We can all agree that going home with fantastic holiday pictures is important. However it isn’t always easy, particularly if you don’t have an eye for it. To give you a hand we’ve made a list of the most photogenic cities for you to embark on with your cameras.
Professional or amateur, here’s some city breaks to add to your photography destination list.
Oia, Santorini, Greece
Santorini, the most romantic and beautiful of the Greek Islands, is a photographers paradise. From the white washed cliffs spotted with colourful roofs, to the high cliffs lining the blue sea coast, the opportunities for stunning pictures are endless.
With its bridges and canals, this city on water is one-of-a-kind and fantastic for HDR photography, as you will see above. It’s an incredibly attractive city of intense colours and shabby buildings.
This city-state has both a bustling city centre and a number of outlying islands, ideal for exploring with your camera. If you look past the glitzy shops and glamorous restaurants, you will see the streets thriving with the arts and culture that tell the story of Hong Kong’s past.
Rich in history and ancient architecture, the Italian capital also boasts a wealth of world-class art, from Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel to the infamous Trevi Fountain. Within Rome’s borders sits the Catholic Church’s city-state, Vatican City, home to St Peter’s Basilica and of course, the Pope.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is a city with a thrilling story to tell through its architecture and museums. Cross Charles Bridge, visit Prague Castle and climb Petrin View Tower for some fantastic views and photography opportunities.
New York City, United States
With its big city lights, Manhattan is a hub of activity and excitement. Attracting all sorts of quirky characters it’s a prime street photography location. Views from the Rockefeller Centre promise to send you home with some priceless images of this skyscraper city.
Paris, the city of love, is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With the obvious photo-worthy Eiffel Tower, to the subtle charms of the buildings or the cafés that spill on to the streets. Notre Dame, the Louvre and a view of the Arc de Triomphe from the bottom of the Champs-Elysees are also pleasing to an artist’s eye.
A visual highlight of Istanbul that sets it apart from other cities is the two famous mosques, Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque. The imagery of these magnificent holy buildings set against the sky, like the one above, are fantastic and individualistic. The Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, is a melting pot of colour and Turkish culture, for those documenting photographers.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
With its fancy high rises and downtrodden back streets, Buenos Aires been appropriately described by Lonely Planet as ‘seductive with a rugged edge’. Packed with an attractive and diverse population who like to salsa dance on the streets, there’s something worth snapping around every corner.
Home of the Royal family, world-class art and the buildings that define British history, London is a must-see for any photographer. Highlight: visit Southbank to see all of the favourite sights that line the Thames, while enjoying the artistic or musical displays on show.
Barcelona is the art and culture capital of Spain, and with good reason. Snap the crazy locals that occupy La Ramblas and explore the beautiful Park de la Ciutadella. Gaudi’s Parc Guell is an experience in itself, while offering a stunning view of the City.