Bringing Music to Your Photo Studio

I love my photography, I love my studio and I love my music. I spend hours in my photo studio either shooting subjects, planning projects or post-processing images on my computer and it remains my “happy place”. As I’m in there so much I love listening to music while I’m working. I enjoy a lot of different musical styles but am somewhat particular to good Jazz, Classical and Opera.

So, about a month ago I decided to upgrade or rethink the sound system in my studio. I originally set out looking at complete systems, amplifiers, CD players, something that could take new media formats like SD cards and so forth. Typically these come with large floor or wall mounted speakers and there’s no denying, there are some spectacular systems on the market that delivers excellent sound quality. Maybe somewhat surprisingly, to me anyways, I actually ended up going a completely different route. In the end I bought a Turtle Shell portable wireless Bluetooth speaker!

The Turtle Shell by Outdoor Technology is a relatively small device, completely portable and connects to my phone, tablet or desktop via Bluetooth. The sounds emanating from this little speaker is absolutely incredible though. I have to admit, being a newcomer to the Bluetooth speaker market I was blown away.

There were many reason why I settled for a portable speaker over a traditional system. First, the flexibility of being able to actually take this speaker with me on the road for when I shoot on location, listen to it in my car, take it outside on the patio with my laptop on those sunny days when I do want to get out of the studio and out of the house just made sense to me.

Secondly, the fact that it connects across multiple devices completely simplified my music management. I now organize and many my favorite playlists once only, keep it in the cloud and access it from anywhere at any time, and I now exactly what will be on there. Love it!

Finally, the price is right. If you shop around a little you’re going to find one for under $200. That’s hard to beat when compared to buying an entire audio system.

There are of course some great brands who compete in this market. The BOSE Soundlink Mini was a close second and would probably have been my first choice had it been a little more affordable. Bose makes outstanding speakers and it’s hard to go wrong there.

Oh yes, and did I mention these little speakers are compelled weather resistant. Wonderful. The Turtle Shell is just one of many great Bluetooth speakers available. I highly recommend you consider going down this path if you’re looking for a fun modern way to bring music to your studio. I’ve never looked back. For great reviews on outdoor and portable speakers check out

Traveling With Your Camera Around The World

As a photographer, you want to experience the world through your camera. Everything that has potential you want to capture on film and be the best in what you do. Daily events, objects, etc. makes for the best photos. Some might not see the beauty, but having a photographer’s eye makes it all the more special. The places you travel and the people you see all come together in a perfectly captured photograph, ready to display for the world. You get your inspiration by visiting different places and traveling the world, seeing new things and experiencing new cultures. Taking a river cruise will not only give you a different view on nature, but also show you what is out there for you to explore in the world.


Taking A Uniworld River Cruise

There are many benefits of taking Uniworld river cruises you might consider if you are looking for an exciting vacation that will include different destinations. These benefits include:

  • One package
  • A set itinerary
  • Multiple locations
  • Low cost

Uniworld river cruises are ideal for families or for a romantic getaway.

The Cruise

If you are looking for a one package vacation, you should consider a Uniworld river cruise. The cruise will include:

  • Your accommodations
  • Amenities
  • Food
  • Fun on the ship

In addition to everything included on the boat you will tour on, you will be able to enjoy the benefits of traveling to many different countries by boat along the river. You don’t have to do anything, but pay for one fee, the cruise. It can be confusing planning a vacation when you have to keep track of different costs like rental car, hotel, food, and other expenses. When you pay for any vacation from the Uniworld boutique river cruise collection, everything is included and it makes planning a trip so much easier.

Planning Your Vacation Will Be Stress-Free

When you take a trip to Europe, it can be confusing to figure out an itinerary.

It is common for some people to choose a few cities and worry about travel when they get there. This can cause problems. Planning an itinerary or knowing where to go can be difficult.


The homepage of European cruise lines allow you to choose packages that work best for you. If you have a few destinations you must see on your vacation, you can find European river cruises that will take you there along the river. Not only is this the best way to travel and see the countryside for photography, but you don’t have to fiddle with a map or worry about getting lost. Your itinerary will be set for you and all of the stress of planning will be gone.

Benefits Of Uniworld Cruises

Another benefit of going on Uniworld river cruises is that you go to multiple destinations.

There are so many different countries to see in Europe and when you travel on a cruise along the river, you get to see those countries.

One common way people vacation in Europe is to get a hotel in one city. They will then take day excursions around that one city, limiting their vacation to one destination. Uniworld boutique river cruise collection tours take you to many different destinations in many countries. Your European vacation will be absolutely amazing, because you will not be confined to a hotel and one destination.

A Cruise Is More Cost Effective

It is much more cost effective to take a Uniworld river cruise than it is to plan a trip across Europe to many different countries.

In addition, you have much less stress and you will be able to enjoy the vacation without having to worry about additional or hidden hotel or car rental fees. You can even travel to Germany and go on Rhine river cruises.

There are many benefits of going on Uniworld river cruises you might consider for a vacation to Europe. Europe has so much to offer and there are so many places to see making it the best destination for phtography. River cruises offer the benefits of going to many different countries, paying for a full package vacation at once, and not having to worry about planning the destinations and how you are going to get to each of them.

Travel Through China With Yangtze Cruises

A Yangtze river cruise is the safest way to vacation in China and see the country. Many of the reasons you might consider a Yangtze river cruise includes traveling with children or teenagers, having the opportunity to see more of China, and no problem with a communication disconnect.

Learning The Language

Being able to communicate in China is very difficult, because it is a very difficult language to learn. Many people try to learn a new language before they go on vacation or at least a few different phrases so they can get by. Chinese is one of the languages that takes quite a bit longer and understanding the writing and signs will take years. When you go on a Yangtze river cruise you won’t have to worry about understanding the language or having problems throughout your vacation.


Your accommodations and food are paid for on the ships of Uniworld river cruises. You will eat on board and there will be no problems with communicating in the language. The ship will offer:

  • Entertainment
  • Food
  • A room to sleep in
  • Even provide free excursions when you dock in the local cities in China along the river. There will be a tour guide on each excursion.

These are safe guided tours and you won’t have to worry about getting lost or not understanding the guide.

Teenagers Like Doing Their Own Thing

Taking teenagers on vacation is very scary. When you stay in a hotel it is common to get separate rooms for the kids. The problem is that teenagers want to roam and go check out the sites on their own. China is too big and it can even be dangerous for teenagers to go exploring on their own. When you go on Yangtze cruises, you don’t have to worry about where the teenagers are. They will be on board the ship the entire time. This means you can let them roam about their business and you won’t be the bad guy by making them stay in one place. When the ship docks in the local cities, the teens can take the guided tours and you have the comfort of knowing they are with a trusted person that will get them back to the ship.


Yangtze cruises are absolutely amazing.

They will take you down the Yangtze river so you can see all of the cities in China. A 9 day China tour is the best option, because it allows you to see more of the country in one vacation. Because everything is included in the trip you will save so much more money on this vacation as well.

Your Safety

Safety is the biggest factor when traveling to a country like China. This is a communist country that is absolutely amazing to see, but you must ensure your children and your family are safe. Their laws are much different than any country in the world. If you’re concerned about your camera gear, invest in a high-quality backpack with RFID-tracking. That way you will be able to locate your gear if it does get lost or stolen. A good tip is also to make sure you don’t “advertise” all of your expensive tech. Select a bag that will keep your gear protected, as well as one that doesn’t let everyone know what you’re carrying. A clear backpack, for example, would be an unwise choice!.

China is a wonderful country to travel to on vacation. Many people do not go to China, because they are afraid of the many dangers. A Yangtze river cruise is the safest way for a family to travel through the country and be able to see many different cities. The ships are a luxurious way to travel and you don’t have to worry about teenagers and children getting lost in the unfamiliar country.

As a Wildlife Photographer

The minute details that the eye of a photographer captures is no less than a painting and to give life to this painting, a photographer needs to have the right skills. If you have the right skills, it is the mental attitudes that would take you to success. As a wild-life photographer, projects are going to test you to your limits. Physical exhaustion is one thing but mental exhaustion is what can cause you to quit and therefore it is always important to be mentally and physically in very good shape.

Photographers around the world have different ways to keep themselves in shape while traveling. Some solely rely on light food while some practice yoga, some get a little weird and you can find a few making road trips in their SUVs with a hitch bike rack mounted on it to go mountain biking once they reach their destination. The mindset of an artist is such that there can be a number of different things that can keep them fresh.

In order to train for a long project, you also need to have a good understanding about your subjects. If you are trying to capture a specific bird or a specific reptile out in the jungle, you better know about your subject in order to keep harm at bay and be able to take better shots. You should also know a few basic skills that can help you survive in the wild. Simple tricks like tying a knot or making fire would take you a long way as a photographer.

wildlife photography
wildlife photography

However in order to do all those things, you still need to ensure that you are physically fit. Here are a few ways that can help you stay fresh and keep you in that frame of mind where you see the world around you differently –

  1. Yoga and meditation – A few minutes of yoga and meditation can keep you safe from all negativity around you. These activities help you focus on your work with a positive frame of mind.
  2. Cycling – There is nothing better than exploring terrains on a bicycle. If there is no good spot around where you live, get a bike rack for SUV from here and simply take off. Being in the hills or mountains is a refreshing experience taking you in close proximity with the nature.
  3. Running or hiking – Morning runs or jogs can too take you a long way and can help you stay fit. Trekking is another option to develop stamina and test your limits.
  4. Sports – Not everyone plays a specific sport but if you were good at a sport as a child, make sure that you keep playing. This would help you improve your reflexes – something that comes handy in the wild.

Getting into a fitness routine is an important aspect of your job as a wild-life photographer and the fitter you are the better places you can be to click a few fantastic shots.

Music to Photograph To

If you are a photographer, you probably have everything you need to take a fantastic picture. If you’ve lost your inspiration lately, a very simple way to get into the zone and enjoy yourself as an artist is to get some sweet music playing in your ears. Choose your songs wisely. The genre of the music you listen would make a huge difference as well. Types of music can either give you an adrenaline rush or can depress you to the core. Music is a key aspect in the lives of artists and it helps in enhancing creativity and brings unique thoughts to you.

There was a time when I used to waste my time just wandering around with my camera – like a kid practicing aimlessly on his best balance bike. I had no inspiration and was much dejected by my very low productivity. It was then that I got myself to read and came to know the gorgeous science or art of music.

Blues (Muddy Waters):

The kind of change that music could bring to your creative part of the brain is phenomenal. There are certain genres of music that can take you into a different zone altogether. The three most prominent genres that can help you relax and think are – blues, ambient, jazz, classical and trance. Install your outdoor speakers in your studio, put on a comfortable volume and simply blend into the ambiance with the sounds of music. A little relaxation can help you do wonders on a paper.

Music has been related to a number of photographs as well. Some artists have clicked some of the most beautiful pictures listening to Clapton, while others have reached the creative brim with Beethoven plugged into their ears. Music helps you keep your mind fresh.

Clapton MTV Unplugged:

Music lets you think without you begging for thoughts to come to you. The power of music cannot be underestimated. As an artist, if you can fall in love with another form of art, there is no limit to the good you would do to the world being an artist. Photography is a matter of keeping a relaxed mind and being patient with your subjects. With practice you learn to develop better skills but if your life is a stressful mess, there is a little you are going to achieve. Relaxing with music would not just help you click better pictures but would keep you motivated for a very long time.

Back Pain Therapy for the Photographer

As a photographer I found myself bending, squatting, twisting and kneeling for hours at a time.  One of the things that I found out was how much a photographer needs a strong back.   After a few months of dealing with pain, I decided to do something about it.  Here is my update.   After doing some research I found that there are many ways to skin a cat, here is what I found.

Many work people suffer from back injuries. To clear things up “back-injuries” can be any pain or any kind of discomfort that you feel in the back. Back-injuries can either be permanent or on short term basis. Most people don’t understand the severity of the back pain until it becomes unavoidable and they have to consult their physician. Our back plays a very important role in supporting us and people who suffer from back pains find difficulty in getting up from a chair or from bed, bending, etc. It may also lead to insomnia due to severe pain.

Time is changing and so are people and their lifestyle. Today everyone is so busy keeping a pace in personal as well as professional life that they tend to ignore their health. There are so many diseases that people suffer from and most of them occur due to the kind of lifestyle people are forced to live today. In earlier days, life was smoother and people didn’t have much tension about anything whether related to family or their career. Today stress and pains have become part and parcel of our present life.

There is various back pain therapy that you can undergo to cure your back problem. If you have severe pain due to some injury then you must see your physician and only then should go ahead with the back pain therapy.

  • Drugs and pain relieving pills: you can take these after consulting you doctor and according taking its dosage. These pills many times show their effect and relive you from the back pain. This can be an effective back pain therapy.
  • Chiropractic care for back pain: this back pain therapy is mostly used by people where a chiropractor first takes the medical history of the person then conducts a physical examination and then one or more manual adjustments by the doctor.  This form of therapy often is multi-faceted and involved  using inversion tables for stretching,  yoga and daily stretching in addition to chiropractic trips.
  • Bio-electric therapy for back pain: this is very safe and drug-free treatment opted by people which not only cures chronic pain but also acute pain. It blocks pain message in the brain using bio-electric currents and this therapy also releases endorphin which help to relieve pain
  • Nerve block therapy: in this therapy nerves are blocked for pain treatment and management. Never blocks can be of different types which serve different causes. The nerve causing pain is blocked by injecting some medication thus the pain is also blocked.

Getting In Touch With The Dangerous Side Of Nature

As a photographer, you strive to take the best quality photos you possibly can no matter where you are. There is one “topic” I like and have always wanted to take on and that is to do a photo shoot of some of the most poisonous snakes. You do not always get the opportunity to do so and if you do, you should take it with open arms. Here is some information on poisonous snakes and where to find them.


Taking A Closer Look

Like anything else, there is always a scramble to the top and being named the most poisonous snake is no different. For several years that has been a debate (sometimes rather heated) among snake fanciers, Herpetologists (biologists who study snakes), and other snake handlers as to what was the most poisonous snake. Oddly enough for a long time scientists didn’t know. To explore the fascinating answer to this question you should read this article.

Most Poisonous Snake

For years many snake enthusiasts, believed that the most venomous or “hot” snake was a toss up between the three different ones:

Beaked Sea Snake

Beaked Sea Snake (Enhydrina schistosa) which is also call the common sea snake or hook-nosed sea is a native of the seas off the coasts of Arabia, Pakistan, parts of Southeast Asia, Northern Australia and New Guinea. But the common location for this most poisonous snake contender is the coastal waters of India, which is home to 20 other sea snake species.

While this snake’s venom has been rated by scientists to be 4 to 8 times more than lethal as a cobra’s, the Beaked Sea snake is often handled by local fisherman, who accidentally capture it, without fear of being bitten since it a non-aggressive species.

Inland Taipan

The next most poisonous snake nominee is the Inland Taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus). This snake is native the arid central regions of Australia. The average bit of one of these “beauties” contains enough venom to kill 100 people. This is truly a “hot” or very poisonous snake, because its venom is 400 times more powerful than a cobra and 50 times more deadly than a rattlesnake.


But oddly enough since this most poisonous snake candidate (whose venom could kill a man in under an hour) is extremely timid and seldom attacks unless provoked. And there have been no known human fatalities due to bites from this snake.

Faint-Banded Sea Snake

The final contender for title of most poisonous snake is the Faint-Banded Sea Snake (Hydrophis Belcheri). Also called Belcher’s sea snake since it was first discovered by British explorer Sir Edward Belcher. This friendly snake has a reputation of being slow to provoke to anger luckily for humans, since it quite often discovered entangled in fishing nets in the Indian Ocean off the Philippines, New Guinea, the Gulf of Thailand and coastal waters of northern Australian.

Faint - Banded Sea Snake - Hydrophis Belcheri - World’s Most Poisonous Snake

The Hydrophis Belcheri with venom toxicity that is rated 100 times more lethal than the Inland Taipan’s, makes it the most poisonous snake. But since this sociable little snake seldom bites unless severely provoked and even then hardly ever releases its entire store of venom, it is not considered as dangerous or deadly as the Taipan, although it is the most poisonous.

Now that you know about which is the most poisonous snake in the world, you can learn more about these fascinating species and try to capture them on camera.

The Use Of Technology For Your Photography

Buying any kind of peripheral for your computer can be a big investment of time and possibly money and when you are a photographer looking for a scanner to scan your photographs, you would want the best quality scanner available. There are different digital scanners on the market today and doing a little research will help you find the technology you are looking for.

How Will You Use Your Scanner?

This should be your first consideration when choosing a scanner. After all, narrowing down how you will use it will also help you narrow down your choices because not all digital flatbed scanners do everything. Consider your requirements for the scanner you want to purchase. Also consult scanner reviews so you can have an idea of what you need to look out for.

  • Resolution – do you need a high resolution for detailed, rich images? Or is a medium grade DPI good enough? If you need the scan to be as good as the original, then a high DPI is a priority.
  • Software – does the software that come with the scanner have all the features you need? Do you want just basic scanning options or detailed advanced options? Do you want or need image editing software?
  • Speed and automation – do you scan a lot of images per day? Some digital flatbed scanners have automatic scanning features for hands-free scanning and one-touch scanning. If you need to scan in batches, such features may be helpful.

So consider whether you will scan photographs or film and negatives. Give priority to what you will scan the most and then look for digital scanners that have features equipped to give you the best quality for that purpose.


Searching For The Right Scanner

Once you’ve got your list of priorities, you can start looking for flatbed scanners that meet those requirements. The Internet is a great place to start when you’re just in research mode. Look up company websites and search the products they have available. Make good use of websites that compare products or review them. And be sure to read customer product reviews as well to find out how reliable and functional the scanner actually is. You can also use local electronics’ stores for information. Look over the product in person and even try it out. Ask the sales people any questions you have. Seeing the equipment in person may help you make a decision to what is the best flatbed scanner faster.

HP Scanjet 5590

The hp scanjet 5590 is an example of one of the best digital flatbed scanners. It’s multifunctional, serving as a printer too. It scans documents and photographs as well as film and negatives. You can automatically feed documents into the scanner so you can go off and take care of other business while it works. This scanner does double-sided scanning as well. And it’s fast: up to eight pages or four images a minute. It has one-touch operation, and quality performance at 2400 DPI. Plus, with HP you get a warranty and tech support for any problems.

When you’re shopping for digital flatbed scanners remember to consider your purpose in buying one, search online and in-store for product information and reviews, and look into the HP digital scanner as one of the best out there.

Heating Up Your Photo Studio For Extra Comfort

A photographer spends most of his time in his studio, as this is where he does his best work. But, if the studio is not up to scratch, it makes the atmosphere difficult and unpleasant to work in. A factor to consider for your studio is the temperature you work in. If your studio is too cold during the winter, install a floor heating system so that you can work in a cosy and relaxed atmosphere.

Looking At Radiant Floor Heating

When it comes to radiant floor heating, you will have the choice between an electric and hydronic radiant floor heat. You have to consider the amount of power that you will need to heat up the desired area, and if the area is too big, considering the electric system will not save on energy costs. The hydronic system will be the easy and more cost-effective way. If you are building a new home, the hydronic system would be the best choice. This way, you will already have a diagram of how you would install the system and also know exactly where to install the parts. If you want to install the hydronic radiant floor heat in an existing home, it will be expensive, depending on the area you are “heating up”.

Advantages Of Floor Heating

With the hyrdonic system you have advantages – there is a variety of ways to heat the water, and these are:

  • Gas-fired boiler
  • Oil-fired boiler
  • Solar-water heater, gas or kerosene

When you are trying to decide on a heat source, take the size of your home into consideration and also how cold the region is where you live in. Let’s say you live in a large house and it has high ceilings, you will probably find that the boiler system will benefit you. If you live in a building or a smaller home, you will be able to get away with using a water heater.


Gas-fired System

You’ve decided to use a gas-fired system in your new home. You have to make sure that a general contractor or radiant floor heating specialist installs the system. There is a wet and a dry installation. A wet install is when a slab of concrete is installed beneath the floor or even thin concrete is laid down between the surface and the sub floor. A dry install involves installing the tubes directly beneath the floor while the house is being constructed. There will be no need for concrete to be laid on top. Hardwood floors, tiled floors or carpeting is then put on top of the sub floors and then picks up the heat form the tubes.

Maintaining the hydronic system is minimal. The boiler will need to be checked annually and most of the pumps utilize water to keep the part lubricated and these are low-maintenance. Your hydronic radiant floor heat specialist will be happy to show you your options.

Benefits Of Hydronic Baseboard Heaters

If you do not want to go with floor heating, another option is baseboard heaters. When you’re searching for the best unit for your home, hydronic baseboard heater reviews can be very useful. Using reviews is the best way to find out what other consumers have to say about baseboard heaters after trying them out for themselves. Reviews give you a more personal view on the product at hand, because they are written by consumers just like yourself.


Positive And Negative Reviews

These reports contain both the good and the bad experiences these consumers had when using a specific type of heater.

  • When you read the reviews you learn if the person was happy with their choice or if they believe a different type of unit would have worked better for their situation.
  • When you read the specifications of the baseboard heaters they will tell you what size room they are suited for.
  • However, reviews can tell you if the size recommended truly does provide sufficient heat for the area based on personal experience.
  • This could also be a factor in which heater would be the most suitable for your specific needs.
  • The whole point of installing the heaters to begin with is to provide warmth and comfort for your home so you want to make sure they can fulfill this requirement.
  • Some reviews will even give you more details on electric baseboard heater installations.

Different Styles And Sizes

Hydronic baseboard heaters come in a variety of styles and sizes so finding units to suit your needs is easy.

  • They are also very stylish so they will go with almost any décor.
  • These are some of the things that homeowners look for in the products they buy, but that’s not as important as efficiency and reliably.
  • As a consumer, you naturally want to get the most for your money and hydronic baseboard heater reviews can help you in this area.
  • Qmark hydronic electric baseboard heaters are perfect for most situations and their positive reviews will agree.
  • Reviews may even be able to help you when learning how to install hydronic baseboard heaters.
  • They can help you determine if installation is something you can do on your own or if you’ll need to enlist the help of a professional.
  • This might save you a lot of frustration and money in the long run by helping you avoid the problems that others have ran into when trying to install these heaters themselves.


Sometimes things seem simpler than they actually are in reality. For example, it may be a simple process to wire your baseboard unit to the thermostat, but if you don’t have any experience with electricity, it’s recommended that you hire someone who does to prevent any chance of injury. Reviews can also help you decide which type of baseboard heater would be suited for your home.

Whether you decide to go with floor heating or with baseboards heaters, doing the necessary research beforehand makes a big difference. It helps you get the best results so you can enjoy working in your studio any time of day and year without anything interrupting your work.

The Best Art Schools With A B.A In Photography

They are over 300 accredited art schools with a B.A. in photography in the U.S. To know more about their details visit the website of National Association of Schools of Art and Design. In that website you will also find the 112 accredited photography programs in the U.S. Another useful link is the site of The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Art schools with a B.A in photography are also to be found in the U.K. You may need to explore these options: Edinburgh college of art, Manchester college, Sotheby’s college in London plus others available online.

Leading Schools

The leading art schools with a B.A in photography include Parsons School of design in New York and Ringling school of art and design in Florida. Parsons offers a curriculum in photography that emphasizes on creative photography focusing on critical thinking and analyzing photography with a global perspective. This may be what you need if you are to join mainstream news organizations as a photographer and carrying out advertising and documentary photography. Ringling offers a B.A with majors in photography and digital imaging. It has students from 47 states in the U.S and from 30 countries. Tuition fee per year is $26,050 but 7 out of 10 students depend on financial aid of some sort. Alongside Parsons, Ringling is truly a prestigious institution. Top corporations who visit Ringling to scout for potential employees include CNN, Warner Bros, Disney, St. Petersburg times, Cartoon Network, Sony pictures image works and Universal studios. Both these institutions are fully approved by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design to offer bachelors in photography and are the best art schools.


More Universities Offering Great Programs

Other well known names include International academy of design and technology which offers a B.A in digital media production which makes one a professional photographer and capable to handle all types of digital media. University of Massachusetts offers a B.A in journalism studies with majors in photography. There is also Academy of Arts University in San Francisco which offers a bachelor of fine arts in photography. Their program aims to orient students to the world of commercial photography by teaching them how to maintain a professional portfolio, working with clients and the concepts of photography. Alumni of Maryland Institute College of art in Baltimore are also to be found in the market of commercial, creative and documentary photography.


Understanding The Specializations

When choosing an art school with a B.A in photography one needs to understand that an art degree in photography is superior in that it offers more electives and specializations compared to an associate degree in photography or a Bachelor of Science degree in photography. These specializations include commercial photography, creative photography, advertising photography, scientific photography, photography in undersea environments, digital imaging photography and fashion photography among other options. Also a B.A gives one the opportunity to develop his own artistic vision and more in depth skills compared to those offered by other professional courses in photography. After the B.A one can do M.A. in photography which sharpens individuals’ skills in the chosen field.

Northern Lights As Inspiration To Photographers

Little compares to experiencing the Northern Lights in person. Many people make the trek into the cold polar arctic to view what the indigenous Cree people call the “Dance of the Spirits.” So how does one take this experience of a lifetime home with them? Capture pictures of the Northern Lights. This is where photographers take nature shots to a whole different level, while testing their skills.

Tips On Northern Lights Photography


Before we begin with where to take your northern lights photos; a few tips about taking your digital or film camera to the arctic. Foremost, it is COLD in the polar ice cap. Be sure to read you manufacturer’s instructions regarding precautions to take with your particular camera. Also, keep your rechargeable batteries protected; they don’t like cold weather.

The secret of where to capture the best images of the northern lights is where you go to take your northern lights photo. Here are three to get you started:

  1. A great spot for taking pictures of the northern lights is Fairbanks Alaska. Northern Lights dance over Mount McKinley, the highest peak in North American located some 200 miles south of Fairbanks, Alaska in Denali National Park. Fairbanks is one of the best places on earth to see the northern lights because of its position on the globe. More than 250,000 people visit Alaska between October and April, and taking pictures of northern lights images always tops the list of winter activities.
  2. And next best spot is Norway. Fly into the capital of Oslo and then travel by ship from Tromso to scenic Takvatn. Stay overnight in the mountains, enjoying the northern lights in the sky. Take pictures of a lifetime of the famous northern lights. Discover the way of life of the Sami people and listen to the local stories and fairytales. Relax in serene and calm surroundings while your meals are prepared by gourmet chefs.
  3. The last and best spot for getting you the very best pictures of the northern lights is in Lappi or Lapland, located in the far north of Finland. The Finnish Lapland is often considered to be the home of the legendary “Father Christmas”. It is the northernmost part of Finland. Many of the fairytales and myths behind flying reindeer, Santa Claus and northern lights, originate in Lapland, Finland. You will have more than just Northern Lights images to capture including local dog sled races to icebreaker ships.

The secret of taking the best pictures of the northern lights and a list of the best three spots to capture those images of the northern lights; making your experience last a lifetime. This is a photographers dream. Not just to get great shots of the Northern Lights, but to get the best experience while taking these incredible photos.