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Amazing Experience!

Have you ever been so completely at one with the great outdoors behind a camera on a shot?

„Wedding photography is one of the hardest damn jobs in photography. Period. End of story.” ― Zack Arias

The Magic Cloth Photography Technique

The Magic Cloth Photography Technique is a a clever way to photograph a high dynamic range scene.

When you have to give more exposure to the shadows like a typical aurora display, the The Magic Cloth Photography Technique is a great tool to carry.

Hints for Magic Cloth photography


Dark Filter: (only if you are shooting during the day)

I recommend round filters for wet weather conditions.

sturdy Tripod:

I like to get down to the ground for better details in the foreground so quickly adjusting legs are certainly good options to look out for on your tripod. Arrange your tripod so it is strong. Moving the Magic Cloth can introduce vibrations. But, this is essential for high end long exposure photography.

Try to avoid extending the center column unless it is absolutely essential. The center column is the weakest link of the set up.

If your tripod has a hook underneath, hang things from it to provide extra stability. Often professionals carry an empty “rock bag” that they can fill with stones to give a heavy weight which will support the tripod still – even in strong winds.

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Long Exposure Photography Tips

Remote release:

Shutter speeds can sometimes be longer than the 30 seconds the camera will let you do. Having a Remote release (sometimes called “Remote) will allow you to expose: as long as your battery pack allows.

Magic cloth:

Pick a big cloth like a mouse-mat, or the same size black card. It must be large enough to totally cover the optics. Better to be Black. A dark colour is better. The cloth can be any shape, but you need to be able to create a straight edge.

The Magic Cloth Technique:


Start with a filter or darkness for a for a slower shutter speed, then over expose the photo by 2 – 3 stops.

Exposure time

It is preferable to work with a long Exposure time. 2-5 seconds requires a quick, but controlled action to cover the sky within a reflex time. 5-10 seconds gives you a extra exposure of the middleground.

Magic Cloth Movement

I usually bring the cloth down as fast as possible and bring it up slowly.


Change the Movement to allow several short exposures of the sky, rather than one initial exposure (30 sec and over exposures only).

Spot meter for the sky and {multiply that shutter speed by 3 or 4|then times four to get the total exposure time.

Check out some Auroras on our Photo Tours.

Thanks for popping by

“Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.”
— Diane Arbus

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