Tips to Arctic Photography
A great image doesn't mean having to break the bank. While the best cameras on the market will help ensure you've got the best shot possible, many smaller and cheaper solutions can easily capture spectacular images. The world of photography is constantly evolving - one doesn't need to carry the best gear to "get the shot". Here are a few favorite tips from Arctic Haven staff:
1) Spend money on adventures, not cameras. More money on travel means more experiences - and more photographic opportunities. Saving several thousand dollars on a camera body can mean the diference of having another trip on the rooster for the coming season. The more time you spend outdoors on adventure, the more you're likely to capture that perfect Arctic moment - northern lights, roaming caribou, curious wolves; the Arctic holds so many special moments.
2) Knowing your subject and how to shoot properly: many people buy fancy cameras yet do not know how to fully operate the camera. Make sure you've had a thorough read of the owners manual, understand basic concepts such as depth of field, setting your ISO, shutter speed, etc. Know your subject! Will you be photographing a fast moving wolf? Dozing bear? Playful aurora borealis? Each subject requires different camera speeds, focal lengths and more. Don't hesitate to ask staff members at Arctic Haven how to get the best shots possible.
3) Tripods: Tripods are so important - especially when photographing longer exposures such as the aurora borealis or fast-paced animals such as wolves or caribou. They reduce "hand-shake"; the blur you often see on hand-held shots. Many great companies such as Manfrotto offer great tripods that start at $100 for something sturdy. Stay away from plastic heads and parts - look for metal heads and aluminum bodies.
An Arctic Haven guest walks on Ennadai Lake after photographing caribou
4) Not able to invest in a DSLR? Try the Canon Powershot SX60 - affordable and it has a zoom power of 60X! Many of these smaller cameras also have decent video capabilities for budding videographer. The Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II offers a better quality image with less zoom.
5) If you're wanting to invest in a DSLR, try the Canon 5D series! Keep in mind that you'll be investing into lenses as well - a 400mm lens is recommended for wildlife photography. Sigma offers great quality zoom lenses at a more affordable price.
6) Making sure your camera has decent manual controls will allow your phtographic opportunities to increase exponentially - subjects such as the northern lights are best photographed on manual settings.
MOST IMPORTANT: Don't forget to step back from all the technology at your fingertips and take a moment to enjoy mother nature. Soak up the moment before it is gone!