Teaching tourists to photograph the Northern Lights

Photo: Iurie Belegurschi

Iceland Photo Tours is an Icelandic travel agency organising tours for visitors who wish to travel around the country and photograph its unique Arctic landscapes and climate conditions.

They have recently been busy guiding groups of tourists from Australia, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States around some of Iceland’s most beautiful spots and teaching them how to photograph the Northern Lights.

According to founder of Iceland Photo Tours, Iurie Belegurschi, the groups were accompanied by award-winning photographers and everybody managed to take good pictures.

Iurie Belegurschi.

Iurie Belegurschi.

Belegurschi reveals a few of the tips of the trade for taking the perfect Northern Lights photo.

“You should photograph them with some kind of foreground, rather than just pointing the camera at the sky,” he recommends. “The most impressive images of the Northern Lights are those with some kind of subject – such as waterfalls, glacier lagoons, lakes, abandoned houses or Icelandic churches.”

Photo: Iurie Belegurschi

“You also need a good tripod and a camera with a fast, wide lens. The aperture needs to be fully open, with a shutter speed of 5-20 seconds, depending on the strength of the lights. The most import thing is to focus manually.”

“Our guides ensure that our clients learn all the techniques and tricks to take unbelievable pictures,” Belegurschi says.

Photo: Iurie Belegurschi

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