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How to Photograph the Northern Lights

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How to Photograph the Northern Lights (second edition)
Text and photography by Patrick J. Endres
with aurora science notes by Neal Brown

If photographing the northern lights (aurora borealis) is on your bucket list, then this book is a must for you. Wonderfully illustrated, this 280-page eBook is a comprehensive and thorough guide that will equip you with the information necessary to capture your own photos of the northern lights.

Two long-time Alaskans and specialists in their fields have teamed up to create this resource. Professional photographer Patrick J. Endres, one of Alaska's most prominently published nature photographers, has mined the secrets of his two-decade career of aurora photography and outlined them in great detail, providing you with critical information to ensure your aurora photo quest is successful. Scientist and aurora specialist Neal Brown supplies the answers in layman’s language to often-asked questions about the aurora in his science notes sprinkled throughout the book.

The chapters contain a blend of technical and creative information that both the beginner and professional photographer will find invaluable. Topics discussed include where to go, when to go, what time is best, working in the cold, what camera and lens to use, aurora forecasts, composition, how to expose, moon and moonlight, and much more. The text is augmented with more than 150 of Patrick's luminous aurora photos, thoughtful quotes, and many illustrations, graphs, and figures to instruct you in the do's and don'ts of nighttime aurora borealis photography.

Patrick says: “Over the years I've seen countless errors made when photographing the aurora. This book equips both the beginning and professional photographer with all the necessary insider information to skip those costly mistakes—and offers the inspiration for the armchair photographer to get out there and explore the night skies on their own—you can do it.”

What's New in Version 3.6

Version 3.6. Updated out dated links throughout the book, made a few edits, included a new section on using filters to aid in the live-view focus of lenses.


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Customer Reviews


I have been looking forward to this book for a while and it came out just in time for my trip to Alaska next week. I downloaded it immediately when I learned it was available and then read the entire book in one night.

Patrick covers all you need to know from what clothes to wear (he doesn't just say "warm"), what camera gear to bring, what lenses you need, how to figure out exposure (which is very different from what we photographers do for normal night shoots), how to protect your equipment, when to go, and much more. The book is full of gorgeous shots (If I get ONE really good one I'll be happy)

What's great about having this book on my iPad is that I am able to highlight things I need to remember and make notes whenever necessary.

Patrick also has an on-line blog and I have found him to be very generous and prompt in answering any questions you might post.

Great Book!

I just returned from Fairbanks, Alaska, my first trip to photograph the northern lights. I have been following Patrick Endres' blog and emails for several months now and was excited to learn a couple of days before my trip that he had published the How to Photograph the Northern Lights eBook. I immediately purchased the book and read it on my airplane flight to Fairbanks. The chapters, “ Dealing With the Cold,” “Aurora Exposure,” “Choosing Cameras and Photo Gear,” and “In the Field” were great, but I found “Preparing Your Camera Gear” to be invaluable and reviewed it nightly as I prepared my camera for the capturing the lights that night. I was able to get some good pictures as a result of using the book.

Fantastic and ESSENTIAL

Okay. This is a great book that covers everything, including what to wear, which is critical if you want to be comforable in the Arctic! It is so worth it just for the checklist in the back of the book as well. So many little details that you could forget, and ruin a night of photography and waste a very expensive vacation! Little things like removing your filter, and setting metering mode to matrix, and so on. We just got back from Alaska and this book was the key to us getting fabulous shots of the aurora. I'm so glad the book was published just before we left for our trip. Having read and re-read Patrick's website articles for six months prior to the trip, we were able to plan everything, including when to go- the best week, and what size boots! Also shot some star trails per the book. We bought a copy for my wife's ipad, which we read again on the long flight, and we bought a copy for my laptop, which i had handy as well. I'm so happy that Patrick emphasized foreground in the photos, so we made the most of it. I saw others taking pictures up on the hill - just the aurora, and I knew they might have nice photos, but not as interesting. Thay had not bought Patrick's book, obviously. I highly recommend this for the adventurer in night photography, and for anyone chasing auroras!

How to Photograph the Northern Lights
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  • $26.99
  • Available on iPad, iPhone and Mac.
  • Category: Photography
  • Published: Nov 29, 2015
  • Publisher: AlaskaPhotoGraphics
  • Seller: AlaskaPhotoGraphics, Inc.
  • Print Length: 326 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 3.6
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, or an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

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