Great photographers can find exciting photo opportunities virtually anywhere. When inspiration starts to run low, traveling to some of the world’s most exhilarating photography locations can take your craft to a whole new level.
Not sure where to start? Check out this list of awe-inspiring photography locations.
The Top 8 Worldwide Photography Locations
Whether the subject of choice is nature’s raw beauty, amazing architecture, popular tourist areas, or remote locations, there’s a photography location to meet every photographer’s needs. Here are eight of the best travel destinations for photography enthusiasts to visit.
1. Kenya, Africa
Kenya, Africa is one of the world’s most popular locations for both professional and amateur photographers. Here you can observe exotic animals in their natural habitat, capture the magic of Mount Kilimanjaro, and interact with the vibrant Massai community.
2. Ta Prohm Temple, Cambodia
(above) This ancient Buddhist temple, built in 1186, is engulfed in jungle vines. The Ta Prohm Temple is shrouded in mystery and exudes an other-worldly energy and aura. Join the thousands of photographers who have attempted to capture the essence of this experience for decades.
The city of Dubai offers photographers the chance to explore the stark contrast of an explosion of humanity, thriving in the middle of a desert. Grab a great shot of the imposing downtown architecture from the top floor of a hotel or office building. Don’t take a chance at missing the gorgeous sun sett behind the Burj Al Arab, your trip will be incomplete without it.
4. Great Barrier Reef
Advances in technology have opened up the world of underwater photos to even the most casual photographer. Travel below sea level to photograph thousands of species of fish, sharks, whales, and other sea creatures. Don’t forget to take some aerial shots to capture the astonishing scale and natural beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.
5. Havana, Cuba
The colorful buildings, classic cars, and friendly locals in Havana make this city a photographer’s dream. Visit the streets of Old Havana, check out the pier, and be sure not to miss the El Gran Teatro de Havana.
PRO TIP: If you happen to come across a magical moment when you aren’t completely prepared, don’t dismay. You can still take a great photo with your camera phone. Make sure you’ve set up the camera grid ahead of time so your pictures come out as perfectly as possible every time.
This remote island is home to many endangered species including clouded leopards and orangutans. Explore the diverse rainforests and photograph these majestic animals before they go extinct.
PRO TIP: To give your photos a professional look, don’t forget to adjust your camera’s aperture settings. This allows you to take artistic license by blurring backgrounds adding depth of focus.
7. Hawaii (Hawaii Volcanoes National Park)
Capture the rarely-observed active lava flows in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Catch the locals in action as they surf and kiteboard, and photograph the area’s stunning tropical foliage and waterfalls.
PRO TIP: One of the most important pieces of advice for travel photographers is to look beyond the obvious. Some of the most interesting photography locations are well off the beaten path. Talk to the locals after you’ve arrived or plan ahead with personal travel recommendations from an excellent concierge.
8. Paris (Catacombs / Pere Lachaise)
Beyond the obvious landmarks like the Eifel Tower and the Louvre, Paris is a treasure-trove of photographic opportunities. Expand your horizons by taking your camera deep into the catacombs, by the moulin rouge at night, or spending the day exploring the Pere Lachaise cemetery.
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