Photography Tips in Cook County

Capture the Dark Sky Northern Lights Photography Guide

Capturing the northern lights on film is no easy task. Every year, explorers, adventurers, and artists from around the world travel to Cook County, Minnesota to experience the northern lights. Photographers, in particular, come to experience some of the darkest skies in the country.

Over the years, many photographers have visited Cook County. They all have their own secrets on how to best capture the northern lights, but some things remain constant across the board. Here are some of the top tips we’ve gathered from the pros.

Your success depends on your ability to seize the moment, but there are a few things you can do to prepare.

  1. Bring the right equipment - While smartphones have great cameras, you’ll want something a little more heavy-duty for the northern lights.

  2. Practice makes perfect - Get out early and get everything set up correctly. This gives you the chance to explore the area and compose the perfect shot.

  3. Make it your own - The best photos encapsulate the spirit of the photographer - that’s part of the beauty of this art form.


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