Most people have a bucket list of things they’d like to do or accomplish before the inevitable that awaits us all. For photographers, this bucket list often translates as a list of places we’d like to visit with our cameras before it’s curtains for our shutter. After a lot of soul-searching, we put together below our list of the 73 best photo locations around the world that we’d like to shoot before we die.
We’ve broken our list of photo locations down by UK (because that’s where we’re from), then by America and Canada (because we love to visit you guys!), and then by continents and regions – otherwise we’d die at our desks before getting to actually see these places! And if you’d like some inspiration for your own travels, check out these 79 travel photography tips you shouldn’t leave home without.
Inevitably, a list like this will omit something obvious or include something you find questionable. If so, let us know! It’s by no means definitive. If you think we left someplace out, tell us in the comments!
The 73 best photo locations for your photography bucket list
A World Heritage Site (and the home of Digital Camera World), Bath’s bustling town centre, sandstone facades, rolling hills and Pulteney Bridge will set shutters flying.
A stunningly preserved medieval town, you can get great pictures from the old city walls, the gardens outside York Minster or shoot street photos on the historic Rambles.
Probably the most iconic landscape in Britain, and with good reason. Just don’t forget your waterproofs.
Stunning vistas and quaint villages are the main selling point of this natural wonder, and being not too far from the Lake District you could combine both visits into one photo holiday.
The granite tors of the 954-square-kilometer Dartmoor National Park add drama to an already wild landscape, rich in antiquities, wildlife, rivers and bogs.
Even if you have a passing interest in landscape photography we don’t need to tell you about the Jurassic Coast’s outstanding beauty. Its ancient landforms are worth a long exploration, and along your way we recommend Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and the Isle of Portland.
Cornwall, Zennor to St Ives
Cornwall offers outstanding views just about any time you pivot your neck, but follow the clearly marked path from St Ives about 6 miles to the village of Zennor and you’ll step through ancient stone circles, fields of lavender and over cliffs looking down on basking seals and dolphins. Finish with a pint of local ale.
Kilchurn Castle, Lochawe, Argyll, Scotland
You’ll have seen this ruined 15th century castle in the middle or background of many landscape images, and for good reason: it’s an amazing scene. Sitting on a peninsula in Loch Awe, it has decayed gracefully and when the water levels are low you can get closer for even more interesting compositions.
If you’re on your death bed and you want to explore these places on your own, the Digital Camera World team recommend the Lonely Planet Great Britain country guide as a good place to start.
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