How to Photograph the Northern Lights

Author: Linda Gilmour
Published: July 30, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Northern Lights Photography Cruise

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, are among life’s greatest natural wonders. It is many a photographer’s dream to capture these elusive phenomena on camera so we have collated some of the most important information on how to photograph the Northern Lights. There are many things you will need to remember when you are learning how to photograph the Northern Lights as they have a reputation for being particularly difficult to pin down. Hopefully you will find some of the following information and tips useful.

Things you will need for photographing the Northern Lights:
• First and foremost we recommend a digital SLR (single- lens reflex) camera with remote trigger.
• Wide-angle zoom lens
• Spare batteries
• Warm clothing
• Torch.

When and where to find the Northern Lights:

The best places to see the Northern Lights are in countries that lie above the Arctic Circle. Canada and Scandinavia are among the most popular destinations for recording frequent Aurora sightings. Because they are often spotted in such northerly regions between the months of October and March, the outside temperatures can drop dramatically, which is why it’s important to wear suitably warm clothing.

There are several resorts and hotels in Scandinavia that are geared towards these natural phenomena and they organise night time excursions that take you to vantage points where there are no bright lights to interfere with viewing. There are also places that equip you with an alarm or mobile phone so that when the Northern Lights do appear, they can alert you immediately. The Hotel Ranga in South Iceland and the Abisko Mountain Station offer fabulous views where the Aurora Borealis is regularly seen dancing across the sky.

Although many people advise you to go in search of the lights between 11pm and 2am, they can also be spotted at other times when the sky is dark and free from clouds.

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