Houston is a mega tourist city, and as such has so much interesting things to shoot. But as ever, one of the tricks is finding the right location for you. If you’re traveling with a family, Houston is also great – with locations to entertain the little ones why you can get a few cheeky bursts off.
We’ve used our photo location finder tool to compile this list of photo ops, but of course there’s plenty more if you do a search for Houston in the orange search box above, or click the link below.
Downtown is a great place for photography. The river cutting through the city provides a great subject, not to mention all the lines and shapes of the buildings. You could easily spend the day with your camera around here.
If you’re after a spot to shoot the skyline, Eleanor Tinsley Park in Buffalo Bayou Park may be the place for you. It hosts plenty of festivals, providing a great opportunities for concert photography, and snapping unusual faces. The nearby bridges are also great for shooting freeway light trails with the city as your backdrop.
1400 Smith Street is home to a set of buildings, owned mostly by Chevron. The modern curved metal lines make great abstract subjects and an abundance of leading lines.
Discovery Green is a vibrant and colorful park, opened as recently as 2008. It hosts events of some description almost daily, and is a great spot for candids and interesting faces, like the ones below taken at Comicpalooza. See the events schedule here.
Just outside Houston, Cullinan Park has an amazing diversity of wildlife, from alligators to herons, to vultures. It’s also a great place to unwind after a busy days photography in the city.
There’s a spot just off the north corner of Baldwin Park which is full of colorful graffiti, great if you’re after that urban look for a portrait.
For $15, the Zoo is a great place for something a bit different. Remember to take your macro lens and take advantage of the collection of bugs, amphibians and reptiles, but don’t get too close though!
No trip to Houston would be complete without a trip to the Space Center. Aside from the fascinating attractions, there’s plenty of interesting subjects, shapes and lines to snap.
You don’t need to travel to India or Thailand to shoot stunning temples, there’s one right in Houston. It’s on the outskirts of the city, so you’d be forgiven for missing it.
If one temple wasn’t enough for you, you’re in luck. The Hindu Mandir is Sri Meenakshi Devasthanam’s bigger and more family-friendly brother. There’s tons of interesting architecture on show, perfect for framing interesting shots. Tip: Use a high aperture (e.g. f22) to achieve a starburst shot like the one below.
If you’re after amazing contemporary architecture and abstract shots, the Museum may be for you. It’s also within a stones throw of the Zoo.
After a long days photography, let your hair down and visit the Kemah Boardwalk… and then take more photos. If you’ve got kids and are after some great candid shots, they’re bound to be amused at the boardwalk.