You might find mere words failing to express to your friends what it meant to you to get in touch with the pristine beauty of the Polar Regions. But you might also be worried that you’re no world-class photographer and that your pictures aren’t going to live up to your Arctic or Antarctic experience.
Not to worry. Select voyages have pro photographers on board who are happy to share their experience and expertise with you. So if you consider yourself only a fair photographer, or even if you can’t tell the front end of a camera from the back, you’re going to go home with some new shutterbug knowledge and a mitt-full of fantastic photographs of your trip.
The Photography Workshops
There are really two versions of the workshops. The first is one you can take while still on board the ship. This version of the workshop hosts 20 passengers at a time, which is a good number for our photo pro to give everyone the attention they need. These on-board sessions take the form of lectures and workshops and will introduce you to your equipment and the theories behind how to take a better picture.
The second version of workshop is held during excursions. These land-based sessions are for up to 14 passengers at a time. These workshops are more practical, your photo pro helping you to adjust to real-life situations such as falling snow, dim light, moving wildlife, and so on.
Do I have to bring equipment?
You do indeed have to bring your own equipment – you’ll soon find that choices in photography equipment are very much based on personal preference, and there’s no way we could accommodate everyone’s tastes.
You can bring more than just basic cameras if you choose, but keep in mind you have to be able to carry the gear and it has to fit safely on board a Zodiac for trips to the shore. You should at the very least bring a waterproof bag to carry your camera in – Zodiac trips tend to splash. If you have any questions at all about whether your equipment is appropriate for one of our cruises please call us at +1 800 453 7245 or send us a note via our contact page and we’d be happy to help you get sorted out.
Are photography workshops included in the cruise price or are they supplemental?
A photography workshop is covered by the overall cost in one of our Basecamp cruises. These basecamp workshops are very beginner-friendly, but still have plenty to offer those who have a few photo albums under their belt.
The other cruises do require an extra cost, and you should book your spot in the workshop with our reservations department preferably 3 months prior to your departure (our photography pros are in demand so we need to book their time well in advance). These cruises offer the Leica Akademie workshop which requires a minimum of 4 passengers (and a max of 14). These workshops are accompanied by a Leica Akademie photo expert.
Leica Akademie experts
Oliver was a student of geodesy when he discovered his passion for photography. He worked for several years in industrial and studio photography before joining Leica Camera AG in 1988. His first focus was mainly sports photography and working as an assistant for professional photographers. After he moved to the Leica Academy his focus switched to nature and landscape photography. Since then he’s worked around the world, with the Arctic, Antarctic and the mountainous regions of Austria, Switzerland, and South Tyrol providing his most satisfying challenges. Oliver’s work has been featured in a multitude of publications and has been featured in professional exhibitions.
After Christoph completed his studies in Weimar and Gießen he let his passion for photography carry him anywhere and everywhere in search of perfect moments to capture. Christoph’s favourite subject is people – capturing them in their lives in their natural environments. He’s constantly experimenting and learning, searching for new areas to explore with his Leica. Aside from Christoph’s extensive experience in photography he also boasts experience in adult education, bringing an ability to confer his enthusiasm and knowledge to our passengers.
“A camera is a tool which allows intuition and spontaneity at the same time.”