How to Photograph the Northern Lights by Patrick J. Endres

How to Photograph the Northern Lights

By Patrick J. Endres

  • Release Date: 2015-11-29
  • Genre: Photography
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How to Photograph the Northern Lights (second edition)
Text and photography by Patrick J. Endres
with aurora science notes by Neal Brown

If photographing the northern lights (aurora borealis) is on your bucket list, then this book is a must for you. Wonderfully illustrated, this 280-page eBook is a comprehensive and thorough guide that will equip you with the information necessary to capture your own photos of the northern lights.

Two long-time Alaskans and specialists in their fields have teamed up to create this resource. Professional photographer Patrick J. Endres, one of Alaska's most prominently published nature photographers, has mined the secrets of his two-decade career of aurora photography and outlined them in great detail, providing you with critical information to ensure your aurora photo quest is successful. Scientist and aurora specialist Neal Brown supplies the answers in layman’s language to often-asked questions about the aurora in his science notes sprinkled throughout the book.

The chapters contain a blend of technical and creative information that both the beginner and professional photographer will find invaluable. Topics discussed include where to go, when to go, what time is best, working in the cold, what camera and lens to use, aurora forecasts, composition, how to expose, moon and moonlight, and much more. The text is augmented with more than 150 of Patrick's luminous aurora photos, thoughtful quotes, and many illustrations, graphs, and figures to instruct you in the do's and don'ts of nighttime aurora borealis photography.

Patrick says: “Over the years I've seen countless errors made when photographing the aurora. This book equips both the beginning and professional photographer with all the necessary insider information to skip those costly mistakes—and offers the inspiration for the armchair photographer to get out there and explore the night skies on their own—you can do it.”


  • Great Book!

    By JacamarW
    I owned the 2nd edition of this book and now got updated to the 3rd edition, just love this ebook; it’s so beautiful to read and serves as a great reference for beginner photographers like me. Patrick is a very good teacher and answers all the questions about shooting northern lights in this book. This new version includes even more amazing images of this magical phenomena which helped a lot in perfecting my nothern light captures during recent Yukon trip.
  • Tons of great tips and pointers

    By Stefan 4
    I have just returned from a 1 week trip to Iceland where I was fortunate enough to have 2 nights where the lights were active and the skies were clear. Having purchased and read this book before hand was invaluable to understanding all the elements to making successful photos. It gave me the confidence and ability to capture some spectacular shots and life time memories. At first I was hesitant to purchase it given the price but I can truely attest is worth every penny. It is very well written and does a fantastic job of preparing one for the event! Well done. For anyone on fence on whether to get this book, if you are about to try Northern lights photography or have not had much success with it in the past, I highly recommend Patrick's book.
  • Finding Infinity

    By SurForm
    This book is for any die hard photographer or amateur alike. I have spent the last year studying how to use my 5D Mark II to shoot the aurora. I became very frustrated with the process. I shot on bulb setting, manual, and everything else I could try. I was never satisfied with the clarity or the results. In the last week of Feb I purchased Patrick Endres book. And read it while I was in Churchill Manitoba attending a "Winter Skies workshop put on by the CNSC there. I used the AP setting that Patrick recommended and I was blown away. My pictures were clear, bright and popping off my LCD screen. I was HAPPY! Patrick's book is very informative on all aspects from shooting the aurora, what to wear, what instruments are best to use and beyond and above his love of being a light chaser shines through every page. His practical method makes the read an easy one. The book is 200 pages and it is the best $20.00 dollars I have ever spent for photography "how to." As a more seasoned photographer when I first read Patrick's suggestion of using AP for good results I thought what?? He's got to be kidding. When I used the settings he recommended for the shots that were under 30 seconds-- I got northern lights gold! The week I was in Churchill was a lucky one. Each night there was a spectacular show of lights. I can only thank Patrick and his ebook for preparing me to take advantage of this event. I could shoot and shoot and get the shots I have always dreamed about. Thanks you Patrick you rock! Terra Martin Hypnotherapist