8 tips for improving your photos in the Puna – Northwestern Argentina

Viajes fotográficos - La Puna

If you’re an amateur photographer and like to travel, the Puna in the Northwestern Argentina is a scenario that can not be missed from your memories. Characterized by a stunning landscape, rich colors and dotted reliefs, this area represents one of the most attractive destinations in our country.

Comprising the provinces of Salta, Jujuy and Catamarca, Puna of NW Argentina combines two main climates: a rather dry, with some rivers from snow melt lonely endless lagoons and salt flats. The other is rather desert climate with arid landscapes with a great presence of volcanoes.

These two climates result in an ideal setting for fans of photography, its nuances, reliefs and horizons that can be found in every corner of this area. If we add the exotic wildlife that had the region, and do not hesitate more. We expect a variety of camels, flamingos, foxes and bobcats, ie copies of magic worthy photographs.

Some tips for taking pictures in the Puna

  1. Always aim to look for the contrasts, the best lights, and play with colors.
  2. Using “Wide Angle” lenses for shots that include big landscapes.
  3. Using compact cameras that have good definition and are easy to transport over long distances.
  4. Do not forget the bags and / or purses with clasps to prevent large amounts of dust that is very common in the area.
  5. Be careful with the altitude and low temperatures, as they may freeze lithium batteries (above 2500 meters and 5 to 15 degrees Celsius).
  6. Using the UV filters in order to avoid radiation at high altitudes and above all a polarizing filter to get deep cyan skies and a well defined ground .
  7. Avoid taking photos at noon for the high refraction on the surface.
  8. Wear comfortable shoes for doing long walks and / or ascending hills or mountains.
  9. And finally, water, lots of water, to make these trips a journey of pleasure and an unforgettable experience.

Find out more about the Puna and the Photo Tours organized by Cielos Andinos.