Star Photography Masterclass

As you may have noticed, it has been quite some time from my last post. Finally, after countless hours of work, I present to you my new eBook, Star Photography Masterclass. Here is a quick intro about the Masterclass. Learn more here.

  • Essential Guide to Star and Milky Way Photography
    • How To Capture Stars and Milky Way
    • What Equipment You Need
    • Planning: Location Scouting & Timing
    • Capture: Focus, Read the Landscape, Composition and Camera Settings
  • Quick Tips
  • Three In-Depth Tutorials Visions of DepthDreamy Night and Moonlit
    • How To Create Surreal Star Photography: Capture Technique & Post-Process
    • How To Use Light Pollution in Star Photography: Capture Technique & Post-Process
    • How To Use Moonlight in Star Photography: Capture Technique & Post-Process
  • Photography Inspiration Exercises to Get Motivated


A night to remember in Mallorca, Spain. I was driving around the beautiful mountain roads Mallorca has to offer. It was a rainy evening, but I decided to go out anyway. As the clouds started to disappear behind the mountains I stopped the car and wanted to capture this view of road reflections of the water and Milky Way barely visible in behind the mountains in the horizon. This photograph was captured somewhere between Andratx and Lluc. I also included a before photo for you to view. 

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D800, Samyang 14 mm f/2.8, Sirui R-4203L tripod & K-40X
ISO 6400, f/2.8, 30 sec. @ 14 mm


Samyang Lens Profile for Nikon D700 found with Adobe Lens Profile Downloader (here)

I edited the image in Lightroom with Phase Presets Collection for the color and overall clarity and detail. If you have the Phase Presets Collection you can follow these steps:

  1. Lens profile correction
  2. Temperature: 3200 & Tint +22 (might vary depending on your image)
  3. Phase Preset: Night Subtle Detail
  4. Phase Overall Settings: Stars Contrasty
  5. Phase Effects: Vignette - Light
  6. Phase Graduated Filters: Stars - Foreground Noise Reduction & Clarity
  7. Final Adjustment: Noise Reduction - High ISO Med
  8. Export: Check my Night Photography Tutorial for more information about my export settings.

If you are interested in the Phase Collection, now on sale for limited time. You can find more information about the presets here

Apart - Mikko Lagerstedt, 2015, Mallorca

Apart - Before Lightroom Edit - See above

Apart - Before Lightroom Edit - See above

Visions of Depth

I created new series of photographs, Visions of Depth on Behance. It was just released and featured in Behance. As you may have noticed, I have updated the website and will be adding all of these works to my print shop as well. 

I'm currently working on my Masterclass Night Tutorial, and it should be ready to release in about a month. If you wish to be one of the first to review it, please leave a comment on this post and you may have a chance to get it before it's released.

Featured on Instagram

I feel honored that my work on Instagram was selected in April for a feature by Instagram. You can see the interview and my work here: Instagram Feature - Mikko Lagerstedt

After the feature on Instagram I was also featured on multiple sites, you can see the list below. Thank you, everyone, for the support! 

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