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How to Photograph the Northern Lights
Taking pictures of the northern lights is more complicated than snapping away with your digital camera.
But follow these tips and you will have some impressive holiday snaps to share with your friends and family.
Tips for taking pictures of northern lights
Remember that if you are after good northern lights photographs you will be spending a lot of time out in the freezing arctic winter – so dress like it.
Bring spare socks, gloves and a warm thermos of tea to keep you going into the night. There is nothing more annoying than having to give up because you can´t move your fingers!
Equipment for Taking Northern Lights Photos
1) SLR Camera
There is in most cases no point in trying to take northern lights photos with your normal compact digital camera – the settings and manual functions simply aren´t good enough to let you do what you have to to capture the Aurora Borealis.
Most photographers rave about the Canon digital SLR range, for example the D50, but Nikon also offer some great cameras which will deal well with northern lights photography.
ISO capabilities are essential, and ISO settings from 400 to 1600 can deliver some great results.
An appropriate and good quality lens is alpha omega in northern lights photography.
You will need a wide angle lens, with a large aperture (f/2.8 or wider).
Anything between 10-50mm is good, but it depends on your motif.
The better tripod you have, the better pictures you will get. With long exposure times and high ISO a wobbly tripod will ruin all your images. Ballheads are preferred over pan/tilt heads.
Manfrotto has a wide range of sturdy tripods that will give great results.
Camera Settings for Northern Lights Photos
Other things to think about
Check the northern lights forecast.
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