Improve your skills and take amazing pictures!
Niklas Nilsson mainly works with the planning and implementation of our trips to Svalbard, but he is also a professional photographer and filmmaker. Niklas has a great interest in our nature and wildlife and when he is not at the office he enjoys spending time outdoor with his camera. Here he shares his best tips on how to take great pictures during your expedition in the Polar Regions.
Clear blue skies and sparkling glaciers – one of many beautiful sceneries in Svalbard, but sometimes tricky to capture with a camera. A polarization filter can be very helpful during sunny days as this filter cut reflections and enhance the saturation that sometimes disappear in the bright light. Another effect with the filter is that reflections in the water are reduced. This means that you for example can take pictures of parts of an ice berg that are hidden under the surface.
Batteries are not very fond of cool environments and can quickly lose capacity. Therefore it’s always a good idea to bring some extra. Try to keep them warm. A pocket near your body is recommended.
Movements can easily make your pictures blurry, and carrying a heavy camera stand is not always recommended since it cannot be used while we are cruising in our Zodiacs. This is why the image stabilization can be very helpful when it’s a bit difficult to take sharp pictures.
One or several focus points? Follow focus or one shot focus? It is important to find a way that suits your own photography and to rely on the adjustments. In general, the ability to move the points is useful; to make sure the focus is properly positioned. Try to place the object in focus outside the center of the image. This often creates a good composition.
Learn your camera from A to Z
Today’s cameras are incredible and often have plenty of functions that make it easier for you to take great pictures. To really get to know your equipment is crucial to benefit from these functions. With increased knowledge about the camera, your pictures will definitely get better.
Since 1999, we have taken travellers on once-in-a-lifetime trips to Svalbard. From May to September our three small expedition ships, carrying only 12 and 53 passengers, explore this magnificent Arctic archipelago. Unpredictability and flexibility are the main keywords when you travel with PolarQuest as the exact route depends on weather, ice conditions and wildlife encounters. Sometimes you might be woken up in the middle of the night if a polar bear has been spotted on the ice.
600 miles south of Cape Horn we find the world’s most isolated and remote wilderness – Antarctica. The grand and beautiful Antarctic landscape leaves its visitors in awe. The continent and surrounding islands are home to millions of penguins, seals and whales. Worth mentioning is the subantarctic island of South Georgia, a haven for anyone interested in wildlife and widely regarded as one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Travelling through the stunning Norwegian coastal landscape on a small expedition cruise ship is simply hard to beat. Lofoten islands welcome with picturesque fishing villages, squeezed between soaring mountains and quiet fjords. In wintertime Tromsø offers magnificent sceneries over dramatic landscapes and great chances to spot both orcas and humpback whales. If we’re lucky we will also see the magical Northern Lights dancing in the sky. Join us on an unforgettable cruise!