Those who have ever attempted to capture the lights on film know all too well that they aren’t the easiest natural phenomenon to photograph, so here’s some of our tips to ensure you capture them in all their glory:
Focus – Switch your autofocus to manual and try to focus on something in the background, such as mountain peaks, trees, a log cabin etc.
Tripod – Don’t go anywhere without a tripod. Your photos will otherwise end up a beautiful green blur.
Exposure – Go for long exposure; set your shutter speed to 30 seconds, but do adjust this accordingly.
Aperture – adjust the aperture to your camera’s lowest setting.
ISO – set your camera to a setting between ISO 400 and ISO 1000
Spare batteries – your camera will likely be fine in temperatures above -10 celcius, but if you’re headed deep into the Arctic then put some spare batteries in your pocket. You’ll probably need them.
Put the camera phone away – don’t bother trying to snap the Aurora with your iPhone. You’ll just end up with a photo of the dark sky (which let’s face it, isn’t particularly interesting).
Hire a camera or lens – If you don’t want to splash out on a pricey camera, then hiring one (or a lens) is a much cheaper option.