Photographing the Moon, Stars and Milky Way, with Jennifer Wu

Join Jennifer Wu, a Canon Explorer of Light, as she guides you through everything you need to know to start photographing stars and the night sky.

Landscape photography doesn’t end when the sun goes down! Join Jennifer Wu, a Canon Explorer of Light, as she guides you through everything you need to know to start photographing stars and the night sky. You’ll learn about the equipment you need to capture the scene, how to research your subjects, the importance of scouting your location, the key camera settings, how to post process your photographs, and so much more!

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 01:42)

Join Jennifer as she goes over the topics that will be covered in this class.

Lesson 2: Equipment (Duration 14:05)

Learn about the recommended cameras, lenses, and other equipment for night photography.

Lesson 3: Finding the Milky Way and the Moon (Duration 08:14)

There are a number of excellent resources to help you determine where to find the milky way and the moon in the night sky.

Lesson 4: Camera Settings (Duration 10:37)

There are 5 settings to understand for capturing stars as points of light.

Lesson 5: Focusing (Duration 05:29)

Focusing on a night sky presents some challenges to overcome.

Lesson 6: Scouting Locations (Duration 02:40)

After you've done your research on where the milky way or moon are going to rise it is time to scout your location for interesting foreground elements.

Lesson 7: Composition (Duration 10:12)

Having all the elements in place, it is now your job to create the most compelling composition possible.

Lesson 8: Photographing the Moon (Duration 06:19)

There are a number of factors to consider when shooting the moon.

Lesson 9: Painting with Light (Duration 06:37)

Light painting is a really fun way to expand your photographic options after the sun goes down.

Lesson 10: Post Processing (Duration 03:56)

Your post processing workflow is where you can correct problems and really make your photos pop.

Lesson 11: Blending Multiple Photos Together (Duration 01:30)

Photoshop can also be used to blend different exposures into a single image with a greater dynamic range, or to come up with other creative effects.

Lesson 12: Time-lapse Photography (Duration 03:12)

Jennifer wraps up the class with an introduction to time-lapse photography.

Meet Your Instructor: Jennifer Wu

Jennifer Wu is a nature and landscape photographer, specializing in creating stunning images of the night sky and stars. Since January 2009 Canon U.S.A. selected Jennifer to be one of…


  1. It will be great if you can provide a short PDF file to outline those tips and tricks with the suggested lens used. Great presentation and tons of information to explore.

  2. Wow! Jennifer Wu covers everything you need to know to get started in night sky photography. Excellent class. And, the time lapse film at the end is spectacular.

  3. I didn't think I was interested in shooting the night sky but it's a new class and I had some free time so I figured what the heck, check it out. Jennifer is a GREAT INSTRUCTOR and between the knowledge she shared, her enthusiasm and the fun she had teaching, now I can't imagine life without taking shots of the night sky. Her presentation is clear; the presentation slides sum up all the equipment needs and technical considerations. I am so fired up. Once again, thanks KelbyOne!

  4. Really great class. Clear, concise with just the right amount of examples. Having tried some night sky photography,I can certainly identify with the challenges involved. Though I wish I'd had these insights before, I really did learn a lot from the class. I thought the guidance on aperture and focal length will come in very handy. But the best tips for me were the different focusing methods! I'd been tossing around the idea of springing for a Hoodman Loupe and this was just the reason I needed to put me over the edge. Great job Jennifer! And thank you Kelbyone for taking on this topic.

  5. Very nice and interesting tutorial. I learned quite a bit of things. All I have to do now is leave Mexico City and it's lights from 25 million people far away enough for me to be able to capture some beautiful images!

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