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northern lights, 8seasons guesthouse, miekojärvi, överkalix, swedsih lappland, 8seasons4womenNorthern Lights Photography Part 1

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)
  • Tripod
  • Shutter release
  • Warm clothes
  • Spare batteries (Keep on warm in a trouser or jacket pocket)
  • Headlamp
  • 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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