Photography in Tibet


Foreigners Taking Photos in Tibet
In Tibet, even a careless shot will get a picture that blows your family and friends' minds.

It is true that Tibet is a paradise for photographers, and a place filled with splendid scenery for travelers to capture all the time.

Why You Should Raise Your Camera in Tibet?

The diversified landscape and unique cultures offers the people travel to Tibet numerous chances to take different kinds of photos, including:

  • Snow covered peaks with sunrise and sunset, such as the Mount Everest and Mount Kailash.
  • Surging rivers and tranquil lakes in deep valleys, such as the Yarlung Zangbo River and Namtso Lake.
  • Peaceful yaks grazing on the vast pasture
  • The exotic ethnic customs and unique religious life of the local Tibetans.
  • The traditional palaces and monasteries, such as Potala Palace and Ganden Monastery.

Tibet Mount Kailash
Seasons to Take Photos in Tibet

Generally you can take a good photo in Tibet all year around. We recommend you to catch the photography opportunities in summer. The summer rain will provide some very special photographs.  

Tips on Photography in Tibet

  • Equipment: As people may feel weak at high altitudes, it is not encouraged to take too much photographic equipment. We have seen many great pictures even shot by smartphones. 
  • Bring sufficient films and memory cards since it is really a difficult task to buy these stuff in many remote areas of Tibet. Extra batteries are advised, as battery life shortens considerably in low temperatures. Lithium batteries are a good choice.
  • Potala Palace
    Avoid your camera overexposure to the sun. A UV lens will be very useful to protect your camera from the strong ultraviolet radiation. Keep your photographic apparatus away from the unclean environment especially in the dusty and windy weather.
  • Please respect the local Tibetan customs. In some areas, people believe that it is inauspicious to have their photo taken, so ask first for permission of the people you want to photograph. Giving presents sometimes works well to show your friendliness.
  • In some monasteries, it is offensive to take photos, especially photos of statues in the shrine. Sometimes, a certain amount of money should be paid. The amount depends on the popularity of the monastery. Do not take photos secretly in these places. It may bring about unexpected troubles and even be against local regulations. Finally, remember not to take photos in sensitive military areas.
  • In some areas it is very inconvenient to recharge a video camera since there is no power in the villages. Talk to the manager of a restaurant, and perhaps he will help you. Some restaurants generate electric power with their own generators.

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