by Olga
aurora borealis northern lights iceland

If you are planning a trip close to arctic cirlce you might probably wanna switness yourself the activity of northern lights! So if chasing the Aurora is in your plans, here are some tips to help you chase it to the full! Personally we believe that the experience of seeing it with your own eyes is uncomparable to any photos and you need to leave your senses feel these extraordinary vibes, yet we understand the fact that a photo of northern lights has a great emotional impact for you as well!

Tips on chasing the aurora with a DSLR camera

ISO, shutter speed, and aperture These are the three things you will need to get familiar with

1. Tripod
3. Timer
4. Manual mode
5. Find something to focus to (moon, mountain, house etc)
6. Try focusing with back button focus
7. Try shooting elements with reflection
8. Settings
9. Shoot in Raw
10. Auto white balance
11. Always check the histogram
  • The aperture is what is called “f” in your camera settings. The smaller the f/number, the larger the aperture.
  • Changing the ISO is changing your camera’s sensitivity to light, the higher you go the more sensitive your sensor will be.
  • ISO, aperture, and shutter speed are really the three pillars of photography.

Last but not least, remember that camera settings depending on the aurora activity, low, medium or high intensity!

Best spots for chasing the northern lights in Reykjavik
  1. Perlan museum (if aurora ctivity is high)
  2. Grotta island lighthouse
  3. Any other place dark

You can chase aurora by yourself or with an organized tour.

aurora borealis northern lights iceland

aurora borealis northern lights iceland


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