The summer’s most photograph friendly destinations
Summer in the UK is truly something special to capture on your camera, especially when the sun is shining. From picturesque landscapes to stunning beaches, the options are endless - but where should you start your photography journey? We’ve put together a list of the best places to photograph in England, so grab your photography kit and let’s get exploring.
Best Places to Photograph in England and Scotland
There’s a lot of ground to cover on our small island, that’s why we couldn’t just limit the best places to photograph to England. From luscious green suntraps, to quaint little villages - we’ve collected a mixture of both well-known spots and the hidden gems to photograph.
The Cotswolds: quintessential charm
Immerse yourself in the idyllic beauty of the Cotswolds, where every village seems to be plucked from a storybook. Stroll along the cobblestone streets, capturing the honey-coloured cottages and perfectly manicured gardens. With each click of the shutter, you'll be preserving a moment of timeless charm.
Lake District: nature's masterpiece
Escape to the ethereal landscapes of the Lake District, a photographer's paradise. From misty mountains to mirror-like lakes, this site offers breathtaking vistas at every turn. Capture the play of light on the water or the dramatic silhouettes of the fells as they stretch into the horizon.
Edinburgh: where history meets modern marvels
The enchanting city of Edinburgh blends ancient history with modern delights. Explore the mediaeval streets of the Royal Mile, capturing the majestic Edinburgh Castle standing proudly atop its (dormant) volcanic perch. As the sun sets, head to Calton Hill for a panoramic view of the city's stunning skyline, a sight that will leave you in awe.
Picturesque Pembrokeshire: a wonder on the Welsh coast
Tucked away in the southwestern corner of Wales, Pembrokeshire is a photographer's sanctuary — teeming with awe-inspiring landscapes and ethereal natural beauty. It boasts a coastline sculpted into dramatic cliffs, serene coves, and stunning sandy beaches, all framed by the azure embrace of the Atlantic Ocean.
Its iconic landmarks, like the towering St David's Cathedral and the mystical Pentre Ifan Burial Chamber, whisper tales from the past that are just waiting to be captured.
Best beaches to photograph
England is home to some of the most picturesque stretches of coastline, and whilst we may not always be the luckiest when it comes to sunbathing weather - these beaches are prime spots for beautiful shots all year round.
Whitsand Bay: Cornwall’s forgotten corner
Immerse yourself in the untouched charm of Whitsand Bay, one of Cornwall’s best beaches to photograph. Neighbouring The Rame Peninsula, and often called ‘The Forgotten Corner’, this 3-mile stretch of sand is a hidden gem that blends the rawness of rugged cliffs together with soft, golden coastline. The bay's dramatic terrain, ever-shifting sandbars, and some pretty decent surf all makes for spectacular shots. And in the wintertime, you’ll be able to capture an incredible sunset on the horizon - you might even be able to spot The Eddystone Lighthouse in the distance.
Balephuil Bay: take a snap in Tiree
Tiree, the sunniest spot in the UK, is a photographer's dream. This Scottish island is a canvas painted with dazzling white beaches, turquoise waters, and endless blue skies - it’s even been called the Caribbean of Scotland. Famous for its rich birdlife and stunning sunsets, Tiree gives photographers a chance to capture nature's most intimate moments. Balephuil Bay is also home to unique machair landscapes – a rare coastal habitat bursting with wildflowers – that offers a captivating blend of colours and textures.
Bamburgh Beach: a majestic tapestry of sand and sea
Located in Northumberland, Bamburgh Beach will sweep you off your feet with its rugged beauty and magnificent castle backdrop. Capture the dramatic contrast of the castle against the vast expanse of sand and sea. Whether it's the crashing waves or the reflections on the wet sand, this beach promises to ignite your creativity behind the lens. Whatever the weather, there’ll be ample opportunity for some intense, moody shots - come rain or shine.
Durdle Door Beach: a gateway to photographic splendour
Situated along the Jurassic Coast, Durdle Door Beach boasts an iconic natural limestone arch that gracefully frames the sparkling turquoise waters. As you step onto the pebbly shore, be ready to capture the harmony between land and sea at this photographic hotspot.
Often called the Greece of the UK, Durdle Door evokes scenes of Europe with the contrast of the white cliffs paired with the golden sand. It’s one of the best beaches to photograph, make sure you find the perfect angle to showcase the arch, creating a composition that draws viewers into the frame.
Preserving the atmosphere: etiquette for photographers
When embarking on a photography journey, it's crucial to respect the atmosphere of the locations you visit. Here are some tips to ensure your passion for photography doesn't disturb the place you’re visiting.
Be mindful of crowds
If you find yourself in a popular tourist spot, be patient and wait for the opportune moment to take your shot. Avoid blocking pathways or obstructing views for others, and remember, everyone wants to enjoy the experience as much as you do.
Silence speaks louder than shutter clicks
In serene settings, such as churches or tranquil gardens, minimise the noise your camera makes. Switch to silent mode or disable the shutter sound entirely. This way, you can capture the beauty without disturbing the peace of the location.
Ask for consent
When photographing people, especially in candid shots, always seek their permission first before you take a snap. Engage with locals and tourists alike, and respect their privacy. After all, building a connection and sharing stories can lead to authentic and powerful images.
Leave no trace
Ensure you leave the environment exactly as you found it. Don't trample delicate flora or leave behind any litter, and preserve the natural beauty for future generations to enjoy.
Capture the magic of summer with myFUJIFILM
With your Fujifilm camera in hand, embark on an unforgettable journey through these photograph-friendly destinations in the UK.
Let the breathtaking landscapes and captivating moments inspire your creativity, and remember, the key to exceptional photography lies not only in the equipment but also in your perspective and appreciation for the world around you.