How to Take the Best Photos at Salar de Uyuni

Aug • 7 • 2017

As the largest salt flat in the world, Salar de Uyuni draws plenty of attention. But it’s the stunning photos that really make this destination famous. From comedic poses to breathtaking landscape shots, this flat and monochromatic terrain is the perfect place to whip out your camera and have a little fun.

Plan It Out

Forget the boring tourist poses. (Does your camera roll really need another selfie?) It’s time to get creative.

If you want to stage a creative shot, you have to have a clear vision of the end result. Do you want your friend hopping into a jar of peanut butter? Or battling a giant dinosaur? Make sure you and your subjects know exactly what the end product will look like before you go running all over the place.

Bring Props

Everything from a plastic toy car to a spoon can become a prop. Make sure you plan ahead, and bring one or two little items with you to have some fun.

If you forgot a prop, or don’t want to add to your luggage weight, get creative with what you do have, and use the people around you to create an incredible scene.

Stick close to the ground

Don’t be afraid to get a little salty! Lay on your stomach, and commit to that final shot. Don’t worry about looking silly. Everyone else out there is doing the same thing.

Judge the Distance

Don’t let your subject get too far away from you. The further the distance between you and the object of your photo, the harder it will be to stay in focus. Don’t be afraid to adjust if it’s not working out.

Remember, time of year and time of day matter

Salar de Uyuni has two different outfits: dry and wet. In the rainy season, a thin layer of glossy water covers the ground, giving your photos a mirror effect. Everything will be reflected, giving you a great opportunity to create a mesmerizing picture.

The time of day is also important. Sunset is a gorgeous time to take photos. Light pinks and purples mix with the blinding white terrain, giving your shots a little extra beauty. Make sure to book a trip that goes longer than a single day in order to stick around for sunset.

Most of all, remember to put the camera down. Don’t spend your time here orchestrating a million shots. Enjoy this unique destination, and spend some time wandering around by yourself taking it all in.