How to use light in your favor in Galapagos?
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.