Photographing the Northern Lights

Photographing the Northern Lights comes down to one thing in my opinion, chance. It is all about being in the right place as the right time. The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon that are hard to predict and to chance a glimpse of them you have to spend a few hours out in the cold temperatures.

But once you get that one amazing photograph is all becomes worth it.

Here is a list of helpful tips when attempting to photograph the Northern Lights:

  1. Know your camera. It will be dark and you will need to change your camera settings quickly in order to capture the moving lights. A basic knowledge of long exposure shots will go a long way.
  2. Take a tripod. The second most important piece of kit apart from your camera. I have made do without a tripod in the past but taking one makes adjust angels and positions so much easier.
  3. Dress warm. Find a nice place to set up and make sure you have plenty of clothes, you never know how long the magical display will last.
  4. Take a light. Having a light with you makes everything a lot easier in the dark and also gives you other opportunities for long exposure shots while you wait.
  5. Be patient. Not everyone gets to see the Northern Lights, that’s just the way it is. The more time you are outside the higher your chances.
Photographing the Northern Lights

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Yesterday I posted a photography of the midnight sun which was in response to the weekly photo challenge on Vivid. Today, I would like to post a photography that is also a typical sight in Lapland but during the winter when the sky is often illuminated by the bright colours of the Northern Lights.