How to Process & Edit Milky Way Photography in Lightroom

This short post will direct you to a helpful YouTube video wherein I walk you step-by-step through the process of editing Milky Way photography in Lightroom.

The camera can already capture far more than our eyes can see, but it is still up to us to polish that RAW image and give it life.

Should you dehaze? How do you correct the temperature to match something more like what we see? How do you control noise?

In my video below, you will see my entire Lightroom workflow and discover how I process my night photos.

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Adam Marland is a professional travel blogger and landscape photographer from Oregon. After over a decade of experience as a freelance travel photographer, Adam found national acclaim when he became the National Park Foundation's “Chief Exploration Officer” in 2021.

2 thoughts on “How to Process & Edit Milky Way Photography in Lightroom”

  1. Adam,

    I just watched this video and discovered a number of useful techniques. My Sony A7RII has been collecting dust for too long. Someday when the van build is done, the techniques I just learned will help me send an inspiring missive to my family. Thank you for that future moment.

    I hope you’re out of the Walmart parking lot and onto better things. Our discussion yesterday reminded me of another Thoreau quote that has been a lightning rod since I first read Walden: “A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.”

    Lately the van build has me trapped, but that will end, and if all goes well, I’ll tear away more layers after that. How far that process can go and where it leads me in the end is the real mystery waiting to be explored. Hopefully with some great Milky Way moments in-between.


    • Hi Mark! Thank you for reaching out and I’m glad the video provided some motivation — I dont think there is any higher compliment than that! I have a feeling you will fall in love with the peace of night photography along your journey as you grow weary of the heat and crowds. There is an absolute magic to being out there by yourself just capturing the scenery under the glow of stars.

      Looking forward to seeing the final product and hopeful our paths cross somewhere down the road!


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