Milky Way Post-Processing In-Focus

13 Lessons

LEARN MY SECRETS to post-processing Milky Way photos... Secrets that up until now were only available to my in-person photo workshop clients!

Milky Way Post-Processing In-Focus

An Online Course

"This course was just what I needed!! You explain it so well. I never could figure all this out. Thank you."
Ginny W.
Picture Perfect Printing Customer & Workshop Client

Looking To Fast-Track Your Success At Post-Processing Your Milky Way Shots?

From The Home Offices of Matt Suess

- Master Photographer, Educator & Coach- OM SYSTEM, Fotopro & NiSi Ambassador

There are two things you need to learn to create awesome Milky Way photos - how to photograph the Milky Way and how to properly post-process your Milky Way photos.

This course covers the latter, showing you my secrets to stunning Milky Way photos.

Part of my In-Focus series of photo courses, this will get you up to speed quickly by showing you three typical scenarios you need to learn to create awesome Milky Way photos using Photoshop and Lightroom, along with a couple of other specialized programs.

Recorded specifically for my in-person Milky Way photo workshop clients in 2021, this course is now available to everyone for the first time ever.

In less than 2hrs you will learn some of my best secrets to post-processing Milky Way photos that is guaranteed to help with your own photos.

Spend less time learning and more time photographing with my In-Focus photo courses.

Take A Sneak Peek Inside...


Recorded especially for my Milky Way photo workshop clients in 2021, this course is now available to everyone for the first time ever. In less than 2hrs the course covers these 3 typical scenarios...


Often we either don't have the time or we were not aware of how to stack photos to reduce noise, so we only have a single exposure of the Milky Way. Follow along with me as I take this single-exposure photo and post-process it using DxO PureRAW and Lightroom.




To help reduce noise we often stack our Milky Way photos, and in this lesson you can follow along with the downloadable RAW files to stack 21 shots.

I'll show you how to prep the photos for stacking in Capture One Pro (while explaining any differences for Lightroom users), then we will stack the photos in Starry Landscape Stacker and do more enhancements in Photoshop and Luminar.




Done the right way, blending exposures can help bring more detail to your foreground while also creating a natural-looking photo. In this lesson I'll show you how I do it using Photoshop and a free luminosity plugin to create an accurate and detailed mask.




Part of My


Series of Photography Courses that are designed to get you up to speed with what you need to know in only a couple of hours on average.

They are focused on just the specific things you need to know without all the fluff & bloat that other courses "feature," because if you're like me, you just don’t have the time for those super long 10 or 15 hour courses that often just waste your time instead of efficiently helping you solve your problems.

This Course Includes:

πŸ‘‹ Start Here!

πŸ“½οΈ Introduction and Welcome to Milky Way Post-Processing: In-Focus (2 min)

πŸ“‚ Milky Way Post Processing In Focus Downloads

🌌 Post Processing Milky Way Photos

πŸ“½ Processing a Single Exposure Image - (19 min)

πŸ“½ Preparing Photos for Stacking - (9 min)

πŸ“½ Stacking Photos Using Starry Landscape Stacker - (15 min)

πŸ“½ Further Enhancing Stacked Photo in Photoshop - (10 min)

πŸ“½ Further Enhancing Stacked Photo in Luminar AI - (6 min)

πŸ“½ Star Reduction - (8 min)

πŸ“½ High-Pass Filter for Extra Milky Way Detail - (5 min)

πŸ“½ Blending a Lighter Foreground Image With Your Sky Image - (33 min)


πŸ“½ Storing and Organizing Your Photos - (6 min)

πŸ“½ Renaming, Captioning & Adding Keywords to Your Photos - (15 min)


πŸ“½ Conclusion


Processing A Single-Exposure Image

Using Lightroom (and DxO PureRAW for noise) I'll show you how to best post-process a single exposure image.

Follow along with the same downloadable RAW file.


Processing A Single-Exposure Image

Using Lightroom (and DxO PureRAW for noise) I'll show you how to best post-process a single exposure image.

Follow along with the same downloadable RAW file.


Stacking Photos With Starry Landscape Stacker

Using Starry Landscape Stacker I'll show you how to stack 21 shots to help reduce the noise in this photo.


Further Enhancing Stacked Photo In Photoshop

After stacking, we will take the resulting photo and use Camera RAW in Photoshop to bring the photo to life.


Further Enhancing Stacked Photo In Luminar AI

I'll walk you through how a quick trip to Luminar AI puts the finishing touches on the photo. (Note: the techniques shown in Luminar AI can also be done in Luminar Neo.)


Star Reduction

Sometimes you can have too many stars in your photo! I'll show you an effective way to minimize some of those stars using Photoshop to make the Milky Way stand out more.


Using The High-Pass Filter In Photoshop For Extra Detail

Using the High-Pass filter in Photoshop correctly we can bring out even more detail in the Milky Way, and I'll show you how.


Blending A Lighter Foreground With A Night Sky

I'll show you all the steps involved in using a free luminosity plugin for Photoshop so we can create a detailed mask that is perfect for blending 2 exposures, and you can follow along by downloading the same files.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does this course teach me how to photograph the Milky Way?

No. This course only teaches you how to post-process Milky Way photos. Keep an eye out for other courses from me on how to photograph the Milky Way or consider one of my photo workshops.

  • How long is this course?

This is part of my In-Focus online photo courses which are on average only a couple of hours in length, designed to deliver exactly what you need to know in the shortest time possible.

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Fine Art Photographer and OM SYSTEM, NiSi, Fotopro, Ororo Wear Ambassador

Photography has always been a huge part of my life starting at the age of 12 when I had my own black & white chemical darkroom. That early interest launched a full-time professional photography career that began in 1990 and continues today.

For the first 17 years of my career I was a photojournalist based in New England. I am a digital photography pioneer and began teaching digital photography to photojournalists in the late 90’s, helping bring digital cameras to two different newspapers. I was awarded the 2003 New England Press Associations Photographer of the Year award for my work at the Cape Cod Times. During my time as a photojournalist, I also photographed weddings & portraits, as well as corporate & commercial assignments.

In 2006 I decided to leave all of that behind and move West, where I am now a fine art landscape, nature, wildlife, travel, and Milky Way photographer, educator, and publisher. I also accept select luxury resort & architectural photography assignments.

I teach numerous field & classroom workshops throughout the year as well as online courses and I provide occasional free online webinars. You may have already seen my videos/webinars for OM SYSTEM / Olympus, Hunts Photo & Video, B&H Photo, Skylum and ON1. My passion for sharing and teaching what I have learned during my long career is evident in my down-to-earth and encouraging approach with my clients.

I am honored to be sponsored by Olympus / OM SYSTEM as an OM SYSTEM Ambassador but I teach photography to anyone using any camera brand.

I live in Bozeman, Montana with my blue heeler cattle dog. You can find me online on Instagram and YouTube at @mattsuessphoto


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