I have a Rebel T3i with Canon zoom lens EF-S 18-55 mm lens 1:3.5-5.6 IS ll and a Canon EF-S55-250 mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens. I would appreciate any advice on how to get clear photos and video on our Alaskan Cruise or direction on how I can use this equipment in "beginner photographer" terms.TIA

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    \$\begingroup\$ Hi and welcome to Photo.SE! Realy cool that you get the opportunity to travel on an Alaskan cruise! Currently the question you've posed is very broad. If you take the tour you'll notice this site works best for narrow, well defined questions that show a little bit of research. Therefore I would like to ask if you can first search for similar questions and then – if you've not yet found a satisfactory answer – edit your question to focus on a single aspect of beginner photography with your gear. \$\endgroup\$ Jun 19, 2022 at 11:33
  • \$\begingroup\$ Here are some related previous question which might help you get started in your research: photo.stackexchange.com/q/96403/9161, photo.stackexchange.com/q/164/9161. By clicking on a tag (e.g. wildlife or photography-basics) you can find more related questions. \$\endgroup\$ Jun 19, 2022 at 11:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ To expand on Saaru's comment above: the best advice is to work on your weaknesses as a photographer; however, we can't tell you what your weaknesses are - is it your composition? Is it your technical understanding of how a camera works? Is it familiarity with your equipment so you can select the right settings quickly and accurately in the dark when wearing gloves? Almost certainly the best thing to do is to practice as much as possible before your cruise, and if you have any specific questions we can help with those. Thanks. \$\endgroup\$
    – Philip Kendall
    Jun 19, 2022 at 12:12
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    \$\begingroup\$ It appears Canon published an article about this: Arctic Wildlife Photography Tips. Subjects, composition, etc are all subjective - nobody can tell you what to shoot - but I would suggest ensuring you understand how to get proper exposure, understand exposure compensation in case you need it, and understand what's needed to avoid camera shake. \$\endgroup\$
    – osullic
    Jun 19, 2022 at 20:44
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    \$\begingroup\$ Fifteen years ago, when I asked that question to some pros, they told me 'go and shot 10000 photos, then shoot another 10000.' - I found that silly advise, but - surprise - it was good advice. Just go do it, often, and more often. \$\endgroup\$
    – Aganju
    Jun 19, 2022 at 21:49