Northern Lights Pictures in Iceland

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Posted by Iceland Aurora Photo Tours on 2011-03-27 08:46:43

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The Magic Cloth Technique

The Magic Cloth Technique is a fantastic technique to capture a high dynamic range scene.

Maybe you like to balance the highlights in the sky with the shadows on the ground like a average sunset scene, the The Magic Cloth Technique is a great accessory for your camera kit.

Magic Cloth Tricks

Shutter bulb:

Exposures can be longer than the 30 seconds your camera will allow. Having a Shutter bulb (sometimes called “infra red Shutter release) will allow you to open the shutter: as long as your power allows.

Magic cloth:

Choose a large cloth like a large sock, or black card of similar size. Has to be able to cover the glass completely. Better to be Black. A dark colour is best. Use a straight edge of any shaped cloth.

Magic Cloth Method:


Begin with a filter or darkness for a to acheive a long exposure, then over expose the photo by two to three stops.

Shutter speed

There is an advantage to a long Shutter speed. 2-5 seconds requires a quick, but controlled movement to darken the sky within a split second. 5-10 seconds gives you a controlled exposure of the middleground.

Magic Cloth Movement

Normally, I use very fast downward motion and slow, careful upward motions.

Alternative ways

Vary the Movement to allow several short exposures of the clouds, rather than one initial exposure (30 sec or more exposures only).

Use your spot meter for the sky and then x 4 to get the total exposure time.

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