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Hey photographers! The holiday season is fast-approaching, and NYC is one of the absolute best places to be during this time of year. We want to provide you with a list of places to venture out to with your camera and capture some awesome, festive shots. You’ll recognize some of these destinations, but others you might not be as familiar with, so get out there and explore! We want you to take advantage of all the holiday magic the city has to offer!
  1. Smorgasburg and all other holiday markets- Smorgasburg, the Brooklyn-based haven for food vendor enthusiasts, isn’t just for the warmer months. The market moves indoors to a large warehouse space to keep visitors cozy and their taste buds satisfied. There’s SO much to see and do, and you can utilize your food, group, and candid photography skills here. Smorgasburg is just one of many markets, so be sure to also check out the vendors at Union Square, Bryant Park, and Columbus Square, to name a few.
  2. Sledding in the parks- Practice exposure compensation by capturing pure, white snow (when that time comes) at various sledding locations, including Central Park (duh!) and Prospect Park in Brooklyn. You’ll also be able to experiment with your shutter speed as you catch some fun action shots.
  3. Lincoln Center- Lincoln Center is one of my favorite places to visit in the city, and the holidays make it that much better. Between the tree, the steps, the fountain, the glass windows, it’s a place that epitomizes performance and entertainment, and you’ll enjoy photographing it. While you’re there, catch a performance of The Nutcracker or see a show at Juilliard.
  4. Dyker Heights- Ready to see some epic, holiday lights? Hop on the D train and venture out to this Brooklyn neighborhood, featuring some of the most over-the-top outdoor decorations. Word on the street is that the homeowners have turned this marvelous spectacle into a bit of a friendly competition, so the sights and sounds will be anything but disappointing. Be sure to check out our Holiday Lights class to learn how to capture incredible photos of an event like this one!
  5. The Library at The NoMad- The NoMad Hotel is a chic, cozy place to visit, and at the back of the hotel is an exquisite, public bar called The Library. Around the holidays, a massive Christmas tree is put up, making the space that much more charming and inviting. This is a perfect place for shooting in low-light.
  6. Jane’s Carousel in DUMBO- Originally constructed in 1922, this restored carousel has found its home in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The wooden, 48-horse merry-go-round is an awesome place to take kids for photographs, and you’ll also catch a cool view of the skyline.
Happy shooting!
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