I’m an award-winning night photographer – this is how I shoot the Milky Way

Person on a camel in the desert in front of the Milky Way
(Image credit: Benjamin Barakat)

Photographing the night sky can be challenging and technical, but also incredibly rewarding and fascinating. There's so much to learn about when it comes to night sky photography, and if you're a total beginner, a good place to start is our 10 quick tips on how to get started with astrophotography.

Aside from learning all the different types of astrophotography, there's also the gear. For the greatest success, you'll need the best camera for astrophotography and the best lenses for astrophotography: ideally wide-angle options with a fast maximum aperture so that you can gather as much light as possible.

Benjamin Barakat headshot
Benjamin Barakat

Benjamin is an award-winning night sky photographer. He was named the Milky Way Photographer of the year for the last two years and last year was shortlisted for the Astronomy Photographer of the Year. Benjamin has been featured worldwide by the likes of Forbes, CNN, National Geographic, Vice, BBC & many more. He is based in Switzerland but is half Lebanese and British.

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Lauren Scott
Freelance contributor/former Managing Editor

Lauren is a writer, reviewer, and photographer with ten years of experience in the camera industry. She's the former Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, and previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer magazine, Technique editor for PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, and Deputy Editor of our sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine. An experienced journalist and freelance photographer, Lauren also has bylines at Tech Radar, Space.com, Canon Europe, PCGamesN, T3, Stuff, and British Airways' in-flight magazine (among others). When she's not testing gear for DCW, she's probably in the kitchen testing yet another new curry recipe or walking in the Cotswolds with her Flat-coated Retriever.