Good Milky Way photos are hard to acomplish but the results are amazing when the photos came out as planned. Last weekend I decided to make another try.
That are a few things that we need to do to prepare for a Milky Way shoot:
First we need to know the moon phase. For that I usually go to a site where I can see the moon calendar/phases.
You just need to choose the correct Hemisphere (Southern, Northen) depending on where you are in the world. The perfect phase is when there is a New Moon or near that.
Another important thing is to check the weather to see if the sky it's not going to be cloudy.
Use a tripod.
Check the light pollution. You can find out online where there is less pollution
Finally you can use software to help you locate the Milky Way. In my case I use Stellarium. You can use it on PC/MAC/... (Free) or on your phone/tablet (paid). With GPS on, you'll easily find the Milky Way.
My photos are far from perfect because I was shooting near a village and I had a lot of light pollution. I've used light painting technique to paint my foreground to make the photos a little more interesting. I've also took some photos without stars, only with light painting.
Here are some of the photos :