A balcony decorated in Puerto Rican flags during the annual Festival of San Sebastian in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It is the largest festival in Puerto Rico with thousands of locals and visitors descending on Old San Juan to party, dance, and watch processions and music performances.
Puerto Rico – Photo Tip

When photographing, always look behind you

Photo by Richard Ellis

Puerto Rico – Photo Tip When photographing, always look behind you

Festivals are a photographer’s dream, combining color, movement, culture, history and people into an opportunity to capture beautiful travel images.

Richard Ellis
Richard Ellis

Few places have more than Puerto Rico and some of the best are the Carnival in Ponce and San Sebastian Street Festival in San Juan. I am often asked how to photograph them and my first tip is always to advise to not be afraid of approaching people.

Everyone at such a public event is in a good mood and out for a good time. They will love having their picture taken, so get in close. After taking any photo, remember also to keep looking behind you, where you might be missing another great one. Travel photography is a 360-degree activity, especially in a crowd.

When you are shooting dancers or performers, use a slow shutter speed in combination with rear curtain sync on your flash to create motion and a real sense of the action.

One other tip is to arrive early: the best shots can often happen beforehand, when everyone is still getting ready. The different atmosphere will also give you more variety in your range of photos.

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Derived from the tradition of a final celebration before the beginning of Lent, the Carnaval De Ponce is a week-long festival of colorful parades and music events. Highlights include the appearance of folkloric characters known as Vejigantes, whose papier-mache masks are adorned with horns to represent the devil. Photo by Richard Ellis / Alamy

Richard Ellis

Richard Ellis

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Derived from the tradition of a final celebration before the beginning of Lent, the Carnaval De Ponce is a week-long festival of colorful parades and music events. Highlights include the appearance of folkloric characters known as Vejigantes, whose papier-mache masks are adorned with horns to represent the devil.

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