After my first winter season with a proper camera it´s time to share my experiences with you.
“How do I get a good picture from the Northern Lights?”
It´s really not that hard – you need:
- A good camera (does not need to be an expensive one, but you should be able to set the following settings)
- Shutter release
- Warm clothes
- Spare batteries (Keep on warm in a trouser or jacket pocket)
- Patience 🙂
Now I try to give some ideas about the settings, but you should play around a lot and try many different ones – then you can get surprisingly great pictures. I recommend shooting in RAW, then you have more opportunities to work with the pictures afterwards.
- Shutter speed, something between 5 and 15 seconds (you can of course have a longer shutter speed but then you capture the movement of the stars = white strip)
- Aperture, set your lens f/stop at its largest opening (lowest number)
- ISO, I prefer with my camera (Pentax K30) an ISO between 400 and 1200. When I go much higher the pictures are getting grainy. It depends a lot on your camera and the objective which settings are working – test it out.
- Focus, set the manual focus to infinity
After the shooting
- Especially when it´s really cold outside you need to protect your camera for moisture. Put the camera in a camera bag before going inside. Find the coldest area indoors so that the camera slowly warms up – leave the camera there for at least one hour.
So, I wish you a lot of fun taking pictures of the Northern Lights!
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