Fascinating Photography spots in Perth

And some extra tips and tricks on how to take that perfect photo

Western Australia
13. Mar 2021
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Fascinating Photography spots in Perth

From immaculate beaches to incredible landscapes, Perth is home to some of the most respected photography spots.

They have a one-of-a-kind vibe that will add some charm and memorability to your shots. 

Though, there is one catch. Selecting the ideal spot for your photography tour isn’t that straightforward. You will need to take some time scouting for the most photogenic spot for your type of photography. 

But, if you are short of time, don’t worry. We've cherry-picked some of the most popular spots often used and recommended by renowned photographers.

As a bonus, we’ve suggested some expert photography ideas that would perfect your art. Take a tour. 

 

Portrait Photography Locations Perth

 

 

⋅⋅⋅ Wolf Lane ⋅⋅⋅

Perth City’s Wolf Lane bursts with glorious street art and murals done by respected local artists.

Wolf Lane Perth

They will add some creative street feel and unique backdrop to your photos.

If you want more street art, expand your scope to Como, Fremantle, Highgate, Victoria Park, Maylands, and Northbridge.

 

⋅⋅⋅ Fremantle Container Rainbow ⋅⋅⋅

This isn’t a real rainbow per se.

It is just a set of sea containers coloured and shaped like a rainbow.

The containbow against Fremantle’s blue skies will make an excellent portrait background for your photography.

While you can take a shot anytime, local photographers report that the scene is more spectacular during the sunset.

 

 

⋅⋅⋅ Port Beach, North Fremantle ⋅⋅⋅

Port Beach Perth

With pure white stretches of sand, Port Beach will offer a clean background for your portrait shots.

If you want to capture a clean shot with just the white sands and blue waters at the backdrop, shoot early in the morning when the beach is less crowded.

Powerful lenses can capture the beautiful views of Rottnest Island in the background. 

 

⋅⋅⋅ Freshwater Bay Jetty ⋅⋅⋅

Freshwater Bay’s old timber jetty with chipped paint provides a unique, artistic backdrop that you can hardly find anywhere.

Since it is less crowded, you can take your insta-perfect photos any time of the day.

Besides the jetty, Freshwater Bay has grassed foreshores, a beach, and public parks great for portraits. 

 

Wedding Photo Locations Perth

 

⋅⋅⋅ Cottesloe Beach ⋅⋅⋅

Cottesloe Beach, Perth

Cottesloe Beach provides a romantic setting with clear water, white sands, and jagged rocks, perfect for weddings and love anniversaries.

The beach’s grassed lawns, shady pine trees, and the Indiana Tea House offer the potential for stunning wedding images with varying backdrops.

 

⋅⋅⋅ Kings Park ⋅⋅⋅

Kings Park's elevated location offers phenomenal shots with panoramic views of the city's skyline and Swan River.

As well, this city park’s abundance of flowers and giant trees create a relaxed background for those fascinating wedding photos.

 

⋅⋅⋅ Swan Valley Wine Region ⋅⋅⋅

Swan Valley Wine Region, Perth, WA

With vast vineyards and endless blue sky, Swan Valley's nature will make your wedding photos stand out.

After the photoshoot, sneak into some cellar doors and share a bottle of wine with people who made your event more successful.

 

 

⋅⋅⋅ Hyde Park ⋅⋅⋅

Hyde Park boasts of purple blossoms of Jacaranda, lush green shades, Hyde Park offers a beautiful foreshore and background for your wedding photos.

Since this park has several wedding-friendly spots, you can have all your shots within—no need to scout for more photography spots. 

 

⋅⋅⋅ Blue Boathouse ⋅⋅⋅

Blue boathouse Perth, WA

Documented among the most photographed spots in Perth, the Blue Boathouse is without a doubt another excellent location for wedding photography.

The surrounding waters, the blue boathouse, and the wooden jetty will give your photos a unique backdrop for photos. However, since this is a busy spot, you will have to arrive early to beat crowds. 

 

Secret Photography Spots Perth

 

⋅⋅⋅ Rottnest Island’s Wadjemup Lighthouse ⋅⋅⋅

While many people visit Rottnest Island to take quokka selfies, they give little interest to Wadjemup Lighthouse.

Since the lighthouse stands on Rottnest’s highest point, it will you’re your photos a background of the island’s white sands, Indian ocean’s blue waters, and Perth City’s skyline in the distance.

 

⋅⋅⋅ Lake Thetis ⋅⋅⋅

Lake Thetis, Perth

With extraordinary, 3000-year-old thrombolites, clear waters, and an endless horizon, Lake Thetis forms a spectacular background that looks almost unreal.

It is 2-hours' drive away from Perth, a reason why it remains secretive for many less enthusiastic photographers. 

 

⋅⋅⋅ Wungong Dam ⋅⋅⋅

Tucked in Perth Hills, the Wungong Dam is another excellent photography spot that is little known to many. It boasts sweeping views of the coastal plains, a recreational lake below the dam wall, and natural bushland around the dam.

 

Where can I take pictures in Perth?

 

⋅⋅⋅ Perth City Streets ⋅⋅⋅

Perth City Streets

With graffiti-decorated lanes, public artworks, heritage buildings, statues, and the CBD's unique architecture, Perth City's streets have plenty of photography spots. You can take photos in most public spaces without special permission.

⋅⋅⋅ Parks ⋅⋅⋅

 

 

 

Perth is home to beautiful parks with lush bushland, spectacular precincts, grassed lawns, and multiple wildflowers species.

Their environments form an excellent background and foreground for photos. 

 

⋅⋅⋅ Beaches, Islands, and bays ⋅⋅⋅

Perth City is blessed with several coastal landscapes. It has bays with photogenic boatsheds, forested islands with rugged rock formations, and beaches with white sands and clear waters.

The landscapes are an integral part of great photos. 

 

⋅⋅⋅ Rivers and waterfalls ⋅⋅⋅

Whether it is a most speckled stream, a meandering river, or a roaring waterfall, moving water gives photos an irresistibly magical effect that you can hardly find in other backdrops.

If you love photography by the riverside, Perth has the Swan River, Canning River, Bell Rapids falls, and Lesmurdie waterfalls for you.

 

⋅⋅⋅ Wineries and Vineyards ⋅⋅⋅

Wine and vineyard in Perth

Though privately owned, Perth’s wineries and vineyards aren’t out of bounds for travellers and photographers.

They will let you take photos at their vast vineyard and cellar doors.

What's more? Many wineries offer spectacular views of hills, rivers, and lakes. 

 

 

How Do You Find A Good Spot For Photography?

So you have a camera, a passion for photography, spare time to try out your skill, but you lack a clue about your favourite spots to photograph? 

A little scouting should direct you to some of the perfect spots near you.

Here are ideas to spark off your search.

 

⋅⋅⋅ Use photo search Apps and sites ⋅⋅⋅

Photography search

With today’s technological innovations, you don't have to scout manually for Perth's best photography spots.

Instead, you can use apps and websites like ShotHotSpot or PhotoSpots to identify those unique locations nearby

 

 

⋅⋅⋅ Look for famous landmarks near you ⋅⋅⋅

Some of the most popular public areas, architectural marvels, landscapes, or landmarks make the perfect photography spots around.

You can find these spots using Google maps. So, you don’t have to scout far away from home.  

 

⋅⋅⋅ Drive or stroll around ⋅⋅⋅

Sometimes, driving, cycling, or strolling around the neighbourhood is the best way to discover those unpopular photography scenes.

Instead of hitting the usual road, search through small side streets or less traversed roads.

You will be surprised to unearth beautiful spots that you hadn't seen or heard of.

 

⋅⋅⋅ Social Media ( Instagram & Facebook) ⋅⋅⋅

Social Media

Social media is another rich source for scouting the best photography spots near you.

You can get leads from local photography groups or use Instagram's location search bar to find the best photography spots near you. 

 

How do you shoot good photos?

Many people think that taking a perfect shot entails pointing the camera to the subject and shooting.

But, if you ask experts, they will tell you that more fundamentals are needed to give you a professional-like shot. Here are some. 

⋅⋅⋅ Avoid camera shake ⋅⋅⋅

Camera shake

Shaking is the major cause of blurry photos.

You can avoid this issue by using a tripod stand. If you take photos casually, you can avoid camera shake by holding your camera correctly. Place one hand around your camera's body and the other one around the lens.

Hold it close to your body for added stability.

 

⋅⋅⋅ Use the flash mode during a sunny day ⋅⋅⋅

While many amateur photographers think that a flash is unnecessary during a sunny day, that isn’t true.

The flash will brighten your subject’s face, thereby clearing those less-appealing facial shadows.

Contrariwise, it would help if you don't use a flash indoors. 

 

⋅⋅⋅ Move closer or zoom-in on your subject ⋅⋅⋅

Zoom in

As a rule of thumb, the subject you are photographing should occupy a larger percentage of your picture area.

If they seem too far, move closer or zoom them in.

However, you shouldn’t get too close since the subject could get blurry. 

 

⋅⋅⋅ Embrace the rule of thirds ⋅⋅⋅

In line with this basic rule, your picture's middle isn't the perfect position for your subject.

Instead, you should place the character away from the centre. That way, your photo will look more attractive and natural. 

 

⋅⋅⋅ Take charge ⋅⋅⋅

Taking a group photo

You, the photographer, should play an active role during the photo session.

Organize your subjects, just if you are taking a group photo, and ask the subjects to take a proper pose. Basically, you should do everything to capture that perfect shot.

 

How do you do a photoshoot?

⋅⋅⋅ Get inspiration from other photographers ⋅⋅⋅

Google search

 

Search the internet for photos related to your project. Then, use them as a reference to your poses, expressions, and outfits.

The inspiration coupled with your creativity will give you the confidence you need to press on with the photo shoot.

 

⋅⋅⋅ Conduct a tech-scout of the photoshoot location⋅⋅⋅

Before photoshoot day, visit the location and familiarize yourself with it.

If you are going to shoot outdoors, assess if it has proper lighting, identify the perfect spots for your photoshoot, and determine how crowded it gets.

That way, you will know how to handle surprises that could inconvenience you and your subjects.

 

⋅⋅⋅ Gather your photography equipment ⋅⋅⋅

photography equipment

Now that you understand your location better and have the right concept for the photoshoot, get the right camera, proper lenses, lighting source, and other critical photography equipment.

Make sure they won't disappoint during the entire photoshoot session. 

 

⋅⋅⋅ Get your subjects ready for the shoot ⋅⋅⋅

Before the day for the photoshoot, meet or call your subjects, inform them about the venue and all other intricate issues required to achieve the best possible results.

If they are new to you, establish some rapport so that you feel comfortable around each other. 

 

⋅⋅⋅ Execute ⋅⋅

Taking Photography

After making all preliminary arrangements, proceed to execute your photoshoot.

Ask your subjects to take different poses, and use your creativity to capture those professional-grade photos. 

 

Grab a Camera and Capture those Scenic Photos

With the right photography spots in mind and polished photo shooting skills, grab a camera and capture those beautiful moments.

The snaps will help you secure beautiful memories as you exploit your creativity. 

 

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