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1. Posted by schapple (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I am leading an expedition to the North and South Poles in 2006 and keen for advice on taking photographs in this environments - exposure, protection against the elements, ect.


Thanks in advance

[ Edit: sorry, no promos please - particularly in your first post. ]

2. Posted by georgep (Respected Member 201 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

If i was you i would talk to one of the manufactures.

It's not that easy if it's so much below zero.

- Film will break (i think if it's below -21c)
- Battery's have a verry short life
- lcd displays and censors can't stand that kind of cold.

And then the weather protection is not the biggest problem. Camera's in a profesional line like a Canon 1DII or 1DsII or 1V are all weather seald and are ruged enough to last you the trip.

Good Luck,


3. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


Keeping camera batteries functioning is going to be the main priority equipment wise I should think. I know mountaineers tend to keep spare batteries in their clothing to protect them from the elements.

The main thing to remember when photographing scenes with lots of snow is that the cameras light meter will automatically underexpose the picture (as a result of the meter being set to expose mid/grey tones, hence either very light or dark scenes will be over or under exposed). You'll need to overide the cameras settings and over-expose by a 1.5 to 2 stops. i guess if you're using a digital camera you can experiment on location.

Sorry can't offer any more advice as I've only ever dreamt of taking pictures in such an amazing environment!

4. Posted by georgep (Respected Member 201 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

The nice thing is if you shoot with a digital slr in raw mode you can just adjust those stops at home. So no worry's any more about how to adjust.