You’re going to the French capital with camera in hand and want to know where to go?! Don’t worry I’ve got you covered with 5 photo locations you must visit in Paris! It’s been one of my favourite cities to visit because there is just so much beautiful architecture and scenery to capture. Charge those camera batteries and be prepared for them to get some good use!
5 Photo Locations You Must Visit in Paris – The Eiffel Tower.
This structural masterpiece is usually at the top of the photograph list on a visit to the French capital. There are so many locations in which you can shoot it! An iconic image and a personal favourite of mine is with the photogenic Tour Eiffel Carousel. This can be taken almost directly below the tower so you have to get up close and personal with the Iron Lady. Remember to angle your shot correctly and frame both the tower and carousel. The great thing about this shot is the upward angle. Since your shooting up above the crowds you can get it at anytime of the day. Just across the bridge gives another great location to shoot the tower in full. You can also capture many of the boats passing by on the beautiful river Seine.
5 Photo Locations You Must Visit in Paris – THe Louvre.
The worlds most visited museum! Situated on the right bank of the Seine the Louvre makes for another magical photography location. I find this one is best visited in the early hours and for two reasons. Firstly you will beat the crowds. During the day this is a hot spot in Paris so it becomes very populated with people and rightly so. Secondly, you will get the beautiful light from a Parisian sunrise which will add a great element to your images! Just before you get to the Louvre you will also come across the Arc de Triomphe du Carousel. This makes it an even better location. On a good day you will be able to catch some brilliant light and shadows from the Arc with the museum nicely visible in the background.
5 Photo Locations You Must Visit in Paris – TUILERIES GARDEN.
Tuileries Garden is a beautiful place to go for a wander and it’s also a fantastic place to get some photos. It’s located in between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde and was formerly the garden of the Tuileries Palace. Every part of the garden is immaculately maintained in a nice formal french style. There’s two large ponds that prove very popular as a place to sit, relax and take in the views. Depending on what time of year you visit you can pick up some fantastic colours! Paris in the autumn is my favourite time because of the clear weather and vibrant colours not only around the gardens but around the city!
5 Photo Locations You Must Visit in Paris – NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS.
Notre-Dame de Paris or Notre-Dame Cathedral is so photo worthy and a fine example of French gothic architecture. It’s a good photo location and very easily reached. You just simply head via metro to the St-Michel Notre Dame train station and you won’t miss it. As well as capturing the beautiful cathedral from various outside angles you can also make your way to the top. Here you are greeted with a beautiful panoramic view of the city. You can then frame up a city landscape including the Eiffel Tower which emerges on the horizon.
5 Photo Locations You Must Visit in Paris – THE ARC DE TRIOMPHE.
Another one of Paris’s most famous monuments. The Arc de Triomphe lies in the centre of a complex figuration of 12 radiating avenues. It lies on the right bank of the river Seine and stands at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. Like most monuments in Paris the Arc de Triomphe offers many photography options. If you catch the time right you can also use the light to your advantage and get some brilliant lighting and shadows. This is a sneaky way to remove any traffic or passers-by from the photo. Another iconic image of Paris actually comes from the top of the Arc de Triomphe. On a good day the views will stretch out and the city will look beautiful!
5 Photo Locations You Must Visit in Paris – MONTPARNASSE TOWER.
Montparnasse Tower is one last bonus place to visit if you get time during your stay in Paris. It’s a 210m office skyscraper in the Montparnasse area of Paris. It’s again easily reachable by metro, jumping off at the Montparnasse-Bienvenüe station. Personally I think it’s a good idea to head up here just as the sun is setting as on a good day you will get some lovely sunset colours. Then darkness comes and the city lights up!
For my own trip to Paris, I used a guide to find some iconic locations to shoot and I got some great inspiration from the images inside! Check this one out!