New York is known for being a city photographers love to come and shoot. It’s the home of some of the most amazing attractions in the world, but knowing the perfect spot to capture that moment, is the real secret. Take a look at the 3 perfect photography spots in New York City.
Last year over 65 million people visited NYC, armed with their cameras and smartphones. From the Empire State Building to Ground Zero, tourists in the city are a vital part of documenting the history of New York and its iconic locations.
When you are on vacation, rather than snapping the more obvious locations, such as the Flatiron Building and The Statue of Liberty, how about visiting somewhere more unusual?
You can use it as an opportunity to work on your composition skills, capturing beautiful images that you will be proud to take home and put on your walls.
Central Park – Bethesda Terrace
Bethesda Terrace (72nd Street, Cross Drive), situated in Central Park is a completely unique monument and you can take photos from many different perspectives.
You might want to capture the dramatic New Brunswick sandstone steps, that slope down either side of the upper and lower terrace. The lower level has a beautiful and intricate mosaic, constructed out of Roman brick.
The upper terrace runs side-by-side with 72nd street and has an incredible view of the both the park and the Bethesda Fountain below it. To create really atmospheric photos, try visiting Bethesda Terrace at sunset, when the light changes to russet and gold.
The long shadows emphasize the grandeur of the architecture in a visually striking way.
The High Line
The High Line is a community park with a difference. It is a performance space, an art gallery a nature garden all rolled into one. It is a place to connect with friends and family.
Created from an old freight railway line, this mile-and-a-half long park in the sky, runs from the Meatpacking
District right through to the Whitney museum (a must visit). It is an absolutely beautiful example of how a derelict, industrial infrastructure can be completely transformed into something that has meaning and purpose for a whole city.
There are so many different ways to capture The High Line, you could even make a picture collage of the park taken from different viewpoints. Experiment with taking shots from almost ground level, running parallel with the railway track.
Or, use your visit as an opportunity to take action shots of the people as they pass through.
Little Italy, Manhattan
If you are interested in taking portraits, then Little Italy is pure heaven. One of the best times of the year to visit the area is during the Feast of San Gennaro, which happens every September.
The festival celebrates the patron Saint of Naples and has been running annually since 1926. Taking place in and around Mulberry Street, you will find street vendors galore, selling some of the most amazing and diverse food that New York has to offer.
“The Beast of Feasts” runs for 11 days and attracts visitors from all over the world. If you are out and about with your camera, this is an excellent opportunity to take pictures of some local New York food legends and entertainers.
You can even turn your hand to capturing your lunch in close up, before posting it on Instagram.
New York is packed full of photogenic spots!
On your visit, you will have plenty of opportunity to hone your skills in taking landscape, portraiture and abstract pictures as you capture beautiful memories of the City That Never Sleeps.
If you need a few more additional tips on how to capture that perfect picture, take a look at the tips given by the photographer, Dani Diamond.
Enjoy and send us your shot, so it can be featured on our Instagram page!
Photo Credits: ©Behind the Scenes NYC, Courtesy of Noel Y.C., Alex Haney and Actionvance