A topic my customers regularly discussed was the issue of catching colours and the huge differences between what they witnessed and what their camera recorded. The main difference was the increased colours captured by a long exposure compared to the 1 or 2 colours actually seen.

Iceland Aurora

You will see lots of pictures of the Northern Lights, but it is the ones with colour which can’t fail to impress. The colour tends to dominate that green line which normally dominates aurora photographs, or should I say green line aurora photographs dominate? This article is all about increasing your chances of a colourful result, but before we get there, let’s have some guesses from you.

What do you think are going to be the 3 main things to do to get colourful auroras?

So what about the colour?

This is about the colour!

Oh no it isn’t!!

Oh yes it is!!


Did you ever see the movie “Crossroads” about a blues guitarist who meets the devil at the crossroads to sell his soul, or not. 1980 something. A famous line from the movie, “you’ve got to live the blues if you want to play the blues”. Well this is my blues, I need to invent another way of getting to this lagoon, like our Winter workshops (the only chance I am going to have this Winter 🙁 – ). Guys, if you want shots like these, you’ve got to suffer, maybe your credit card will become heavier or your wallet becomes lighter, hopefully that is all the suffering you need to do. Hopefully, I am going through this so you don’t have to.

So what did you think were the 3 things I was going to say? Would you like some technical help?

3 top tips for colourful aurora photographs

  1. Really dark night
  2. Experiment with iso and shutter speed
  3. Processing techniques

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