Photographing the Milky Way is a bucket list item for most photographers, so here's the foundations for doing so, all in under five minutes.
One of my goals for 2020 (set yours here!) is to go to a truly dark spot with little to no light pollution and photograph the stars. The U.K is a bit lackluster for astrophotography and would require I go to somewhere in either Scotland or Wales to get some truly great nightscapes, particularly if they are to feature the Milky Way.
In this video by the brilliant Lonely Speck — a resource for astrophotography well worth checking out — Ian Norman and Diana Southern walk you through some of the basics for capturing the Milky Way in all its splendor. Unless you live in Namibia, finding a true dark spot is one of the most important tips on this list. One other tip I would add is to pack clothing and hot drinks because most of the time, a dark spot is in the middle of no where and the temperature will plummet at night. Even in the U.K I've often found myself visibly shaking while waiting for an exposure to finish.
Can you share any tips on how to photograph the Milky Way? Leave them in the comment section below.