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10 Essentials For Casual NYC Photography

Nonprofessional tips for the NYC visitor.

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1. Distance.

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Generally speaking, the best wide shots of the Manhattan skyline (captured from the ground) are taken in Brooklyn, Queens, or New Jersey. The North 5th Street Pier in Williamsburg (Brooklyn) is one of the best spots for a shot of Manhattan.

2. Contrast.

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The morning sun and the evening sun both show off terrific details on New York's icons. If you're lucky enough to see the Flatiron Building at magic hour, it is truly a sight to behold.

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6. The quirky life of the city.

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What makes this a unique U.S. destination is the massive concentration of quirky energy. Statues and skylines are neat, but the living, breathing New York is what you'll remember most from your visit. Capture these moments!

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9. Taking advantage of NYC's frequent bad weather.

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If you're dressed for bad weather (and it's safe), then you can get some great shots of the quiet city — the rain reflecting the neon lights or the mist obscuring a skyscraper. I walked down an almost empty Central Park Mall during an ugly, wet snowstorm to see this.