As you might already know, I just came back from Lapland where I shot the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Light.
I received many questions from you about how to shoot this natural phenomena.

What you will need is:

A tripod or another stable surface
A good DSLR (single reflex camera or spiegelreflex in Dutch)
Low light pollution (no light sources nearby)
And last but not least, the northern light itself.

Terra Graphic Lapland northern light view

A lot of you might think you can leave the shutter open for a long time,
unfortunately this is not the case. Due to the movement of the earth, you are not able to use
shutter speeds longer than twenty seconds. You will find that at 30 seconds, the stars have
already moved from their original place in the sky and are now blurry.
Therefore, we’ll need to capture as much light as we can in fifteen to twenty seconds.

This is how we do that. You put your camera on manual, set the aperture value
to the lowest possible value(2.8 in my case). Set your shutter speed to fifteen or twenty
seconds. Crank your iso value all the way up to 2500 or similar. Set your lens to
manual focus and set the focus all the way to infinity and then twist it back just a little bit.
Use your remote shutter or a 2 second shutter delay to avoid vibrations.

That’s it, you are set to shoot some of the greatest nature shots you will ever take.

Good luck and happy travels!

For more tips an tricks, attend one of my
courses or workshops.

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