The 11 Best Places to Photograph in Los Angeles

LA has to be one of the most photogenic cities in the US. From the sprawling mountains minutes away from the city to scenic beaches Los Angeles is FULL of places to Instagram.

Nearly every sunset in LA is breathtaking which is why I love this city so much. Everytime I visit I find myself photographing all day and night.

Below are the best places to photograph in Los Angeles:

Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory Night

LA from Griffith Observatory

If you only stop at one place on this list the Griffith Observatory is a must. Once at the observatory you get a beautiful view of the Los Angeles skyline.

Parking can be tight at peak times though and you may have to park a bit away.

Additionally if you’re willing to hike a bit there are a few trails behind Griffith that will let you get above the observatory for even more creative options.

Griffith Observatory on Google Maps

Lacma “Urban Light”

Lacma Urban Light Long Exposure

Long Exposure at Lacma’s Urban Light

Day or Night the “Urban Light” exhibit at Lacma is a popular destination. Basically any instagrammer can appreciate the unique rows of street lights here.

Lacma on Google Maps

Angels Gate Park (Basketball Court/Korean Friendship Bell)

This spot took me a long time to find so I knew I had to include it on the list.

Angels Gate ParkΒ has Korean Friendship Bell which is a massive bell in a stone pavilion. Additionally there is a very unique arched basketball hoop at this park.

Angels Gate Park on Google Maps

Santa Monica Pier

Sunset At Santa Monica Pier

Sunset At Santa Monica Pier

If you’re visiting LA you’re going to have to enjoy a sunset at the Santa Monica Pier. The waves crashing down as the sun goes down behind the pier is just one of those classic california things that can’t be missed.

Santa Monica Pier on Google Maps

Pedestrian Bridge atΒ Slauson Station

The pedestrian bridge at Slauson Station is huge for portraits. The bridge at night is lit by a single light source on the top that gives your photos a very moody feel.

Slauson Station on Google Maps

Walt Disney Concert Hall

The Walt Disney Concert Hall is full of incredible shapes and architecture.

Just a warning: The stainless steel exterior can get incredibly hot on a sunny day so be careful where you put your hands.

Walt Disney Concert Hall on Google Maps

The Queen Mary Cruise Ship

Queen Mary on Google Maps

The Last Bookstore

If you take portraits the last bookstore is a perfect stop with its uniquely stacked books. Many will recognize the books stacked in a circle pattern.

The Last Bookstore on Google Maps

Venice Beach Canals

Venice Beach Canals By Roberto Nickson

Venice Beach Canals at Sunset By Roberto Nickson @g

The Venice Beach canals are great to capture during the day or at sunset. The canals offer great reflections for the palm trees to give you classic LA look.

Venice Beach Canals on Google Maps

Skyline/Highways at the W 4th St Bridge

Long Exposure La 4th St Bridge Highways

Downtown LA from the W 4th Street Bridge

If you’re shooting LA at night you have to stop at the W 4th street bridge. If you’re driving it’s usually pretty easy to find a parking spot a few blocks away onΒ S Boylston St or Miramar St.

After getting the skyline from the W 4th St bridge take a walk downΒ S Beaudry Ave to the 5th and 6th street bridge for tons of other angles. If you have a wide angle lens and a tripod you’ll be in heaven in this area.

There are so many different light trains you can get with the range of intersections.

4th St Bridge on Google Maps

Aerial Shots of LA from a Helicopter

Los Angeles Aerial Highway By Ladybaguette

LA from helicopter (by Claire Lejeune @ladybaguette)

Many will fly with flynyon to get aerial photos of Los Angeles.

Did I miss a spot? let us know your Instagram worthy places in LA in the comments below!

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