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How to Shoot Milky Way and Night Sky Photography

What you will need:

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Camera – You will need a camera that you can manually control your ISO, shutter speed and aperture.

Lens – A fast wide angle lens of 1.4 – 2.8 is ideal. If you use a 3.5 or higher (slower lens), you will have to increase the ISO. The higher the ISO, the more grain or digital noise will appear in your photos. Nikon’s 28mm f/1.8G or Canon’s 28mm f/1.8 are good choices if you are going lens shopping for your night photography trip.

Tripod – A good sturdy tripod is essential for night photography. If it gets windy, you will need a sturdy one, and we never know what Mother Nature will bring us while we are out there. Keep that in mind when you buy one to go in your suitcase if you are going on a plane. It should be sturdy enough to withstand the wind but small enough to fit in your suitcase.

Sky Map – Sky Guide is available through the iTunes Store for $1.99. It has a 5 out of 5-star rating on both the current (3.2) version (1200+ ratings) and all previous versions (8600+ ratings).   Android Version? Sky Guide is not currently available as an Android app. The closest thing I can suggest is SkySafari ($2.99).

Flashlight –  Our choice is Coast brand for flashlights. The ideal flashlight will have high lumens and you will be able to zoom the in and out on the amount of light emitting from the flashlight. We like a small stream of light not a wide amount of light.  Get the HP7, PX45, or the G50. Ideally, go with the  HP7 if you can.

Light Pollution and Moon Phaze Map – The best time to go is during a new moon, and you want to be in the darkest area possible.

Remote Shutter Release – When painting with light and you want to go over a 30-second exposure you must have a shutter release to use your bulb mode. When exposing your pictures in general, you can use the remote release, so you are not using your hand to press the shutter button and make the camera move even a little bit.

Milky Way Photography

Use a Tripod – First of all you must be on a tripod. A good sturdy tripod is necessary if it is windy. If the tripod moves your picture will blur.

Focus – Use live view. When you use live view, your mirror locks up, and it does not drop so avoid any movement at all inside the camera. If you are new to this, take a shot with regular focus.

To focus in the dark use your camera’s live view and focus on a bright star. You can also use the infinity setting on your lens but do several test shots to see if it is accurate. It can be off a little on some lenses.

ISO – Start with ISO 3200.  This is just a standard starting point and you will adjust from here.

Shutter Speed – Remember the earth is rotating. If you leave the shutter open for too long, you will see star trails which will not make for a crisp image. You can do star trails specifically, but that’s not what we are going for here since we are doing milky way photography. We want crisp non-star trail images. Here is the formula to avoid star trails. The 500 rule – Divide 500 by the focal length of your lens. So, if you have a 24mm lens on a full-frame camera, you will set your shutter speed to 20 sec. (500/24 = 20.83). If you are using a crop sensor camera first do the math of the crop sensor to find the focal length. Cannon is 1.6, Nikon is 1.5. Convert to full frame focal length then use the formula. Nikon 18mm x 1.5= 27mm – 500/27 = 18.51 seconds.

Aperture – Depth of field isn’t very important on these shots but letting the light in is, therefore you should shoot wide open. (The lowest aperture your camera will allow).

Those are all of the basic starting points for doing your milky way shots.  You will want to find some interesting foreground to make your shot dynamic. Doing plain old milky way shots will not win you any awards.

White Balance – Always shoot your night photography raw so you can easily edit in Lightroom.  When in live view mode you can change your white balance settings and see which looks best for you on each shot. You can change it based upon my subject matter. You can shoot in the shade or cloud mode as a standard setting and adjust things later. You can shoot the sky in tungsten mode to make it bluer but if you have trees and such in the picture they will come out blue also.

Lee’s Ferry, Arizona Photography Hot Spot Location

Not just for night photography!


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Hotel Information:

Lee’s Ferry Lodge

Visit the Lee’s Ferry Lodge Website

Call them at (928) 355-2231
7 days a week to make a reservation
(Please call between 7 AM and 8 PM MST)

Room Capacity:
Single Rooms: 1 – 5 guests
Suites: 1 – 7 guests

Lees Ferry Lodge is located 120 miles north of Flagstaff, Arizona, at the edge of the Vermilion Cliffs National Wilderness Area, on Hwy 89A, 3.5 miles west of the Navajo Bridge, which spans the Colorado River.

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They’re just 10 miles from Lees Ferry, the entry point for Grand Canyon river trips. We are also one of the nearest hotels to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Lees Ferry offers incredible scenery, access to the Paria Wilderness Area, a launch ramp and walk-in fishing areas, as well as historic buildings and trails.

The Lodge’s location makes for easily accessible day-trip fishing entry point inside Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Grand Canyon National Park.

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Park and Area Information:

Entrance Fees:

1-7 Day Vehicle Entrance – $25.00

Admits one single, private, non-commercial vehicle and all its passengers

1-7 Day Motorcycle Entrance – $20.00

Admits one single, private, non-commercial motorcycle and its riders.

1-7 Day Individual Entrance – $12.00

Admits one individual when entering on foot, or bicycle. Not to exceed $25 vehicle fee. Individuals 15 years of age and younger are admitted free.

1-7 Day Boating Entrance – $30.00

Admits one single private vessel

1-7 Day Boating Entrance additional vessel – $30.00

Admits one single private vessel on the same trailer as a vessel paying full entry fees

Entrance Passes:

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Annual Pass – $50.00

Allows unlimited entry to Glen Canyon for 12 months from date of purchase.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Annual Vessel Sicker – $50.00

Allows unlimited entry to Glen Canyon for one vessel Jan 1 – Dec 31.

Operating Hours
Find out when visitor centers and facilities are open. Launch ramps are open all day, year-round when the water level allows.

Fees & Passes
How much does it cost to get into the park and to camp here?

Webcams
Take a gander at those launch ramps before you get here.

Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Glen Canyon National Recreation Area tick? Find out here!

Advisories
Information about regulations and important safety concerns.

Quagga Mussel Update
The latest information regarding invasive mussels in Glen Canyon.

Road Conditions
Is that dirt road you want to explore passable today? Find out here.

Ranger Programs
Enjoy a ranger-led hike or talk. These programs are seasonal.

Permits & Reservations
Looking to do business in the park? Make sure you have all your papers in order.

Brochures
Download a copy of our park newspaper before you get here.

Weather
Even with beautiful Lake Powell, this is still a desert. Extreme conditions ahead.

Pets
Where can I take my pet in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area?

Goods & Services
I need a post office! I need a grocery store! I need a gas station!

Rainbow Bridge National Monument
Even though Rainbow Bridge is its own unit of the National Park Service, we take care of it from here at Glen Canyon. Find out more about this amazing site.

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Shutter Priority Mode is used when our main priority is getting the right shutter speed. Shutter speed controls how fast the shutter opens and closes and is responsible for stopping action and getting crystal clear images when our subjects are moving. To read the basics of shutter priority Go to the Shutter Speed Page.

Shutter speed is used to get the milky water look on moving waters but the best way to do it is to also control your aperture and your shutter which is done in Manual mode. You can read about How to Shoot Waterfall Photography here.

During the day you would also need a neutral density filter when trying to blur the moving waters. Go to the Neutral Density Filter page and read about how to use them.

Aperture Priority Mode is used when our main priority is controlling the depth of field. It is often used for macro or close-up photography on things such as flowers so we can blur the background. It is used in school class photos when we focus on the first row and we want the 3rd row to also be in focus.  If you are not familiar with shooting in aperture priority you can read our Aperture Priority Page here.

Shooting in manual mode is a little more difficult. You will have to adjust your shutter speed and your aperture instead of only setting one and letting the camera do the other. It is used for waterfall photography, night photography, portrait photography and a few other things.

You can read more details about waterfall photography here. You can read about night photography here. They both explain the basics of shooting in manual mode.

Shooting night sky photography is actually very simple. It may appear to be complicated at first glance but if you read our section on Dark Sky Photography you can see how it is not as overwhelming as you would think.

There is also some good information that will be useful on our Dark Sky Photography Information page.

Find a workshop near you. Go to our Photography Workshops page and see if there is something for you. 

Shooting waterfall and milky waters photography require a tripod and some knowledge in shooting in manual mode. We have simplified it for you and you can read all about blurring waters here on our Waterfall Photography page.  You may need a neutral density filter for daytime waterfall photography and you can visit our page on Neutral Density Filters here.

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