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How to Photograph the Milky way!

Updated: Jul 31, 2023

In my past 10 years of exploring photography, I was always fascinated by star and Milky way photography! I always looked up to photographers such as Chris Burkard and Travis Burke, and have finally figured it out! There's always room for improvements when adding a subject in, but here are some helpful tips that will help you get your Milky Way shot!

1. You want a DARK night with NO moon for best results.

2. Lock your camera down on a tripod to ensure it's steady and still.

3. Manually Focus on a star to get a sharp photo

4. Make sure your ISO is between 3200 - 6400

5. Use your minimum aperture F1.4 - 2.8 is best

Lastly, 6. Set your camera to do a long exposure (10 - 20) seconds usually.

And there you have it! Your first Milky Way shot! Good luck!



From 2020 to 2023, we embraced life on the road in our DIY sprinter van, The Desert Cruiser. With no prior building experience, we transformed our van into a home, exploring deserts and rainforests, seeking the best campsites, mountain biking, and living our dream. In June 2022, a new dream emerged — building a 2022 Ford F550 into our DIY Earthroamer. With hopes of future family adventures, we found our dream truck in Texas. We believe anything is possible and aim to inspire others to explore life to the fullest!

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