What to photograph: The Best Style of Photography You Can Use in Venice

General: Basically, you can take photos of anything, from architecture to street life photography and everything in between. You can jump from bridge to bridge, focus on main tourist attractions, or even get lost with the purpose of discovering some of the stunning hidden streets and channels of the city. Chances to photograph beautiful sights in Venice are limitless.
The only limitation will be your time. If you are limited on time, we recommend that you focus on the main tourist attractions of Venice. Descriptions of the main tourist attractions that you should visit are suggested on this page. Follow them one-by- one, or organize them to suit your starting point (accommodation). If you have a full day, then you should be able to cover all 10 key spots.

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Street Life:

If you go outside the main tourist attractions or decide to walk between streets without a map to guide you, then you will discover countless opportunities for street life photography. You will be able to meet local people, see how they live, and take pictures of Venetian street life and the wondrous canals of the city.

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Long exposure shots:

Venice is a city on water that is surrounded by water. Between the streets there are hundreds of canals, which give you an unlimited amount of opportunities to use long exposure shots. Our recommendation is to use long exposure shots in the area of St.Marco Square, the Rialto Bridge, or other landmarks that are located on or near bodies of water. You can even combine architecture, street life, and long exposure photography for some magnificent pictures.

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Black and White:

In Venice, you can use black and white photography in almost any picture that you choose. You should use it especially when there is a strong contrast between shadow and bright areas or if the colors simply don’t match your ideal shot. B & W photography will provide more emotion in your pictures. You can also use it when you want to add structure and expose precise details. Our advice is to use it whenever you feel like taking a chance and experimenting with the many black and white options that you have!

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Festivals & Events:

The Carnival of Venice is one of the biggest Carnival celebrations in the world. It usually starts in the last week of January and finishes in the first week of February. Check the official web page for more information and the exact schedule of the festivities. From the photographic perspective, there is also a festival called the Festa del Redenote (occurs in the third weekend of July), which features spectacular fireworks and a gondola regatta.

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People:

Don’t leave Venice without a few classic portraits of Venetian people. Get lost in Venice’s streets and you will inevitably find some friendly local people. You can definitely use some iconic people as the subject of your shots, such as: Gondoliers, waiters, people at the food markets, etc.

Paying Scotland’s Spookiest Castles a Visit

Not a long time ago, many of our parents lulled us to sleep by stories of how beautiful queens and princesses were, how noble was a king, and how courageous were their royal knights. And with such bedtime tales, many of us grew up believing that castles are a nice place to be. But, beneath those majestic fables of chivalry, such fortifications have a secret to tell – and funny enough, they have their own resident spectre to let you into their deepest and darkest mysteries.

 

Now, if you are one of those brave souls who will do anything to experience an adventure or a scare of a lifetime, pack your luggage on your next holiday break and book a flight to Scotland, where almost every palace you encounter can give you either. And once you have stepped foot on Scottish soil, ask your travel agent how you can tour or spend the night in any of these terrifying venues.

 

Glamis Castle, Angus

 

From Edinburgh, take the train and two buses to get to this place, which is considered as one of Britain’s most majestic castles. And while friendly tour guides will gladly tell you that this is the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth II, many of them will not announce that this royal estate also holds the reputation as Scotland’s most haunted castle.

 

Hence, do not be surprised if the grounds are open to public tours only or that the nearest hotel is still a few miles away. If your curiosity gets the better of you and you try to sneak in here at night, you might just bump into the poor soul who is doomed to play cards with the devil himself.

 

Fyvie Castle

 

If the first stop was not enough to feed your appetite for the paranormal, head for this picturesque home in Aberdeenshire and book a public tour around Fyvie Castle. Once you get here, you will definitely be amazed by the lovely grounds and the majestic rooms here.

Nevertheless, while you are taking a leisurely stroll here, keep yourself from looking into any of the mansion’s many mirrors – you will never know when the vengeful apparition of Dame Lillias Drummond, the “Green Lady”, will reflect on any of them.

 

Carbisdale Castle

 

For backpackers who love a bit of a fright, booking a room in this impressive former Scottish home should be part of their travel itinerary. While it has been turned into a hostel today, this does not erase the fact that its rooms and grounds are still considered as one of the country’s most haunted locations.

 

If you got nerves of steel, enter the castle nursery and watch out for fixtures that move on their own or roam the grounds at dawn to encounter a hooded ghost who is said to be the castle gardener looking for his lost daughter.

 

Once the day breaks and you have finally concluded your ghost-hunting adventure in the last aforementioned venue, bring out any of your favorite ski jackets in your bag, head for a trusty Highland ski resort, and enjoy a different kind of chill.