I have been interested in photographing the night scenes over the last couple of years, and photographing the northern lights has been my longtime dream. Photographing the stars and the Milky Way in the night sky has taken me into the dark and mysterious places several times lately. A few times I have also been able to shoot the northern lights, and that has been an unforgettable experience. I will tell you some thoughts and things that I have learned about photographing the Aurora Borealis.
Here in southern Finland, where the northern lights are relatively rare, it is critical to plan your photo trip properly in advance. However, when the conditions are good, and the northern lights are visible in the sky, it is relatively easy to shoot them. In principle, photographing the northern lights can be done with a basic DSLR camera or even with a good quality point-and-shoot camera. However, your phone may not be ideal for this kind of shooting.
In this article, I will show you the equipment you need to take pictures of the northern lights as well as the things to take into consideration when planning your trip. The biggest challenge is finding the right time and choosing the best place for night shots. Profound planning is a crucial part of successful photos.