Photography – Notes & Tips
Just about any camera will work well in the Arctic, from “point-and-shoot”, to “state-of-the-art” 35mm, to digital and video cameras. Many people have great success with the “point-and-shoot” cameras. They take great people, scenery, and wildlife shots. However, note that the light meters can be thrown off by bright snow and ice.
If you are bringing a 35mm or a higher-end digital camera your lenses should preferably range from wide angle (24 – 28mm) to telephoto (200mm and up). Broad range 24 – 75mm and 80 – 300mm zoom lenses are ideal. Bring lens cleaning cloths or tissues to clean your lens. The salty air can leave a film.
Film and Memory Cards
Bring plenty of extra memory cards and/or flash drive space! People take anywhere from 50 to 5000 photos on their expeditions. You will shoot more images than you expect, so make sure you come prepared! It is a good idea to bring large capacity memory cards and a couple extras. Computers will be available on board to upload photos, so bring one or two USB keys if you have one.
Batteries can fail quickly in cold temperatures. Bring an extra supply of batteries or a battery recharger (as well as an adaptor) for all your camera equipment.
Protecting your Camera Gear
It is a good idea to bring some sort of a protective, waterproof bag or a Pelican case for your camera and accessories. Budget-conscious travelers can improvise with items like heavy-duty garbage bags or zip-lock bags.
Please note that selfie sticks are banned on the Expedition. With professional photographers and videographers on board, we take photos for everyone. To have the best quality photos and videos, we need to keep selfie sticks out of the picture. Please do not bring your selfie stick on the trip.