WHAT A Shot!

Hong Kong-based travel pho­tog­ra­pher cal­laghan Walsh knows how to take an award-win­ning pho­to­graph. Here are his top tips for cap­tur­ing the North­ern Lights with your cam­era

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Get Close To see the North­ern Lights at their best, you need to be as close as pos­si­ble to the North Pole—in win­ter. Which means bare hands are a no-no. I’d sug­gest two pairs of gloves, thin ones for the ac­tual shoot­ing and thick mit­tens for all the wait­ing around. And get a head torch for chang­ing lenses.

steady does It Pack a tri­pod. When you shoot a nat­u­ral phe­nom­e­non like this, even the small­est move­ment will blur the shot.

open wide Take a shut­ter-re­lease ca­ble or wire­less trig­ger so you can keep the shut­ter open as long as you need.

put It In per­spec­tive When shoot­ing the North­ern Lights, the usual rules of good photography ap­ply: spend some time con­sid­er­ing com­po­si­tion. Al­ways get a slither of land­scape into the im­age to keep it in per­spec­tive, as the con­trast between the land and sky will make it seem even more oth­er­worldly. I’d sug­gest one-third land, two-thirds sky.

take It all In Don’t for­get to put your cam­era down for a while so you can en­joy the in­cred­i­ble show na­ture is putting on with­out a cam­era lens in the way.

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