How to use light in your favor in Galapagos?

Feb 2, 2018

Photography has changed the world – especially how we see and experience the things around us. Through the captured image we can travel all across the globe without ever having to leave the comfort of our front rooms. Visit Machu Pichu or the Taj Mahal simply by seeing their glory in incredible images.

However, there is nothing like experiencing these environments first hand. And this is especially true in the Galapagos Islands. Even though it looks incredibly dramatic and other worldly in photos, nothing can compare to the real thing. That being said, when you do visit on Galapagos cruises, you’re going to want to take your own photos as souvenirs and proof that you’ve enjoyed your time in the archipelago.

With so many great landscapes, animals and phenomena to capture, it’s important to use light to your advantage. Here’s what you need to know.

Camera and lenses

Having good quality lenses and cameras makes all the difference. It helps to use light to your advantage and capture the best images. It’s a good idea to bring two cameras and several lenses in order to be able to adjust your set up. A high megapixel, fast focusing and responsive DSLR is a good bet. Super fast frame rates are not always necessary as most animals are very cooperative on Galapagos cruises.
 

Sunrise and sunset

It’s easy to get great images during dynamic light periods such as sun up and sun down. However, remember that this is the equator so it happens quickly. Research these times before you go and make the most of these hours, even if they are not the most sociable. More horizontal light is good for reducing shadows and getting light to bounce back off your subject, including animals eyes and scales.Big black shadows of midday shots are hard to make look good.

Plan your position

The volcanic islands of the Galapagos are tall cone shapes, meaning if your cruise is on the wrong side of the island at certain points of day, you’re going to lose all your light. Speak to your captain or guide on Galapagos cruises on board vessels like the Galapagos Seaman Journey to find out your itinerary and how this might affect your light for shooting.

Even the most amateur photographers can get some truly stunning shots on the islands, if they are lucky enough to get the right light. Be aware of your surroundings and think about the lighting angles and intensity and you’ll have an album that’s well worth showing off.
 

Take a look of these tour programs:

1. Peru Tour: Lima and Machu Picchu Tour
2. Wildlife Tour: Amazon Wildlife spotting tour
3. Santa Cruz Island Tour: Galapagos land tour from Santa Cruz
4. Adventure Tour:  Snorkeling tour in Galapagos
5. Galapagos Cruise Itinerary: High-End Vessel Exploring Genovesa and Central Islands

Andre Robles
Andre Robles
Andre Robles is an expert in everything South America, his passion for the region and exploring off the beaten path makes his travel writing both useful and interesting. He has written for several mainstream publications and you can read his guides on Ecuador, Peru, the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon. Andre is also an accomplished photographer and has been recognized as one of the best wildlife photographers in the region, his photos have been featured in National Geographic and other journals. As a travel agent Andre specializes in curating unique experiences, crafting tailor made itineraries and helping visitors make the best of their vacation, always putting the experience first
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