Before you go
1. You will need a sturdy tripod. A remote is also helpful, but you can set your camera on a timer if you don’t have a remote.
2. Practice with a long-exposure setting before going to the Arctic! When you arrive to snap the northern lights, try starting at an 8 second (3200 ISO) and adjust accordingly once you evaluate the shots. The best type of lens to have is something wide-angle up around 24mm.
3. Dress warm! The weather will feel no pity on you while you witness what will be one of the most phenomenal experiences of your life!
On the trip
4. The lights often appear as a white streak to the naked eye. Once you’re trained to notice what they are, you will recognize their presence easier.
5. Turn off your flash! You will not catch the northern lights with it and you will likely irritate those around you.
6. If you want to photograph yourself in the pictures, you will likely need a light source to light your body up for the photo. If you are hunting with a guide,they will do this for you, most likely!