Tip of the Day: Destination: Belize

2. A polarizing filter is a must. The deep contrasts of the jungle and bright skies aren't easy to balance, a polarizer or neutral gradient filter can help.

Nestled in between Guatemala and Mexico, Belize is a nation that contains rich history buried in its jungles. Mayan ruins, gnarled trees with their roots in a river of chocolate and some of the best diving in the world are just a few of the things that make Belize a photo destination. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of shooting Belize:

1. Get certified before you go. If you plan on shooting while diving in Belize, you should get certified before you get there because the best diving is off of the small Island of San Pedro and they only have one hyperbaric chamber! Be safe!

2. A polarizing filter is a must. The deep contrasts of the jungle and bright skies aren't easy to balance, a polarizer or neutral gradient filter can help.

3. Bring protective water shoes. My first trip to Belize began with slashing my foot open in the water. Don't be like me!

4. Go in the green season. Plan your trip between June and November, this is the rainy, green season.

5. Shoot early, shoot late. Not only sunrise and sunset, but the couple of hours before or after each of these is the best time to shoot. Interesting light and better color saturation.

Belize is a study in contrasts from the deep jungle to the Blue Hole, where you can get a lobster burger cheaper than a beef one and where you will never be without subjects to shoot! Check out Jad Davenport's article "Shooting in Hell" (April, 2007) on shooting in the caves of Belize
—Matthew Panzarino
Contributing Blogger

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