Best Places to Take Great Photos
Earth is an amazing planet full of breathtakingly beautiful locations worthy of a thousand images. Here are some of the best places to take great photos.
- Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. Salt flats that go on for miles and miles, what can be more spectacular than that? But when you have people of different characters and personalities mingling within its surroundings, the fun starts. Experiment with depth of field and you have a million ideas with this blank white canvas.
- Deadvlei, Namibia. Photography enthusiasts always crave for perfect contrasts, which is exactly what you will get from the Sossusvlei area. In this part of the Namib Desert, you are surrounded by the red-hued richness of the dunes, the azure sky with no hint of cloud in sight, black dead trees standing eerily on the ground, and the fractured white floor of the desert.
- Queenstown, New Zealand. Even folks who do regular travels here can’t shake off the shivers that the magnificence of this resort town brings. The shimmering Lake Wakatipu and the snow-capped mountains would just compel you to take pictures. Jaw-dropping images are what you will get when you wait for the late afternoon when the sun is evoking the Remarkables Range to emit crazy colours.
- Antarctica. Penguins and blue whales can make every shutterbug obsessed with Antarctica. You can get the perfect close-up, group shot, and environmental portrait shot to your heart’s content – and still find yourself craving for
more. But turn your attention to the snowy peaks and the placid icebergs and you won’t stop clicking. And when there is a plethora of dark meteorites showing up against the white canvas of snow and ice – it is simply a photographer’s most earnest joy.
- Paris, France. The most romantic city on the face of the planet is always picture-perfect for no small reason. You will never run out of panoramic views to capture with your camera when you have world-class structures, famous monuments, historic buildings, and dramatic works of art all around you. Use black and white film for a more interesting result. Wide-angle lenses are best for snapping pictures of people in the foreground and monuments in back.
- Moab, USA. This is the place where Tom Cruise shot that famous rock climbing scene for the Mission Impossible films. Mountain bikers, climbers, and yes, photographers are always enthralled by its rocky, almost lunar terrain.
- Serengeti, Tanzania. Different types of photographers have different tastes in their pictures but no one can resist capturing endangered animals on their natural setting. What better place to do that than in Serengeti? Catch lion lazily grazing near a flat-topped acacia tree or a cheetah sprinting across the grassy plains during sunset and convince your friends that you were actually out there in the wild.
- Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic. Tranquillity and adventure. Rustic yet classical. Quiet yet sophisticated. This popular town in the Czech Republic will have any snap shooter at hello. Its old world charm, colourful ancient Bohemian buildings, unspoilt nature spots, and picturesque countryside are ideal subjects for unforgettable photo ops.
- Oaxaca City, Mexico. It is on the Day of the Dead festival in November that the whole town is spruced up with the multi-coloured and the morbid – an extraordinary subject for your pictures. Papier mache skulls, glow-in-the-dark skulls, sand-sculptured skulls are just some of the masterpieces of local residents here, showcasing their unique artistic skills.
- Johnston Canyon, Canada. Cold months are the best time to take pictures here. Saying that it is a magnificent winter wonderland here would be an understatement. Check out the frozen cliff faces and the solid river, which can be beautifully captured in your camera.
Whether you are a budding snap shooter or a professional photographer – you can never do wrong with these picture-perfect spots. But if you’re seriously thinking about entering photo contests using the abovementioned places as your subject, remember the following.
- Stand in front of your chosen subject. It may seem too obvious but you have to believe that what is in front of you will give you the best photos you want to get.
- Always be alert. Because some of the best shots can only be captured during a brief window of opportunity. Have your camera ready at a moment’s notice so you can have the element of spontaneity written all over your pictures.
- Be patient. You want to force a good shot to happen but patience is a crucial factor to be able to capture the evolution of a natural occurrence.
- Understand your camera. It has its capabilities and limitations. The more you comprehend it, the more you can let your creativity rule.
- Trust your instinct. When something bugs you to go back, give in. If a particular subject brings the twinkle in your eye, take that chance and snap away instantly. It is what you see and feel and think that is most important to capture images that would satisfy your unique digital palate.