Where, when and how to shoot the northern lights

Northern lights over a mountain landscape

Photographing the northern lights can be challenging. But with the right astrophotography gear and a few aurora borealis photography tips under your belt – plus some sound knowledge of when and where to best see the northern lights – it’s possible to capture the twisting, pulsing green arctic light of the aurora borealis in all its eerie, extraordinary beauty.

As DSLR camera sensors have become more sensitive, this dazzling natural light show has become increasingly popular with photographers in recent years. But how easy, really, is it to capture the aurora borealis? Here's everything you need to know about how to find and photograph the the northern lights.

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 

As the editor for www.WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment.