By Paul Zizka
What are the best tricks for editing my photos of the northern lights?
It’s a frequently asked question that I get, so I thought I’d share a few tips! I find it’s so easy to make a mess out of aurora shots. Looking back at old images, I often went overboard with the sliders. I now prefer an approach to editing that is not as heavy-handed.
“One of the most rewarding parts of what I do now as a professional photographer is playing a part, ever so small, in helping people connect with their creative side and immerse in the wilderness, and encourage them to tell their own stories and share their own view of the world.”
I have long been convinced that putting up with momentary discomfort – even misery – can often lead to more compelling images.
Many times, finding a better composition can be achieved by taking the shoes off and shocking the feet for a second, or bushwhacking for a couple of minutes, or walking uphill for 50 metres. The vast majority of photographers can physically accomplish those things, but they shy away from getting out of their comfort zone for a moment. And I believe that going that extra mile is what makes the difference between a good image and a powerful one, and by extension, between a good photographer and a much better one.
Discomfort is very underrated in photography. I bet it’s one of the main limiting factors for a lot of people, whether they’re aware of it or not.
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I have no doubt that a lot of us will fly this year, and most of the time it’ll be on a plane, going from A to B, rather than on a pricey heli-tour. While a bird’s-eye view provides interesting photographic opportunities, if you have ever tried to take photos from a plane you’ll know that an in-flight photo session can be quite challenging.
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