Ideas For Nice Aurora Photographs


Methods to {photograph} the Northern and Southern Lights efficiently

aurora photos, a typical image of the northern lights

Of all of the naturally occurring phenomena that one may {photograph}, aurora pictures are maybe probably the most awe-inspiring. It’s much more spectacular once you get a greater concept of what this pure mild present is all about and the place it happens. In probably the most primary sense, the aurora is a pure occasion that happens when electrically charged, gaseous particles launched by our solar hit our planet’s environment. The variance in colours that you simply’ll see dancing within the sky change primarily based on the sorts of particles that hit our environment. On prime of that—and opposite to in style perception—this sensible spectacle isn’t solely seen from overly-touristed winter locations like Iceland and Norway. In actual fact, you possibly can see the aurora fairly readily in each the northern and southern hemispheres. The “northern lights” are known as Aurora Borealis, whereas the “southern lights” are known as Aurora Australis.

Location & Climate For Aurora Photographs

There are a selection of things that you’ll be greatest off researching and listening to everytime you intend on photographing the aurora. Firstly is that you should be at a location the place this occasion will be seen. The additional north or south you go in direction of the planet’s respective poles, the larger your likelihood is of seeing the lights. Nonetheless, being current doesn’t assure a light-weight present. You’ll additionally want a transparent, or partly clear, sky. In the event you get skunked out with a “socked-in” sky, you received’t have a lot success. With that mentioned, I discover that having some clouds provides loads to my compositions, as they supply a layering impact and contrasting factor to the lights and stars.


Just a few further issues to know is that not all aurora mild exhibits are created equally, nor do they run on a set schedule. Simply since you take that flight to Iceland and discover an exquisite location with a transparent sky doesn’t assure you a light-weight present. Probably the most essential components to contemplate is the geomagnetic exercise stage, represented by a KP quantity, at or round a selected time of night time. The upper the KP quantity, the crazier the sunshine present. Something above (and together with) Kp5 is classed as a geomagnetic storm, and in that occasion, the sky will mild up so brightly, you’d assume the solar turned inexperienced.


One remaining factor to contemplate is that there aren’t many guidelines to observe in terms of exposing for the aurora. These mild exhibits range by the second and it’s possible you’ll discover that one publicity required 30 seconds and the following one solely required 2 seconds. Maintain a detailed eye in your digicam’s meter as a result of it’s very simple to blow out your picture though it could seem to be it’s very darkish exterior.

aurora photos with mountain background

When framing your photographs, it additionally helps to have some foreground parts in your aurora pictures. They supply a way of place and depth on your viewer, and can finally result in a extra fascinating {photograph}.

Lastly, lest you should be reminded, don’t overlook that tripod!

See extra of Brian Matiash’s work at


Latest posts