New York is one of the most photogenic cities on the planet so finding great photography locations in New York is not that difficult. To be honest, it is a struggle to see them all. I have collated a list of my favourite photography locations from the times I’ve been to New York (three times in total, only once as a budding photographer).
The Best Photography Locations in New York City
Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Brooklyn Heights was one of my favourite photography locations in New York, you get an amazing view of the Manhattan skyline across the Hudson River. It is one of the most famous views in the world so be sure not to miss it!
It is a great spot for a panoramic.
Or even a wedding.
Sunset @ 42nd Street Bridge
Who doesn’t love a sunset?
Head to Tudor City Place Bridge, Manhattan – it crosses over 42nd Street. The sunset is beautiful. Be sure to get there and set up early though as the bridge can get busy, especially on clear days. During my visit there wasn’t a huge crowd but a small gathering. It made it quite a nice experience, a small group of photographers capturing the city bathed in beautiful orange glow.
Staten Island Ferry
So you want to get some photographs of the Statue of Liberty but you’re on a budget? Don’t worry, jump aboard the Staten Island Ferry – it’s free! Yes, you read that right, FREE! I struggled to believe it too. The ferry gives you a great view of the Statue of Liberty – just make sure you’re on the right hand side of the boat.
It is best to get the photographs on the way to Staten Island as the ferry passes closer to the Statue than it does on the return journey.
Before my most recent trip to New York I researched photography locations. I’m glad I did as I had scene (there’s a pun coming, it’s not a typo) this image in the back drop of many movies (tada!). The way the brick buildings frame the base of the Manhattan bridge, which then frames the Empire State Building is simply beautiful.
I imagine it would be best to visit this location early one morning as it is a very busy spot. The road was full of photographers and tourists which made it a difficult shot (unless you don’t mind people cluttering the bottom of the picture). This is why I refrained from capturing the street scene, however, these challenges are what makes photography fun.
Grand Central Terminal
Otherwise known as Grand Central Station is quintessential New York and a must on any photographers itinerary. Not only is the terminal home to some amazing architecture but there is a constant buzz among the bustling crowds. I found the best way to capture this was with a (short) long exposure.
Located on 42nd Street it is walking distance from Times Square, Bryant Park and The New York Public Library.
Times Square is arguably the busiest area in Manhattan with tourists flocking to see the screens, visit the iconic shops, sit on the steps and join in with the street entertainers. It is an amazing site and bright throughout the day and night, as after all the big lights will inspire you.
Unless you visit Times Square early in the morning it can be quite difficult to photograph. This is because so much going on and so many people in such a small (well, it’s actually quite big) area. I found it best to embrace this and capture the chaos.
Okay. So this isn’t technically a location, it’s an experience. If you really want to get some amazing photographs and see the true beauty the city has to offer a helicopter ride is a must. FlyNyon offer a doors-off helicopter ride focused on getting you some great photographs.
It was one of the highlights from my most recent trip to New York, you can read more about it here (link coming soon!). I even made a short video of my flight – check it out!
To help everyone out I created a map showing the location of these photography spots in New York.
There are many, many more photography locations in New York. Let me know your favourites by dropping me a comment below. I’ll be sure to check them out next time! If you like these photographs and want to see more take a look at my photography gallery – it’s where I showcase my best work!