Nothing illustrates how magnificent an auroral display is like a time-lapse. I was very lucky to be blessed with some of the best displays I have seen in many years on 7 of the 8 nights I was in Churchill in early February while guiding aurora expeditions for Natural Habitat Adventures. Not having produced a good aurora time-lapse in a long time, I was very excited to give it a try this season. I bought an intervalometer, which is a device that is plugged into a camera that automatically takes images at set intervals. I would set up the camera, turn on the intervalometer, and leave it alone for an hour or so. Here is what I got…..
Once I was home it was time for the real work to begin. Long story short, I used lightroom to enhance all the stills, then
created slideshows with 24 frames per second (you must download a plugin and install it into lightroom first for these settings). I followed instructions on this helpful blog for the technical info. I made several different slideshows which were exported from lightroom as video files, then imported them into iMovie where I could fine tune the video, add some copyright-free music, and add the titles. Many cameras will create their own time-lapses, but the quality won’t be as good because you are very limited in how to enhance the images as I did in lightroom, but it saves a lot of work. There is a ton of information I provided on this post recently on how and where to go to photograph aurora displays. Please comment below and let me know what you think!
Keep exploring, Brad