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Every single day I get asked pretty much the same question.... "How do I do a Milky Way shot like that?" And my response is a long one so I am writing this story to link people to the info they need.



First of all check for light pollution free areas to shoot, If you live in a big city you will need to travel far from the lights preferably putting the city behind you when facing the direction you are shooting. This site is helpful in choosing your area , you may need to google a different map for your area if you are not in the US ---- Dark Sky Finder



This leads me to knowing when and where the Milky Way is in the sky, or as you see in most of my photos the Galactic Center of the Milky Way Galaxy. For this I recommend this free software or if you have a droid phone the google sky map app can work if you know what stars to look for---- Stellarium



Now comes camera settings. For this I recommend this site, and lots of practice. You can enter in your camera and lens and it will tell you what to use --- Scene Planner



Tips ---- No moon, a nice quality lens the lower the f-stop the better, and again practice. I always shoot with the white balance set to "daylight" I find tungsten to be too blue and AWB to change from frame to frame. On Daylight it will turn out orangish or redish but looks natural when you change it in post. Light Painting I find that a LED light makes the scene blue when you adjust the white balance in post so I recommend either a regular flashlight with a bulb for a few second keeping it moving so it doesn't over expose during the exposure or step back a bit and hit it with an external speed flash. I also like to use flashlights with a plastic bag wrapped around it to get the right amount of light to leave it on for the entire exposure, this is nice if you want to light something for an entire timelapse or smething too far away to light paint. Always shoot in RAW.



And editing or processing .... That is on you. Or you will have to wait for my next story or tutorial maybe, in general just up-ing contrast and balancing exposure and black levels.... There are many helpful videos on youtube some are very good and some are way off but the basics are there.



If you have specific questions feel free to message me on my Facebook Page
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Thanks for looking !!!



Aaron J. Groen

International Milky Way

"International Milky Way"
Milky Way Stars shine bright over this old International truck in Southwestern, Minnesota.
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The House on The Hill

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Ride across the Badlands

Milky Way stars shine bright over the Badlands National Park, South Dakota, USA.
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Highway to...

Milky Way over Badlands, South Dakota.
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Farming the Rift

Milky Way stars shine bright over an old tractor in central South Dakota.
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Wagon Decay

Milky Way Stars shine bright over this long forgotten wagon in a field somewhere in Central South Dakota.
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Chevy

"Chevy" --- Our Milky Way galaxy shines bright over this old abandoned Chevrolet pick up in a field in central South Dakota.
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Forgotten by the Cosmos

"Forgotten by the Cosmos"
The center of our milky way galaxy shines bright on a pitch black night over this long forgotten ranch in central South Dakota

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What Once Was

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Railroad Crossing

"Railroad Crossing" ---- Milky Way shines bright over this railroad crossing in South Dakota.

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Mitermiser
Mitermiser  6 months ago
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Looking forward to reading your next story.
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Aaron J. Groen  4 months ago
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:-)
Mitermiser
Mitermiser  6 months ago
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Very impressive. Thanks for the tips.
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Cara Peterson  6 months ago
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I started shooting long exposure photos a couple of months ago, but yours are so much cleaner and much neater! I was ecstatic when I found that you had written an article about long exposure and the Milky Way, can't wait to try it out! Thank you so much, you are a wonderful inspiration and I can't wait to see more of your work!
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Aaron J. Groen  4 months ago
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Thanks so much! Let me know if I can help! The season for milky way shooting is almost here :)
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Craig VanOskeuls  7 months ago
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Thanks for showing me this....keep up the good work!
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petros asimomytis  11 months ago
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great article Aaron, very helpful tutorial for me and for the whole photography community

thanks! petros

wilk4
wilk4  12 months ago
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Beautiful images Aaron! I also love shooting the Milky way, although I have never tried using a "Daylight" white balance on the night sky before. I will have to try it out. Thanks :)
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Aaron J. Groen  12 months ago
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it really doesn't matter in RAW it just keeps it consistent
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lutfi ariffin  12 months ago
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very nice article, learn a lot from it
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Aaron J. Groen  12 months ago
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Thanks for reading !
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jayanta roy  12 months ago
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you are an expert in this area
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Aaron J. Groen  12 months ago
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Thanks my friend
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bun lee  about 1 year ago
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Thank you so much for the post! Aaron! I love your works and it's been very inspiring to me. Wish that I know this blog post when I first started trying to shoot the milkyway about 10 months ago. It'll save me a lot of time keep on trying..... :D
So jealous that you can get access to a dark sky from a 15 minutes drive. It took me at least 2 hours drive to get to a low lights pollution locations...
And just curious, do you also do time lapse photography as well?
Thanks again!!
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Aaron J. Groen  12 months ago
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yes but I am a beginner . I have a YouTube with a couple timelapses now and a couple more that will be better I am working on now--- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6MrAwwWO02BRv6dG4tsfDA/videos
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Bruce Wallace  about 1 year ago
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Nick Page  about 1 year ago
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do you ever mess around with the "long exposure noise reduction" function in camera? Or do you do noise reduction in post? I fricking love your stuff..
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Aaron J. Groen  about 1 year ago
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Jacob Wainstein  about 1 year ago
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Thank you for the information.
Well done, and great work (on the article and the photos of course)
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Aaron J. Groen  about 1 year ago
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Thanks Jacob!
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Luca Libralato  about 1 year ago
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Thank you very much for sharing these precious info. I love your work, keep it up.
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Aaron J. Groen  about 1 year ago
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Thank you for looking !!
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Edward Hanks  about 1 year ago
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I LOVE YOUR WORK!!!! I'm new to this but you are inspiring me to shoot my first Milky Way! Thank you for such amazing work!
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Aaron J. Groen  about 1 year ago
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Thanks Edward !
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Christian Delgado  over 1 year ago
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great photos !!! Greetings from Costa Rica
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Aaron J. Groen  about 1 year ago
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Thanks !!
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Will Shieh  over 1 year ago
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Thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge. Just curious what kind/brand of flashlight you're using for light painting? Keep up the good work
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Aaron J. Groen  over 1 year ago
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Just any cheapo flashlight with a bulb and NOT led ....
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Linas Vaicekauskas  over 1 year ago
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Amazing photos
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Aaron J. Groen  about 1 year ago
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Thanks Linas !
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Qallam Ahmad  over 1 year ago
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love all your works mate!
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Aaron J. Groen  over 1 year ago
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Thank you !!!
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Daniel Romero  over 1 year ago
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The god of night shots
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Aaron J. Groen  over 1 year ago
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wow Thank you
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Longland River  over 1 year ago
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Amazing work,Aaron!)))
Thanks for the interesting lesson! Very informative!
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Aaron J. Groen  over 1 year ago
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Thanks ! And Thanks for looking my friend !