Sony a7Rii & Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0
13 seconds | f/2.2 | ISO 10,000
First things first. Composition is key! Anyone can capture the stars / Milky Way but what will set your images apart from the rest is a good foreground element. Use apps like "Stellarium" or "PhotoPills" to determine where the milky way will be positioned and help you plan your night of shooting.
Ensure your tripod is level before capturing the panorama, not just level on the head. If your tripod does not have a bubble level on the tripod (and just one on the head), you can purchase one that goes in between the tripod and the head. If the tripod is not level, your image will be captured at a skewed angle and will often result in having to crop heavily, losing a lot of the final image.
The panorama was captured across 11 vertical images. As you can see the overlap is quite substantial. This eliminates the possibility of not being able to stitch but also avoids the vignetting portions of the images that can be seen at the edge of the single frames.
Don't forget about your foreground! Include plenty of ground in your panorama, you will most likely have to crop the image once the panorama is stitched, so this is ensure you will still have enough foreground in the final image.
If the Milky Way arches higher in the sky you may need to capture the whole seen over 2 or 3 rows, just remember to have plenty of overlap between the rows. Rows should be captured from one side to the other ( left to right or visa versa) before starting the next row, the second (and/or third or more) should start from the same side as the first row.
Processing - Stitched and processed in Lightroom - see settings used.
Single Images - showcasing the overlap when capturing
Sign up on the main Tutorials page to get notified when new ones are published and for details on future workshops.