Why you should book a photography trip to Svalbard (even if you’re not a professional photographer)
At Natural World Safaris, we run several specialist photography departures to Svalbard each summer. I recently returned from one of these departures with Shannon Wild and Russ MacLaughlin on board the M/S Freya, and had an incredible time picking up some tips and tricks from the professionals. My photos might not be National Geographic standard (like Russ and Shannon's) but I learned a lot, and had a fantastic time while I was at it!
Nobody goes to Svalbard hoping to see a polar bear and return without a photograph to prove it. Everyone is hoping for that perfect shot of a bear padding across the ice, or hunting a seal. If you’re lucky and get to see one of these magnificent bears, you want to be prepared to capture the moment without hesitation, without fumbling nervously with your camera settings, and without worrying that the photo will be blurry, overexposed or the wrong colour. Before we had even left Longyearbyen, all our group talked about was getting that iconic shot of a polar bear on the ice. I have to admit, it’s what I was hoping for too!