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Hey Photographers! Shannon here!

How are we faring in this summer heat? It’s been rough lately, but the warmer months offer the best time to get outside (or into some much-needed air conditioning) and put your camera to good use! I’m here to highlight two of my favorite neighborhoods in NYC- Long Island City and Astoria- both located in the good ol’ borough of Queens. Check out some of these awesome spots in either ‘hood and see what you can capture:

  1. Astoria Park– This park is huge! Get right by the waterfront or catch locals swimming in the pool- the city’s oldest and largest- to document some summer fun. 
  2. Socrates Sculpture Park– Find awesome, large-scale art exhibitions in this outdoor museum/park. You will definitely find something unique to photograph, and you can practice contemplating lines, angles, and framing.
  3. Museum of the Moving Image– The building itself is so cool to look at, and inside you can find video installations, costume displays, and the evolution of film cameras. This is a great place to practice shooting in low light settings, and be sure to keep your flash off, as the museum doesn’t allow flash photography.
  4. Ditmars Boulevard– I love Ditmars, specifically because I find it to be the best of both worlds. Walk down towards Astoria Park and you’ll encounter quiet charm as you pass the quaintest houses on either side of the street. Or, walk back up past the train and you’ll find a bustling section including shops, bars, and restaurants. The scenes are completely different and would make for an interesting contrast in a neighborhood photo series.
  5. Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden– This outdoor beer garden is great for capturing large groups (think candid shots!) and also shooting at nighttime.
  6. Other cafes and bars with outdoor settings– Sweet Afton, The Bonnie(pictured below), The Ditty, Gossip Coffee, and Katch Astoria’s new backyard speakeasy are just a few of the countless places you can find “backyard” settings within Astoria’s social scene and take great snapshots of your friends or other patrons.
  7. Warm Up at MoMA PS1– Looking to party in LIC?! This music series is held Saturdays at the museum and would make for some great event photography.
  8. LIC Landing by COFFEED– LIC Landing is an outdoor event space and cafe that overlooks Manhattan’s skyline. Get ready for a chill afternoon complete with breathtaking views to photograph!
  9. Z NYC Hotel Rooftop– Find another sick view from the rooftop of LIC’s Z NYC Hotel. Sip cocktails and shoot the city from a much higher angle.
  10. Welling Court Mural Project– Witness some of the most awe-inspiring, contemporary street art murals in Astoria. Talk about some epic backdrops!

 

Happy shooting!

 
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