For the photography fans, maybe the real meaning of travel lies in taking good photos. In fact, taking photos has always been an indispensable part of travel not only for photographers but also for common travelers. In this article, I’d like to share you some basic knowledge for photography in Tibet, because I believe this knowledge shall be very helpful for you during your Tibet travel and if you happen to want to take some photos.
Due to the high altitude, Tibet has low oxygen content. Then the photography equipment should be as light as possible. At the same time, the ultraviolet rays in Tibet are pretty strong and intensive, so a UV filter in front of your camera lens can help get clearer long-distance images. As for the photography time, you’d better choose before 9am and after 5pm. Take a tripod if you can and pay attention to protect your camera from wind or rain.
If you want to take photos about local customs, you’d better check related information in advance making good preparation. The monasteries in Tibet have unique construction styles (One good example is the Palkor Monastery in Gyantse, which is famous for its Palchoi Pagoda, a very unique and delicate construction. Usually you will be arranged to visit the Monastery during your Everest Base Camp Tour by your travel agent.) and the Tibetans are always dressed in colorful clothes on festive occasions. However, photography may not be allowed in some sites. And in some other places, you may be charged to take photos. Remember not to take photos secretly if it is not allowed to, or you may have trouble. If you want to take photos of people, you’d better ask for their permission first, especially, those Tibetan women, because they may not want to be shot. Most of the monasteries are very dark, so you are recommended to take a flashlight with you if you want to take photos inside those monasteries. In winter, you should pay attention to keep warm of your camera and protect it from dust. As for the films, you’d better take enough with you before leaving Lhasa.
You may return to Tibet travel advice to know more information about photography in Tibet.
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