Published September 16, 2020 9/16/2020

9 Places in Florida Every Photographer Needs to Shoot At Least Once

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Florida has a rich ecosystem with natural springs, coastline beaches, and diverse wildlife. With this, it is no surprise that Florida is a photographer’s dream. While most photography enthusiasts think of snapping an attention-grabbing photo from Disney, Key West or Miami, Florida has much more to offer. Consider shooting something unique at one of these offbeat photography locations in Florida.

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History in St. Augustine St. Augustine, Florida
St. Augustine, Florida

History in St. Augustine

What Is It? Step back into history and visit St. Augustine, America’s oldest city to capture a glimpse of old Florida. 

Why Do It? Here you will find photo ops abound with landscapes, architecture, and historical landmarks. Beginners and experts alike will enjoy photographing the quaint shops on the cobblestone-lined streets and the monumental Castillo de San Marcos in the historical district. 

Good to Know: Nowhere else in Florida will you find this type of old-world charm amongst a beach town.

Surfers in Sebastian Inlet Sebastian Inlet
Sebastian Inlet

Surfers in Sebastian Inlet

What Is It? If you’re looking for some action photography, Sebastian Inlet will keep your shutter busy. 

Why Do It? While Florida has plenty of surf spots along its beaches, Sebastian is one of the few in the state that surfers can achieve high performance “big wave” status that is sure to make your photos pop. 

Good to Know: With waves maxing out at 15-feet, Sebastian Inlet is only 15 miles south of Melbourne Beach and a perfect spot to capture the energy of Florida’s surfers.

The Everglades Swamp Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park

The Everglades Swamp

What Is It? Spanning the southern tip of Florida is the Everglades National Park and the best place to photograph Florida’s unique alligator-filled swamps. 

Why Do It? The Everglades is the largest subtropical wilderness and protected mangrove forest in the US, so it comes to no surprise that you will find a plethora of diverse wildlife in these eerie swamps.

Good to Know: Keep your eyes peeled for alligators, snakes, and a variety of other exotic reptiles, insects, birds, and fish.

Sunrise & Sunset in Cedar Key Cedar Key
Cedar Key

Sunrise & Sunset in Cedar Key

What Is It? Florida is well known for beautiful sunrise and sunset photo opportunities littered along its postcard coastlines. However, Cedar Key is in a category of its own. 

Why Do It? Truly an extraordinary gem on the Gulf Coast, Cedar Key is not only one of the most charming small towns in Florida, but its also known for both its spectacular sunrises and sunsets. 

Good to Know: Situated an hour away from Gainesville, this laid back cluster of islands is a favored spot to shoot one of Florida’s natural light shows and capture the clouds illuminate and change colors throughout the day.

Nature in Ocala National Forest Ocala National Forest
Ocala National Forest

Nature in Ocala National Forest

What Is It? Ocala National Forest is home to one of the lushest forests Florida has to offer. 

Why Do It? While this area is great for the blue springs and peaceful lakes, it is the forest that will give photographers a huge opportunity to experiment with their skills. 

Good to Know: Known as the “world’s largest sand pine scrub forest”, this quiet pine forest is packed with sandy scrubs, thick palmettos and towering oak hammocks that provide a natural habitat for black bears, turtles, and alligators.

Serenity at St. George Island State Park St. George Island
St. George Island

Serenity at St. George Island State Park

What Is It? Photographers are drawn to St. George Island for peace and serenity, providing enthusiasts the chance to capture the true essence of natural Florida without all the tourists. 

Why Do It? Often a deserted area, St. George is a quiet nine-mile stretch of land with white sugary sand, lofty dunes, marsh grass, and subtropical sea oats. In the fall, you can add fields of wildflowers to the already charismatic landscape. 

Good to Know: Affectionately called “The Forgotten Coast”, St. George is where you can shoot exotic wildlife such as bald eagles, great horned owls, and loggerhead turtles as the sun sets over Apalachicola Bay.

The Pier in Naples Naples Beach
Naples Beach

The Pier in Naples

What Is It? Known for their world-class sunsets, there is no better place to view these impressive feats of nature alongside an inviting pier much like Naples. 

Why Do It? Here you can capture an array of glittering golds, yellows, and pinks scattered throughout the sky as the day closes. 

Good to Know: Not just for sunsets, the pier serves as a great backdrop and provides an interesting perspective to test your creativity at any time of day.

Destin's Emerald Coast Destin, Florida
Destin, Florida

Destin's Emerald Coast

What Is It? Once a sleepy fishing village, Destin has grown exponentially in popularity while still maintaining a small-town vibe. 

Why Do It? This area is great for photographers, as Destin is still a fishing village at heart with tons of elements that can make your photographs interesting.

Good to Know: Boasting a unique three bodies of water (Gulf of Mexico, Destin Harbor, and Choctawhatchee Bay), and plenty of beaches, boats, seagulls, dolphins and herons along the bleach white sand and crystal clear light blue waters, you will be spoiled for choice with photo ops.

Owl Spotting in Cape Coral Owl Spotting, Cape Coral
Owl Spotting, Cape Coral

Owl Spotting in Cape Coral

What Is It? Only a short drive from Fort Myers you will find Cape Coral, an area that is home to the largest population of Burrowing Owls. 

Why Do It? Sure to excite any nature and photographer lover, these pint-sized 11’’ owls are only found in the Sunshine State. While they live underground, you can spot one of the 2,000 gorgeous yellow-eyed creatures in their natural habitat. 

Good to Know: If you’re lucky, you might even spot a baby chick emerging from the burrow.

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