Calling all New York City Photographers! Google has posted several challenges of landmarks and hotspots in the New York City area! Grab your camera and follow our itinerary for an action packed field trip through New York’s most popular tourist attractions and hidden gems. It is sure to be full of great photo ops and good times - whether you’re a pro or an amateur.
Start your day on a morning cruise to Ellis Island. Golden hour will be a perfect time to capture Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty with the New York cityscape as the background. Explore the island on foot.
Make your way to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Not only is this a spot worth taking photos of, but it also offers great views of the Brooklyn Bridge. Continue walking over the Brooklyn Bridge, capture the unique architecture with a wide lens in order to include all the detail.
Next on the agenda is a visit to the Battery Park. Meander through the ocean front park while photographing points of interest you find striking. Bonus points for aerial shots of the park! If you’re interested check out
Next stop is Webster Hall, the biggest nightclub in New York City and famous for its concerts. If you’re ever in the area on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night, stop in for a show or a drink. Don’t forget to photograph the exterior of the building and continue on to the Museum of Modern Art.
The next few stops can be done at your leisure. Stop by the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum, the American military and maritime history as the sun is setting. If you’re hungry make a stop in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood nearby for some good eats.
Visit the iconic Radio City Music Hall once the sun has set and practice photographing the famous neon signs. Recommended camera settings are:
Aperture: between f/2.8 and f/5.6 (to avoid vibration and high ISO setting, which will result in increased noise)
Shutter speed: above 1/100th of a second (unless you are using a tripod, the shutter speed can’t be too slow, or vibration may be resulted)
ISO: between 400-1600 (high ISO will result in serious noise; while low ISO will lead to possible vibration)
Remember to be aware of environmental light, white balance and metering when taking photos in this area due to the bright lights.
End your day on the Upper West Side with a stop at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts and the Metropolitan Opera House. Once the sun has set, find a spot that shows off the entire building with all the lights from inside lit. This is key for capturing the most stunning shots when photographing architecture at night. Experiment from different angles to capture a unique shot.
All the photos you’ve taken can be submitted for Google’s New York Local Challenges on Snapwire!
Other day trips you can take in the area is to Nikon at Jones Beach Theater and the US Military Academy.