More pixels and stars: Capture the Milky Way in all its glory with this Milky Way panorama video tutorial


posted Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 7:30 AM EDT


Photographer Mike Ver Sprill is an experienced photographer who has dubbed himself “Milky Way Mike.” If his nickname doesn’t give it away, he specializes in night sky photography. If you have ever wanted to make a beautiful night sky panorama featuring the Milky Way, Milky Way Mike’s latest video tutorial is perfect for you.

In the tutorial below, Ver Sprill covers technical tips for capturing a Milky Way Panorama as well as post-processing methods. Firstly, you’re going to need a steady tripod. If you can weigh it down with something heavy, such as perhaps your camera bag, even better. You will also need to ensure that your tripod and camera are level. Using a panning base with degree markers is ideal. To help make stitching easier, a wide angle lens is recommended. It’s better to play it safe, so make sure you’re shooting with plenty of overlap. It is better to have too much than too little when it comes to overlap for stitching a panorama. To eliminate camera shake, use a remote shutter release or your camera’s built-in self-timer capabilities.

So there you have it, Milky Way Mike has given you all the tips and tricks you need to get out there and capture gorgeous Milky Way panorama photos. If you need help finding a dark sky or ensuring that a bright moon doesn’t ruin your shot, check out these sites: Dark Site Finder and Time and Date Lunar Calendar. To see more of Mike Ver Sprill’s work, visit his website and YouTube channel.

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