Leave with more than just memories
Take your photography to the next level
All Aurora Expeditions voyages offer an incredible opportunity for all photographers and videographers of any skill level. On all expeditions, one of our expert photographers is onboard to provide unique lectures and presentations as well as their tips and tricks to help you improve your skills behind the lens and to help you to capture your experience like a professional.
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced photographer it is like a dream to be in the company of the world’s best. You’ll have the opportunity to learn or hone your craft with presentations and informal tuition both onboard or during landings and excursions.
Our Expert Photography Guides
Scott Portelli is an Australian multi-award-winning wildlife photographer who has been working with Aurora Expeditions for six years. A member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP), he has captured some of the most powerful polar images on the planet.
“My specialty is underwater, aerial and nature photography,” says Scott. “I have spent the past 15 years exploring the polar regions and photographing some of its amazing landscapes, and wildlife.”
Not only does Scott capture moments in time but he’s also an expedition leader. “I am a polar scuba diver and have worked in the capacity as dive guide and support on various Aurora expeditions.”
He admits feels right at home in the cold frigid waters exploring the ice and marine creatures below the surface which is conveyed through his amazing work. We are so lucky to have him on the team.
Scott shoots on an Olympus EM1X and when shooting underwater and uses an Olympus Underwater housing for the EM1 – MKII.
Massimo started his career as a traveller crossing the Ionian Sea, from the South of Italy to the Greek Isles by sailboat at the age of 15. That experience marked him for life. Thanks to his ocean knowledge, Massimo got a job as a fixer for National Geographic, which opened a new vision for his career path, and so he decided to become a documentary photographer for the Society. After 29 years and 83 countries explored for National Geographic, he still loves to travel and explore, even more than before. His passion for photography is the key to open connections with people and Mother Nature. Massimo loves to photograph the truth.
Massimo learned from photographers, working for photographers in the field, so he loves to teach and to give back what he learned and what made him world-famous. “Looking at the planet through a lens is one of the best way to travel and explore new places. Camera does not just immortalise your memories, but it also lets you immerse yourself into a situation that you would not look for,” – says Massimo.
There is no better combination for Massimo than travelling on an expedition ship, where the two sides of his life can merge. He lives between London and Vancouver but, sooner rather than later, he will move back to the Mediterranean to produce olive oil (when he’s back home from the trips) – his new passion.
Special Guest Photographers
Richard I’Anson is one of the world’s best landscape photographers with over 36 years experience globetrotting and capturing the natural earth’s most rare and special moments. It’s not just us at Aurora Expeditions that think he’s the best, he’s been awarded Australia’s Top Travel Photographer as well as a plethora of other industry awards.
Richard also gives back. He is a Canon Master, World Nomads Mentor and an Australian Himalayan Foundation Ambassador. Then he finds time to join us on our voyages to impart his knowledge and skill with our guests.
When asked what photography has given him, Richard said, “Photography has afforded me the privilege of extensive travel to many parts of the world, but more importantly I’ve been able to delve deep into particular destinations and cultures through repeat visits including the Himalaya, the Indian sub-continent and over the last five years Antarctica and South Georgia with Aurora Expeditions.”
Richard represents Canon Australia as a Canon Master Photographer and shoots with Canon 1D X MkIII DSLR cameras and a range of L series lenses.
Quick Photography Tips
Here’s a quick list on what gear to pack for a trip, other than your camera.
- Read and bring your manuals
- Bring lens paper and cleaning fluid
- Pack your battery charger or spare batteries
- Pack extra film/tape/memory cards
- Pack electronic flash/tripod
- Soft cloth for cleaning lens
- Waterproof bag
- Identify subject (look for interesting behaviour as well as beauty)
- Frame shot carefully
- Open aperture one-stop when subject is dark
- Close aperture one-stop in bright light and glare
- Increase shutter speed when shooting from moving ship or Zodiac
- Focus carefully and hold the camera still.
- Respect the rights of people, wildlife and fellow photographers
For more tips on what to expect visit our Photography tips for Antarctica page.