Written by Scott Dickerson for the Black Star Rising Blog, thanks to Scott Baradell for his advice and editing on this post.The Alaskan summer, all four months of it, has passed by once again in a flurry of magnificence. It’s the end of August, my favorite time to photograph here. The days have shortened enough to make it reasonable to shoot the sweet light of the mornings and evenings. It’s 9:30 p.m. as I type — and the sun has only now fallen beneath the tops of the glaciers and mountains outside my office window.
Alaska is in many ways an outdoor photographer’s wonderland, offering a lifetime of inspiring photo subjects. Should you find yourself here on assignment or vacation, I’ve assembled 10 tips you may find useful while visiting us in the last frontier.
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1. Take note of sunrise/sunset times.
The daylight hours have a significant impact on how a photographer can work in Alaska. Use an online sunrise/sunset calendar and plan accordingly. You may find you have 24 hours of daylight — or as few as five hours — depending on the timing of your visit and your latitude.
2. Know the specific climate(s) of your shooting locations.
Alaska encompasses several radically different climates. Educate yourself on the specific locations you’ll be photographing so you can be prepared.
3. Make the most of cloudy weather.
Alaska may be known for its scenery, but more than a few visitors have spent their stay looking into the clouds for the mountains the locals insisted were “just right there.” Don’t sit around waiting for the weather to clear; instead, head for the nearest glacier and you’ll appreciate […]