Oct 07, 2017
Posted by: Daniel Walker

How to get the best photos of popular tourist spots

Every avid photographer knows all too well the frustration of trying to take amazing photos of an iconic view or landmark overcrowded with tourists. You see photos of it on the internet and you have dreamed of going there your entire life. When you finally arrive you find it so busy and crammed with tourists, it is nearly impossible to get a clear shot. But, there are ways around it, here are some tips on how to get the best photos of popular tourist spots.

Getting the best photos of popular tourist spots

Get there early

The first thing you must do is to get to that location as early as possible. Getting there early has many advantages. The morning light is the best and most of the tourists are still in their beds. This presents you the perfect opportunity to snap some incredibly lit shots with minimal crowds.


Non-Peak periods

Popular tourist destinations are always going to draw tourists. But depending on when you go will have a huge impact on the number of tourists. There will usually be smaller crowds during the week, compared to the amount who visit on the weekend. The warmer months of summer will also be much more popular for tourists than in the colder months of winter. Non-peak travel periods can play a significant role in crowds. Remember, the time of year you travel will also determine the weather and how your photo is going to look.

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New Angles

Looking for new angles is also extremely important. We have all seen photographs of the same famous landmarks a million times. Mix it up and try to do something unique. You can photograph these places from different angles, different perspectives and different areas. Observe your surroundings, no one ever said you had to photograph that tourist attraction from the same place as everyone else. There are ways of getting great shots of popular tourist attractions.

Use the crowds

If you can’t get there early or avoid the peak rush then use the crowds. Be creative and use the packs of tourists as part of your shot in some way. This might make for a more interesting photo, rather than the cliche shot that has already been done a million times. What can you see through the crowds? Can you do a long exposure with a tripod and make the crowds blurry? There is no right or wrong way of using the crowds, the key is to be creative.


Before heading to the most popular tourist attractions do some research. Look on Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration, use Google Maps and Google Earth. If you’re staying in a hotel, find out what the view is like from the window. Ask the hotel staff where to go for the best views. Know as much as you can and try to have a basic plan of where you might go to get a shot and have a rough idea of how you want your photos to look.

Thanks for reading our tips on how to get the best photos of popular tourist spots. What other tips have I missed?


Daniel Walker - Author

Daniel Walker is an Australian landscape photographer, blogger, outdoor enthusiast and travel addict originally from western Sydney, now residing in Melbourne, Victoria.

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