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Kelowna Hotel's Tips for Taking Pictures in the Okanagan

April 26, 2013

Photography around Kelowna

Take captivating photos on your trip to Kelowna such as this shot of a local heritage church when you rise early and follow our other photography tips.

(Photo by Tourism Kelowna)

Today, travellers are logging almost every instant of their trips on their favourite social media platforms, from Facebook to blogs. When you visit the Okanagan and stay at one of the many Kelowna hotels, be sure to pack these tips for capturing amazing pictures.


Top travel photography tips:


1. Be an early bird.
If you want to capture Okanagan Lake in the morning and you’re hoping for a serene shot of the water, you’ll need to get up early. Boaters and sun-bathers alike start hitting the shores by 9 a.m. Likewise, if you want lifeless shots of other attractions such as the Mission Hill Estate Winery or Father Pandosy’s Mission, you’ll want to arrive well before the gates open because high season means high traffic in Kelowna.


2. Pack the essentials, especially for water shots.
Most Kelowna hotels aren’t far from camera supply stores such as Lens & Shutter on Harvey Ave, but you’d hate to be on a boat or a wine tour without a battery pack, for example. Some of the essentials you’ll want to bring on your day trips or leave in your Kelowna hotel include: a laptop for backing up images, battery chargers, mini tripod, lens wipes, and a floating camera strap for water shooting and a sunrise/sunset calculator.


3. Get a room with a view.
Kelowna is blessed with vistas of lakes, hillsides, vineyards and city lights. Use to get reviews from fellow travellers who enjoyed their hotels in Kelowna and the great shots they were able to take right from their rooms! Also, be sure to study prospective hotel gallery’s to see what kind of shot options you might have from your room, and be specific about the view you want when you call to make your reservation.


4. Capture wildlife candidly.
The Okanagan’s hot, rocky areas are home to a diverse range of animals, including black bears, moose and more than 500 species of migratory birds. To get intimate with your subject, be sure to use a telephoto lens so you can safely and candidly capture stunning wildlife images. You’ll also find manual focus to work well for shooting wildlife so you can ensure the coyote, not the pine tree, stays in focus.

Are you into adventure tourism as well as travel photography? Check out our post on three must-do adventure activities in Kelowna.


Enjoy all Kelowna has to offer and review your images at the end of the day in your centrally located room at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites. This pet-friendly hotel in Kelowna offers a hot tub, mineral pool, spa, restaurants and free breakfast. Book your room now!

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