Photography in the Polar Regions
Throughout our voyage, there will be numerous opportunities to photograph and capture truly wonderful moments, fluting whales, diving penguins, soaring albatross and rather rotund beached seals to name a few! From multimedia presentations to group workshops on the outer decks or in a Zodiac, our on board photographer will offer advice and instruction. He/she will be available to work with you and encourage you to look at scenes or events in a different way in order to capture them as best as possible.
In addition, we will have a multimedia download studio on the ship. In here you will find computers and cables for downloading your images, as well as numbered hard-drives to store them. You can purchase disks and burn DVD’s of your images to take home with you.
Here are the most frequently asked questions with our answers. If you have any questions please contact us and we’ll do our best to answer them.
What camera should I take?
Film and digital cameras both work well. New digitals have a quicker click to shot response time to capture whales breaching or glaciers calving. If you do happen to take a film camera, make sure it accepts a variety of film speeds.
Do I need a back-up camera, just in case?
Compact cameras make perfect back-ups. Take extra batteries, battery packs and digital camera cards. Rechargeable batteries are a good idea.
How will the cold environment affect my camera?
Temperatures are typically above freezing. Even so, lower temperatures and condensation can present challenges, and salt water spray is a bigger problem than the cold. For chilly, wet and windy days, carry cameras and batteries close to your body. Keep them inside your coat, pockets, or outer layer.
What do I use for photo file storage on the trip, since I’ll probably take a lot of pictures?
If you have a full-size Digital SLR and want to review your pictures on the fly, you need some storage capability. Many Digital Media Cards store up to 4 GB of data. If you’re simply shooting pictures that you plan to tweak slightly and print out for friends and family, then shoot JPG. Take at least 2 or 3 memory cards, depending on their size.
How do I transport my camera gear to shore in snowy, cold and wet conditions?
Zodiacs aren’t necessarily tech-friendly, since salt spray or water can permeate the smallest opening. There are many waterproof and floating bags on the market. Even a Zip-Lock plastic bag works, especially if you place the camera and bag inside your day-pack.
How do I stay warm while taking photos? Do gloves get in the way?
Try poly-synthetic glove liners when shooting outdoors. You can always wear them under your thicker fleece or ski-type gloves. You can also use the gloves that feature “flip back” fingertips.
Should I take a tripod?
It’s a good idea if you want close-ups of lichen or long- range telephotos of the landscape or wildlife. Compact lightweight tripods with retractable legs, and even monopods that double as hiking sticks are all useful. When shooting from the ship, it’s not a good idea to rest your camera on the railing. The engines can create vibration. Use a beanbag or even a pillow to reduce the chance of a shaky shot.