August 8, 2023 | Allison Robertson

The 14 Most Photogenic Places On Earth

Whether you're a pro photographer with a fancy camera or a social media influencer perfecting your Insta game, the world is your canvas, filled with jaw-dropping locations just begging to be captured. 

Come along as we explore 14 of the most photogenic spots across the globe, dishing out some handy tips to snap that million-dollar shot or the next viral post. 

1. Banff National Park, Canada

Tourist at Banff National Park, Alberta, CanadaMaridav, Adobe Stock

Moraine Lake and Lake Louise, with their emerald waters nestled among snow-capped peaks, are just a couple of the photographic gems in Banff.

Use a wide-angle lens to capture the full expanse of these beautiful scenes.

The cold, crisp air often results in clear, vivid photos.

2. The Serengeti, Tanzania

Girl at The Serengeti, TanzaniaSimon Dannhauer, Adobe Stock

An African safari is a dream for many photographers.

The wildlife, the landscapes, and the incredible sunsets combine for an unforgettable experience.

A telephoto lens is a must for capturing stunning wildlife from a distance.

3. Santorini, Greece

Woman at Santorini, GreeceMaridav, Adobe Stock

White-washed buildings with blue domes set against the backdrop of the Aegean Sea make Santorini a dream destination for photographers.

The island's typical clear, sunny weather is perfect for bright, vibrant shots.

4. The Scottish Highlands, Scotland

Person walking a trail in the Scottish Highlands ScotlandAlexander, Adobe Stock

Dramatic mountains, serene lochs, and rugged coastline provide a range of photo opportunities.

The constantly changing weather can make for moody, atmospheric shots.

A wide-angle lens can help capture the vastness of the landscape.

5. The Grand Canyon, USA

Woman at the Grand Canyon, Usablazekg, Adobe Stock

The sheer scale of the Grand Canyon is awe-inspiring.

Capture it from one of the many lookout points along the rim.

A wide-angle lens and a clear day will allow you to capture its vastness and vibrant color palette.

6. Machu Picchu, Peru

Tourist at Machu Picchu, PeruPat, Adobe Stock

Capture this ancient Inca city nestled high in the Andes Mountains.

The often misty, cloudy weather conditions add an atmospheric quality to photos.

Use a wide-angle lens to include as much of the landscape as possible.

7. Antelope Canyon, USA

Photographing Antelope Canyon, Utah, USASven Taubert, Adobe Stock

Antelope Canyon's swirling sandstone walls make for incredible abstract shots.

The way light filters down into the canyon creates dramatic and colorful lighting conditions.

A tripod is a must for long exposures.

8. The Northern Lights, Iceland

The Northern Lights beach in IcelandFelix Pergande, Adobe Stock

The northern lights are one of the most sought-after photographic subjects.

A wide-angle lens is a must, and long exposures are key to capturing the lights' full majesty.

Remember to bundle up - Icelandic weather is notoriously cold and windy.

9. The Fjords, Norway

A photographer in The Fjords, Norway Ilja, Adobe Stock

The fjords of Norway offer breathtaking views of steep cliffs diving into deep, calm waters.

The typically overcast weather gives a moody and mysterious feel to photographs.

A wide-angle lens can capture the full grandeur of these landscapes.

10. Yosemite National Park, USA

Photographer at Yosemite National Park zephyr_p, Adobe Stock

From El Capitan to Half Dome, Yosemite has some of the most iconic landscapes in the United States.

The valley's often clear weather allows for crisp, vibrant shots.

Use a wide-angle lens to capture the grandeur.

11. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

A person's feet in the water at Bora Bora, French PolynesiaMaridav, Adobe Stock

White sand beaches and crystal-clear waters make Bora Bora a tropical paradise.

The warm, sunny weather is perfect for bright, colorful photos.

A polarizing filter can help cut through the water's reflection to reveal the marine life below.

12. Mt. Fuji, Japan

Person standing overlooking the water at Mt. Fuji, JapanTravel mania, Adobe Stock

Mt. Fuji is a symbol of Japan. Capture it from Lake Kawaguchiko, where the mountain reflects in the lake on calm, clear days.

The mountain's snow-capped peak contrasts beautifully with cherry blossoms in spring or colorful foliage in autumn.

13. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Sea turtle in The Great Barrier Reef, AustraliaTunatura, Adobe Stock

The world's largest coral reef is a vibrant, underwater spectacle full of beautiful sea creatures that get up-close-and-person. 

Underwater housing for your camera is necessary, and remember to respect the fragile marine environment.

14. The Taj Mahal, India

People in front of the Taj Mahal on a foggy day4kclips, Adobe Stock

Capture the white marble mausoleum in the soft light of sunrise or sunset for the most flattering images.

The monument is spectacular on a clear day, but fog can add an enchanting quality to your photographs.

Remember, being a great landscape photographer is not only about the equipment but understanding light, composition, and, most importantly, having patience. Happy photographing!


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