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The New Tokina 16.5-135 Super Zoom Review

The Tokina 16.5-135 lens is a good value for money lens that gives you high quality pictures with the best possible sharpness. It provides a much wider angle than most lenses. The wide angle makes the lens an ideal fit for nature and outdoor photography. The lens however also has an incredible focal range that allows it to be used for indoor photography. In addition, this lens can take very good close up photos. In short, it is an everyday lens that can accommodate all your needs at a very affordable price. This makes the lens easily acceptable and readily usable among all type of photographers alike.

Tokina is known for being a pioneer in the latest advancements and for staying in track with the current trends. The Tokina 16.5-135 lens justifies this. The lens is made of three aspherical elements, one all glass precision-molded element and two compound elements. This makes the lens a robust and sturdy setup. The lens also comes with two Super-low Dispersion or otherwise known as SD glass elements that make chromatic aberrations and flare effects scarce. Another advantage of using SD glass elements is that the SD glass elements are lighter in weight and hence reduce the overall weight.

When it comes to the aperture, it is by far one of the widest lens in the market. The wide aperture of the Tokina 16.5-135 has many advantages for low light photography. It will allow you to take pictures on high shutter speeds and will cover a large shooting array. Another subtle benefit of using such a big and wide aperture is that the subject of the photo looks more prominent and has a special grace over the wide background. The contrast is brilliant and the chromatic as well as thermal aberrations are absent until you zoom in on a post processing software.

Focusing in the Tokina 16.5-135 lens has been dealt with very well and more attention has been given to detailing to make it more handy for the photographer. The focusing is constant and uniform throughout the entire zoom range of the lens and it never fails to deliver. Being an advanced piece of equipment, the Tokina 16.5-135 lens quite obviously comes with a great auto focus mechanism. With a total of 15 lenses in the complete setup, the auto focusing mechanism can make and take decisions quite capably.

Having said all this about its qualities and positives, it is safe to say that the Tokina 16.5-135 is a one of a kind model that meets the requirements of every kind of photographer and has something for everyone. It is also impressive to see how it finds a way to do all that at an incredibly cheap rate.

The History Of Portrait Photography

Modern technology and photographic tools allow for the average person to take a portrait photograph, regardless of experience, training, or even background. Want a picture? Point and shoot! In the past, a person wanting a photographic portrait underwent a much more exhaustive experience. Thankfully, modern technology has made the picture-taking process almost brainless.

Portrait photography is capturing the image of an individual (or group) and deliberately placing emphasis on the face and expressions. You will notice that some portraits capture the entire body and the background, but the face is still the objective to be captured. Don’t confuse a body shot as a candid shot. A candid shot is when the individual is secretly photographed. A portrait shot is a deliberate shot. The pose is deliberate and intended to capture the image of the individual in a certain light. There are an infinite amount of potential poses for a portrait. Depending on the intentions of the photographer, it may or may not be important for the subject to look into the camera.

Portrait photography has been in existence for quite awhile. In the past, it was only affordable by the rich and famous. They didn’t use photography but rather captured the moment using painters. You’re probably wondering how long it would take to ‘paint’ a portrait. The answer: quite a while! But then again, the artists (back then and today) are experts and they can produce quality portrait paintings in minimal time.

Other portrait methods were introduced as history progressed. The Camera Lucida, the silhouette and miniatures, is another method used to create portraits. But of course photography was the fastest way to produce a quality portrait. Photographers used different styles in portrait photography. Daguerrotype, which was introduced by Louis Daguerre, and the Calotype portraits are just two examples.

Sir Joseph Nipce and Louis Daguerre partnered together to improve the technology of photography, eventually leading to the Daguerrotype being the most popular style used for portrait requests. Of course, competition eventually stepped in and caused portrait photography to evolve to a new level. Portrait photography is less expensive (by far) than portrait painting. However, portrait paintings are sill alive and well today.

Portraits have also changed over the years. From individual to family shots and now to special occasions – weddings and other special events are captured in portrait format. Portrait photography isnt magic but rather science at play. In the past, you needed a background and the power of light to do the trick. As technology advanced, it allowed the photographer to take all his necessary equipment and gadgets (his camera!) directly to the action no matter where it was.

Lighting has also played an important role in portrait photography. There are a few well known methods for lighting a portrait, such as the three-point lightning setup: key light, fill light, and hair light. All of these are needed in a studio. You’re probably wondering why it takes three lights. It’s not the light that is necessary to make a pleasant image; it’s the lack of light! By using three different light sources, it’s easy for a photographer to create deliberate, subtle shadows where none would exist if you simply used a single, direct light source.

Indeed, photography has continued to change and it gets more complex (and yet more simple) as time goes by. You can enhance color, image and light by just attaching a gadget onto your camera. Or, you can take a basic image, and then tweak the heck out of it using digital editing software – the end result of which is usually nowhere near the original image taken!

Look For Your Ideal Wedding Photography Warwickshire Service Online!

Are you finally tying the knot with your loved one? Are you all set for the biggest day of your life that is not very far away now? Are you ready to capture all the breath taking sweet moments of the day of your marriage? If you are not, then you are not more than a few clicks away from your ideal photographer for the big day! Just go online and search for wedding photographers Warwick, and you will be able to choose from a huge number of brilliant photographers willing to capture your best moments for you!

With the rise in the world of technology and digital gadgets, the power of the internet has multiplied by a number of folds. Each and every thing that you need to know is readily available on the internet. All that you need to do is to type in the keywords and all the relevant information now lays on your fingertips! Both small and large businesses have used this for their advantage and have indulged in online marketing extensively. Wedding photography Warwickshire services are no different and all the data that you need about them can easily be found available online.

Almost all of the wedding photographers Warwickshire maintain beautiful websites of them own, no matter if they are owned by individuals or a group of individuals. They regularly post updates, information as well as their work on their websites, making it just a simple game of clicks for you to access these. Therefore, you can even check their samples and choose satisfactorily from the large number of wedding photography Warwickshire services available online. This decreases the ridiculous hassle that you would have had to go through with photographers without any websites. All their contact information and charges for different services and packages are also available online! Hit an easy online search and look for the perfect photographer for your wedding.

A wedding is the most auspicious day of anyones life as it marks the beginning of a new and beautiful journey. We all hope to relive our memories time after time, but our mind doesnt allow that after some time. Good photographs are the best way to keep these memories alive, and can be done best with the help of the large number of extremely talented photographers working in the region. Make a thorough online search and get yourself the best wedding photographs for auspicious occasion!

Camera Stabilizer Varizoom Flowpod

The VariZoom FlowPod has substantial advantages above ALL other handheld stabilizers and that is why more individuals are choosing the FlowPod. The FlowPod is the lone handheld stabilizer to offers 3 tools in one: Monopod mode, Stabilizer Mode and Low Mode.

The FlowPod and DSLRs – The FlowPod works with DSLR Still Cameras and the new DSLR Photography/Video Combination Cameras like the Canon Mark II.
The monopod mode has a noteworthy advantage over competing products since many stabilizers never get used due to the inconvenience and lost time in trying to set up and move from monopod to hand-held stabilizer and back. Video has been submitted to youtube for FlowPod Users. The FlowPod is a VariZoom patented product. This must not be confused with a STEADICAM Product. The FlowPod is simply available from VariZoom or VariZoom Dealers.

With the FlowPod’s built-in, patented monopod system, the operator can quickly collapse the monopod, return to stabilizer mode, and already be pre-balanced and ready to switch back and forth in seconds.

No other handheld offers the same low mode capabilities where the operator can micro-adjust the camera from the floor to waist level in seconds.

We have had FlowPod owners express regret that had not purchased the FlowPod in the beginning.
The unique balancing system is a straightforward but valuable tool that saves a lot of time by allowing you to quickly and accurately balance your camera in one attempt.

A superbly versatile DV camera stabilizer, the FlowPod can be used as a fluid handheld stabilizer, rock-solid monopod, or gliding low-mode tool. The FlowPod is used and recommended by filmmakers, wedding and event videographers worldwide

VariZoom introduces latest 3-in-1 DSLR camera stabilizer designed for video and still capture. VariZoom’s patented FlowPod system allows shooters complete benefits of monopod, low-mode mount, and stabilizer for video sequences. Correctly balance the camera one time for stabilizer mode, then shoot on monopod all day with the capability to instantly convert back and forth without added setup. In stabilizer mode, capture smooth, flowing-motion video sequences and quickly switch to monopod mode used for still shots. Ideal for wedding and event videographers wanting to get monopod stills and flowing-motion video on one support.

The patented FlowPod system allows shooters complete benefits of monopod, low-mode mount, and stabilizer for video sequences. Accurately balance your camera one time for stabilizer mode, then shoot on monopod all day with the ability to instantly convert back and forth with no additional setup. In stabilizer mode, capture smooth, flowing-motion video sequences and quickly switch to monopod mode for still shots. Ideal intended for wedding and event videographers wanting to acquire monopod stills and flowing-motion video on lone support.

The FlowPod stabilizer system, is Varizoom newest addition to the line of support gear for mini-DV videographers. This uniquely styled device is the generally versatile piece of support gear on the market. Designed to work seamlessly with or without a VariZoom control, the FlowPod merges the popular StealthPod monopod with this patent pending stabilizing system.

The unique multi-purpose handle features a telescoping pin that can either be locked inline for use as a monopod or unlocked to allow uninhibited suspended action shots. The slim design allows for ease of use in the tightest of shooting situations.

High quality aluminum construction.
Locking/Unlocking pivoting foam handle grip, for use as a monopod or as a stabilizing system.
make use of it with or without Varizoom’s zoom and focus controllers.
Optional Low Flow kit, allows for low-to-the-ground video shot, especially on moving things.
Ideal for camcorders with a payload of up to 8 lbs.

Definitely grab the FlowPod stabilizer, mount your camera and start recording. The FlowPod will offer you smooth footage, while walking, running or even going up and down stairs without any camera instability or shake.

Best Lens For The Nikon D5000 Here’s Some Advice.

If you own (or are about to own) a Nikon D5000, youll enjoy its award-winning performance and features. Its a great camera and it made an excellent first impression when I used it – impressive for a camera pitched at enthusiasts.

Is there a lens which best suits the D5000?

You won’t get to exploit your camera’s capabilities unless you use a proper lens. But determining how much to spend on which lens can be tricky. There is such a wide range of options on the market.

We’ll get to some lens options in a second, but first let’s talk about DX lenses.

As is the case with most DSLRs, the D5000 has a sensor smaller than the conventional 35 mm film frame – this type of sensor is called “DX”. Why does this matter?

So when you look at lenses and you see “DX” in the name, you know that the lens has been built to be used with your DX-sensor camera.

Traditional lenses (not the DX kind) are built for 35mm cameras. You can use them with a DX camera, but since they were built for a larger sensor, the outer edges of the photo will automatically be cropped away. So you won’t be able to exploit the widest angle of the lens, but in turn you’ll get to zoom in closer. It’s common to use 1.5 to calculate the crop factor, so an 18-55mm non-DX lens will act like a 27-80mm lens when attached to your D5000.

What make of lens to choose

My advice is always to use Nikon’s own brand – Nikkor – if you can afford them. There are cheaper Nikon-compatible alternatives out there and some of them are pretty decent, but they dont beat the quality youll get from a Nikkor lens.

To ensure compatibility with the Nikon D5000, look for AF-S and AF-I type lenses. Don’t get intimidated by the technicalities – simply make sure you see “AF-S” or “AF-I” in the name of the lens.

My D5000 lens list

When it comes to lenses, there isn’t a single answer to the “best lens” question. It depends on what you intend to photograph, so I’ll provide a few options here, based on different kinds of photography

A. Street and travel photography

Versitality is all-important in this field. Speed is of the essence, since you don’t want to waste time switching lenses, so a decent zoom range is important:

AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR – conventional wisdom says that “kit” lenses sold with the camera body aren’t necessarily the best, but this D5000 kit lens is surprisingly decent. And it has automatic image stabilisation or vibration reduction (VR in Nikon speak) built in.

AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II – a bit more expensive, but this is an amazing traveller’s lens. I regularly use it myself, and because of the amazing zoom range, I hardly ever take it off when Im doing street photography. Yes, there is a slight drop in quality at the extremes (18mm or 200mm), but this is a small price to pay if you consider that you dont have to carry around loads of extra lenses. And you shouldnt underestimate the benefit of having a light, flexile setup when taking street photos: Not only will your back be thankful, but you will also be less noticeable and able to take better candid photos if youre not carrying around a giant bag with loads of lenses and gear.

B. Portraits:

AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G – the wide aperture makes it possible to take beautiful portraits with a shallow depth of field using natural light. And you’ll enjoy the crisp, beautiful quality delivered by this fixed focal (prime) lens.

C. Landscapes and cityscapes:

AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED – For expansive city scenes and landscapes you need a decent wide angle lens. This one delivers.

D. Sports & Wildlife:

AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR – are you after close-ups, but in situations where you can’t be physically close to the subject? the maximum 300mm telephoto zoom, coupled with the anti-blur VR function will help you get tack-sharp images.

Of course there are other options available too – but be careful that you don’t overspend on the lens given what you’ve paid for the camera. Some of the most expensive, heavy professional lenses may be quite hard to handle when attached to this relatively light and compact camera body. You can always upgrade later as your photography develops.

Advantages Of Using Photo Book Albums

Unlike in the past era, digital photo book albums have changed the way we cherish our memories from a fondly remembered place or trip. And the fact that they have become way more easier to make as well as maintain than the traditional analog photo albums, have made such digital memories a phenomenal rage among youngsters and aged photo connoisseurs alike.

So what are the salient features of photobook software applications or a complete photo book album that have made them as popular as comic books among the common masses? Lets find out

1.Abundance  The number of online portals and experts in the domain of photobook software applications have mushroomed by the hundreds. Even though this makes choosing an ideal option from the same daunting, it nevertheless produces a huge number of applications and types to choose from! So even if you are a novice photographer or budding photojournalists, all you need to is click the photos  the photo book album is the responsibility of the online portal you hire!

2.Easy to Make & Maintain  Unlike their analog and traditional predecessors, digital photo book albums are easy to make, and even easier to maintain. With hundreds of customization and editing buttons made available with your photobook software, ironing out issues and re-creating a lost image is cakewalk for an amateur himself!

3.Resistant to Wearing Out  Remember how much pain and care you took to preserve your photo book album from your school days? Not even 1% of that effort is needed to preserve a photobook software product. Why? Simply, because it is online! So all you need to do is keep necessary backups of the album file  and lay back and relax! However, issues such as a hard-disk crash or hacking of the album account can create problems  though ordinary secure methods can negate these threats as well.

4.Easier to Share  You dont need to carry your heavy photo book album with you every time you visit your friends or family. All you need is to send them an e-mail invitation to view your photo album or share it with them through other methods online! This way, you can have your friends in Hawaii and Egypt sift through the photo book album without you having to budge from your living room couch!

5.Personalization Made More Accurate  With photobook software, you can personalize your image album with much greater accuracy and flair. Moreover, the fact that every editing spree can be reverted back to its original form and figment is another advantage that allows a free hand on personalization for amateur and professional photographers alike. Add to this the over-indulgence of personalization, layout and creativity-laden buttons in the photobook software applications, and you have a winner at hand!

So, if you were a budding photojournalist or a photography enthusiast, making an award-winning photo book album is not as hard and as daunting a task as you would have imagined. Today, even housewives and aged ladies are making photo collections of their kitty parties with easily available photobook software online. And with the afore-mentioned advantages, it is no miracle that the photobook software and such image albums have become a phenomenon in itself of late!

What Is The Importance Of Wedding Photography

Wedding is time that happens in the lives of all. It is a time when two hearts become one and live together for life. This union of two people celebrating their love for each other. Wedding is the most gracious important part of the life. So, no one wants to ignore the each moments of their wedding occasion. Every couple has wants to capture each loving moments of their wedding day. Lots of photographers are available to chose to capture each moments but, everyone should know how to chose them. Mostly people photographers are recommended by someone else or if they went to attend the party or wedding somewhere. The event brings together the entire family, friends or individuals who were part of the life of the bride and groom.

People find themselves spending time and effort in creating this life event. It is a well-planned celebration invested with a lot of time, effort and money just to create the perfect day. Your wedding day is in all probability the most important moment for any married couple. These moments must be captured. Since marriage is a once in a lifetime, photos must be of high quality and must take the true meaning of the moment. Photos should capture all the special moments of the wedding. What happened on the wedding day will not come to life again. Capturing wedding rituals is special, another important thing the bride and groom, dress and appearance to date.

Photographing moments that embody the spirit of marriage are part of the best wedding photojournalists. For the wedding occasion photographers and musicians are get booked quickly. In search of a photographer, you’ll note that the images you take your life: wedding photography is an investment that you do not want to skimp on. You should spend your mostly time on this day with the wedding photographer to take intimate and emotional moments, and you should feel comfortable with them in body.

Great experienced wedding photographers demonstrate their beautiful wedding photography portfolios. They must also have recommendations from previous happy couples. Now a days most people are in search of digital wedding photography for increase the quality of their wedding photographs. By this digital technology wedding photographer can easily edit each picture for the best result. Digital cameras have the ability to take lots of pics without losing the film because they use memory cards to contain all the photographs taken by the photographer, is ideal for the practice of shooting the marriage photography by numeric type. Depending on the size of the memory card & the quality of photographs, hundreds of pics can be basically stored in a memory card.

For this, it is also important to choice the right place to get the best wedding photography results. It is vitally important that you choose the best possible wedding photographer that also values all of the elements and details that you value. There are numbers of nice photography studios in Melbourne . When you are going to deal with the photography studio, which have numbers of photographers so, you must meet their actual photographer and meet him personally. You should also see his/her wedding photography portfolios. You will also want to make sure you understand how re-orders of photos will be handled. You should also see the wedding photographer style, how they take photos, their location etc.

Make a fine compatibility and an unenclosed working consanguinity with your selected photographer and jointly with his character and attainments, you will both get the wonderful output for this endeavor. Find the perfect wedding photographer for take a all unforgettable captures on your memorable day.”

Wedding Photography In Orange County – The Top 10 Places For Engagement And Wedding Photography

Many plans go into creating the perfect day for a bride’s wedding. But when all is said and done, the wedding and engagement photographs will tell the tale of “Our Wedding Day.” Capture your perfect moments with pictures at the ideal location that will remind you of how enchanting, romantic, and personal your wedding day really was. Here are top ten wedding engagement and wedding photography session locations in Orange County:

1. The number one location for wedding and engagement photography sessions in Orange County is… the DISNEYLAND theme park. Let the child in you have fun at the Happiest Place on Earth. Bring the enchanting fairy tale of your engagement or wedding to life in your photographs using the enchanted castle as your backdrop. Or for more playful shots, take some “mad” photos in the teacups, explosive shots at Big Thunder Mountain or wacky cracks in ToonTown.

2. Looking for the classic beach shot for your e-session? The beach at the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach is the best location in Orange County. With its panoramic Pacific Ocean views you’ll have a classic romantic paradise to illuminate your romantic moments.

3. Downtown San Juan Capistrano is home to one of the oldest train stations in Orange County. Centered in an antique mission town, the train station offers a beautiful and unique backdrop of colorful train cars and a rustic country town. You can even get amazing shots aboard some old trains.

4. For animal lovers the best photography location in Orange County is the Zoomars Petting Zoo in San Juan Capistrano. With this rare collection of exotic and endangered species as a backdrop, you have a distinctive way to exhibit your personality in your engagement or wedding photos.

5. Downtown Laguna Beach provides a great location for engagement or wedding photography sessions. With its quaint beach city, charming boardwalk and protected tide pools, your photos can have the unique blend of cityscape and casual beach lifestyle that defines Southern California.

6. Just outside Orange County, you can feel like you’re on the other side of the world in the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens located at California State University in Long Beach. This beautiful and quaint garden is a hidden gem for engagement and wedding photos. Lush with green trees and a peaceful creek, the grace of this garden will capture your precious moment.

7. Looking for an ocean view backdrop? Not excited about the sand? Check out Little Corona Beach in Corona Del Mar. The top of the cliff offers stunning views of the Newport Beach jetties and bay at Inspiration Point Park. A very romantic spot to photograph your engagement or wedding.

8. Casper’s Wilderness Park (the former Starr Ranch) in San Juan Capistrano is a beautiful location showcasing Orange County’s scenic landscapes. Sandstone canyons, river terraces, and magnificent stands of California sycamore trees will give a truly Californian look for your wedding or engagement photos!

9. Nature not your style? Have a metro e-session with an urban shoot in downtown Santa Ana Art District. This hip art district lined with art galleries, coffee shops, and museums, gives the perfect backdrop for the en vogue couple looking for an edgy engagement photography location in Orange County.

10. Rancho Las Lomas in Lawrence Canyon of Silverado has spectacular facilities surrounded by beautiful zoological and botanical gardens. For a unique touch, have your engagement photos done under ancient Oaks and magnificent giant Sycamores. Rancho Las Lomas also features a gorgeous rose garden.

Every bride looks for the perfect dress, the perfect cake, the perfect location for her wedding. But what must not be forgotten are the best locations for engagement and wedding photography sessions. Capture your most memorable moments with the location that best reflects your personality.

Victorian Glamour Photography

In the 19th centuries the classical arts were very much admired; sculptures and paintings showing the naked body were the major part of art gallery and museum exhibitions. However the Victorians were very strict on morality, and in the family home a portrait of the Queen, a framed religious tract or a landscape print would be the normal pictures to grace their sitting room. No nudes here!

Soon after the invention of the photographic process by Daguerre in the 1830’s the first nude photographs were created. These early photographs were intended to provide good reference material for painters and sculptors. Many of the early nude photographs were posed in the manner of classic oil paintings to make them more acceptable to critics of this art form.

This new technology of photography was quickly taken up by artists eager for new ways to illustrate the undraped feminine form – and to make a lot of money! In the moral climate of the 19th century the only officially sanctioned photography of the body was for the production of artist’s studies. However many were produced as erotic images for the ‘discerning gentleman.’

The reality of the photographic image was considered quite ugly at this time, so the closer the photographer could make the photograph resemble a classical painting the less likely he was to be accused of creating something obscene. The model who was willing to pose unclothed was considered immoral, and ‘respectable’ women rarely posed in the nude during the early days of photography.

The technical process in the early years required extremely long exposures, so the nude model often had to stay extremely still for up to ten minutes while the shutter remained open. The pose of the model was often contrived. Theatrical settings were used – the chaise-longue covered in heavy brocade, floral drapes, large classical urns and other paraphernalia were used to set the scene.

One picture could cost a week’s salary, so the audience for nudes mostly consisted of artists and the upper echelon of society. The French pioneered erotic photography, producing nude postcards, so named because of their size, although they were never meant to be postally sent as this was illegal. Nude photographs were marketed in a monthly magazine called the “La Beaute” that targeted artists looking for poses. Each issue contained 75 nude images which could be ordered by mail, in the form of postcards, hand-tinted or sepia toned. Street dealers, tobacco shops, and a variety of other vendors bought the photographs for resale to American tourists and servicemen.

The emergence of the glamorous pin-up photograph came about because not only was the female form revealed in all its splendour, but it also allowed the model a chance to put her own personality into the picture. Often, burlesque actresses were hired as models and semi-nude photographs appeared on the cover of publications and throughout; while these would now be termed softcore, they were quite shocking for the time. Later on publications masquerading as “art magazines” or publications celebrated the new cult of naturism, with titles such as Photo Bits, Body in Art, Figure Photography, Nude Living and Modern Art for Men. Health and Efficiency, started in 1900, was a typical naturist magazine in Britain.

In this way the nude photograph caused a sexual response from the viewer as well as an appreciation of the artistry of the picture. Erotic postcards enjoyed considerable popularity at the turn of the 20th century. They could always be obtained, by those in the know, from suppliers in every walk of life who were out to make money from a profitable trade.

The majority of the pin-up cards were mild by today’s standards. They were created to show a pleasing image which would entertain and stimulate the viewer. These images have innocence about them. Although often saucy, they were not the blatant images seen in the top-shelf magazines around today.

In spite of the contrived coy poses of the models these vintage photographs have great charm. The use of a primitive lens, slow film and daylight studios created a luminous quality which any glamour photographers would be happy to achieve in their work today.

Good Wedding Photography Locations Around Philadelphia

For wedding photography, Philadelphia is probably the best city in the country. It’s urban, steeped in history and culture, filled with gardens and parks and dubbed the “city of love” for a reason. For five of the city’s best wedding photography locations, keep reading.

Longwood Gardens

It’s hard to go wrong at Longwood Gardens, the grounds are massive, but also pristine and positively stunning. With water fountains, flowers and beautiful foliage, the Gardens make for an incredible backdrop setting for your Philadelphia wedding photos.

However, before you arrive at the Longwood gates with your wedding party, photographer and lights in tow, you should know the Gardens do allow photography, but there are policies you must follow. All attendees are required to pay the $16 entrance fee, and no tripods or lights can be used at any time. You may also be required to sign a permission form saying the photos are for personal, not commercial, use.


Philadelphia’s JFK Plaza is lovingly nicknamed LOVE Park thanks to the iconic LOVE statue made by Robert Indiana situated at the head of the park. It’s an urban, Center City setting with a romantic fountain and a locale that simply embodies the city.

It’s free to take photos in LOVE Park, but be prepared to compete with other wedding parties, especially if you’re shooting on a busy June Saturday. To avoid disappointment, set aside some extra photography time in case you run into another wedding.

Bartram Gardens

Bartram’s Gardens are the country’s oldest public gardens, and the setting is both romantic and idyllic. With its stone courtyard, historical buildings and beautiful garden setting – it’s a great spot for wedding photography. Philadelphia photographers should know the location well.

While Bartram’s Garden can be rented out for photos only, brides should be aware that the site is often booked for special events, including weddings. For strictly photos, it can be secured for between $200 and $250 an hour.

Art Museum Steps

As the major focus of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is massive and a true landmark of the city. For those looking for a real taste of Philadelphia in their wedding photos, this could be it.

The steps are massive and high, while the eight pillars are a stunning backdrop. You may recognize the popular photo setting from the Rocky movies as the steps that Rocky Balboa climbed during his training. Keep in mind that wedding parties require a $50 per hour permit from the Fairmount Park Commission to shoot on the location.

Rittenhouse Square

Smack dab in the middle of Center City, Rittenhouse Square is both a convenient and beautiful spot for wedding pictures. Philadelphia residents will instantly recognize the urban park’s green setting and natural beauty. The best part? You don’t need a permit to shoot.