Philadelphia September 23, 2017
14 Amazing Places In Philadelphia That Are A Photo-Taking Paradise
Philadelphia is a photographer’s dream. From scenic parks to impressive architecture to lively markets, you’ll find a spot for every kind of photography you’d like to practice. Check out these 14 spots if you’re looking to entertain a shutterbug, or just work on your camera skills, because they’re the best places to take photos in Philadelphia.
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1. Penn's Landing
Walking along Penn's Landing, you'll find pop-up parks like Spruce Street Harbor Park and the BlueCross River Rink. These parks make for great photography spots - I spent an hour shooting around there the other day! If you are looking for a cool angle, try the stone steps above the River Rink.
2. Reading Terminal Market
The bright colors and bustling atmosphere of Reading Terminal Market make this spot a favorite for street photographers and food photographers alike.
3. Eakins Oval
The architecture, views, and cool perspective from Eakins Oval make this another great spot to set up your camera and snap some photos. Shoot down Broad Street on a clear day for an iconic Philly scene.
4. Fairmont Park
Nature photographers will love the bright foliage and serenity of Fairmont Park. The Japanese Garden is particularly popular for photographers.
5. City Hall
Of course, City Hall makes the list. I don't know a single Philadelphia photographer who hasn't taken a million pictures around here. I love taking pictures from inside the building through the halls, or up Broad Street.
6. The South Street Bridge...
The South Street Bridge is a great spot to capture classic Philadelphia skyline photos! Catch a sunrise or sunset here for a truly spectacular shot.
7. ... and South Street, in general.
South Street's colorful murals and interesting storefronts make for amazing street photography. You never know what you'll find here.
8. Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
While you're on South Street, stop by the Philadelphia Magic Gardens. This incredible mosaic art gallery is truly inspiring, and a great place to snap some photos.
9. James G. Kaskey Memorial Park
Located off of Hamilton Walk near 38th Street, the Kaskey Memorial Park is home to an unbelievable forest glade and biopond. Spot wildlife and bright flowers here, which makes for incredible nature photography right in the middle of the city.
10. Old City
Wandering through Old City is one way to stumble upon amazing things worth photographing. The architecture here is incredible, and the buildings date back to the founding of our country. Independence Mall is particularly scenic.
11. The Philadelphia Zoo
Animal lovers will enjoy shooting pictures at the Philadelphia Zoo! If you plan your shots carefully, you'll feel like you're on a big safari and not in an animal park!
12. Wissahickon Park / Valley Green
Wissahickon Park is full of incredible discoveries, like waterfalls, statues, and covered bridges. Shoot around here to remember your favorite places in the park.
13. Bartram's Garden
Bartram's Garden, located at 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., is a beautifully designed garden right in the city. This is a favorite spot for artists and photographers to explore.
14. The Ben Franklin Bridge
Walking across the Ben Franklin Bridge will show off some great skyline views, and plenty of angles and lines that are interesting to photographers! The photographic possibilities here are endless... like the walk sometimes feels.
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