Basically it boils down to a few things to ensure a successful shooting environment
- To find a date and time where the moon is not visible in the night sky.
- You can easily find the date by searching for a moon rise and set time on the Internet. Locate a date where the moon has either set below the horizon before your time of shooting or is a new moon night where there is practically no moon at all.
- I frequently use this website to check for dates of the new new moon day for each month.
- Plus or minus 4 days from the date of a new moon date is the recommended dates to shoot.
- Always check Accuweather to ensure good weather conditions when shooting but do not depend on it for the final decision.
- For example, last 2 weeks, a group of us went to Cameron Highlands with Accuweather predicting heavy cloud covers and thunderstorms. Indeed when we reached there, there was a heavy cloud cover until 2:30am in the morning. But by 3am the cloud started to clear and we managed to snap quite a few beautiful shots that day all the way until 6am in the morning.
- Most of the photographers snaps Milky Way with the densest part of it with the constellations Scorpious and Sagittarius in the shot. The Milky Way is the brightest and dense at this portion.
- You can determine it's location in advance using a software called Stellarium which is freely downloaded from the Internet.
|Half an hour before we shot this, the whole sky was covered with thick clouds with lightning all around us.|
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