This is a quick guide on how to photograph the northern lights. Theese 5 quick tips to photograph the northern lights is all you need to get started. The settings shown in the table below is a great place to start. You will find a collection of video tutorials further down in the article.
5 quick tips to photograph the northern lights
- Put the camera on a tripod or a steady surface.
Your are going to use long shutterspeeds. A tripod or a steady surface will mimimize movement in the camera.
- Set your camera and lens to manual.
Your focus should be locked at a far distance to make sure the aurora is in focus.
- Turn off image stabilization.
Image stabilization could be your worst enemy since the mechanics might cause movements.
- Turn off flash.
No need to use flash when photographing the northern lights.
- Use a remote trigger, or set the release timer to minimum 2 seconds.
This will also help eliminate movement.
The below camera settings is a good place to start. Experiment with different ISO and shutter values to get the result you want.
|ISO||800 – 1600|
|Aperture||2.8 or the lowest number your lens can do|
|Shutter||12 – 20 seconds|
You are going to be outside for a long time. Dress for the weather and make sure you’re not getting wet and cold.
Remember extra batteries. Cold weather make batteries loose power faster.
Bring extra memory cards. You’ll probably need theese.
Now you you know how to photograph the northen lights it`s important to remember keeping yourself updated with the aurora forecast and offcourse, enjoy the amazing northern lights with your own eyes!
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