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.
Bring the right equipment
While smartphones have great cameras, you’ll want something a little more heavy duty for the northern lights.
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.
Make it your own
The best photos encapsulate the spirit of the photographer - that’s part of the beauty of this art form.
Our Northern Lights Photography Guide outlines the equipment you need, the best places to shoot and shares tips for capturing beautiful and dramatic photos.
State & National Parks
Marvel at Minnesota’s tallest waterfall, climb an anorthosite dome and peer into the mysterious Devil’s Kettle — all without the big…
You’ll find hikes to suit every taste, ability and timeframe, all within a landscape beautiful enough to take anyone’s breath away. So…
After the snow melts, experience the raw power of North Shore waterfall season – a fleeting yet unforgettable spring wonder.
You don’t have to travel to the Arctic Circle to see the Northern Lights, also known as the aurora borealis. Thanks to our northern location and…
Water is a critical part of what makes Cook County so unique. Between Lake Superior and the thousands of inland lakes and streams, no visit is…
With an average of 120 inches of snow annually and cross country ski trails, snowmobile trails, acres of alpine skiing and…
Once you hit Lutsen Mountains, you’re here. This unique area is the gateway to Cook County and is truly unlike any other area of the state…
Sports & Recreation
Visitors and athletes from around the world come to Cook County to experience our unsurpassed outdoor recreation opportunities.
Wildlife & Foraging
Life gets pretty wild in Cook County, Minnesota. Home to many wild boreal creatures, Cook County is best known as the place in the Midwest to spot a…
There are so many things to see and do in Cook County, MN you’ll want to make the most of every minute.
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) is where silence and serenity are here for you to discover. You will hear no traffic, ringing phones…