Cuba is a beautiful country with lush nature, picturesque landscapes and amazing wildlife. It’s no wonder that so many photographers are drawn to the island to capture its beauty. But how do you make sure you get those perfect shots? The following article will give you some guidance on creating the perfect nature pictures of Cuba Tours.

Sunrise Shots

One of the best time to capture Cuba’s natural beauty is at sunrise. Whether it’s to get the perfect lighting for the mogotes of Vinales or seeing the birdlife as they are eating in the morning. This time of the day brings perfect photo opportunities.

In the modern world, with the help of apps, you can perfectly plan your sunrise picture opportunity, giving you things like the weather, time of the sun rising, the clouds aligning for you…. in Cuba, you have to go a little more ‘old school’ as apps, internet and the likes are not always readily available. So be prepared to experiment with different settings and angles!

Bear in mind that early morning light tends to be cooler (higher blue) than light in the late evening, which leans toward warmer color casts consisting of orange and red.

Since there are different color temperatures at work here, you might need to adjust your photos, depending on the look you’re after. You can do this through your camera’s white balance settings, through warming or cooling filters, or via adjustments in post-production – where you’ll need to add or remove warmth to achieve the perfect final photograph.

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Sunset Shots

The best time of the day for a sunset picture is early evening. This period offers some of the most dramatic skies. When capturing sunset landscapes, you want your frame to be wide and all-encompassing. This gives the scene a bigger sense of scale and grandeur. Sunset photography means slower shutter speeds as lower light and smaller apertures are usually involved. Also make sure that you shoot in RAW format, you can add exposure adjustments, white balance changes and gradients later in post-processing.

Beach shots

Who doesn’t like a photo of white sand beaches and azure waters? Now couple that with some dramatic branches of mangroves and you can create amazing beach shots! Which is why we are taking you to Cayo Jutias. One of the most stunning, beaches around.

And if the mangroves aren’t enough, you will also find stunning and extra large sea stars here. This place is nature’s wodnerland bringing you different textures and objects to play with. Make sure that you change your perspective and try different options from wide angle to close ups.

Make sure that you stay mindful of your surroundings and the environment, it is not only for us humans but also Mother Nature’s living space too.

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Bird shots

Something that is very important to us is that we explore the birds in their natural element, making sure that we do not disturb them in their own habitat. We are there to observe and admire! We ask that you do the same.

A great bird photography does involve several factors, such as the direction of the light, composition, background, your position. The other important factors we mentioned in our article previously is having a local guide who knows about the birds and their activities. A bonus to have guidance with your gear, proper settings and the like. Yet the most important elements are often overlooked, which is having the patience and a true passion to wanting to capture an amazing shot of these beautiful birds.

As for the camera, a decent APS-C or DX-format camera body with a telephoto lens of up to 300mm is more than sufficient to really get great bird photographs. Sure, a longer lens may help, but it doesn’t make a great bird photo.

So now you know the basics of photographing Cuba’s natural beauty. Remember to take your time and enjoy nature as it unfolds in front of you, not just through the lens. With these tips under your belt and a little patience on your part, we’re confident that you’ll be able to create some amazing shots from this beautiful country and maybe even inspire others to do so too! Is it time for an adventure? Let us help plan one by contacting us today.