky, (full of stars), both in New Zealand (while on holiday) & here in The Netherlands, but with limited to no success. By the way, we both really enjoy your youtube videos for photography & filming.

  19. Hallo Benjamin..Grüße aus Indien.. I wanted to know that can We achieve the good result using f/4.0..?? Because I don't have the full frame camera as of now..but want to photograph the Milky Way.

  20. Love your videos. Very informative and your likeable personality really makes them enjoyable to watch.

  21. Hey Ben, do you have any experience with the Sony A7II, when it comes to shooting the milky way? Is it different in noise level, compared to the Sony A7RII, or pretty much the same?


  22. you haven't described how to set the focus best (especially if you don't see anything on the live-view-screen)… but the rest is nice explained, thanks for the app-recommendation 😀

  23. Hey ben i always watched your videos and seriously you explained in a very easy way thanks for that. I have question my home town os a very small town if i go outer area from my city there is no light and of there is no moon and i cant see the milky way from my naked eues then how can intake that milky way shot as my hometown is not on hill. Please help me on this. And i have canon 18-55mm kit lens with canon 1300d

  24. I confessed that I had to watch your vdo 2 times because the first time I just only looked at your face, you are very cute. By the way thanks for the the good tutorial those was awesome and useful.

  25. one quistion pls ..i live in berlin and no high place here as you said you have any nice place in berlin maybe you know more than me i have only like one year here ..maybe it can help me if i wanna try it ..

  26. Ben i am planning some nigbt shoots in the desert if Israel; i have been practicing near my place; i live in the suberds of the Benjamin area; but i havent succeded in capturing the Milky way; specially with the ISO gking anything above 800 (i use nikon d850) and the pics looks like day light, so i leave it in its natural iso of 100 but still nothing, shutyer speds 25 sec at 24mmm f/2.8.
    Any advice? Thanks

  27. Hi I had a Canon Rebel t3, I love astronomy and I need to upgrade my camera, Which one is better for this, Canon 80d or Nikon d7200? (I want to take shot of milky way)

  28. I've literally dug through a lot of youtube videos for photography-landscapes, astrophotography. A lot have great content however, I have to say you are the most inspiring! Great communicator-ability to communicate ideas clearly (good teacher!) Charasmatic and good voice. What I love about your videos is the style of presentation: Giving the big picture and direct examples. Then insider tips from your experiences that we can't necessarily get from books. You truly bring tech talk with art. Thank yoU! I'll be applying these methods tonight.

  29. I just met your channel and it was love at first sight, amor a primera vista! cheers from Chile!!!

  30. I have the kit lens 16-50mm f 3.5-3.6 that comes with sony a6500. Will that work? If so what setting can I use with that?

  31. "I tell you what it means and you learn some german" Alter musste ich lachen. Klasse tutorial, klasse arbeit!

  32. This is the 2nd day of watching your videos. And i learned a lot. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.

  33. I love the simplicity of your explanation.. aperture, shutter speed and iso. and now taking milky way shots. thanks for this!

  34. Enjoyed the video and tips. I saw somebody on youtube take milky way shots with the oneplus 5 smartphone and those shots were fantastic. It shows you don't need a pro dslr plus I have the Canon 700D DSLR and getting great shots of the stars and constellations which has impressed me. One time I took a shot and got so many faint stars it was fantastic. What other smartphone does Astrophotography well?

  35. Hi from Puerto Rico ,great info on your videos ,but how about if im using the camera with a telescope as a lens , what apperture should i use , i know the iso is 6400 but im not sure about the apperture , thank you ,

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