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Photography Tips for Antarctica

September 29, 2017

You’ll probably be no stranger to the fact that the conditions in Antarctica can be challenging for us humans, as well as for the technology we bring with us. Here, Expeditions Online have pulled together a list of photographers’ tips for Antarctica. Having travelled there previously, with camera in hand, we have learned what travellers need to do to get the most out of an Antarctic expedition cruise in photographic terms. We’ve shared our photographers tips for Antarctica here:  

What to bring 

Firstly, let’s look at what you need to bring on an Antarctic expedition cruise to make the most of the photography opportunities you’ll get: 


Look after your kit

Be vigilant with your kit. Don’t be afraid to use it, obviously. But remember that the environment on an Antarctic cruise is harsh. You might be out in the water on zodiacs for instance, so you need to be alert where your kit is concerned. And, as mentioned above you’ll be moving from cold to warm temperatures and back again quite a lot, so remember to protect your kit from moisture and help it deal with condensation using the tips I mentioned above. 

There’s lots of bright white around – so practise how to use your exposure and filters

Taking photos in Antarctica means that you want to be able to deal with the bright white light you’ll experience. But it can be tricky for cameras to deal with the brightness of snow in Antarctica. The result can mean that images are more grey than white.  So: 

Put the effort in 

Your Antarctic expedition will undoubtedly give you lots of fantastic photographic opportunities. And, it will really pay off if you put some extra effort into your Antarctic photography. For instance: 



The first rule of taking photographs in Antarctica is don’t disturb the wildlife. You are on their territory so always be respectful. Always remember to switch off your flash, as you do not want to startle them. If you stay still, they may be inquisitive enough to come to you. And try to get down to their level – this way they may make eye contact with you, which is a glorious feeling. Also, if you shoot from their level, you’ll get more of the environment into the shot and this works much better than looking down and shooting from above. Also – the best shots are when they are active – flying or diving, fishing or yawning etc. Be vigilant and patient for these opportunities. 

Using a camera on a zodiac and kayak

Exploring by zodiac and kayak will give you a unique perspective on the Antarctic landscape. And when it comes to using a camera on a zodiac, you’ll be able to take advantage of getting even closer to your surroundings – including icebergs and wildlife. But, you might find that the zodiac boat can be unsteady, so to compensate for this, use a faster shutter speed to counteract any movement and blurring you might experience in your photography. 

And perhaps the most important photographers tips for Antarctica is to enjoy taking photographs in the Antarctic wilderness! 


At Expeditions Online, we are experts in Antarctic expedition cruises – the ultimate choice in travel to Antarctica. We have a number of Antarctic cruises on which you can explore this beautiful and unique continent from the safety and comfort of our vessels. Some even include photography workshops.  For instance, check out our Antarctic basecamp cruise aboard MV Ortelius,

Antarctic basecamp cruise aboard MV Plancius and

Weddell Sea basecamp cruise – all of which focus giving our adventurers the opportunity to try out activities at various bases in Antarctica – including Antarctic photography workshops, climbing, hiking, kayaking and polar diving.  


Get in touch or visit expeditionsonline.com to see if we can meet your travel needs – our advice is independent and expert and we have individually tested every trip we offer. 


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