Viewing and Photographing the Northern Lights
Viewing and Photographing the Northern Lights

There's perhaps no bigger draw to the far northern latitudes in winter than the chance to see the aurora borealis. It's understandable. The phenomenon is stunning. Some of the best places to see it include Iceland, Greenland, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Northern Canada and of course, Alaska, which are already gorgeous locations on their own. This...

aurora borealis from Granite Tors
Focus and Setup for Aurora and Night Photography

It’s dark. Your autofocus is not going to work the way you think it is. Unless you believe it’s not going to work. Then you are right. For aurora photography, I am usually shooting at my lowest f-stop, so the depth-of-field is not great. Focus on the foreground will lead to blurry stars and blurry...

Aurora borealis over a boreal forest
Camera Settings For Aurora Photography

"Quick! The Aurora is out! What settings should my camera be set to?" It's the most frequent question I see online when there is a geomagnetic storm in progress or the immediate forecast. Unfortunately, it's a bit of a loaded question. Not all cameras or sensors are the same and the aurora is a very...

Aurora Post Processing 2: Raw Therapee

As I eagerly await the release of GIMP 2.10 that will support both 16 and 32 bit color depth, I figured it's a fine time to continue what I started with aurora post processing 1: white balance and noise and give a more in depth tutorial on processing digital aurora images (using all open-source software)....

Aurora Post Processing 1: White Balance and Noise using UFRAW

(For more in-depth editing, check out the second installment: Aurora Post Processing 2: Raw Therapee) I think a lot of people out there take some great shots of the northern lights, only to blow the final product in their editing suite, whatever it may be. Everyone's philosophy differs on the editing side of things, so...