Easy to Reach Photo Spots in Sydney

Sydney: Twilight
Sydney cityscape from the ocean at Twilight (Photo by Jason James / CC-BY)

Sydney is a beautiful city, and offers many attractions for both pro and amateur photographers. If you ever find yourself in the city with a few hours to wander about, there are several photo locations to choose from that are in or near the Central Business District (CBD).

Sydney Opera House by Night
Sydney Opera House by Night (Photo by Nicki Mannix / CC-BY)

The most visited place in Australia and without any doubt one of the most photographed buildings in the world, the Sydney Opera House is spectacular. You can shoot it from a lot of spots and different angles, and it’s especially beautiful at sunrise and sunset.

The Royal Botanic Gardens - Sydney, Australia
The Royal Botanic Gardens – Sydney, Australia (Photo by David Berkowitz / CC-BY)

Close by, Sydney’s huge Royal Botanic Gardens are a great place to get photos of historic buildings, statues, ponds, flowers, birds, and more. There’s also a small bay (‘Farm Cove’) where you can get great shots of the city skyline.

Sydney Harbor Bridge
Sydney Harbor Bridge during the day (Photo by Alastair Gilfillan / CC-BY)

Also close to the Opera house, the Harbor Bridge makes for many wonderful shots. Due to it’s size, it can be photographed from several locations, one of the most popular being Hickson Road Reserve. From here you can get great photos of the Harbour Bridge with iconic Luna Park in the background.

Circular Quay and the Rocks
Circular Quay and the Rocks, Sydney (Photo by RubyGoes / CC-BY)

Circular Quay is the main harbor port area, used by many of the ferries. While you’ll find lots of people wandering around here, it’s another location where you can take some stunning cityscape photos.

Queen Victoria Building
Queen Victoria Building, Sydney (Photo by Nicki Mannix / CC-BY)

If you’re interested in architectural photography, head over to the Queen Victoria Building. This shopping center is housed in a refurbished building that is really stunning. Step inside, and I guaranteed you’ll want to take some shots.

 

Many first-time travellers to Asia, particularly those on business, have asked about easily accessible photo opportunities in the cities they visit. This post is part of an ongoing series, each on a different Asian city, introducing a few photo locations for visitors with limited time.

Beijing’s Top Photo Spots

Bird's Nest, Beijing
View of the Bird’s Nest at night in Beijing (Photo by Curt Smith / CC-BY)

If you’re visiting Beijing and find you have some free time to go out and take a few photos, the city offers several wonderful locations to choose from.

Forbidden City, Beijing
The Forbidden City in Beijing during the day (Photo by Sam Greenhakgh / CC-BY)

No first time visitor to Beijing should miss the Forbidden City. The scale of the historic buildings and detail of the architecture are incredible, giving photographers a lot to focus on. (Tip: after exiting the north gate of the Forbidden City, turn right to get a great shot of the moat with the northeast turret tower in the background). You’ll want to make sure you have a wide angle lens with you!

Drum & Bell Towers, Beijing
Drum & Bell Towers, Beijing (Photo by spezz / CC-BY)

The Drum & Bell Towers is another great place to take snapshots. Aside from the two towers, the area is great for street photography of locals playing Mahjong, eating & drinking, or just relaxing.

789 Art Space, Beijing
Statue in 789 Art Space, Beijing (Photo by Khalid Albaih / CC-BY)

For something more modern, a visit to 798 Art Space with your camera can be a lot of fun. This district is full of coffee shops, art galleries and indoor and outdoor exhibitions. The outdoor display areas in particular will allow you myriad opportunities to get some interesting shots.

Summer Palace, Beijing
Summer Palace, Beijing (Photo by Jesœs Corrius / CC-BY)

The Summer Palace, China’s largest royal park, is the place to go is you want to shoot beautiful Chinese landscaping and architecture. Make sure you don’t miss the 17-arch bridge on Kunming Lake. (Tip: This is a great location to take some interesting black & white landscape photos).

Great Wall of china
Great Wall of China at Badaling (Photo by Keith Roper / CC-BY)

The Great Wall of China is a fantastic location to capture an iconic photo of your visit to Beijing. There are more than 20 different sections of the Great Wall around Beijing. The most visited section is the Badaling. However, for photos, most photographers agree the Jiankou section is actually the most scenic stretch of Great Wall near Beijing.

Many first-time travellers to Asia, particularly those on business, have asked about easily accessible photo opportunities in the cities they visit. This post is part of an ongoing series, each on a different Asian city, introducing a few photo locations for visitors with limited time.

Best Places for Photography in Singapore

Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands at night

Photo by edwin.11 / CC-BY

Being so compact, and with a great transportation system, getting around Singapore to take a couple of photos is not difficult. Most visitors will certainly take shots of Singapore’s best known icons – the Merlion, Marina Bay Sands, etc. The following are a couple of ideas for different locations.

 

Chinatown, Singaopre
Pedestrians strolling in Chinatown

Photo by Kevin Carmody / CC-BY

Singapore’s Chinatown with it’s low rise shop buildings and eclectic mix of ornate Chinese, Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines, is a great place for photographing a variety of sites and subjects.

 

Kampong Buangkok
Path through Kampong Buangkok

Photo by Walter Lim / CC-BY

Kampong Buangkok is outside the city proper, but is worth visiting for photos of traditional village life. One of the only places left where you can take photos of a traditional village of wooden houses, complete with chickens scratching in the shade of jackfruit and banana trees.

 

Little India, Singapore
Street view of Little India

Photo by Gabriel Garcia Marengo / CC-BY

Great street-style photos can be taken by visiting Little India. This market street is lined with stalls and shops selling Indian products – from piles of spices to garlands of flowers. The bustle of Indian customers and vendors will make you feel like you’re actually in India.

 

Singapore Night Safari
Singapore Night Safari

Photo by Allie Caulfield / CC-BY

If you’re interested in a challenge, visit Singapore’s Night Safari for the opportunity to shoot wild animals at night. While the low-light conditions (and prohibition against using a flash) is challenging, with a fast lens and stepped-up ISO it’s not impossible to get a truly unique photo.

 

Many first-time travellers to Asia, particularly those on business, have asked about easily accessible photo opportunities in the cities they visit. This post is part of an ongoing series, each on a different Asian city, introducing a few photo locations for visitors with limited time.