What kind of camera should I bring?
All cameras are welcome and catered for in the workshop programming - from DSLRs to iPhones. The photography opportunities become plentiful as soon as we leave the dock so rather than arriving at the ship with a brand new camera, we suggest bringing one that you are familiar with and feel comfortable using. It’s also a good idea to bring along your camera’s manual for quick reference when needing to find new settings and functions.
Do I need to be an advanced photographer to attend the program?
No! We’ve designed the syllabus of the program to cater for all levels of ability. Rather than seeing the workshop program as an advanced photography course, it’s better to think of it as a chance to maximize your photographic opportunities across excursions and to accelerate your learning of the craft to ensure you make the most of your once-in-a-lifetime chance to capture stunning images of the Antarctic.
What sort of content will be covered in the lecture program?
The Antarctic is a place that presents many opportunities as well as many challenges to photographers. The wildlife and landscapes here are like none others on Earth - meaning unique subjects for once-in-a-lifetime images are around every corner. The onboard lecture program will prepare you for what to expect - both technically and conceptually - each day. Your guides will cover topics like exposure, composition, picture editing, workflows and digital imaging all in consideration of the trips planned itinerary, meaning that you can embark upon each excursion with the confidence and knowledge to achieve stunning results.
How can I keep my camera safe from the elements in Antarctica?
While in Antarctica, the cold, wind and waves of the Peninsula can mean occasional challenging conditions for photographers. We suggest to bring along a few tools for keeping your camera dry and warm that will mean you can maximise your time behind the lens.
This includes a dry bag or a bag with great insulation, several cleaning cloths and “rocket blower” for getting rid of water droplets and dust as well as a few spare batteries for your camera as Lithium units tend to drain quickly in lower temperatures.
Should I bring a laptop/iPad?
While we will certainly be looking to maximize our time taking photographs on excursions and out on deck around the ship, in the evenings we will also be offering editing workshops along with advice on storing, processing and formatting your images ready for print and social media. Much like your choice of camera, we suggest bringing your own device - one that you are comfortable using and with software that you are familiar with. For those photographers who are shooting RAW files, it is also a good idea to make sure that your device is capable of reading the image files that come from your camera before you get to the ship!
My camera has interchangeable lenses. Which should I bring?
Whether zodiac cruising, landing or photographing from the ship, the vast array of photographic opportunities in the Antarctic means that on any given day you could be seeing whales on the horizon or sitting on the beach just feet away from penguins. But Antarctica’s elements and our hands-on excursions can also mean that changing lenses is not always ideal.
Taking these things into account, we suggest brining a couple of zoom lenses that will cover most focal lengths.
A 24-70mm as well as a 70-200mm should cover most scenarios and wildlife we are likely to encounter.
While the wildlife in Antarctica is rarely shy, for those with a keen interest in wildlife photography, an even longer telephoto zoom lens is an added bonus. A 100-400mm is typically more than adequate.
Should I bring a flash or other lights with me?
Due to the sensitive nature of Antarctic wildlife (most of whom have never seen a human being before!), we don’t encourage the use of any flash photography while on excursion.
A flash is a terrific idea if you are interested in photographing around the ship - capturing images of the spaces and faces that you have shared your voyage with – but when outside, it is mostly unnecessary. Mainly due to the long hours of Antarctic daylight!
Should I bring any other equipment?
While the Antarctic’s photogenic nature means you can capture astounding images on an iPhone and DSLR alike, several pieces of equipment can help to keep your camera safe and at times improve your ability for creativity. A few items to consider to add to your kit might include: a UV filter to avoid any damage to your lens from snow and sand, a circular polarizing filter to reduce any glare and reflections likely to be encountered when out on the water and a neutral density filter to allow for long exposures during the long hours of daylight. A remote control can give you the ability to use the “bulb” function in your camera as well as allowing you trigger the shutter from a distance without scaring wildlife (for wireless models). If you’re interested in shooting video, a shotgun microphone that can be mounted on your camera is great for capturing better sound and an inexpensive stabilizer/gimbal will help you achieve much smoother footage when out and about in zodiacs or on land.
> Spare Batteries
> Battery Charger and Power Leads
> Power Adaptor
> Extra Memory Cards
> Lens Filters (Polarizer; ND)
> Wireless Remote/Cable Release
> Microfiber Cloth/Pecpads
> Rocket Blower
> Laptop and power cables
> A large and tough drybag for your camera during excursions