Photography in the Galapagos

Shooting the Boobies
Everything you need to know about photography in the Galapagos Islands

As a child, my mother once showed me a book that contained several photographs of Giant Tortoises. I was fascinated by these large "turtles," and decided at the grand old age of 7 that I would visit their home someday. That day didn't come for almost 30 years, but when it did, I was so fascinated I kept going back.

Touring the Galapagos is like spending a week on the other side of the bars in a zoo. In other words, a photographer's dream. Of course, there aren’t any lions and tigers and bears. Instead, just boobies and lizards and turtles, oh my! I heartily recommend the experience to every photographer.

But if you go, take the time to do it right. Each new trip I take there is better than the last, because I've learned to maximize my photographic opportunities. Few of the existing books on the Galapagos really take a photographer's point of view (the best of the bunch was Barry Boyce’s [affiliate link], unfortunately now out of date, though still useful). Instead, most Galapagos books  function more like guidebooks, and even then they tend to get out of date fast.

I originally set out to write a book about touring the Galapagos targeted for photographers, but haven't got around to doing so. Instead, I've put together a few words (okay, more than few) to help you plan your trip. This information is based upon ten trips to the Galapagos, and yes, I'll be headed back again soon.

This mini-section of the site contains a series of articles on different aspects relating to a trip to the Galapagos Islands:

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