How to take magical nightscape photos

How to take magical nightscape photos

Finnish photographer Roope Honkapirtti finds beauty in the darkness.


How did you get interested in photography?

I joined a friend of mine when he was going out to take pictures of the night sky. It was one of the best experiences of my life, and the next day I bought his old camera.

What is it about darkness that fascinates you?

The dark skies always put me in a peaceful mood, and I find the endlessness of space fascinating.

Where do you find the most magical skies?

Most of my pictures are taken in Finland or Northern Norway, but beautiful views can be found across the whole planet.

Share a tip for capturing a great night-time shot?

For a great night-time shot the only things you need are a camera or a phone with manual settings, a place with little or no light pollution, and a tripod or a rock on which to balance the camera.

The Milky Way galaxy and a shooting star over the Dolomites, Italy.

A bird’s-eye view of a forest in Kittilä, Lapland.

A (husky) pack leader in Rovaniemi, Lapland.