Traveling abroad is exciting, but what really knocks the socks off photographer’s feet are the endless opportunities to capture one-of-a-kind images. Stellar photographers can make even the dreariest of places look thrilling and exciting. However, destinations that are already pre-photogenic not only make the job easier, but set the stage to some amazing shots and angles. Get ready to follow the “Rule of Thirds” as you explore these top photogenic destinations.
Although communist architecture is not the most stunning scenery, Berlin hosts plenty of photo opps. First, many buildings are made from glass or mirrors, thus making the scenery reflective, amidst the combination of old and modern architecture. Second, Berlin is home to plenty of public art, and is known for its graffiti buildings. The grungy, hipster scene showcases plenty of vibrant colors to hold true to the “Sexy but poor” notion.
Whitsunday Islands, Australia
Beaches are photogenic no matter what camera or lens the photographer uses. However, the Whitsundays feature various hues of blue that contrast with white sands. But what makes it photogenic are that the beaches do not follow a linear path, but rather sand bars and shorelines are exposed in a wave-like and blended manner.
Lying Buddha statue: check. Ancient temples: check. Food and souvenir markets: double check. Bangkok showcases the best of ancient Thai culture from temples to cuisine. Visit the floating markets and Ayutthaya, which are located outside of Bangkok to capture old-school Thai living and structures. The best of about the ancient structures and Buddha are that everything follows a linear, or structured, pattern, thus creating perfect “rule of thirds” and focused shots.
Along with the ancient culture theme, Jaipur, “The Pink City” is home to plenty of ancient palaces vibrant-colored artifacts. India is the perfect place to showcase “stillness amidst chaos” or “beauty aside destruction.” One thing to note, be prepared to tip the people you photograph, as their expectation is to receive rupees for the exchange of their staged picture.
Vancouver, British Columbia
To capture the picture-perfect modern urban site, photograph Vancouver. The buildings glisten and reflect along the ocean shoreline. Stanley Park is another photogenic location to see part of the city’s skyline while admiring the popular, Grouse Mountain. Head to North Vancouver to capture an aerial view of the city, surrounded by water, cruise ships and water planes.
South Island, New Zealand
Although both islands are the perfect scene for a coffee table book, the South Island showcases New Zealand’s strength, purity and the popular Mt. Cook. Glacial-blue lakes, snowcapped mountains and meandering sheep pose beautifully in this southern hemisphere country. Visit during wildflower season to capture a perfect blend of cool hues as these flowers border many glacial lakes.
Similar to New Zealand, Iceland showcases the best of nature and it’s purity. Iceland combines the best of bubbling hot springs with volcanic glacial lakes. Capture the horses running wild around the springs while rainbows project in front of the massive waterfalls. Iceland features every type of terrain, including black sand beaches.
Elizabeth is a fitness professional, workshop presenter and freelance writer. She is an active traveler who treks the globe looking for interesting stories to write and places to photograph. Her most significant travel achievements include living and volunteering in Australia twice and studied yoga in India.