Night Photography Tips: Northern Lights and other sky phenomena
The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, are a photographer’s dream. The aurora is one of the most tantalising and compelling phenomena on Earth. Camera technology is now so good that DSLRs can capture the spectacle with outstanding quality, and it’s only going to get better. However, here are a few common errors to watch out for when shooting such sky phenomena:
The aim is to capture the aurora’s intensity and shape. Long exposures will cause motion blur rather than burnt highlights, so limit shutter speeds to five to ten seconds.
Once again, the sky is the important factor here, so do not expect the foreground landscape to be correctly exposed unless it is well lit by strong moonlight.
10. Watch the tripod
Check and check again. This is a rare photographic opportunity and you’ll kick yourself if you return home to find that your shots are soft or your tripod has been knocked.
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PAGE 2: Common errors with moonlit landscapes
PAGE 3: Common errors shooting star trails
PAGE 4: Common errors shooting the Northern Lights
PAGE 5: Common errors with astrophotography
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