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How To Take Magazine-Quality Milky Way Photographs Without Fancy Cameras or Expensive Lenses

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  • 10,851 students

  • 22 lessons (3 hours of video content)

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  • Language: English

  • Level: Beginner

If there was a simple way to take stunning pictures of the Milky Way… so striking and so unique that your friends beg you for prints… would you be interested?

What if you didn’t have to look up at the stars in frustration at your complicated camera, because you knew exactly how to set it up for the perfect shot?

My name is Josh Dunlop, and here’s something few people know: You can take amazing pictures of the stars, 10x better than you can imagine now, with nothing more than a basic dSLR camera.

Pictures so vibrant and bold that others might accuse you of stealing them from National Geographic. You don’t need fancy equipment and you don’t need expensive training.

And I’m going to prove it to you.

Take a look at this…

I took this picture before discovering what I’m about to share with you. As you can see, it’s a decent picture but it won’t win any awards.

Now look at this… I took this picture just a week later. Same location, same camera, same equipment… slightly different tree!

During the week between my first and second photo, I attended a closed-door workshop with master Milky Way photographer, Casey Kiernan. One of the best in the world at what he does.

I went to him because he’s like the Michael Jordan of Milky Way Photography, and he has the awards to prove it. His work has won the Gila Time-Lapse Film Festival, the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival and the California Film Awards. His pictures have been featured in CBS News, Al Jazeera, History Channel and more.

When professional photographers want to improve their night shots, they call Casey.

And when I met Casey, I already knew most of what there is to know about photography. I’ve been a photographer and trainer for over six years, with over 140,000 happy students, but I really didn’t know the first thing about Milky Way photography.

Hi, I'm Joshua Dunlop, Founder of ExpertPhotography


You see, everything I thought I knew about Milky Way photography was challenged…

I thought…

  • you needed top-of-the-line equipment. But there are techniques for taking pro-level shots with a newbie’s gear.
  • the process was complicated and hard to learn. The truth is it’s rather simple, once you have the right “roadmap”.
  • composing the scene in the dark would be tedious and time-consuming. But it turns out there’s a simple trick for trying different compositions fast.

When I first met Casey (on the right), I was a little embarrassed that I was fumbling around with my camera, struggling to get a half-decent shot.

The longer I spent with Casey, the more “facts” I thought I knew were corrected. After just a single day, my approach to Milky Way photography improved ten-fold.

The things I learned from him forever changed how I think about, and approach taking photos of the stars. With his help, it was simple!

Introducing: “Milky Way Mastery”

(For illustration purposes only; this is an online course with video downloads)

Milky Way Mastery is a High Definition video course on the art and science of astrophotography. It shows you how to take magazine-quality pictures of the night sky without being a pro photographer and without fancy equipment.

Casey Kiernan and I collaborated on this course, and it’s the first of its kind. This is the only course taught by an award-winning photographer that reveals methods the weekend photographer can use to great effect.

Some of the skills you’re going to gain include:

  • The exact camera settings we use 98% of the time – make good shots foolproof!
  • Why most panoramas fall flat… and how to make yours great
  • Where and how to focus for maximum results
  • The do’s and don’ts of white balance and colour temperature
  • 5 simple accessories I never leave home without (and you shouldn’t either)
  • A simple way to avoid camera vibrations
  • Sneaky tricks to add depth to your photograph for a 3D effect
  • How to add “illuminated foreground interest” with a few easy steps, and more…
  • And much, much more…

The “secret” to exceptional astrophotography isn’t your gear… it’s how you use it. Milky Way Mastery shows you how to use average equipment to take way above average pictures.

Pictures like this…

One of the best parts is that every technique is taught with common language! Even though Milky Way Mastery gives you an advanced skill set, it shares (and demonstrates) every technique without a bunch of jargon.

Here, check it out for yourself:

Even if you struggled in school… or aren’t the greatest at grasping new skills… you’re going to be shocked by how easy it feels to absorb this information.

Mesmerizing Photos From Every Shoot

Picture this.

Before you leave your house, you already know exactly where you’ll find the darkest skies in your area, and you have your camera setup and ready to shoot.

You arrive at the location without a single worry about composition. Finding the right stars feels almost automatic now that you know a couple of little tricks.

You point your camera up and shoot.

Less than a minute later, you have a photo that’s so exciting you won’t stop shooting until all of your batteries are dead.

15 minutes later you’re adding all kinds of interesting foreground objects, such as quirky trees, dilapidated old buildings, and winding roads to make your photos more striking.

When you’re done, you have a selection of images so beautiful they command respect from even the most seasoned photographers. Images with so much “pop” and vibrancy they’re good enough to sell. Perhaps the most breathtaking… crystal clear… and exciting photographs you’ve ever taken.

Sound far-fetched? That’s what I thought too.

And then I attended Casey’s workshop. Within one day of absorbing his approach, I took most of the pictures you now see on this web page.

Just one day. That’s all it took for my work to take a quantum leap forward!

Normally the experts keep astrophotography techniques close to the vest, because they can charge hefty fees for training. There’s never been an easy or affordable way for regular people to master Milky Way photography. Until now…

If You Think Your Gear Isn’t Good Enough… Think Again.

Maybe the worst part about dSLRs is they can be complicated. The best part about dSLRs is you can do much more with an entry-level camera than 95% of photographers realise.

You do NOT need top-of-the-line gear for “Milky Way Mastery”. In fact, during this course we show you why old fashioned accessories can often better for astrophotography!

Of course, cameras are not created equal. And lenses do matter. But you don’t need to get a second mortgage to capture jaw-dropping night time photographs.

This Can Work…
Even If You Live In A Light Polluted Area!

(We Show You How to Find The Darkest Skies Near You)

Did you know the USA alone generates 1.1 billion kilowatt-hours of lighting per night? That’s the energetic equivalent of 2 hydrogen bombs. Startling, but true.

All that light pollution has the nasty side effect of blotting out the stars. That makes astrophotography difficult, unless you know how to find the darkest spots. And dark spots exist in almost every area.

In Milky Way Mastery, we’ve dedicated an entire section to help you identify the darkest spots in your local area. We also give you a detailed strategy for planning your night shots so you can avoid wasted time.

We go into detail on…

  • How to find the darkest skies near you for the best possible results (Perfect for those that live in “light polluted” areas)
  • An easy way to read the different stars and constellations in the night sky
  • The only shooting mode you’ll ever need for stunning night time pictures
  • How to mitigate noise without post-processing (there’s a half-hidden setting in your camera)
  • The secret to making stars “pop”

Even if you live in London or New York City, you don’t need to travel as far as you may think to capture great night time photographs. But you need certain information and you need a good plan. This course gives you both.

Check out the photo below… it was shot just outside a major city, with a yellow light pollution warning. However, I was still able to capture the Milky Way in all its glory:

With over 140,000 students, photographers love our training. But don’t just take our word for it, check out what some of them have to say about “Milky Way Mastery”:

  • Jim Talbert
  • Janice Morgan
  • Lucky Murugesh
  • Kathy King
  • Kathy King
  • Wanda Lach
  • Nancy Manning
  • Myert Bornstein
  • Santaya Pleesonti
  • Chris John
  • Steve Wyatt

" is a very easy course to follow, everything is explained without going into technical terms that people don't understand..."

Jim Talbert

What interested me the most about Milky Way Mastery was some of the more subtle techniques that Josh and Casey used. I had never thought about doing long exposure noise reduction and it definitely helped. We dialled in our lenses to infinity before going out to shoot, and that was a huge value since all our photos are now crisp and sharp.

Janice Morgan

I had never seen the Milky Way before so I knew nothing about how to photograph it, but as we were travelling to the western part of the US for the eclipse, I started watching your videos to see if I could capture a picture of the Milky Way.

You were very informative on everything from finding out when it was visible, to how to set the exposure. Very easy to understand. I was so surprised at my results. Great course! I can’t wait to get back to some more dark skies.

Kathy Henehan

I have recommended this course to several of my friends who are going to visit some dark sky spots on their upcoming vacations. I told them that it is a very easy course to follow, and that everything is explained without going into technical terms that people don’t understand.

Chris John

If you want your Milky Way photos to jump off the page and say ‘look at me!’ then this is the course for you. It is presented at a pace that is easy to follow and will take you all the way from set up to post-processing your photos. I highly recommend it!

4 Modules for Magazine-Quality Milky Way Photos (Value $646)

1. Night Photography Gear

One of the most common misconceptions about Milky Way photography is that you need top-of-the-line gear.

In this course, we’ll prove that even with an entry-level camera you can take stunning photos of the night sky.

We’ll show you:

  • The affordable accessories we use
  • Our simple planning process for night photography
  • Camera and lenses you need
  • What to look for in a tripod for night photography

2. Knowing the Night Sky

When you’re shooting the night sky, it’s more than an advantage to know when and where to shoot.

In this module we’ll discuss:

  • How to use the North Star to know which constellations you’re shooting
  • Why a moonless sky is your friend when you’re capturing a photo of the Milky Way
  • When and where you can capture the perfect Milky Way arch

3. Shooting The Milky Way

In this section, it’s all about getting that stunning picture-perfect Milky Way shot.

We go into detail on:

  • What exposure settings will grant you the best results
  • How to get the focus right even if it’s pitch black outside
  • Why adding a foreground interest is a good way to elevate your image
  • How to use “the 500 rule” to know the ideal shutter speed for avoiding motion blur in the stars
  • And much more…

4. Post-Processing

The final step is post-processing your images. This is when you bring out the colors of the night sky and highlight the arch of the Milky Way.

We’ll reveal:

  • our complete guide on processing your Milky Way photos in Lightroom
  • how to install presets to make your night sky pop with just one click
  • how you can add more detail to your photos by using Lightroom’s panorama feature
  • how to capture the moving stars in one shot

What else is included?

New Bonus: Milky Way Preparation Checklist (Value $49)

Milky Way photography is so unlike other forms of photography, it can be hard to remember every step when you’re starting out.

From the gear you have to pack, to the conditions you can shoot in, it’s easy to overlook an important detail.

That’s why we’ve worked with our designer to make a simple preparation checklist that covers every aspect of Milky Way photography.

From finding the perfect conditions to setting the camera up for great shots, you’ll always be prepared to take great photos!

Bonus #1: Steel Wool Photography Premium (Value $99)

Steel Wool Photography is fun and easy, once you know how to do it. But like all forms of photography, there’s a right way and a wrong way (and in this case, a safe way) to go about it.

Steel Wool Photography Premium shows you:

  • 5 strange items you need to successfully do steel wool photography
  • How to play with fire while staying safe
  • How to fill the frame with sparks and flames
  • Creative shapes you can make with the sparks
  • How to make sparks fly in every direction (Hint: The steel itself is key!)

Bonus #2 - Light Painting Made Easy (Value $149)

Have you ever wanted to explore light painting? Now you can, with the key strategies the pros use to do this popular form of “trick photography”.

Light Painting Made Easy shows you:

  • How to write your name in the sky
  • What camera settings to use and why
  • Cheap and fun light sources to “paint” with
  • How to light a scene the easy and cheap way
  • Examples of all the concepts being used in real photographs

Bonus #3 - Lightroom Presets for Astro (Value $99)

You’re also getting the exact Lightroom presets Casey and I combine to make our Milky Way photography more powerful. These are pro-level presets, designed to make the most of your RAW files.

Neither of us have shared them with the public before. They’re easy to use, and add more “pop” to your imagery.

Beyond the presets themselves, you’ll get a feel for why professionals use presets. Seeing how we created ours will better prepare you to create your own.


90 Days Guarantee

I stand behind every product we offer.

So I’m putting my money where my mouth is with these two guarantees:

Guarantee #1: If you don’t think “Milky Way Mastery” is the best $99 you’ve spent on your Milky Way photography… send me an email. I’ll provide you with a full refund.

Guarantee #2: If you DO what’s recommended, and your results aren’t great, I’ll refund double your money. All I ask is that you give it an honest effort. How’s that for fair?

And these guarantees are good for 90 days after purchase!

Why This Course is Worth $1,000

If I could give you a guaranteed method for taking some of the most powerful photographs of your life, how much would that be worth?

Taking great Milky Way pictures is on the bucket list for most photographers, myself included. There’s something special about it. Knowing you can capture images that most photographers can’t, gives you this irreplaceable, exhilarating rush.

Last year I was on Big Island, Hawaii, and I ran down to the beach to capture the milky way in the sky, and boy did it impress my friends! I don’t usually check this sort of thing, but it’s the most liked photo I’ve ever posted on my private Facebook profile!

Here, check it out:

Not to mention, it’s one of the most fun types of photography you can master. You connect with nature in a new way and really bring your portfolio to life. What more can you ask for?

The thing is this. Milky Way photography is such a unique area that training can be pricey. Workshops at $1,000.00 or more aren’t uncommon. That’s the reason so few cross it off their bucket list.

Personally, if knew of a guaranteed way to master Milky Way photography, and it cost only $1,197.00, I would snatch it up in a heartbeat…

And I did exactly that! That’s how much a 3-night workshop with Casey Kiernan cost me, and it was worth every penny.

What’s fantastic is this course covers everything Casey teaches in his closed-door workshop. And more. Together we’ve expanded the content, while making it easier to grasp and use.

Plus, we’re giving away Steel Wool Photography Premium ($197 value), Light Painting Made Easy ($147 value), and Lightroom Presets For Astro ($97 value) as free bonuses!

But you won’t be paying $1,638.00 today. You won’t even be paying $599.00. Or even half of that.

If you purchase Milky Way Mastery in our store right now, it’ll be yours for only $299.00!

However, once a year, when Milky Way photography conditions are close to perfect… I run a big sale to help more photographers get started.

Milky Way Mastery

Take Magazine-Quality Milky Way Photographs

The entire course contains: Value
  1. Night Photography Gear (4 Videos; 34 minutes)

  2. Knowing the Night Sky (3 Videos; 8 minutes)

  3. Shooting The Milky Way (11 Videos; 75 minutes)

  4. Post Processing (4 Videos; 36 minutes)

Total Value: $646.00

Plus... you're also getting these powerful bonuses:

  • Milky Way Preparation Checklist

  • Steel Wool Photography Premium (Video)

  • Light Painting Made Easy (3 Videos)

  • Lightroom Presets for Astro

Total Value: $396.00

A combined value of $1,042.00

But you won’t be paying $1,042.00 today. You won’t even be paying $299.00. Or even half of that.

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But There’s A Catch (Please Read This Carefully)

As you can tell, this is a staggeringly low price. These courses together should retail for over $700, and you’re getting all of them for less than 10% of that.

But like I said, there is a catch.

You see, in exchange for this discounted rate, I’d like to ask a small favour. When you get your copy, can you email me your feedback on it?

This will require no effort on your part – you’ll receive an email a couple of weeks after you get your copy, and you can reply directly. A single sentence would be helpful.

And that’s it. Pretty easy “catch”, right?

I just want to get as much feedback as possible so I can continue to improve the course.

As this is a limited-time sale, I’m only offering this discount for the next 500 customers. I expect about 30% to respond to our email, and feedback from 150 people is more than enough to get all of the customer feedback we need.

One Week From Now…

Your portfolio will have some of the most vivid and vibrant pictures of the stars above.

Your loved ones will be amazed by how much you’ve improved. Your confidence will have grown immensely, and you’ll realise just how easily the skills you gained through Milky Way photography translate to photography in general.

In short: You’ll be a better, more exciting and more excited photographer.

But only when you choose to act.

You see, some might choose to do nothing. They won’t “do nothing” on purpose, it’s usually procrastination. They bookmark a page like this and think they’ll come back to it later.

Three months pass and they find themselves in the same exact position they were before. Still thwarted by a camera that feels too complicated. Taking pictures that are not up to their full potential. Feeling the creative urge but unable to turn what they “see” into real pictures like this:

I wouldn’t be where I am today, capturing professional Milky Way images movies, while improving my photography skills, if I hadn’t chosen to act.

You have a chance to do things differently. Milky Way Mastery is your path to becoming a much better, more fulfilled photographer. But it’s up to you to take the first step.

The choice is yours.

Yours Truly,

Josh Dunlop
Founder, Expert Photography

P.S. – You’re getting everything you need to take magazine-quality Milky Way photographs, AND you’re getting the Milky Way Preparation Checklist ($49), the Steel Wool Photography Premium ($99), Light Painting Made Easy ($149), and Lightroom Presets For Astro ($99) for FREE. But remember – 500 is the magic number.


Who is ExpertPhotography?

ExpertPhotography was founded in 2011 by Joshua Dunlop.
Since then ExpertPhotography has grown into the world’s largest photography education website with a variety of online courses, ebooks, cheat sheets, presets, and more.

Everything we do here is to make the process of learning photography easier, so you can experience the same joy we do.

We’ve taught photography to 140,000+ very happy and satisfied students over the past 11 years.

Photography has changed our lives, and we hope we can help it to change yours too.

Is this an online course or will you send me DVDs?

This is an online course only. This enables you to access the course immediately, and it enables us to easily add new videos as requested.

Can I download the videos?

Yes! We have downloads for every single video.

Do you offer closed captions / subtitles?

Yes! I’m proud to say that we offer these for all of our online courses.

May I see the course contents?

Sure, we have 27 videos, covering:


Apps for Night Photography

Cameras and Lenses


The Milky Way

The Moon

The North Star

Adding Foreground Interest


Flood Lighting a Scene



Long Exposure Noise Reduction

Milky Way Panoramas

Mirror Lock

Shooting Modes

The 500 Rule

Working with Other Photographers

Creating Panoramas in Lightroom

Installing Lightroom Presets

Lightroom Processing

Star Stacking

Light Painting Pt 1 – Glow Sticks

Light Painting Pt 2 – Body Painting

Light Painting Pt 3 – Scene Lighting

Lightroom Presets

Steel Wool Photography

Will this work with my camera?

So long as you have a DSLR or a mirrorless camera, it should work fine. Older bridge cameras may struggle more, and you can’t capture the Milky Way with a point-and-shoot.

Does the course expire or will I have lifetime access?

You will have lifetime access and the video downloads ensure that you can watch them on any device, at any time.

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