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Photography Holidays

Travel photography is a passion at Exodus. On most Exodus holidays there are fantastic opportunities to get behind the lens of your camera and take those dream shots. Our style of travel means that you're up early, enjoying the best light of the day as the sun rises and sets. We have award-winning photographers in the office to provide advice pre trip, and also run a numb... Read more

er of specialist dedicated travel photography holidays. 

Most people want a photographic record of their travels to help keep the memories of what they’ve seen alive. The worst thing is to come home finding your pictures aren’t quite the masterpieces you’d envisaged. With unpredictable wildlife and vast expanses of icy whiteness, taking photographs in the Polar regions can be very tricky.

Most of our photography itineraries are fixed departure small group tours, but many of them can be arranged as a private departure. If you don’t find the dates you want, or if you’d like to travel with a group of your friends, family or colleagues, let us know and we can help! See our Private Adventures page for more information.

Picture Perfect

Here are a few tips:

King penguin feeding youngDo you know your camera?
Make sure you know how to use your camera well before your holiday. If you are buying it especially for the trip, take it out beforehand and practice until you know how to use it without looking at the manual. You will then enjoy and capture those split-second wildlife moments.

Keep a respectful distance
It will be tempting to get close to penguins and seals for that framefilling shot but this can be stressful for the animals (and also breaks IAATO guidelines) so don’t do it! Bring a camera which has a decent zoom or telephoto on it so that you can keep your distance.
Your subject is more likely to behave in a calm, natural way giving you a photo to be proud of.

Polar bear viewed from the ship
How’s your camera memory?
Good quality images need space and you will end up taking many more pictures than you thought you would. Make sure you take plenty of memory cards. Most people also take portable hard-drives or laptops to give them extra storage capacity.

Invest in a tripod or monopod
Tripods can be cumbersome to lug around, but on polar expeditions you won’t be walking around for too long and will often be taking pictures from the comfort of the ship. They are a great way of preventing blurry shots from camera shake, especially when taking pictures in strong winds or in close up. Tripods are also very useful for keeping images sharp when your camera is on maximum zoom; Polar bears don’t always walk up to the ship!

Camera screen with polar bears displayed
Expert help
The best way of improving your photographs is to get some training. Book yourself on to a photography course (even 1 or 2 day courses can help) or join one of our photographic charters to get expert tuition while ‘in the field’.



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Types of Photography holidays

There are plenty of options for Photography holidays depending on the pace and style of holiday you want.

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