Milky Way Night Photography Tutorial

-by Austin James Jackson

Post processing tips & techniques for creating stunning Milky Way photos with incredible details, colors, and textures.



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  • 5 teaching videos for landscape photographers who want to create breathtaking Milky Way photos.
  • More than 120 minutes of video content – in-depth explanations, examples, workflow, and case studies.
  • Easy-to-follow Lightroom & Photoshop tutorial presented by professional landscape photographer Austin Jackson.
  • Sample Tif files included for practice


  • Compatible with: Photoshop CC2019, Lightroom Classic 2019, NIK Collection 2
  • Video Created with: Photoshop CC2019, Lightroom Classic 2019, NIK Collection 2


  • Find out how to bring out incredible details, rich contrast, and vibrant colors in your Milky Way photos.
  • Discover how the pros use dodging & burning in Photoshop to accentuate the stars in night photography.
  • Learn to use targeted local adjustments to bring out stunning details in your foreground in low-light photography.
  • Master the art of noise-reduction for night photography using NIK Collection2 software.
  • Create panoramas and add photo-realistic reflections to your Milky Way images.
  • Follow along as a photography pro explains post processing techniques using real-life Milky Way case studies with straight-forward, non-technical lessons.

Is this Milky Way Night Photography Tutorial for me?

This tutorial is for you if:

  • You have a basic knowledge of RAW processing in Lightroom and a working knowledge of Photoshop.
  • You want to go beyond the basics, and learn how to fine-tune your Milky Way photos with specific tools in Lightroom, Photoshop, & NIK Collection 2.
  • You want to find out how to create impact with your Milky Way night photography with incredible detail, rich contrast, and vibrant colors.
  • You want to learn night photography techniques to create panoramas, add photo-realistic reflections, reduce noise, and much more.

This tutorial might not be the right fit if:

  • You are just getting started in post processing. If you don’t know how to use Lightroom or Photoshop, you may want to find out more before you start this course.
  • You want to learn the basics. You’ll get the most from this course if you have a solid foundation in Lightroom and Photoshop. 
  • You want in-depth explanations of how global & local adjustment work in Lightroom, or how to use layers & masks in Photoshop.
  • You want to learn about camera settings including bracketing, exposure, focus and composition. This course is focused on post-processing only.