This was written by Chad Blakley, a professional photographer whom we work with offering Northern Lights photographic evenings in Abisko in Sweden.
Here are a few tips to help hopeful photographers prepare their camera for the lights before they have an opportunity to join one of our tours:
Your camera will need to be set to full manual program mode including manual focus.
Start with an ISO and exposure time of 1600 and 15 seconds. Exposure time will vary but this is a good place to start.
Use a wide angle lens with a fast maximum aperture. F 3.5 or faster is preferred.
Use a headlamp with a red bulb to preserve your night vision.
Bring extra batteries! The cold Arctic temperatures present in Abisko will cause your batteries to drain much quicker than normal.
Before bringing your camera into a warm room after your night in the park be sure to put it in a plastic bag. Let the camera slowly warm itself to room temperature to avoid condensation on your lens.