15 Stunning Photographs of Auroras To Inspire You To Play With Light


From north to south you can find Aurora, in the north they are called aurora borealis and in the south aurora australis. We are being bathed constantly by radiation from the Sun, but we can't always see it clearly.

Here is a collection of photographs from people that have travelled far away from the city lights in order to capture the beauty of auroras in the sky!

Of course, not all of us are lucky enough to photograph these illuminations in the heavens, but photographing any subject in low light is an amazing challenge.

If you'd like to gain a better understanding of light and learn how to best utilize light to create great shots consistently, check out Kent DuFault's guide to understanding light.

Photo by Lucas Marcomini
Photo by Lightscape
Photo by Thomas Lipke
Photo by McKayla Crump
Photo by Luke Stackpoole
Photo by Nicolas J Leclercq
Photo by Jonatan Pie
Photo by Jonatan Pie
Photo by Kristopher Roller
Photo by Jonatan Pie
Photo by Lightscape
Photo by Niilo Isotalo
Photo by Emily Hon
Photo by Jonatan Pie
Photo by Kristjan Sverrisson

Why Light Matters

Understanding light gives you the power to control the mood and feeling in your shots. Ever wondered why people just love photographs of sunsets, the warm glow of a fire or the dreamy hues of sunrise? It is all in the psychological effects of light…yep the glow of warm light causes feelings of peace and tranquillity.

This is just one of the learnings you'll get from Understanding Light: Book One

In this guide, you'll also discover:

  • The exercises that will teach you how to light shapes for dynamite images!
  • Study Reflectance and Refraction
  • How light bounces. Study “HOW” the surface you’re bouncing it from can vastly affect your photograph!
  • Five tips on lighting will help you get a perfect shot every time!
  • The relationship between “Camera point-of-view” and the Light Source.
  • How to judge Light by simply looking at it. 
  • And so much more!


About Author

Federico has a decade of experience in documentary photography, and is a University Professor in photography and research methodology. He's a scientist studying the social uses of photography in contemporary culture who writes about photography and develops documentary projects. Other activities Federico is involved in photography are curation, critique, education, mentoring, outreach and reviews. Get to know him better here.

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