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Photographing the aurora

The northern lights are a spectacular display of light. If you get the opportunity to see them with your own eyes, you might also want to capture them on camera!

Northern lights above two boats in Yellowknife, NWT

Pro tip: Shoot in clear areas as much as possible, but feel free to try areas where landscape elements in the foreground could lend visual appeal to your photos. (Credits: Canadian Space Agency, University of Calgary, Astronomy North)

Equipment required

To photograph the northern lights, you will need the following equipment:


Below are the three steps to taking great photos of the northern lights.

1. Find a spot

2. Adjust your settings

3. Start snapping

Experiment with different combinations of film speed and exposure length. Moonlight and auroras can change the light conditions quickly, so be prepared to adjust these settings at any time.

Have fun!

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