Capture the Atlas Academy

Tired of getting low-quality Milky Way photos?

Take your Milky Way Photography to infinity & beyond!

Master the skills it takes to create breathtaking images of the Milky Way – whether you’re a total beginner or an experienced photographer.

From planning and composition, through to shooting techniques and post-processing, Milky way photography requires knowledge and experience in many different areas.

However, this is not as easy as it seems…

You have probably already purchased a good camera and lens, watched countless tutorials and Milky Way photography videos on YouTube, and tried your best in post-processing to create a compelling image.

And yet you’re not getting the same results as some of the best Milky Way images that you see online, and you tell yourself:

My camera gear is not good enough – I need a better camera/lens

My images are noisy and have a feeling of low-quality

The focus in my images is off – I can’t get pinpoint stars

I feel lost in post-processing, I just tweak adjustments hoping for the best

The colors in my Milky Way look unrealistic

I got a tracker but I don’t know how to use it

My blendings look unnatural and distract the viewer’s eye

I already know post-processing but my images are lacking something

I struggle with tracking the complete Milky Way Arch

If you are identified with any of the above statements, don’t worry, I’ve been there too. 

I know how frustrating can be to spend so much time and energy not seeing any better results.

I started shooting the Milky Way many years ago. At first, my images were terrible, they had a ridiculous amount of noise and the quality was very poor.

With time and practice, I managed to get cleaner images, with more quality and much better results:

However, my images were still lacking something; I couldn’t get the amount of detail, richness of color, and the impact that I was looking for.

That’s when I realized that, if I wanted to improve, I had to immerse myself in this genre.

I.

I learnt how to plan using the best apps, topographic maps, and astronomy tools.

II.

I studied composition and doggedly analyzed why the best Milky Way images worked.

III.

I researched the best gear in the market and got my first star-tracker; the single and most important game-changer in my Milky Way photography.

Iv.

I spent hundreds of hours in the field testing the best adjustments and shooting techniques.

V.

…and hundreds of hours in the studio learning complex astronomy post-processing techniques and implementing them in my workflow in an easy way.

After this, I managed to capture what I was looking for; images with an impactful composition, with 0 digital noise, showing all the details, nebulae, and natural colors in the Milky Way:

This was an arduous and long process that took me years to learn, develop, and adapt.

Today I want to make this accessible to everyone. Milky Way photography is one of the most exciting, moving, and rewarding types of photography, and everybody should have the opportunity to capture the best possible images in an easy way, regardless of the skills and without any astronomy knowledge.

That’s why I created:

Capture the Milky Way

The ultimate milky way photography course

Whether you want to learn the most advanced techniques like tracking, take your current Milky Way photography to new heights, or you’re just starting out, Capture the Milky Way will help.

After this online program, you’ll learn how to:

1.

Capture quality images of the Milky Way, even with the most basic gear

2.

Use the best techniques to get noise-free images

3.

Learn which are the key elements in any Milky Way composition

4.

Decide which star-tracker is best for you according to your budget and goals

5.

Operate your tracker with confidence using the best technique and settings

6.

Polar-align like a pro to capture the most detail and colors in the Milky Way

7.

Lose the fear to post-processing and use advance software in an easy way

8.

Learn an easy and effective 6-step post-processing workflow that works

9.

Blend images in a natural way creating a feeling of uniformity

10.

Capture the most complex Milky Way images, like multirow tracked panoramas and mosaics at longer focal lengths

Here's what you'll get:

This complete online program provides all the crucial elements vital to your success.

Training

The instruction that you need organized in an easy to follow step-by-step program.

The information is hierarchically structured in three different modules in a chronological order and according to your skills.

Guiadance & Support

You’ll never walk alone. Unlimited support whenever you have any questions or need any help. It doesn’t matter what or when, I will be there to assist you with anything you need.

Materials

The best materials to complement your training.

RAW files and PSDs to practice your post-processing, Milky Way planners, charts, and free new updates so you can keep honing your Milky Way photography skills.

Community

A powerful community of like-minded Milky Way photographers.

Make connections, share your improvements, and receive honest constructive criticism. Without ads, likes, and trolls.

THIS IS A BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE DIFFERENT MODULES:

BASIC MODULE

21 LESSONS | 8 HRS 30 MIN

ADVANCED MODULE

22 LESSONS | 6 HRS 30 MIN

Pro tRACKING MODULE

19 LESSONS | 7 HRS 30 MIN

EXPLORE THE COURSE PROGRAM

Learn to Capture the Milky Way like a Pro

For any level

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Unlimited Support

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At your own pace

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From any device

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Free Updates

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RAW & psd FILES

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4k

HIGH-RESOLUTION VIDEOS

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Photo Tour Discounts

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WHO TEACHES CAPTURE THE MILKY WAY?

This program is created and led by Dan Zafra, a professional landscape astrophotographer and founder of Capture the Atlas, a leading photography platform and the #1 Milky Way photography blog online.

Dan’s mission is to help others discover, learn, and master their Milky Way photography. He has spent years following this passion both online through articles, guides, and ebooks, and offline on his signature photo tours.

He’s also the creator of the popular “Capture the Atlas Milky Way Calendars” that help every year +40,000 photographers plan their shots around the world and the creator and curator of “The Milky Way photographer of the year”, an annual award-winning list that inspires hundreds of thousands of people to go out and photograph the Milky Way.

You’ve probably seen Dan on…

eXPLAIN WHY YOUR COURSE IS VALUABLE

Whether you want to learn the most advanced techniques like tracking, take your current Milky Way photography to new heights, or you’re just starting out, Capture the Milky Way will help.

This complete online program provides all the crucial elements vital to your success.

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CAPTURE THE MILKY WAY

BASIC COURSE

21 LESSONS | 8 HRS 30 MIN

$99

The best option if you’re starting in Milky Way Photography. We will see all the important things to start in Night Photography.

CAPTURE THE MILKY WAY

ADVANCED COURSE

22 LESSONS | 6 HRS 30 MIN

$179

The best option if you’re starting in Milky Way Photography. We will see all the important things to start in Night Photography.

CAPTURE THE MILKY WAY

PRO TRACKING COURSE

19 LESSONS | 7 HRS 30 MIN

$249

The best option if you’re starting in Milky Way Photography. We will see all the important things to start in Night Photography.

* Explicación de cómo funciona el código, para viajes fotográficos de más de $2000

BASIC

$99

NO PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE NEEDED

21 LESSONS | 8 HRS 30 MIN

ADVANCED

$179

BASIC COURSE PLUS 

22 LESSONS | 6 HRS 30 MIN

Pro tRACKING

$249

BASIC & ADVANCED COURSES PLUS

19 LESSONS | 7 HRS 30 MIN

take your milky way photos to the next level

Basic

Durante el curso avanzado usaremos tecnicas multiimagen para mejorar el ruido del cielo y los detalles del primer plano. Explicaremos paso a paso como hacer blending y stacking asĂ­ como panoramicas avanzadas

advanced

Durante el curso avanzado usaremos tecnicas multiimagen para mejorar el ruido del cielo y los detalles del primer plano. Explicaremos paso a paso como hacer blending y stacking asĂ­ como panoramicas avanzadas

Pro

Durante el curso avanzado usaremos tecnicas multiimagen para mejorar el ruido del cielo y los detalles del primer plano. Explicaremos paso a paso como hacer blending y stacking asĂ­ como panoramicas avanzadas