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Video: Tutorial Shows You Exactly How to Capture the Milky Way in Heavy Light Pollution


A couple of days ago, we republished a short tutorial by talented photographer Justin Ng that explained how he uses the Expose To The Right (ETTR) method to capture milky way photos in the heavy light pollution of Singapore.

But if you’d like a more detailed, video run through, this tutorial by astrophotographer Ian Norman — whose Sony a7S Astrophotography Review, incidentally, appeared on PetaPixel yesterday — shows you exactly how to adjust your images to get the perfect results.

It’s a fantastic tutorial. In 7 minutes Norman gives you a few tips on how to capture Milky Way photos, explains what ETTR is, and then shows you exactly how you have to process an ETTR image in Lightroom to bring out the milky way.

Here’s the before and after of the image he processes in the video:

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At the end of the tutorial, he also goes through and explains why shooting with a lower ISO and shutter speed to capture a properly exposed image and then applying these same edits will actually yield a NOISIER image than using ETTR.

Check out the tutorial to see how you can get these results yourself, and then click here to head over to Lonely Speck and see more of Norman’s astrophotography tips and reviews.

(h/t Reddit)