Light Show

I decided to share this shot from our Feb 2014 workshop at Jokulsarlon. Auroras at this beautiful Iceland location can be incredible. Jokulsarlon is the best place in the world to photograph Northern Lights. We run several popular photo trips to Jokulsarlon. Northern lights are quite common if you are on a long photo tour. During the Winter months, our tours have quite a high success rate.

Long Exposure

Magic cloth long exposure. Use the Magic Cloth Technique.

For recording the foreground or reflections in a night scene the Magic Cloth Technique functions wonderfully. For successful Magic Cloth Method the # 1 requirement is having a long exposure, so you can control the exposure to different parts of the scene with a dark cloth or card. Although I have found a large mitten works just fine. The only real necessity is a straight edge to the material or card.
I begin with a bunch of 30 second exposures at iso 1600 and f/2.8, I ‘ll introduce the Magic Cloth at numerous times, such as 20 or 10 seconds until I’ve found the exposure that works best for the sky. At night you cannot trust your picture preview for the correct exposure or you will have badly under exposed northern lights photos. It’s good to check that the exposure is creeping within the half-way line on the histogram and not too bunched up on the left. If it is a night picture, the histogram is going to be left biased. Once you have the correct histogram, you may use the preview screen to judge the exposure.

Aurora photos should be shot without filters.

Longer exposure

The technique requires a bit of extra exposure time as the allowance of extra exposure at the top of the scene will necessitate that the low element of the scene will soon be coated for longer when compared to a simple promenade technique.
The aim of the Magic Cloth Method is really to balance the shutter speed on the sky versus the floor, and this works best should you plan to add some foreground that is interesting in the scene.

„The most important thing for us is to always be learning, push the boundaries, and to find something new and different with each shoot.” ― Daniel and Lindsay Stark

Facts about Aurora Borealis

Atomic Nitrogen in the atmosphere within 60 miles above the Earth’s surface collides with electrons & makes the aurora appear blue.

Multi-day tours

These are multi-day photo tours that include Jökulsarlon glacier lagoon. If conditions are good these tours can include Northern lights photography.

Seven day Full Circle

Iceland has a rich variety of landscapes and seascapes and this tour is designed to enhance that variety & capture Iceland’s full diversity in a week long tour around the country.
Prices from $8,847 USD

Winter photo workshops with Tony Prower

5 full photography days
  • South Coast & Vatnjökull region
  • Ice and Aurora photography
  • Regular dates from Oct – March
  • SiXPaXMaX
  • Prices from: $1850 USD
  • Single room supplement: $240 USD
  • Custom Photo Tour

    If you want something that is not listed or you want see Iceland at your own pace on a bespoke tour, our Custom Photo Tours go to all parts of Iceland.

    FlyTour – Jökulsarlon

    Spend a day or 2 in the Vatnjökull area of Iceland. This Iceland photo tour puts you right in the heart of Iceland’s stunning Glacier landscapes with one of our photo guides. These totally flexible photo tours can be booked on the fly and we can sometimes run with flexible dates to avoid a bad weather trip.

    Five day Beautiful South

    This photo tour combines the Golden Circle, Snæfellsnes Peninsular , South coast & Jökulsarlon photo tours to give a complete South Iceland experience.

    South Iceland Photo Tours

    Our guided, multi-day photo tours of South Iceland will give you incredible photo opportunities. The South coast is rich with, glacier ice, towering waterfalls and black sand beaches.
    Book online from $2,291 USD

    Three day Jökulsarlon, Vestrahorn & South Coast

    Feel the powerful silence of Jökulsarlon glacier lagoon and explore the South Coast & Vesturhorn – one of our best Iceland Photo Tour for Auroras.

    6 day Diamonds & Dragons

    This multi-day tour will take you around the best of South & West Iceland in six days. Touring from North West to South East with many top photo locations.
    Prices from $7,536USD

    Northern Lights Photos

    Here are some more photos of the Aurora Borealis to help keep you inspired by Iceland.

    Make a wish

    One of the keys to success when you are photographing the Northern Lights is the surrounding landscape or ‘Earthly’ features such as lighthouses or abandoned farm buildings. There is a little bit of luck involved, because the Northern lights have to be active in the right part of the sky.

    Electric Night Orchestra

    I had just bought my Canon 5D mark III, so this was a chance to put the full frame camera to the test.