With white sand beaches and forests, river and lake vistas, colonial architecture, spectacular temples that change personality with the shifting light of day and, most significantly, the enigmatic and friendly people of this country, Cambodia is a very photogenic country. To get the best shots on your travels, you should know some basic tips. Indochina tours Cambodia
Light need to take a beautiful photo in Cambodia
As in all countries close to the equator, the best times to take pictures outside are the so-called golden hours: early morning, from sunrise to 9am, and in the afternoon from 4.p.m until sunset. Bear in mind that from season to season, the light varies considerably. From June to December, after the rainy season, before dust covers everything and the plants wilt is when the Cambodian landscape is generally at its best. During the rains, you can also catch some really dramatic light. On storm-laden in the summer, the Angkor ruins look very otherworldly.
People in Cambodia
Although it is sometimes considered to be impolite to ask local people for permission to take picture of them, for the most part, Cambodian people are excited to be photographed. It is advisable to ask before photographing monks although photography in temples is usually also not a big deal. Avoiding photography of military installations as well as the police and the military are some notable exceptions to this liberal attitude. The indigenous people of Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri, the Kompong Loeu are not happy to be photographed at all and after you pull your camera out, some even run away immediately. The influx of tourists has led to demands for money in some minority villages. Cambodia tour packages
Apart from rain and heat, the dust is the main enemy of camera gear in Cambodia. Even if the lens is never separated from the body, the fine red dust that swirls around anywhere there is a road has a way to dirty sensor after entering cameras, particularly in the northeast during the dry season. The fixed-lens cameras also are not the exceptions. Before setting off on a motorcycle trip, always make sure to well wrap photography gear in plastic.
Tourists who intend to buy a camera during their trip around Asia would be better off getting cameras and camera accessories in Thailand, Malaysia or Singapore as they are not particularly cheap in Cambodia. In Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, films and memory cards are available, and, to a lesser degree, in Sihanoukville. You can find film, compact cameras and occasionally some memory cards at cheap price at some photo shops at some smaller towns.
Whether you use a film camera or digital, getting your pictures developed is not a problem in Phnom Penh. Have your pictures developed when you get home is a good idea if you want to be certain no scratches appear on your film.
Finally, as you take a walk in the busy streets of the capital city, always make sure that your camera is securely stored. Although it is not common that whatever you have over your shoulder is grabbed by fly-by robberies, typically two kids on a motorcycle zipping past, they do occur more and more regularly. If you take your camera out at night, the risk will increase.
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