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Best Photography Locations in Paris

Paris is one of the world’s most picturesque, romantic, and photographed cities. It’s a city that really doesn’t disappoint the camera lens, and there are many landmarks for you to turn your attention to.
Paris photography is a lot of fun, and after reading this guide you’ll be ready to go!

The Eiffel Tower

The chance to see the Eiffel Tower is a big reason why many people make the trip to Paris. But when it comes to photographing it, there’s something you should know.
If you plan on using the photos commercially or posting them anywhere online, you can only photograph the Tower during the day. Night photography of the Eiffel Tower is protected.
But where is the best place to photograph the tower from? Let’s take a look, though bear in mind there are lots of viewpoints for the tower throughout the city.

  • The base of the tower – You’ll need a wide-angle lens to make the most of viewpoints here, and you’ll be aiming to get detailed photos of the structure.
  • From the tower – You can ascend the tower, and take photos of the views it offers over the city.
  • The Trocadero – This is one of the best locations for Eiffel Tower photography. Wake up early to capture the tower against the pavement slabs in the foreground. Or use the fountain as a leading line up to the tower.
  • Champ de Mars – This is the park that leads up to the Eiffel tower. You can find it on the opposite side of the Trocadero. Keep in mind that the park is often very busy.

Photographing the Eiffel Tower at Night

The majority of photographers enjoy taking photos at night. But with the Eiffel Tower, you can only do this at night. This is because the illuminations are considered a separate work of art and are still under copyright.
Copyright belongs to the artist throughout their lifetime and 70 years after that. The copyright on the tower itself has expired, but the lights were only installed.
Best time to visit – To avoid the crowds go for sunrise. Though under copyright, the tower is beautiful when illuminated during blue hour.

Champs Elysee and Arc de Triomphe

Paris has some very nice shopping streets, with wide areas for pedestrians to walk along. They also go in nice straight lines leading up to landmarks such as the Arc de Triomphe.
You can also take some street photos of the busy shopping area. But be careful not to include any people. Taking photos of people without their express permission is against the law in France.
The Arc de Triomphe itself is an amazingly beautiful structure to photograph. One of the better angles is from the top end of the Champs Elysee, near a pedestrian crossing. You have to walk up a narrow traffic island, so it’s a little risky to be in this location.
Once there it’s an ideal place to take portrait photos of people in front of the Arc de Triomphe. Alternatively, get yourself set up on a tripod, and go for a long exposure!
Don’t forget to enter the Arc de Triomphe and climb it for some nice views of its surroundings.
Best time to visit – Blue hour to photograph the Arc de Triomphe.