Photographing the midnight sun

The midnight sun is one of the most beautiful and eerie phenomena you can experience on a Norway cruise.

The midnight sun is one of the most beautiful and eerie phenomena you can experience on a Norway cruise. During the summer, the sun simply doesn't set above the Arctic circle - and barely does so at all just below it. Aside from being a gorgeous thing to witness, the midnight sun can also be a really hard thing to photograph. You'll want to bring pictures home for friends, family and Facebook, but capturing the unique look of a sun that hasn't set in days is something that takes practice, skill and expert tips. We've compiled a few of the best tips to help you make the most of your time in the midnight sun and bring back memories you'll treasure for a lifetime:

Take your time

Arrive at a location you'd like to shoot at a time when you'll have a few hours to spare. Take a look at the landscape, the light, the composition of colors - everything you care to keep in mind during your own personal photography process. If it's not ideal, wait for a while and it may change. Just because the sun never sets doesn't mean the angle of light doesn't change. Or, take a series of pictures over a longer period of time to demonstrate different angles and faces of the midnight sun in Norway. Always move throughout your scene to get an idea of what it looks like from all sides - this is a great tip all the time, but particularly when you're dealing with the almost-alien landscapes that the midnight sun produces.

Keep it simple

The midnight sun tends to bring out a glow that makes colors sharper and shadows longer, which means your photographs will be more vibrant by default. Keeping this in mind, be sure to have only one or two subjects and a composition that's not overwhelmed by color. In this way, you can be sure your viewer will see what a magic experience you had, and not be baffled by what looks like a weird Instagram filter over a picture of vibrant fjord flowers or waterfalls. It's also a good idea to keep the horizon a third of the way from the bottom of your shot to get the correct exposure.