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Capturing the Aurora Borealis: A Guide to Stunning Long Exposure Photography with ControlMyNikon

If you’ve recently turned your gaze towards the night sky, you may have been treated to the dazzling spectacle of the Aurora Borealis. These natural light displays, with their swirling colors of green, pink, and violet, create quite the visual feast for photographers and sky-watchers alike. Thanks to advancements in digital photography, particularly with the low-light capabilities of modern sensors, these celestial shows can be captured with incredible clarity and vibrancy.

Why Long Exposure Photography Makes a Difference

Long exposure photography is a technique that involves setting your camera to a slow shutter speed, allowing more light to hit the sensor over a longer period. This method is perfect for low-light conditions where enhancing the visibility of faint lights is crucial. When photographing the Aurora Borealis, long exposures not only capture more color but also reveal details that the naked eye may miss.

Harnessing the Power of ControlMyNikon

With ControlMyNikon, the challenge of capturing a perfect shot of the Northern Lights is greatly simplified. Here’s how you can use this powerful tool to enhance your night sky photography:

  • Stable Setup: Begin by mounting your Nikon camera on a sturdy tripod. This is essential to eliminate any camera shake during the long exposure.
  • Focus with Precision: Utilizing ControlMyNikon’s Live View on your computer screen, you can achieve precise focus, an often tricky aspect when shooting in low light.
  • Optimal Settings: ControlMyNikon allows you to experiment with settings without touching the camera. For the Aurora, start with a wide aperture (e.g., f/2.8), a shutter speed of around 5 to 30 seconds, and a higher ISO setting while monitoring noise levels.
  • Review, and shoot again: The software’s built-in image browser allows you to review your captured image and check the exposure levels, saving you valuable post-processing time.

Seeing is Believing

The difference between what we can see and what the camera can capture is significantly bridged by the capabilities of today’s image sensors. This means that colors and details often not visible to the naked eye are brought to life in photographs. The result is a more vivid, saturated, and stunning image of the Aurora Borealis that truly does justice to this natural marvel.


Photography enthusiasts eager to capture the beauty of the Northern Lights will find ControlMyNikon an invaluable ally. Whether you are a seasoned photographer or a beginner eager to explore the potentials of night sky photography, the combination of your Nikon camera and ControlMyNikon’s robust features makes this challenging photography genre much more accessible and enjoyable.

We hope you take advantage of the next clear night to capture your own breathtaking views of the Aurora Borealis. With the right tools and techniques, you’re more than ready to take on the night sky and come away with something truly magical.

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