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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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