Two people in a frozen lake watching the aurora

This is a quick guide on how to photograph the Aurora. The recommended settings are a great place to start. What’s your preferred settings? Comment below.

  1. Put the camera on a tripod or a steady surface.
  2. Set your camera and lens to manual.
  3. Turn off image stabilization.
  4. Turn off flash.
  5. Use a remote trigger, or set the release timer to minimum 2 seconds.
ISO 800 – 1600
Aperture
2.8 or the lowest number your lens can do
Shutter12 – 20 seconds
White balanceDaylight
  • You’re going to be outside for a long time. Dress acordingly and make sure you’re not getting cold.
  • Remember extra batteries. Cold weather make batteries loose power faster.
  • Bring extra memory cards. You’ll probably need theese especially if you shoot in RAW.
  • Have fun and enjoy!
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