Photographing an Aurora
- With your camera mounted on a sturdy tripod, use a wide-angle lens, such as a 24mm or 28mm (50mm will suffice if that is all you have). A zoom lens should be used at its widest setting.
- A digital cameras should be set, if possible, to ISO 800; otherwise, ISO 400.
- Set the f-stop at the lowest setting possible (f/3.5 or lower).
- Focus at the infinity mark on the lens.
- Add something to the foreground of the shot for depth: a tree, house, person, your telescope, etc.
- Using a hand-held cable release to trip the shutter, take exposures of 20 to 30 seconds each.
- Submit your best shot to the SkyNews Photo of the Week contest!
Aurora photo by Todd Carlson