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11 May 2024

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 552nd in our series of Saturday matinees today: Antarctica Photography Tips.

In this 2:45 video from Polar Latitudes, the company's photography coach Lisa Lapointe shares five tips for taking photos in Antarctica when you leave the mother ship for a few hours to wander the continent.

We realize you are not packing for Antarctica. Nor were we when we watched this engaging clip. Just for fun, we pretended Lapointe was talking about shooting street photography in San Francisco. And, you know, her advice made sense in that context too.

Of course, the shots we see in the video were not taken in the asphalt jungle. They were shot on icy terrain. And she dutifully warns you that you can't rely on auto exposure to capture such a high-key environment. You'll get dark, muddy photos.

But she doesn't recommend what we immediately thought of (a light meter) because who uses a light meter any more to measure incident light? Nobody.

Instead, she recommends using exposure compensation. Which every camera (even smartphones) provides. Such is the practicality of her advice.

LaPointe is not just a photography coach, though. She's a biologist and international expedition leader as well. As a photographer, she specializing in wildlife and conservation. Her work has taken her to all seven continents, with multiple trips to the polar regions.

Her photography combines art and science into its storytelling. She is particularly interested in how wild creatures interact with their environment, each other and humans. Her images show both the beauty and innate value of wildlife and wild places and the challenges they face.

You can enjoy more of her work online on her portfolio page. In the warm and cozy confines of your home.

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