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How to Photograph the Northern Lights eBook

How to Photograph the
Northern Lights eBook

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Second Edition Update 11/2013

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What's New in the 2nd Edition?

  • Added 80+ new pages (now 280 pages)
  • Added many new photos, graphs, illustration
  • Added 50 new photos (now 150+)
  • Added 50 new Figures and Diagrams (now 150+)
  • Added Camera and lens information for all aurora photos
  • Revised all diagrams and charts
  • Added more detailed weather charts
  • Added 2 new chapters and many new sections
  • Aurora Science and Forecasts
  • Timing Season and Weather
  • Understanding the aurora
  • Aurora forecasts
  • Aurora colors
  • Circumpolar Destinations
  • Where to go in Alaska
  • Expanded and added to almost all of the chapters and sections
  • Updated camera and lens models
  • Added more links to camera gear and cold weather clothing

How to Photograph the Northern Lights by Patrick J. Endres and Neal Brown.

If photographing the northern lights (aurora borealis) is on your bucket list, then this book is a must for you. How to Photograph the Northern Lights is a wonderfully illustrated, comprehensive and thorough 280 page eBook  that will equip you with the information necessary to capture your own photos of the northern lights. Two long-time Alaskans and specialists in their fields have teamed up to create this resource. Professional photographer Patrick J. Endres, one of Alaska's most prominently published nature photographers, has mined the secrets of his two-decade career of aurora photography and outlined them in great detail, providing you with critical information to ensure your aurora photo quest is successful. Scientist and aurora specialist Neal Brown supplies the answers in layman’s language to often-asked questions about the aurora in his science notes sprinkled throughout the book. The chapters contain a blend of technical and creative information that both the beginner and professional photographer will find invaluable. Topics discussed include where to go, when to go, what time is best, working in the cold, what camera and lens to use, aurora forecasts, composition, how to expose, moon and moonlight, and much more. The text is augmented with more than 100 of Patrick's luminous aurora photos, thoughtful quotes, and many illustrations, graphs, and figures to instruct you in the do's and don'ts of nighttime aurora borealis photography.

Patrick says: “Over the years I've seen countless errors made when photographing the aurora. This book equips both the beginning and professional photographer with all the necessary insider information to skip those costly mistakes—and offers the inspiration for the armchair photographer to get out there and explore the night skies on their own.”

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

ABOUT THE AUTHORS FOREWORD A NOTE FROM PATRICK

Chapter 1 - Aurora Science and Forecasts

Section 1:1 | Aurora Science

  • Understanding the Aurora
  • Space Weather and the Aurora
  • The Sun and Aurora Science
  • SOTERIA Flare Predictor Tool
  • Sun-Earth observing spacecraft
  • World Space Weather Science

Section 1:2 | Aurora Forecasts

  • Understanding Aurora Forecasts
  • Types of Forecasts
  • 27-Day Solar Cycle
  • Short-term Forecasts and Current Data
  • Interplanetary Magnetic Field (IMF) and Bz
  • Solar Wind Speed and Density
  • Planetary Kp-index
    • Kp-Index Map for North America
    • Kp-Index Map for Eurasia
  • University of Alaska Geophysical Institute
  • POES
  • SWEP Ovation Prime Model
  • Aurora Web Cams
  • Aurora Alerts
  • In Summary

Section 1:3 | Aurora Colors

  • Color and the Aurora
  • Altitude and Aurora Colors
  • The Colors of the Aurora

Section 1:4 | Aurora Shapes

  • Aurora Shapes and Movement

Chapter 2 - In Search of the Aurora Borealis

Section 2:1 | Circumpolar Destinations

  • The Polar Auroral Zone
  • The Circumpolar Countries
  • Links to airports on Google maps

Section 2:2 | Alaska

  • Alaska, the U.S. Destination
  • Aurora Destinations in Alaska
  • The Fairbanks Area
  • Alaska Aurora locations
  • Sharing Photo Locations
  • Northern Alaska
    • Bettles and Nome
    • Coldfoot
  • Considerations for Remote Alaska
  • Travel on the Dalton Highway
    • Communication and Road Etiquette
    • Traveling with Emergency Safety Gear
  • Central Alaska
    • Richardson Highway
    • George Parks Highway
  • Southcentral Alaska
  • Winter Camping

Section 2:3 | Fine-tuning Your Location

  • Refining the Destination
  • The Specific Location
  • Scouting Your Location in Daylight
  • Choose Multiple Locations

Section 2:4 | Photo Tours

  • Choosing an Aurora Photo Tour
  • Trip Duration
  • Local Guides
  • An Experienced Guide
  • Transportation
  • It Should Be About Your Photos
  • Get References

Chapter 3 - Timing, Seasons, and Weather

Section 3:1 | Seasons and Weather

  • Choosing a Season to Photograph the Aurora
  • Spring and Autumn Equinoxes
  • Geomagnetically Disturbed Days
  • Clear Skies and Weather
    • Average Sky Conditions in Fairbanks, Alaska. (Diagram)
  • Temperature
    • Fairbanks temperatures (Diagram)
  • Daylight and Darkness
  • Snowfall
  • Average monthly snowfall in Fairbanks (Diagram)
  • Reflective Surfaces: Water and Ice
  • In Summary
    • Weather and aurora considerations for Fairbanks, Alaska (Diagram)

Section 3:2 | Circumpolar Arctic Weather

  • Circumpolar Destinations
  • Average Weather Conditions
  • Weather Graphs
    • Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
    • Whitehorse, YT, Canada
    • Ivalo, Finland
    • Tasiilaq, Greenland
    • Reykjavik, Iceland
    • Tromso, Norway
    • Murmansk, Russia
    • Kiruna, Sweden

Section 3:3 | Time of Night

  • What Time of Night is Best?
  • When is Magnetic Midnight?
  • The Critical Hours
  • Be Persistent

Section 3:4 | The Moon and Moonlight

  • Is There a Preferred Moon Phase?
  • Is a Full Moon Bad?
  • Where is the Moon?
  • Moonlight Presence
  • Moonlight Absence

Chapter 4 - Dealing with the Cold

Section 4:1 | Clothing for the Cold

  • Dressing Appropriately for the Cold
  • Inner Layers
  • Outer Layers
  • Head
  • Feet
  • Hands
  • External Heat Sources
  • Shooting in the Cold Summary

Section 4:2 | Cold and Camera Gear

  • Photographing in the Cold
  • Will My Camera Work in the Cold?
  • Battery Consumption and the Cold
    • Battery depletion in -31°F / -35 °C temperatures (Canon 5D Mark III) (Diagram)
  • Media Cards
  • Plastic and the Cold
  • Tripods and the Cold
  • Frost on the Lens
  • Keep a Warm Backup Camera and Lens
  • Preventing Condensation

Chapter 5 - Aurora Exposure

Section 5:1 | Understanding Exposure

  • The Importance of Exposure Fundamentals
  • The LCD Display, Your Learning Tool
  • ISO Sensitivity
  • Lens Aperture
  • Camera Shutter
  • Aperture
    • The Relationship of Aperture and Shutter Speed (Diagram)
  • Shutter Speed
    • The Relationship of ISO and Shutter Speed (Diagram)
  • ISO
  • Pushing the Limits
  • Aurora Exposure
  • Exposure values for average aurora brightness (no moonlight) in ½ stop increments (Diagram)

Section 5:2 | Achieving Exposure

  • Achieving Correct Exposure
  • The Histogram
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Histogram
  • The Importance of Proper Exposure

Section 5:3 | Perfecting Exposure

  • Do Not Overexpose
  • Don’t Be Fooled by the LCD Display
  • RAW or JPEG?
    • RAW Lossless File Format verses JPEG Lossy File Format (Diagram)
  • What Should my Highest ISO Setting Be?
  • Post-Production Adjustments

Chapter 6 - Choosing Cameras and Photo Gear

Section 6:1 | Digital SLR Cameras

  • Digital Single-Lens Reflex Cameras
  • Cameras and Sensor Size
  • Digital Camera Sensor Sizes (Diagram)
  • Focal Length Magnification Per Sensor Size (Diagram)
  • Benefits of an FX Sensor
  • Drawbacks of a Small Sensor
  • The Importance of High ISO
  • The Tradeoff of High ISO
  • Know Your Camera’s ISO Limits
  • Live View

Section 6:2 | Point-and-Shoot Cameras

  • Basic Point-and-shoot camera requirements
  • Caution About Point-and-Shoot Cameras

Section 6:3 | SLR Lenses

  • Choosing a Lens for Aurora Photography
  • A Note About Terminology
  • APS Lenses
  • The Importance of a Wide Angle Lens
  • Fast Lenses
    • Faster lenses = shorter shutter speeds and more frames-per-minute (Diagram)
  • Compromises of an f/1.4 Lens
    • Which Lens for which Sensor Size? (Diagram)
  • Choosing a Prime or Zoom Lens
  • Why a Prime Lens?
  • Why a Zoom Lens?
  • Prime Lenses
  • Wide-Angle Zooms
  • Lenses for APS Sensors
  • Renting a Lens

Section 6:4 | Tripod Legs

  • Choosing a Tripod
  • Tall and Sturdy
  • Limit Center Column Extension
  • Leg Clamps and Collars
  • Tripod Feet
  • Insulate the Legs
  • Tripod Weight
  • Leg Sections
  • Benefits of Carbon Fiber Tripods
  • Tripod Manufacturers

Section 6:5 | Tripod Ball Heads

  • Tripod Ball Heads
  • Quick-Release Plates

Section 6:6 | Gear Accessories

  • Aurora Camera Accessory Kit
  • What to Look for in a Head Lamp
  • Headlamp Etiquette
  • Remote Release Options
  • Viewfinder Light Leak
  • Third Party Firmware
  • Loupe

Chapter 7 - Preparing Your Camera Gear

Section 7:1 | Preparing Your Camera

  • Basic Camera Settings
  • Set the Histogram to RGB
  • Set the Date and Time
  • Turn On Highlight Warning
  • Cover the LED Card-Writing Light
  • Set Quality to RAW or RAW + JPEG
  • WB, Color Temperature and Picture Style
  • LCD Display Brightness
  • Drive Mode
  • Metering Mode
  • Exposure Mode
  • When to Use Aperture Priority Mode
  • When to Use Bulb Mode
  • Benefits of Exposures under 30 Seconds
  • Set Appropriate ISO
  • Noise Reduction
    • Long Exposure Noise Reduction (LENR)
    • High ISO noise reduction (HINR)
  • Post Production Noise Reduction
    • Luminance Noise
    • Chrominance Noise
  • Know Your Camera

Section 7:2 | Preparing Your Lens

  • Remove Your Lens Filter
  • Use the Camera’s Lens Hood
  • Achieving Critical Focus
  • Pre-focus using autofocus
  • Focus Using Live View
  • A Final Note About Focusing

Chapter 8 - In the Field

Section 8:1 | Lens Focal Length

  • Selecting the Correct Focal Length

Section 8:2 | Composing the Aurora

  • Composing the Aurora
  • Utilizing the Foreground
  • Bring the Aurora to the Ground
  • Ambient Light and Composition
  • F/Stop and Depth of Field
    • Closest sharp object using infinity focus (Diagram)

Section 8:3 | Taking the Picture

  • Preserving Night Vision
  • Looking Through the Viewfinder
  • Light Leak through the Viewfinder
  • Check Your Horizon
  • Take Periodic Test Shots
  • Reposition Frequently
  • Check Your Lens for Frost
  • Avoid the Wind
  • Don’t Forget to Check Your Battery Level
  • Be Mindful of Light Pollution
  • Use Two Cameras

Section 8:4 | Photographing Star Trails

  • Star Trails and the Aurora
  • Shutter Speed and Focal Length
  • Dark Skies and Light
  • Excluding Star Trails
  • Long Exposures Eat Batteries
  • Star Trail Exposure Times: Examples

Chapter 9 - Wrapping Up

Section 9:1 | Aurora Pre-flight

  • Aurora Photography Quick Review

Section 9:2 | Aurora Photo Checklist

  • Resources for Aurora Photography
  • Photography Websites
  • Aurora Information Websites
  • Books
  • Smartphone Apps

Section 9:3 | Aurora Resources

  • Aurora Photography Quick Review

Section 9:4 | Good Luck

  • May the Aurora be with you
  • Share this eBook
  • Patrick’s Network

Some Comments and Endorsements

“Only the gazillions of trips out to photograph the aurora could render the thoughtful, practical insight this little concentrated book yields! This source of experience and scientific background will prepare anyone heading out into the cold to photograph the aurora (wished I had this to learn backward and forward up to 10 years ago on my first trip North). Patrick has shared valuable in-the-field secrets in his signature generous style (second only to his in person presentation on his photo tours). There are HEAPS of value in this one ebook for any photographer looking to photograph a star-filled sky, photographing in the cold North, or as fascinated by the science and art of photographing the aurora.”

~ Sue Rakes
Master Photographer
USA

“This book is the authority on photographing the Aurora. Beginning photographers to seasoned pros will learn valuable tips from Patrick's vast experience photographing Aurora in the far north. Not only does Patrick explain photographing the Aurora, but he shares valuable information on predicting displays, dealing with the cold, and composition guidelines. All this is illustrated with stunning Aurora Borealis images.”

~ Tom Bol
Professional Photographer
USA

“If you dream about chasing the Northern Lights then buy Patrick J. Endres’ book because it will strengthen your resolve and encourage that dream. If you have an actual plan to try to see them then this book is an essential read. As we would expect from Patrick, it is magnificently illustrated with thought provoking quotations, but it is much more than a pretty ebook. This is a substantial and authoritative work, with contributions on the science of the aurora borealis from Neal Brown. Yet it is a compelling and enjoyable read and extremely well laid out. You will learn where, when and even what time to photograph the Northern Lights, how to prepare, what to wear, how to actually capture them on camera and much more. This is the book to read on the Northern Lights.”

~ Cecily O’Toole
USA

I LOVE THE BOOK! I downloaded it on my iPad and read it in one night. Am taking it with me next week to Alaska where I am sure I will refer to it time and time again. Thank you Patrick. My only suggestion for future editions would be to make it easier to navigate.

~ Diana Frost
USA

This is an absolutely 'must read' book for anyone hoping to photograph the Aurora. I'm off to Northern Norway (Tromso) on March 10 (New moon)and for the first time feel really well prepared. I picked all kinds of tips - and the checklists are brilliant as a last minute form of preparation. Nothing is left to chance in this wonderfully illustrated book. Highly recommended!

~ Sam Hall
United Kingdom

This is a remarkably well designed book, well suited to viewing on a screen of your choice. You get not just the how, but enough where and why to build an understanding of the phenomena. I appreciate the practical details surrounding actually photographing — lenses, iso, care of both the photographic equipment and the photographer in the cold. I hope that this is the first of a series of ebooks on photography in Alaska

~ Marvin Falk
USA

I just purchased your book (as pdf, I could perfectly open it) and also via iTunes on my i-pad when I am underway. I had a first glimpse and will read it in the coming days with very much interest: a very complete book, and even when I am already 7 years photographing the aurora, there is always some new stuff I will learn !! Not only how to photograph the Northern Lights is explained, but also some technical side aspects as clothing, material, some statistics, post-production of the pics, avoiding mistakes etc etc … a book I was waiting for. Thank you again, Patrick, and keep up the nice work. You have indeed excellent aurora and awe-inspiring aurora pictures.

~ John Van Marcke
Belgium

Just wanted to let you know I have been able to open it and your advice is priceless! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us non-professional folk! I took some pictures last night and feel much more confident with the results after taking the advice you offer in your book. I am heading out there again tonight and hope to shoot at least one picture which I will feel confident enough about to have printed and hung on my wall! That's if there is activity tonight, but I am being very hopeful there will be.

~ Sanet Basson
South Africa

Just bought the book in pdf form so I can reference it on my upcoming trip to Alaska using my laptop, and also bought the itunes version for my wife's iPad. Really fantastic so far, as I'm reading every word and loving it. The science part of it is very understandable, and I like how it is separated out on the page. Patrick's tips and advice are critical, and it was Patrick's website six months ago that inspired our planning of this imminent trip. I just love the quotes by famous photographers at the beginning of each chapter. These really resonate with me. And Patrick's photographs are so inspiring, as teaching examples, and for their incredible beauty! I'll post more after I finish the book and come home from the adventure of photographing The Northern Lights !

~ Mike Shaw
USA

Since 2007 I used to travel to Lapland every February/March for hunting daytime / dawn lights and nothern lights- first with analogue Canon EOS, later on with EOS 7 D. Just being in Swedish Lapland I found your book and devoured it last weekend.....you have done an excellent job by writing this fantastic book full of informations. Especially the detailed diagrams, tables and links are extremely helpful. With your recommendations my pictures really improved (fortunately we have a lot of northern lights for trying different settings) and last night I caught wonderful northern lights with a lot of clear stars, with a shooting star, and green horizontal lights with a vertical red curtain. Your book will join me on all following tours, thanks again. If wished you can put this email on your website as example for enthusiastic customers.

~ Dr.Iris Ernst
Germany

Hey just wanted to thank you for all the great advice…I rented the Canon EOS 5D MKII and the Canon 24mm IIL F/1.4 lens with a good Ball type tripod… I was not sure I wanted to invest that amount of money without trying it out first and the rental was a great option. Thank you for making it possible for an “amateur” to take some great photos…..there were probably 30 others that went up to get photos….but I was the only one prepared (even though I was up from Texas) all thanks to you.

~ Thomas Kepczyk
USA

Our family just came back from a week+ trip into and around Fairbanks. We went specifically to see the aurora and studied Patrick’s advice religiously before we started our trip. Like many before us I’m back to report the advice was priceless!!! We felt very prepared, came back with tons of great photos (we got very lucky with clear nights and two level 4 aurora alert nights) and lots of great memories....the advice on cold weather gear, camera equipment and locations was excellent. Can’t thank Patrick enough for all his experience, advice and (more than anything else) his willingness to share all this.

~ Rick LaRosa
USA

Hi Patrick, I bought your book for a northern lights trip to Tromso and Spitsbergen a few months ago. I am a serious photographer yet this book gave me a wealth of knowledge that I was unaware of, and definitely helped me bring back better images. This is the best reference book I have seen, so congratulations, your images are extraordinary,

~ David Worswick
SOUTH AFRICA

  • I haz a D810 - Rod Barbee Photography Blog - […] to learn more. Thankfully, one of my readers told me about a great ebook on photographing auroras. How to Photograph the Northern Lights by Patrick Endres is packed full of all the scientific stuff about why auroras appear and how to […]ReplyCancel

  • Baby, It’s Cold Outside | My great WordPress blog - […] Gibbs (17-year Alaska shooter): "All you need to know is contained on this blog; the e-book is a bonus. [The same source of information is recommended by Peter S in another […]ReplyCancel

  • patricia ledet - I’m 58 and live in Newport News VA. I have only dreamed about seeing the Northern Lights. Do you think I could join you for your next trip to Alaska? It’s time for a new change for me anyway. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • David N - Just thought I’d drop you a note to say how much I appreciated having studied this before going to Tromso in February this year. Really worthwhile and meant that I could make the most of what might be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Definitely on my list to recommend to anyone doing anything similar.

    Many thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Terrance J.Cisco - Is this book available in hard copy? I want to give it as a gift to my wife. She would probably want the Ipad version if I could buy a gift card or something….any ideas?ReplyCancel

  • Larry Hauser - I had a dream of viewing, and photographing, the aurora. Recently, my wife and I booked a trip to Iceland to fulfill this dream. A photographer friend recommended Patrick’s book “How to Photograph the Northern Lights” to me, and I downloaded it to my iPad. I am so glad I did! I studied it in depth, and found it extraordinarily helpful. The photographs in it were inspiring and helpful. The presentation is excellent, the attention to detail is wonderful.
    And we were blessed by serendipity: we were blessed to have several nights of beautiful auroral activity in Iceland, and (thanks to Patrick!) my photographs far surpassed my expectations.
    Let me add that standing beneath those dancing lights is just amazing, and if photography is in your mind, be sure to get Patrick’s book. It is awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Matt Francis - This book provided information and resources that made my first attempt at photographing the aurora successful. The quick check lists were invaluable in the field and saved me hours of trial and error. By following Patrick’s instructions, my very first photo was correctly composed, perfectly focused, and exposed just right. Even if you are very experienced in landscape and astrophotography, this book will save you precious time capturing the elusive auroral curtains.ReplyCancel

  • Scott - This book is a must read for anyone serious about Northern Lights photography. I read this shortly before a trip to Iceland and Patrick’s tips were indispensable! I came back with some great photos of the lights as they put on a spectacular display. I could not have done this without reading this book. Thanks again, Patrick!ReplyCancel

  • Jean Hartman - I was able to download the pdf and open it OK. I’m enjoying learning a lot. One question – do you have any thoughts about the Rokinon 16mm f2.0 for APS-C cameras? The f2.0 is attractive.
    ThanksReplyCancel

    • Patrick Endres - Jean,
      I have never used that lens, although I do use the 24mm f/1.4. Search for online reviews by night photographers using the lens wide open. The focal length of about 25mm is a good general one.ReplyCancel

  • Todd Simons - I bought the book and read it twice. First night out I was getting amazing pictures. Throughout my trip I was watching people struggle with things that I was not because I had read this book. Going to Alaska for most people is not a small trip. IF you are going to spend a lot of money going to see/photograph the northern lights, why not invest a little money to make sure you get the best possible pictures. I can not thank Patrick enough. People are blown away when they see my pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Pat Murray - Successfully downloaded. Expect some more orders from Australia shortly!ReplyCancel

  • Michel Lafleche - Wow! Wow! Wow! Your book is very impressive! The cover, the pictures, the colors, the information, everything about the book is very professional, very informative on every level. In my opinion you covered everything on how to photograph the auroras, from what the auroras are, cameras, clothing, equipment and so on. Every camera shop, photography school and or clubs and anybody interested in photography should have a copy of this book, even if they are not in a position to photograph the auroras, just to have the knowledge on every level concerning the auroras and cold weather, I think would be very much appreciated. I have not found any book that is better that yours. Thank you very much for sharing your life’s experiences in book form, in photographing the auroras and everything that is needed in order to do so. This book saved me a lot of trial and error time and money in what is needed to photograph the auroras.
    MichelReplyCancel

  • Simon Thomas LRPS - Just returned from 4 days in Iceland. I was really glad I read your book. I was lucky enough to come back with some really nice aurora pics which would not have been half as successful if I had not read your book. And I bought a hand warmer. _5C and a strong wind out on a larva flow so I was glad i plannedReplyCancel

  • Angelo L. Mourino - Thoroughly enjoyed you ebook, “How to Photograph the Northern Lights”. Since I will going to Iceland this February the information will come in handy.
    Question: On page 222, Figure 7.5 you show that you have on the “high speed continuous shooting”. Is there a reason for that?ReplyCancel

    • Patrick Endres - Hi Angelo,
      As long as you are on a continuous drive setting and not single shot, you are fine. The high speed does not make much difference obviously, with long shutter speeds. I just had it on that from a daytime setting. You want a continuous mode in case you lock the release in the shoot mode and let in continually take successive pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Neil Gilchrist - Patrick, I just wanted to pass on my thanks for a wonderful and very informative book about shooting the northern lights. As a keen photographer I bought your first edition and learned heaps before heading up to Fairbanks to test some of my new found knowledge. I jumped at the chance to update with your recent second edition and I can’t endorse this newest version enough. Incredible knowledge is shared, and as far as I can tell nothing is left untouched! You have inspired us to come back to Fairbanks for round two in March next year, this time with a roadtrip north to Wiseman and the Brooks Mountains. Can’t wait to be made speechless again by the sheer beauty and enormity of the lights.
    EVERYONE with an interest in shooting the aurora needs to buy and read this book!

    Cheers PatrickReplyCancel

  • Rick Whitacre - Just finished reading this book and loved it. I have been to Fairbanks once before to photograph the auroras and bought the first revision for that trip. Heading up again this winter and bought the new revision to get ready. This is a VERY thorough book covering every aspect of photographing the auroras. I picked up a lot of good tips and can’t wait to use them. Great bookReplyCancel

  • Elaine Johnston - FABULOUS! Thanks so much for sharing…ReplyCancel

  • Baby, It’s Cold Outside | Photo Video Blogs - […] Gibbs (17-year Alaska shooter): “All you need to know is contained on this blog; the e-book is a bonus. [The same source of information is recommended by Peter S in another […]ReplyCancel

  • Sara - I just finished reading your book and loved it! I live in Bethel, AK and have been repeatedly disappointed in my pictures of the lights. I am traveling to Fairbanks this November and really hope to use the information in your book to get better shots.ReplyCancel

  • mike kozlowski - patrick,I plan on going to iceland in Feb.2014. I have a Canon Rebel EOS T3 DSLR. I plan on getting a Sigma 10mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM Canon-ef fisheye lens for the trip. Do you think that combination will give me a chance on some decent northern lights pics?ReplyCancel

    • Patrick Endres - Hi Mike,
      Sorry if I forgot to respond to your inquiry. You f/2.8 and wide lens should be sufficient to capture the aurora.ReplyCancel

  • Photographing Auroras in Iceland @ Clicks & Trips - [...] A far more complete tutorial written by Patrick Endres on how to photograph the northern lights can be found on his website AlaskaPhotographyBlog.com. It comes in iBook or PDF formats and we found it to be a thorough reference guide. You can find a link to his eBook “How to Photograph the Northern Lights” here. [...]ReplyCancel

  • Stefan - Thank you for taking the time to write your book on photographing the northern lights. I have just returned from a 1 week trip to Iceland where I was fortunate enough to have 2 nights where the lights were active and the skies were clear. Having purchased and read your book before hand was invaluable to understanding all the elements to making successful photos. It gave me the confidence and ability to capture some spectacular shots and life time memories. At first I was hesitant to purchase it given the price but I can truely attest is worth every penny. It is very well written and does a fantastic job of preparing one for the event! Well done. For anyone on fence on whether to get this book, if you are about to try Northern lights photography or have not had much success with it in the past, I highly recommend Patrick’s book.ReplyCancel

  • J wayne Green - Just returned from AK three days ago. Your book was a major was a huge boost to my comfort level. Having wanted to go to the interior in winter for the purpose of shooting the “lights”, having this wealth of information to draw upon was a tremendous boost to my comfort level. Can’t say enough good things about it. Great work as always.ReplyCancel

    • J wayne Green - Patrick, sorry i didn’t proof-read before posting. Must still be short on sleep. Your book was a great help to me and your work a continual inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki Haggard - I just returned from my trip to Alaska to photograph the Northern Lights. Thanks a million times over for your book! Your advice on equipment (including lens rental), clothing and places to go were invaluable. Without your book, I don’t think my first night of shooting the Northern Lights would have been so successful. I was able to get set up and start shooting in a short amount of time because I had my camera set to your suggested settings (good starting point) before I got out of the car. With a few test shots and some minor adjustments, I started shooting. I’m very pleased with the photos that I took that night and during the rest of my trip. Thanks again for putting it all together in your book. I would highly recommend your book to anyone who wants information on how to get good photographs of the Northern Lights.ReplyCancel

  • Rune Engebø - Hi Patrick.

    Thank you for a fantastic book. Lots of great tips in here. I am lucky to live in the polar regions and spent the last few years outdoors chasing the aurora whenever time and weather permits. Here is a tip from myself to ensure pinsharp “fokus”, and that is to utilize the MUP (mirror up) function which most DSLRs have. Kind regardsReplyCancel

  • Mike Shaw - Just got back from Alaska, photographing… The Northern Lights. Thanks, again Patrick for a great resource for planning the trip and making sure I got the most out of it! Your book was a definite necessity on my wife’s iPad and on my laptop for reading on that long flight. Love the checklist in the back- absolutely critical. Rgds,
    Mike Shaw http://www.theshawsrus.com Click the Alaska link to see our aurora photos.ReplyCancel

  • David Campbell - This eBook was a fantastic read.
    It provided very clear information in a easy to read language complimented by many illustrations to aid the reader grasp the topics visually.

    Patrick’s photo’s in this eBook are the best collection of Aurora photos I have seen and provided me with inspiration.

    The detailed information about the Aurora itself was invaluable to understand when and where I needed to be to get the most out of my Aurora Photography Trip.

    Patrick’s comments about using a local guide and smaller workshop groups is spot on. I traveled with a local guide (who is friend’s with Patrick) and with his local knowledge and my research using this eBook, I was able to come away from my Aurora Photography trip with images I am really proud of.

    If you have always wanted to see the Aurora, make sure you take a camera with you and know how to use it. The camera will bring out much more detail than is often not visible with the human eye. Don’t go on an Aurora holiday without reading this eBook first.

    If you are already a experienced photographer, I guarantee that you will still pick up a few tips and tricks.

    Regards
    David

    P.S. Patrick, it was great to run into you at the Silver Gulch, wish you clear skies for your future workshops.ReplyCancel

  • Matthew Carpenter - Thank you Patrick for taking the time to put this very informative resource together. As a novice to aurora photography but having a degree of experience with night photography I can say that there is some sound advice in here which will go towards making all the difference. The very visual nature of the subject is superbly completed by the many images and descriptive and technical data. This was money well spent in my opinion.

    Now I just need to board my plane to Calgary that is leaving in 30 minutes. Wish me luck :) ReplyCancel

  • Mike Shaw - Just bought the book in pdf form so I can reference it on my upcoming trip to Alaska using my laptop, and also bought the itunes version for my wife’s iPad.

    Really fantastic so far, as I’m reading every word and loving it. The science part of it is very understandable, and I like how it is separated out on the page. Patrick’s tips and advice are critical, and it was Patrick’s website six months ago that inspired our planning of this imminent trip.

    I just love the quotes by famous photographers at the beginning of each chapter. These really resonate with me.

    And Patrick’s photographs are so inspiring, as teaching examples, and for their incredible beauty!

    I’ll post more after I finish the book and come home from the adventure of photographing The Northern Lights !
    Rgds,
    Mike Shaw
    http://www.theshawsrus.comReplyCancel

  • Marvin Falk - This is a remarkably well designed book, well suited to viewing on a screen of your choice. You get not just the how, but enough where and why to build an understanding of the phenomena. I appreciate the practical details surrounding actually photographing — lenses, iso, care of both the photographic equipment and the photographer in the cold.

    I hope that this is the first of a series of ebooks on photography in AlaskaReplyCancel

  • Sam Hall - This is an absolutely ‘must read’ book for anyone hoping to photograph the Aurora. I’m off to Northern Norway (Tromso) on March 10 (New moon)and for the first time feel really well prepared. I picked all kinds of tips – and the checklists are brilliant as a last minute form of preparation. Nothing is left to chance in this wonderfully illustrated book. Highly recommended!ReplyCancel

  • Cecily O'Toole - If you dream about chasing the Northern Lights then buy Patrick J. Endres’ book because it will strengthen your resolve and encourage that dream. If you have an actual plan to try to see them then this book is an essential read. As we would expect from Patrick, it is magnificently illustrated with thought provoking quotations, but it is much more than a pretty ebook. This is a substantial and authorative work, with contributions on the science of the aurora borealis from Neal Brown. Yet it is a compelling and enjoyable read and extremely well laid out. You will learn where, when and even what time to photograph the Northern Lights, how to prepare, what to wear, how to actually capture them on camera and much more. This is the book to read on the Northern Lights.ReplyCancel

  • Teddy - I already downloaded it and it’s okay. I will learn from this book for my trip to Yellowknife, Canada this March and I hope I will take great pictures like yours. Thank you.ReplyCancel

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