With the rise of social media, the quest for amazing, attention-grabbing photographs has become almost universal. Whether you hope to create lasting works of art for your portfolio or you just want to impress your friends and family with your photo-taking skills, these locations will not disappoint. You’ll have a blast when you’re not behind the camera, too.
1. Miami and Miami Beach
Miami is a photographer's dream, from downtown to the beach. The Art Deco District, South Beach and the public art of the Wynwood Art District should not be missed.
2. The Florida Keys
They Keys have some of the most beautiful sights in the state. Snap some amazing aquatic shots while fishing, boating, or scuba diving. Then head to Key West for its quirky, laid-back atmosphere that you won't find anywhere else in the country.
3. Walt Disney World
You may think Disney World and our other theme parks would be too commercial for adventurous photographers, but you have to admit the impressive rides and landscaping, Cinderella's Castle, and the fireworks shows provide some amazing photo opportunities.
4. Everglades National Park
Wetlands like those in the Everglades are sometimes thought of as eerie places filled with creepy-crawlies and reptiles. Don't underestimate the beauty and wildlife that can be captured here, as evidenced by photos like this one.
5. Florida Polytechnic University
Since this engineering school was founded in Lakeland in 2012, tons of photos of its unique IST Building have flooded Flickr. Photographers seem drawn to this place like moths to a flame.
6. Captiva Island
Captiva and Sanibel are two sister islands near Fort Myers. They have some of the most charming towns and beautiful beaches in Florida.
7. Sanibel Island
The islands are famous for their night skies, but these jaw-dropping clouds, the closest thing Florida has to mountains, are incredibly beautiful.
Stuart is a small town in Martin County famous for its historic downtown and world-class fishing. Mangroves like the ones seen here are found throughout Florida and provide some awesome opportunities for nature photographers.
Destin, located on Florida's Emerald Coast, is a popular choice for best beach lists due to its white sand and stunning emerald water.
10. St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg is pretty popular with Florida's photographers. This photo of Straub Park located on the downtown waterfront shows how beautiful Florida can be in the holiday season, even though our wonderlands are a lot more green than white.
11. St. Augustine
If you want some amazing photos, you have to check out St. Augustine. America's oldest city has so much history and beauty, from the country's oldest fort and Flagler College's ornate campus to the stunning Anastasia Island State Park.
12. Ocala National Forest, Alexander Springs
Ocala National Forest is home to some of the brightest blue springs, peaceful lakes, and lush forests in the state. There are plenty of places to camp and relax while you practice your craft.
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