London is one of the most vibrant and exciting capital cities in the world. Its history can be traced back hundreds of years and there is clear evidence of this throughout the city. London is a leading tourist destination and offers a huge range of photographic opportunities for any visitor.
There are iconic landmarks throughout the city of London, and these present an amazing variety of subjects for a photographer. Historic buildings like Tower of London and Buckingham Palace are recognizable across the globe, and more modern structures like the London Eye make London a unique city to capture on film.
As one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities, London has a population of over seven million people and spans an area 25 miles wide. Tourists are very welcome, and the residents of London are used to photographers and cameras. As well as the buildings and landmarks, the people of London offer a range of photographic opportunities. Capturing the flavour of the city is an exciting challenge for photographers of all abilities.
A key thing to consider when visiting London as a photographer is how long you are visiting for. If you are in the city for a week or more, plan the places you’d like to visit with your camera. Travel is very easy around London, so it’s easy to visit a great range of places and attractions over a week. The London Underground is a cheap and safe to ride and there are stations near most popular attractions. It’s actually possible to walk around the city and visit many of the popular attractions on foot.
If your visit to London is just for a day, you will have to be far more organised and selective in the places you visit and photograph. It’s still possible to capture a range of places and people in one day.
If you haven’t visited London before, Buckingham Palace and The Tower of London are two attractions you must include on your trip. Both offer many photographic opportunities and really give a sense of the city and its history. Attractions such as these get very busy, so visit early in the morning if possible before the crowds build up.
London is famous for its museums and art galleries and these are also great places for a photographer to visit. Although you aren’t allowed to take photographs inside, the actual buildings make great subjects. If you are visiting with your family, it’s a good idea to let them visit a museum or art gallery while you take photographs outside.
The London Eye is a major feature of the London skyline, and it can be seen for miles around. If you take a trip on the London Eye and ride one of the viewing capsules, you will have breath-taking views of the city. This is a perfect way to take photographs of London and you will see the city in a completely different light.
London comes alive at night, and there are further opportunities for taking great photographs. The city lights are vibrant and colourful, and make fantastic pictures. It’s worth packing a tripod or monopod for night photography in London.
If you want to photograph the people of London, Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden are great places to visit. You will meet all kinds of colourful characters at these venues, and people are used to being photographed. Covent Garden has street performers, markets and street traders and allows a photographer to capture the diversity of London life.
Few cities in the world offer such an exciting range of subjects for a photographer as you will see in London.