Category Archives: Instruction

Why the Long Reflection?

  I was recently giving a webinar through the North American Nature Photography Association on how to chase and photograph the aurora borealis. During the Q&A, someone asked why one image had stars that were casting a long reflection, rather than a pinpoint of light. I could not quite visualize the issue, and, to be…

Star trails, old and new ways

Photographing the night sky has long been a part of the landscape photographer’s experience. One of the creative ways to express the night sky is to create an image of star trails, a result of the Earth rotating against the constant position of the stars. This blog post explores the traditional ways to create star trail images, as well as some new tools.

New Age of Aurora Viewing

Fifteen years ago, aurora chasing was a lonely exploit, fueled by passion, skill and luck. Today, the influx of digital photography and proliferation of social media and apps have changed the nature of the game, making it much more communal and interactive. This piece explores how different of a world aurora chasing is today.

Anatomy of an Aurora Hunt

There is a lot of planning and effort that goes into a night of aurora chasing. This blog post explores a bit of what it takes to engage in this nocturnal adventure.

How to Chase and Shoot the Aurora like a Pro

In the “old days,” an aurora photographer would have to wait and watch for a good night, not knowing moment-to-moment when the aurora borealis would make a show. Film cameras added challenges, as you would not know that your shots turned out until the film came back from the lab days later. Nowadays, there are a variety of tools available to help predict, chase and shoot the aurora. This blog covers highlights of everything you need to know about chasing and shooting the aurora in the modern age.

Top Ten Mistakes

Photographers tend to celebrate their successes, sharing their best images and best stories with the public. But at some point in their careers, they make mistakes. I thought it might be useful to share some of my own and a bit of what I have learned.

Getting Ready for the Road

Photographers often share techniques and locations, or sometimes they don’t, as part of demystifying certain aspects of photography as an art or a business. But quite often, that is teaching the theory without teaching the practical. I thought it would be useful to share some of the things that I do just to get ready for a trip.

Learning to See Light

Digital photography today seems focused on speed, size, technical gimmickry, and everything but the science behind capturing an image. The explosion of the digital industry, along with the proliferation of social media, has driven this tendency to leave behind the fundamentals of photography in favor of just capturing images. With this blog post, I explore the most fundamental thing anyone needs to know in order to create good images – how to see light.

An Aurora Named Steve

There has been a lot of talk in recent days about an aurora-related phenomenon called “Steve.” I have photographed Steve several times over the years. I just didn’t know his name.

Pondering the Question, “Is that Photoshopped?”

Quite frequently, we see articles or statements on social media that suggest that the use of Photoshop is cheating. These statements reflect a deep misunderstanding and ignorance of the creative process in photography. The origins of how and why we use Photoshop can be traced back to Ansel Adams.