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Tips For Capturing The Northern Lights

Discussion in 'Photos and Video' started by auen1, Oct 4, 2016.

  1. auen1

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    Where I live in Alaska, the northern light are out all the time.
    I want to practice, getting good shots and videos of them.

    I like flying at night anyway, because regular air traffic is almost non-existent.
    The ATC here doesn't seem to have a problem with my night flights either.
    I always call them before I fly.

    So far, I am having limited success.
    I got a couple of photos last night, but not great shots.
    The videos were a failure, just black sky.

    I need some tips to get the best videos and photos.

    Thanks!

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    The N. lights were not very bright last night, but at least out to practice on.

    I took these photos with the camera setting at 100 or 200 ISO w/ shutter at 8/sec.
    I think 8 second exposure is to long, the phantom just is not stable enough.
    N lights 029.JPG N lights 030.JPG
     
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    I would try to record it away from a brightly lit built up area, light pollution and all that ruins it, go a couple of miles away from any lit area, a drones camera probably isnt the best solution as you cant look up very well. :)
     
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    Ya, I need to find the best place to fly to avoid light pollution.
    Over the ocean might be my closest bet.
    The best aurora usually happens about 3-4am around here.
     
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    Up on some hills in the blackness of a moonless night would be best i think, maybe even have your town in the distance so you can see the lights from it and the aurora above it and more darkness around the scene, ive never seen them myself as yet.
     
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    I found a few links, to help taking stills of the aurora.
    How to Photograph the Aurora

    The Canadian Nature Photographer - Photographing the Aurora Borealis with your digital Camera
    Aurora Links
    Other Aurora Photography sites
    I have yet not found any good tips for taking videos.
    I guess it's hard.
    My gf's Sony RX100 got them, tho.
    Set on auto.

     
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    Try taking a photo every second or so and have the GoPro Studio (free) or similar compile them into a movie, you need to record from somewhere dark to get rid of that light pollution, it might not look so pixellated then, still ... its nice to see it. :)