If you are wanting capture the moment forever and share with friends back home, then you need to prepare. It is worth investing the time to research photography tips and practice before you head off on your travels.
Unless trying to capture the moment from the comfort of your Aurora Hotel bed, you will need a tripod. When outside it will be dark, cold and probably on uneven ground. You should also invest in a remote shutter release to avoid shaking the camera.
It is best to use a camera with manual settings, but it doesn’t need to be expensive. Take time to learn and practice your cameras settings, flash off, how to adjust your ISO and shutter speed before you start your journey. If you choose to use an iPhone you can download a Northern Lights camera app which will mimic the manual settings of a camera. We still suggest you use a tripod for the best results.
There are then many resources online to advise on the best settings for each location. For the most artistic results, consider photographing with a foreground to give the lights context. This also makes for great souvenir photos that reflect your location.
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