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Aurora Photography Tutorial by Trichardsen Aurora Photography Tutorial by Trichardsen
I do not claim to be an expert photographer, with only a little over a year under my wings I have more now than ever to learn about photography.

But with over 40000 pictures taken and almost half being of the aurora I do think it gives me a little edge when it comes to taking images of the phenomena, something I am more than happy to share.

Hope you like this.
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A very well done tutorial. Based on the quality of aurora pictures throughout your gallery, it's safe to say that you know what you're doing.

The ability to explain different key aspects to taking good pictures of the aurora, as well as offering some interesting facts about solar flares and how they affect potential photographs are fascinating. The graphs showing the different intensities of solar flares are easily explained when you have examples of well done pictures.

Your approach to showing what gear that you would recommend and going from there to less expensive gear demonstrates that you know what the limitations for getting good photos are and how to fit them into a budget.

This is a very original and understandable tutorial. Though there are a few photographing terms that the average person might have to look up, they are relevant and well explained.
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Peeshan Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Hi. I just found somewhere on the internet something about UV-filter creating "halos" in the center of the picture due to certains waves of light in the auroras; I wandered if you ever experienced something similar?
According to the writer(s) the quality of the UV-filter, and the type (color) of aurora impacted it.
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Professional Photographer
I never use UV filters, anything you put infront of the lens will always degrade the image quality, and the price of a UV filter that has minimal impact on image quality is just not worth it.
I have the shade on infront and try to be careful, have not had any accident yet.

But I have heard of such effects.
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Peeshan Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Okay, thanks for the answer, I'll keep it in mind :)
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Professional Photographer
Anytime. :D
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joergens-mi Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Tanks this is very interesting
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional Photographer
Glad you like it. :)
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MajorasWaker Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Extremely interesting to read, even though I don't have a good camera.
You said that strong Kp's can result in Auroras as far down as Italy, but I don't suppose those happen very often, do they? I would love to witness them myself one day, but as of now I don't have the means to travel that far.
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
Oh no, that far south is extremely rare, it needs to be an exeptionaly strong aurora.
Perhaps later down the road you get the chance to go see the aurora, and I really suggest you take it if it presents itself. :)
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MajorasWaker Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Yes, I looked up the apps you suggested and ended up installing Aurora Buddy. It's got a warning when the Kp reaches a set limit, and it is said in the description that a KP 7 can be seen in Britain (same latitude as the Netherlands) so who knows what might happen!

But if I ever get the change, I will definitely go check them out! Maybe even visit Norway to see them. ;) It's a shame I didn't knew about their appearance in Scandinavia before though, as we went there for a full week during a school trip.
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
Yeah Kp7 is extremely powerful, and quite rare really.

If you do visit Norway, I really really suggest northern Norway, really a wonderful place to see the aurora and such landscape too, many epic scenes have been captured up here. ;)
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antuoya1127 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Thx a lot!
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
Glad you like it, and you are certainly welcome. :)
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massivelyattacked Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love you for doing this tutorial! I just got my Nikon D3100 and I'm stoked to use it! Just waiting for some clear nights to catch some auroral activity now.
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
Very glad you like it, and glad to be of help.
Nikon d3100 is just fine to capture the aurora, if you have a lens and camera combo that allows you to get to 8 seconds or less shutter speed then you will be able to capture the movement in it. :)
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chirho-sky Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!!
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
Glad you like it, my pleasure. :)
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toshema Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I was wonder how you get such a clear Image at such a high iso without getting image noise?
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
I am using a Nikon D800 which is very good at high ISO and very good lens ( 14-24mm f/2.8 ) those combined gives some very nice images even at high iso.
But you do not absolutely need the best, I could clear up images just fine on my D90 shot at 1600 iso, where I use Lightroom for the bulk of noise reduction and if needed some more in Photoshop.
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toshema Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
oh, I've never used nikons before. I'm used to canons.
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
Canon has superb cameras as well, its all about preferences, Im not a brand guy, I would have bought the Mark3 if it has had the same pixel performance, and you can shoot just the same images with canon.
Its gear to a certain degree but most of it is the photographer. :)
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toshema Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
So agreed !!!
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JeffreyDobbs Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks for taking the time to put this out there! Now I just need to get into more northern Canada to find some Aurora!
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
My pleasure, I am glad you like it. :)
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Butterfly-Skies Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great post! :D
But that big x45 flare, wasn't the sensor measuring it cut off at x17, and it was later estimated to be about x45? :o
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you. :)
Yes the initial measurement was clocked in at x12 I beleive it was, but later to x45.
I just tried to keep the tutorial more point based and easier, as it is really only the key elements you need to know prior to taking pictures of the aurora. :)
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danbaldwinphotograph Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Photographer
Brilliant tutorial, learned a lot of things i never knew or would never have found out!
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much. :)
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Toghar Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
thats awesome thank you so much
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
Glad you like it, thank you. :)
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Gregos Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thx for the tutorial.

I discovered the joy of hunting the aurora while a trip to Iceland in december & the emotion it gives...

Didnt make so good shots, though. (Not as good as I hoped)

Interesting thing : I "discovered" a way to find auroras when you don't see them clearly and when you don't really know where to look for it.

While being in Iceland, I used to take random long exposure shots of the sky, and sometimes, a light green color appeared on the corner of a shot. Then I drove to that direction, took a couple other shots, it became stronger.

After a while, I came to a spot where I can see the aurora perfectly, without the camera.

The camera is a useful tool with a more accurate vision than our human eye, so it made the hunt way simpler. :)
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
My pleasure. :)

Yeah I use that trick too, sometimes just go outside just do a couple of shots to see if there is any aurora lurking behind the clouds other times to know where it is coming from when I know it is going towards a clear sky, so I can set up my camera ahead of time. :)
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acoresjo88 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice tutorial :+fav:
One year photography experience? Youīre very good in learning, thatīs for sure ;)
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you. :)
But you also got to throw in some drawing experience, much I have learned from drawing I used when shooting pictures. :D
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mIkeschwaRz Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Excellent tutorial...
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you. :)
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mIkeschwaRz Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
np
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TheFoolInTheRain Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great tutorial, very informative,thank you for sharing.
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Photographer
My pleasure, and thank you. :)
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Geosammy Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not a photographer, don't own a camera and have never seen an aurora borealis, except in National Geographic and in photos here on :devart:.
I just had to favor your tutorial nonetheless.

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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much. :)
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Geosammy Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem great tut! :iconrightthumbsupplz::icongrin--plz::iconlefthumbsupplz:
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Photographer
:D
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Geosammy Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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Jsvn Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
I'm in Shetland, we get it occasionally, though usually just too much cloud. Thanks so much for this thoughtful and detailed tutorial, it's very generous of you!
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you, glad you like this. :boogie:
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kuikuilija Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
This tutorial is something I've searched, an aswer to my prayers! I live in Lappland of Finland and I often see gorgeous aurora borealis when walking home at night (or sometimes even at morning) but I haven't managed to get proper pictures. Yet that is, thanks to this tutorial, I think I'm going to make it the next time : ) Thank you, I found this really useful.
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Photographer
My pleasure, hope you will get a lot of good pictures of the aurora dancing across the sky. :)
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Shadowelve Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow nice tutorial, this is really helpful! I don't think I will ever have the chance to try it out, but you'll never know :D
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Photographer
Many thanks.
Thats the thing, you never know what the future might bring. :D
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