Even if you're not looking to go pro, by challenging yourself to shoot at various places and times during the day, you'll not only sharpen your skills, but you'll also end up with some beautiful photographs.
Next time you find yourself out and about in Sydney, check out these hot photography spots and challenge yourself to set aside time to shoot.
There's no shortage of city views in Sydney, which is ideal for playing with the use of lines, as well as other photography principles, like light, to find your unique style.
Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.
Our top three places to shoot the skyline are from Balls Head, the Larkin Street Lookout and from Cockle Bay. All of these locations provide excellent light right before the sunrise, dawn, sunset and the hour after sunset.
When shooting from Balls Head you'll get the full scope of the Sydney skyline as well as views of the harbour, Balmain and Darling Harbour, which is why you'll want a range of lenses to utilize.
Just a short ways away at the Larkin Street Lookout you'll get some different angles of the city however, Darling Harbour won't be included in your shots. Lastly, the west side of Cockle Bay has a spot in the north (at Pier 7) and a spot in the south (in front of the Sydney Convention Center) that provide views that keep the skyline the star of your photographs.
Even if you're not a beach lover or fan of the water, everyone can agree the sea is captivating. The ocean moves by its own universal rules and provides opportunities to capture some of the most unique phenomena Mother Nature has to offer, which is why seascape photography is so widely admired.
Turimetta Beach is slightly north to the entrance of Narrabeen Lake, and although the beach isn't that long, it's the rock formations at the end that make it a photographer's paradise. The shapes of the rock create wonderful texture in your shots, especially as the sun is rising and setting.
Bondi Beach is another one of Sydney's most popular seaside locations, so make sure to get here early if you want shots with not too many people in them. And while you're there, make sure to go down to the Bondi icebergs. You'll get another angle of Bondi Beach and you may be able to catch some grand crashing waves into the pool.
If you're looking to shoot some of Sydney's most iconic structures such as the Opera House or Harbour Bridge, try shooting at the Overseas Passenger Terminal where you can shoot both landmarks separately within just a short walk.
From the Terminal, you'll be able to get eastward facing views of the Opera House and Circular Quay, which makes for awesome sunrise photography. To get shots of The Harbour Bridge from underneath, you'll just need to walk north and around to Dawes Point.
Another hot spot to shoot these two landmarks is from Mrs Macquarie's Chair. From there you'll get shots with both of these locations lined up and illuminated with a golden light at dawn, or a backlit colorful sky right after the sun dips below the water.
After you've explored and created a beautiful collection of photographs that capture the soul of Sydney, you'll want to show off your work!
Get your best shots printed on canvas to bring your photos to life on your walls as well as make an online portfolio. Online digital printers such as The Canvas Factory are reasonable in price, therefore, perfect for the amateur photographer. If you're looking to show off your masterpieces you'll want as many eyes on your photos as possible, so put them on display in multiple mediums.
And don't forget to keep practicing! Living in such a magnificent city as we do, with so many stunning places, we really are in a photographer's heaven.