The inspiration for this post came from two sources. The first was a blog post from Scott Kelby earlier this year titled “It’s “Reprocess your old images” Tuesday” and the second was a Michael Shainblum tutorial I just found on 500px ISO about how to process a Milky Way photo. In a nutshell, Scott was going back over some of his old photos and reprocessing them with his latest tools, preferences and experience, and Michael’s tutorial was a brilliantly simple Lightroom CC workflow for editing Milky Way photos.
I took this photo of the Milky Way near Bryce Canyon while travelling through America back in 2012. The Before photo shows a jpeg export of the unedited RAW file and the After photo is my original edit after I got back from the trip. At the time I was pretty happy with what I ended up with, as it was my first ever attempt at photographing the Milky Way.
I had seen so many spectacular Milky Way photos since then and mine was beginning to look flat and uninspiring in comparison. I assumed it was mostly due to my technique to capture the image but I was still keen to go back and re-edit it to try and improve it. Michael’s free tutorial gave me the motivation and after watching his video I ended up with this (Before is original edit and After is today’s edit)…
I love it!