Revontulet panoraama

Northern Lights Photography – Easy tips for great pictures

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.

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Olympus digital camera

Focus-stacking allows wider area of sharpness in macro images

I recently tested an entirely new photography technique for me. Namely ‘ focus-stacking’ technique for macro shooting. Well, it’s no new invention, but I haven’t found time to test it previously. And yet there were some lessons to be learned, I was inspired by the technology immediately. But what is it and when should you use focus stacking?

There are many tools and techniques for creating focus-stacking images, and the latest camera technology now allows you to create a focus stacking images also directly in the camera. I’ll show you a couple of examples of focus stacking in post-processing.

Update: I added another example because Affinity Photo is also able to stack focus-stacking images in its latest version.

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Kuvapankki kollaasi

Start selling your photos in stock photo agencies now – it’s easier than ever

Are you interested in selling your photos online? I’ve often been asked how to start it, how much it’s worth, and whether someone’s photos are good enough for selling. Now it is probably a time to deal with these issues.

In fact, I sent some new photos for sale after a half-year break and it seems that my skills are still in the place. All new photos were approved for sale to all the photo agencies I sent them in. It seems that it is even easier to get the photos approved by agencies than in the past.

Also, at least in Shutterstock and in Bigstock the images were approved almost lightning fast. I received the notice of approval almost immediately. So now it is the right time to start selling pictures as long as it is that easy. You never know what changes are coming, this business is evolving all the time. Read more