Belize is dream destination for all levels of photographers...from professionals to those of you just capturing that perfect moment on a smartphone. It is a country where every turn seems to lead to a great picture. Wildlife, birding and sightseeing opportunities are endless. The landscape is dynamic and varied, from the the tropical rainforests of the Maya Mountains to idyllic white sand beaches out on the cayes.
If taking and sharing photographs of your adventure is an important part of your vacation experience, here are some quick tips on how to take great travel photos!
1. Get up early, stay out late and get closer
The light is at its best with the sunrise and the sunset. The light is very soft and warm compared to midday. This is also a great opportunity to capture that perfect Belizean sunrise or sunset. Another simple tip is to move closer to your subject. The closer you are, the less likely you are to have a background filled with distractions that take away from the focus of your photo.
2. Trying using flash during the day
It may not occur to you to use a flash outdoors, especially in the middle of the day. On a sunny Belizean day, particularly when you out on the ocean the sun will create harsh shadows on your subject. If you switch on your flash you will force extra light onto your subject. This will make the subject the same brightness as everything else in the scene and create an even exposure.
3. Framing the perfect shot
The area you include in your shot and how you line it all up can go a long way to giving you professional results. Find a palm tree, bridge, bigger building, or practically anything that will naturally frame your shot, so that the object you are shooting will pop out.
4. Protect Your Gear
When you are out exploring Belize by kayak, SUP or rappelling down a waterfall in the rainforest, you will want to protect your camera and gear. We recommend a waterproof system such as the Pelican case to keep your camera dry. For kayak and river trips, this plastic hard-shell box can be mounted on the deck of your sea kayak or in your riverboat. This will provide protection from the elements, yet still allow you quick access to your camera. Bring along a few silica gel packs to absorb moisture within your camera box. Waterproof cameras are especially suitable for reef and river trips.
5. Finally, put the camera down!
Enjoy the moment and don’t try to take pictures of everything. If you are constantly looking through your camera you might miss what is really in front of you. Remember to respect the culture and country you are traveling in. Ask for prior approval if you wish to take photos of the local people.