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.

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.

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.

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

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

Winter photo workshops with Tony Prower

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

    This 2 day Iceland Photo Tour includes Jökulsarlon and the South coast – with chance for Auroras on the glacier lagoon and sunrise on the ice beach.

    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.

    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.

    Four day Geysirs & Glaciers

    This four day Photo Tour of the Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir, South coast, Jökulsárlón and Höfn offer a huge range of photo opportunities.

    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

    Northern Lights Photos

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

    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.

    Southern Aurora

    This Aurora photo was taken on one of the evenings on a 3 day Jokulsarlon photo trip when the skies cleared revealing thousands of stars.