Northern Lights in the North: advice from a photographer for successful shots

Northern Lights in the North: advice from a photographer for successful shots
Northern Lights in the North: advice from a photographer for successful shots

This is the first time I’ve managed to take a photo of it! » This Saturday morning, Jérémy Noblecourt, passionate about photography and nature based in Cambrai, and local correspondent for The voice of the North, does not hide his joy at having managed to capture in his camera the northern lights which illuminated the region the previous night. A not so obvious exercise: in the past, he says, “ I had already gone out with a photographer friend to try to photograph some, except that we had been fooled: the tomato greenhouse near which we had settled had kept its lighting on and the sky was illuminated “.

Tip #1: Avoid the light. It is indeed one of the most important parameters to take into account for successful photos of the Northern Lights, judges the young photographer when asked for advice. He also believes that he benefited, on this point, from the luck factor: when he went out into his garden, Cantimpré district in Cambrai, around 1 a.m. this Saturday, May 11as there is no direct light from street lights “, the phenomenon was visible “ with the naked eye “, “ in the form of lines “.

If you live in the city, you can move away from the urban fabric and its light pollution. Once the first photos were taken in his garden, Jérémy went to Proville to complete his series of photos.

Tip #2: Take your time.When you go out, you really need to take your time so that your eyes get used to the darkness. At the time, we can be dazzled », warns Jérémy. Patience is also required while the times cannot be known precisely in advance, recalls the Cambrésian who will scan the sky again during the night from Saturday to Sunday, while the “extreme” solar storm must continue throughout this weekend : “ Yesterday [vendredi] evening, it was mainly between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m., but the times will not necessarily be the same this [samedi] evening. »

It’s really the sensor of the camera or phone that allows you to see all the colors

Jérémy Noblecourtamateur photographer

Tip #3: Favor long exposures.It’s really the sensor of the camera or phone that allows you to see all the colors », specifies Jérémy Noblecourt. When taking the shot, he advises favoring long exposure: “ The phone or camera must also be very stable. »

Tip #4: Find a foreground. Tree, building, section of roof… to build a beautiful image, Jérémy recommends including an element in the foreground.

Tip #5: Enjoy the show!

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