Bonjour mes amis,
when I first came to Paris about a year ago I was completely overwhelmed: The city is filled with the most beautiful architecture, elegant avenues and picturesque parks. No matter in which direction you're going to go, you will most certainly find some breathtaking sights. So in order to make your photographic journey through Paris a bit more pleasant, I've assembled my personal 7 best spots for shooting amazing pictures in Paris:
1. La Tour Eiffel
Alright, let's start with the obvious. It's gonna be hard to miss Paris' most iconic sight, the Eiffel Tower. Does it look great on Photos? Yes. Is it gonna be really touristy? Of course. So is it worth it? Definitely!
Even though it has been photographed probably a million times it's still looks great. Bring a wide angle to capture the some different perspectives, try and get really close to the iron scaffoldings, if the weather isn't perfect the tower is going to look stunning in black and white. And the great thing about the Eiffel Tower is that it's visible from all over the city which gives you plenty of opportunities to play with different compositions.
2. The Louvre
The Louvre is one of the worlds greatest collection of art. Even if you're not into classical art, simply wander around in the gigantic building through sheer endless corridors of art and history. Book tickets in advance to avoid the queue, also the Louvre is open till late one day a week, which is usually a great opportunity to see the Louvre a little bit less crowded.
3. Get out at night
If you think Paris is pretty during the day, wait until you see it at night. Pretty much all the famous sights are illuminated quite spectacularly. Definitely stop at the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre for some stunning shots.
4. Get up high
Paris offers a lot of great opportunities for cityscapes. Eiffel Tower, Sacre Coeur on top of Montmartre, and Notre Dame are just a few examples to get that wide angle lens out on a tripod. Sometimes there are lifts, sometimes just stairs, so pack light. A fantastic insider tip is the Galeries Lafayette. It's a pretty big department store in the centre of Paris but it has an amazing rooftop terrace (which even has a bar). Try and be there when the store opens (usually around 9) to avoid crowds.
5. Watch out for Street Art
Apart from all the official art exhibitions, Paris has a lot of guerrilla artists actively enhancing the facades of houses, bridges and building. So keep your eyes open, some are well hidden, some are quite obvious.
6. Montmartre and Sacre Coeur
The district of Montmartre has quite a vivid history with being home to artists like Dali, Monet Picasso and van Gogh. Today the 130 meters high hill in the middle of Paris is still incredibly vibrant with art markets, little galleries and coffee shops. Right on top is the church Sacre Coeur, which will give you an amazing view over Paris.
7. Get aboard for a Riverboat-Tour
Perfect for your last day when feet already hurt. The Seine pretty much flows along all the major sights so you can get a last chance to get a shot of Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower, also from a different perspective and without the hassle of walking and taking the underground. It's a hop on/off ticket in case you feel like spending some on land.