Embark on a visual journey as we unveil the best places for photography. They are the locations where breathtaking landscapes, architectural marvels, and cultural heritage blend harmoniously to create a photographer's paradise.
From awe-inspiring natural wonders to mesmerising cityscapes and hidden gems off the beaten path, there is beauty if you know how to look for it.
Wonderful experience travelling is. Take some pictures, not just to share with others but also with your future self. Let’s jump right into the list.
Santorini has been the inspiration for the artistic souls of all times and ages. Photo by maglara - stock.adobe.com
With its iconic blue-domed churches, white-washed buildings, and stunning sunsets over the Aegean Sea, Santorini offers endless opportunities for capturing dreamy landscapes and architecture.
As you wander through the narrow streets of Oia or Fira, your camera lens will be drawn to the picture-perfect scenes at every turn. The contrast of the vibrant blue rooftops against the stark white buildings creates a mesmerising backdrop, making it one of the best places for photography.
In contrast, the cobblestone paths and bougainvillaea-laden walls add a touch of charm to your compositions.
We highly recommend you spare some time to take pictures at the three bells of Fira. To get there, come to the Mama Thira Tavern and get on the top of the cliff. Look around, and you will see a blue dome with three bells nearby.
But Greek has a myriad of enchanting islands to discover; why confine yourself to just one? Some of the most noteworthy Instagrammable places include Mykonos for mountainous scenery or Milos for unpretentious charm. Visiting a Greek island, any of them, is always a good idea.
2. Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto, a city where customs linger. Photo by f11photo - stock.adobe.com
Known for its serene temples, traditional gardens, and enchanting cherry blossoms, Kyoto is a photographer's paradise. Stepping into Kyoto feels like entering a world frozen in time, where ancient traditions and cultural heritage flourish.
The temples and shrines, such as Kinkaku-ji and Fushimi Inari Taisha, exude a sense of tranquillity and spirituality. These buildings offer endless opportunities for capturing their architectural beauty and serene surroundings.
During the cherry blossom season, the city transforms into a fairytale with blooming sakura trees lining Tetsugaku No Michi and filling the gardens of iconic temples.
Wandering off to Kyoto's geisha districts, such as Gion, presents a captivating glimpse into traditional Japanese culture, where you can capture the elegance and grace of geisha performers adorned in vibrant kimonos. Every corner of this ancient city tells a story, allowing photographers to weave their narratives through their lens.
3. Patagonia, Argentina/Chile
Patagonia’s magnificent scenery makes any photographer feel small. Photo by Dylan Taylor on Unsplash
Patagonia offers endless opportunities to capture the raw beauty of nature. The jagged peaks of the Andes Mountains pierce the sky, providing a stunning backdrop for your shots.
As you venture into the vast wilderness, you'll encounter turquoise lakes that reflect the surrounding mountains, pristine forests teeming with wildlife, and cascading waterfalls. Everything creates a symphony of sights and sounds.
If you are coming here hoping to get some pictures of pumas, we have two tips for you. First, get a good zoom lens (400 to 600mm), and second, go to Torres del Paine National Park.
CabinZero tips: The starry sky of Patagonia is out of this world. So be sure to pack a tent and other camping essentials to enjoy a few nights in the wilderness.
4. Bagan, Myanmar
As home to thousands of temples and pagodas, the ancient city of Bagan carries a mystical feel that is hard to find elsewhere. When the morning sun casts its golden glow over the plains, hot air balloons gracefully float above the horizon, offering a surreal and awe-inspiring scene that begs to be captured.
Exploring the temples at sunrise and when the sunset unveils a landscape straight out of a fairytale. Ancient ruins and golden spires stand in harmony with the surrounding fields and misty landscapes.
One of the must-do for anyone is to visit Lemyethna White Pagoda. With the white appearance, the Pagoda’s high contrast against the surrounding area is the perfect place for taking pictures.
5. Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech is a photographer's delight and a tapestry of visual splendour. Photo by jon_chica - stock.adobe.com
This vibrant city is a sensory feast, with its bustling souks, ornate palaces, and intricate tilework. The narrow alleyways of the medina beckon you to wander, camera in hand, as every turn reveals a captivating scene waiting to be captured.
The vibrant colours, exotic spices, and intricate textiles of the souks provide a kaleidoscope of photo opportunities. The lively Jemaa el-Fnaa square is a cultural melting pot where snake charmers, street performers, and market vendors come together, offering a vibrant tapestry of sights and sounds.
The ornate palaces, such as Bahia Palace and El Badi Palace, showcase exquisite architecture and lush gardens, transporting you to a bygone era. Why don’t you come to these places for some lifetime photos?
On the other hand, the tranquil oasis of Jardin Majorelle, with its cobalt blue walls and vibrant botanical displays, provides a haven of serenity amidst the bustling city.
6. Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Iceland
Tucked away in the southern region of Iceland, Seljalandsfoss waterfall still should not be missed. This majestic waterfall plunges a 60-meter cliff, creating a mesmerising display of cascading water and mist.
What makes Seljalandsfoss truly unique is its accessibility and the opportunity to walk behind the waterfall. Photographers are blessed with a captivating perspective and the chance to capture truly immersive shots.
As the water gracefully tumbles down, surrounded by lush greenery and moss-covered rocks, the scene becomes a symphony of nature's raw power and delicate beauty, perfect for your picture.
Be aware, Seljalandsfoss is a huge waterfall which means there would be a lot of splashes. If you are coming on a windy day, consider carrying a waterproof coat, it would be cold near the waterfall anyway.
7. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
A strange sense of looking down at the sky. Photo by B on Unsplash
Stretch as far as the eye can see; the surreal world of Salar de Uyuni is unlike any other. As you step onto the glistening surface, it feels as if you've entered a pristine, white desert.
One of the most captivating aspects of this natural wonder is the phenomenon of the mirror-like reflections that occur after rainfall. These mirror-like reflections provide an opportunity to capture unique and breathtaking photographs, with the sky seamlessly blending into the salt flat.
If you look closely enough, the vastness of white is dotted with something. They are small islands called “islas”, homes of giant cacti and rock formations. A long time ago, they were also temporary respite of the locals crossing the salt lake.
The reason why this is such a fascinating place for photographers is due to its lack of reference points. It makes Salar de Uyuni the perfect place for forced-perspective photos.
8. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
A sunset in Serengeti is unlike any other. Photo by Suntichai - stock.adobe.com
Welcome to the wildlife photography paradise of Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. This vast wilderness is renowned for the annual Great Migration, a spectacle where millions of wildebeest and zebras traverse the plains in search of greener pastures.
In addition to the wildlife, the Serengeti's sweeping savannahs, acacia trees, and golden sunsets create a stunning backdrop for nature and landscape photography.
To be able to capture not just the wildlife but also nature, you have some preparation to do. Carry a 24-70 len for landscapes and either a 200-400 or 200-500 len for capturing animal actions.
9. Cinque Terre, Italy
A place where has to be felt slowly. Photo by Aliaksandr - stock.adobe.com
Walking along the Italian Riviera coastline, you will encounter the five colourful cliffside villages of Cinque Terre. Each village, with its unique character and charm, offers endless opportunities to capture the vibrant essence of this coastal region, which is why we consider it one of the best places for photography..
Hiking trails wind through terraced vineyards, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the villages against the backdrop of the Ligurian Sea.
From the pastel-hued houses of Manarola to the cliff-perched beauty of Vernazza, photographers can capture the postcard-worthy scenes that have made Cinque Terre famous.
10. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
A wondrous place to be. Photo by Norbert Braun on Unsplash
With every step, venture into a realm of awe-inspiring ancient wonders as you explore the captivating temples of Angkor Wat. Surrounded by lush jungles, this UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a mesmerising backdrop for photographers, making its way to become one of the best places for photography..
When the sun rises, so does the golden hues silhouette of the iconic main temple. As the day unfolds, venture deeper into the complex, where hidden corners reveal intricate carvings, atmospheric corridors, and moss-covered ruins.
11. Yosemite National Park, USA
Nature's magnificence takes centre stage in Yosemite National Park, one of the best ones in the States. Towering granite cliffs command attention, casting shadows and reflecting the changing light.
From the iconic El Capitan, standing tall against the vast sky, to the ethereal mist enveloping Bridalveil Fall, every corner of the park is a feast for the lens.
Majestic sequoia groves provide a sense of grandeur, while tranquil Mirror Lake mirrors the surrounding peaks, offering a serene setting for reflection.
Not too far away is Mariposa Grove, a sanctuary of ancient giants within Yosemite National Park. Towering sequoia trees, some over 2,700 years old, provide a sense of awe and grandeur. In our experience, with the colossal size and textured bark of these majestic giants, it is almost impossible to take bad pictures.
12. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
A world that is much more magnificent than ours. Photo by Manny Moreno on Unsplash
Within the vibrant world of the Great Barrier Reef, discover an underwater wonderland that immerses you in mesmerising beauty. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, teeming with marine life, offers unparalleled opportunities for underwater photography.
As you swim among the vibrant coral formation, the sea turns from the familiar blue to an astounding kaleidoscope of colours. Some curious turtles, graceful manta rays, and schools of exotic fish would be the first citizens welcoming you.
Since 2020, you have had an opportunity that previously did not exist. Built 15 feet underwater, Reefsuites is the first underwater hotel in Australia. The guests will first be carried there by a scenic cruise, then are taken to a glass-walled en suite where there is no tree outside the window but sea animals.
13. The Northern Lights in Tromsø, Norway
Colourful dances in the middle of the night. Photo by Lightscape on Unsplash
Who are your favourite dancers? Ours is the Northern Lights in Tromsø, Norway. With or without the audience, they dance to the music that nobody else can hear.
Standing beneath the starlit sky, hues of vibrant green and purple begin to swirl, casting an otherworldly glow upon the landscape. With each flicker and twist, the auroras paint a masterpiece across the heavens, captivating all who are fortunate enough to witness this natural phenomenon.
As a photographer, you have the privilege of capturing these fleeting moments, freezing in time the magical display of colours against the backdrop of the Arctic night.
14. The Taj Mahal, India
A sacred place with a sensational view. Photo by Sean Hsu - stock.adobe.com
As the first light of dawn bathes the white marble in a soft glow, photographers have the opportunity to capture the Taj Mahal's ethereal beauty.
Alternatively, witness the mesmerising transformation during the golden hours of sunrise or sunset as the monument shimmers with a warm, golden radiance.
The Taj Mahal is a sacred place, so there are some guidelines you need to follow. Regarding photography, drones are prohibited both inside and around the Taj Mahal. When you get into the main mausoleum, as magnificent as it is, you are not allowed to take pictures.
15. The Highlands of Scotland, United Kingdom
Scottish Highlands, where the mist unveils tranquillity. Photo by ColobusYeti - stock.adobe.com
The rugged beauty, the ancient history, and the vast canvas of nature are all here in the mystical landscapes of The Highlands of Scotland. It does not take much effort to behold the beauty of majestic mountains, picturesque glens, and mist-covered lochs that dot the countryside.
On clear days, the haunting beauty of the Highlands shows up as the dramatic light breaks through the clouds, casting shadows on the rolling hills and reflecting off the tranquil waters.
If you are unfortunate enough to come here on a rainy day, try to shoot pictures or videos in black and white. The results are an amazing shot with a mystical quality to it.
Whether it's the iconic silhouette of the Old Man of Storr or the windswept beauty of the Isle of Skye, every corner of the Highlands holds the potential for captivating and evocative photographs, which is why many consider it one of the best places for photography.
16. The Sahara Desert, Morocco
The beauty of infinite nothingness. Photo by kanuman - stock.adobe.com
Photographers are drawn to the vast golden dunes that stretch as far as the eye can see, creating a surreal and awe-inspiring backdrop.
There is a subtle activity that might slip out of your sight. That is the undulating patterns of the sand as it shifts and dances in the wind. And make sure your shots include the iconic image of a caravan of camels traversing the desert.
While offering an incredible opportunity to capture the raw beauty and untamed spirit, the Sahara Desert requires the photographers' extra effort carrying equipment around.
Prepare a cleaning kit to use before taking pictures and putting the camera back into your bag. Dust and sand are the worst enemies, and this is where they are the strongest.
17. Machu Picchu, Peru
A breathtaking view and a profound sense of historical wonder. Photo by Eddie Kiszka on Unsplash
Perched high in the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu is an ancient Incan citadel which has intrigued wayfarers for a long time.
As you explore this awe-inspiring site, prepare to capture the essence of a lost civilization. Don’t miss showcasing the intricate stone structures against the backdrop of breathtaking mountain vistas, with misty peaks rising above the clouds in your pictures.
Besides the classic shots of the area, a selfie with a llama would be something different. Be sure to hike to the iconic Sun Gate, where you can witness the golden rays of the sun illuminating the citadel during sunrise or sunset.
18. The Great Wall of China, China
An awe-inspiring testament to human ingenuity and perseverance. Photo by William Olivieri on Unsplash
The Great Wall of China has stood there for a long time and is a symbol of what humans can achieve. Seemingly without end, the wall snakes its way across rugged mountain ranges, disappearing into the distance. Take a shot of the winding sections, where the wall melds seamlessly with the natural contours of the land.
As you explore different sections of the Great Wall, from the popular Badaling to the less crowded Jinshanling, it’s your chance to capture the vastness, majesty, and timeless beauty of this extraordinary World Heritage Site.
19. The Maldives, Indian Ocean
Not the usual blue, but a mystical yellow. Photo by icemanphotos - stock.adobe.com
With its crystal-clear turquoise waters gently lapping against pristine white sandy beaches, this archipelago offers a visual feast for photographers.
The beauty of this area can be enjoyed throughout the day, from the soft, golden light of sunrise reflecting off the tranquil lagoons, to the mesmerising colours of a Maldivian sunset painting the sky.
The luxurious overwater bungalows that dot the horizon provide a unique opportunity to capture the perfect balance between luxury and nature.
To take great pictures, we recommend you to put on something colourful. What can be better than a pop of colour in the endless sea of blue?
20. The Great Ocean Road, Australia
The iconic Twelve Apostles lies on the Great Ocean Road. Photo by thakala - stock.adobe.com
If you have time, take a journey along the stunning coastline of Australia's Great Ocean Road. As you wind your way along this iconic road, be prepared to capture the breathtaking beauty of nature at its finest.
Here, you will see the majestic Twelve Apostles, towering limestone stacks rising dramatically from the crashing waves. On the other hand, look down the cliffs, and you will see how they plunge into the deep blue ocean.
With each twist and turn of the road, be ready to capture the sweeping vistas that stretch as far as the eye can see, showcasing the raw power and beauty of the Australian coastline.
21. New York City, United States
The concrete jungle that never sleeps. Photo by TTstudio - stock.adobe.com
New York City, United States, is an iconic and vibrant destination that is undoubtedly one of the best places for photography, specifically urban photography. From the towering skyscrapers of Manhattan to the bustling streets of Times Square, the city exudes energy and a unique urban charm.
Take a stroll through the iconic Central Park, where nature intertwines with the urban landscape, providing a peaceful retreat amidst the city's hustle and bustle.
Famous for its diverse population, every corner and neighbourhood can give you a different sense. It’s like there is not one but many New York cities.
Before taking a picture, try to get a gist of the area’s history. For example, the East Village was the place where many punk rock artists were cherished. With that, your photos will not only capture the moments but also convey the history.
Which One Is Your Favourite?
You don’t have to pick one, though; it is not uncommon to like all of them. After all, these are the best places for photography. But just in case we miss something, make sure to let us know down below. As lovers of photography ourselves, we would love to explore new areas. Have fun on your next trip, and don’t forget to take some great photos!
Bui Hoang Hai