Jack Nichols Photography
Night sky and landscape photographer in Seattle, Washington
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Books

The Complete Guide to Milky Way Photography

The Complete Guide to Milky Way Photography

29.99

This 300+ page eBook will teach you everything you need to know to make awesome Milky Way images! The entire process is covered from start to finish, including gear selection, understanding the night sky, shooting, post processing, and more. Advanced topics include composites, stacking, and tracking, Seven complete examples demonstrate the process from start to finish, and the example source files are provided for you to try post-processing yourself.

Version: 1.0
January 2, 2019
346 pages
Format: ZIP, containing PDF (67.1mb) and several TIF images

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The Milky Way is one of the most spectacular objects you can photograph, but capturing it can be challenging. My new 300+ page eBook, The Complete Guide to Milky Way Photography, can help you make amazing images of the Milky Way! In nine chapters, I cover everything you need to know, including gear, planning, preparation, shooting, and post-processing. To take your images to the next level, I also cover advanced techniques, including composites, stacking, and tracking. The book is capped off with 7 complete examples from capture to final edit.

This book is the result of over two years of writing, editing, and tweaking, not to mention countless trips into the field to shoot the Milky Way over an even longer timespan. I’ve shot Milky Way in all kinds of conditions and locations, and have worked through every problem you’re likely to encounter to produce great images. Everything I’ve learned about this topic is here in the book, ready for you to use to create your own images. Anyone can do this - you just need the right guide!

Why should you purchase this book?

There are lots of resources online about shooting the Milky Way, but I think my book offers something better. Here are my top reasons to purchase my book:

  1. I cover everything you need to know to create great Milky Way images, from start to finish. There are over 300 pages of content here, not fluff. Each topic is thoroughly examined, and I don’t keep any secrets. Everything I know is here in one place, with one voice.

  2. I cover the hard stuff, including composites, stacking, and tracking. There are very few approachable resources on these topics,. Mastering them is difficult and requires a lot of trial and error. I provide step-by-step instructions to make it easy.

  3. I provide 7 complete examples throughout the book, from shooting to final edit, including complex examples of composites and tracked images. In addition, I’ve provided the files for the samples for you to practice on your own, included with the book. Besides the complete examples, I show numerous smaller examples to demonstrate a specific concept or technique.

  4. I provide free updates to the book, for life. Whenever a new version of the book is released based on feedback or just new techniques, simply forward me your purchase receipt and I’ll send you the latest copy. You’ve invested in me and my book, and I’m investing in you and your learning.

  5. You’re supporting independent books and my growing family. I think it’s important to support the people that inspire me, and I hope you do too!

Who is this book for?

This is not a book for the absolute beginner photographer. You definitely don’t need to be an expert, but I’m assuming you have some basic knowledge and experience:

  • You know your way around your camera, and can create images in modes other than auto or program auto.

  • You understand the exposure triangle, and how aperture, shutter speed, and ISO are related.

  • You have and use a basic post-processing workflow that minimally includes conversion from RAW using Lightroom, Adobe Camera Raw, Bridge, or similar tools.

  • You have a basic familiarity with Photoshop, including the basics of selections, masks, layers, and adjustment layers.

If you aren’t completely 100% on all of these topics, it’s okay. The book covers what you need to know. But if any of these topics are completely new to you, you should pause, go learn them, and come back here. You’ll have a lot better time!

What will I learn?

You can see the full table of contents in the book images above, but here’s a quick summary of what you will learn:

  • The challenges inherent in Milky Way photography

  • Selecting the correct camera and outdoor gear

  • Learning how, when, and where to find the Milky Way

  • Planning, preparation, and field techniques for shooting at night

  • Focusing correctly every time

  • Capturing images of the Milky Way in the field

  • Post-processing your Milky Way images using Lightroom and Photoshop, including tricks to make your images stand out

  • Building composite images that contain the Milky Way

  • Shooting stacked and tracked exposures to virtually eliminate noise

  • And more!

What examples are provided?

The book includes 7 complete examples, including the sample files so you can try them yourself. The examples include:

  • Two basic Milky Way images, much like the ones you will take on your first few trips out.

  • An image with people in a dynamic pose that requires a different set of post-processing steps.

  • A simple composite where the ground and Milky Way shot on a tracking mount are combined to make an amazingly high quality image.

  • A tracked image where the rotation of the earth creates some extra post-processing steps.

  • A composite with a foreground shot during the blue hour and Milky Way shot later in the night, requiring color and exposure matching.

  • A composite created from many images created in different locations and at different times.

These examples cover nearly all situations you’re likely to encounter and are a fantastic learning resource.