Fabulous Places To Photograph In Charleston January 31 2009, 0 Comments

Charleston is replete with quaint alleys, narrow streets and fine architecture to photograph. It is an excellent place to enhance your photographic skills, whether a professional photographer, or visitor on vacation. In either case, it is always a good idea to organize your visit to Charleston, so that when it is time to depart, you are leaving having had some interesting experiences and taken some beautiful photos.

Charleston is about the past. Rich in history and southern culture, walking about downtown Charleston can enlighten and educate. Some of my favorite images of Charleston come from the walking around the residential portion of downtown Charleston. Tradd Street, Lower King Street and Meeting Streets offer a multitude of side gardens that can be seen from the sidewalks. Ornate gates and climbing fig welcome onlookers while inviting piazzas are decorated with hanging flower baskets. Many of these homes have played a significant role in Charleston history and are open to the public. The possibilities for photographs are endless!

Our magnificent steeples have earned Charleston the nickname, “The Holy City”. From St. Michael’s on the corner of Meeting and Broad, St. Phillips on Church, and the Circular Church on Meeting Street, there is no shortage of majestic churches to photograph. Be sure to take time to go inside as well. Some of the most outstanding images can be taken as the light comes through the intricate stained glass.

Photographing the Battery in the early morning light will allow you to capture the soft colors of these historic mansions. It will also give you an opportunity to photograph many of the homes without the daytime traffic. In the summer, and on the weekends, this is a very popular place for those who enjoy a morning run or walk with their dog. Tour buses and walking groups make this a routine stop. It is best to plan to get up early so that you can capture the images you want under the best conditions.

The Dock Street Theatre, Old Exchange, John Rutledge House, Wagener Building, and US Custom House are also favorites of mine to photograph. The impressive architecture is unique for each, and the columns, brick work and wrought iron provide diversity for each image. All are within walking distance of one another.

In late March and early April the azaleas explode into color and Magnolia Plantation, just up RT 61, will provide you with a full day of tours, and photographic opportunities. Next door, at Drayton Hall, you can photograph the interior of the oldest plantation house in the country! These are two gems not to be missed!

And, if there is time, Folly Beach is a wonderful place to find those early morning or late day beach images. Parking is provided in many areas along both ends of the beach. The Morris Island Lighthouse at the far end of Folly Beach presents an excellent opportunity for photographs, especially in the early morning hours.

Keep in mind that cloudless days tend to drown out color. Early morning hours, and partly cloudy days will give your images more warmth and more vivid color. Plan your trip, explore, and take beautiful photos to remember it all!