10 Places to Photograph in Houston, TX!

where to photograph in houston texas

RMSP will be in Houston on January 30th and 31st as part of our 2016 Weekend Intensive program.

After a day or two spent learning how to improve your photography skills, there’s nothing more exciting than heading out to put those skills to the test. We thought it would be a fun idea to do a little e-scouting from Montana and give a few suggestions of places to photograph once classes are over.

To scout from Missoula, we used Google Maps and Panoramio to see what other people had photographed in the area. And don’t forget that you can make any location feel completely new by going at night!

Do you know of great places to photograph in Houston that we didn’t mention? We’d love to hear from you. Please leave your suggestions in the comments below.
 
  1. Greenway Plaza – If you like photographing architecture this should be right up your alley. Greenway Plaza is a group of 10 buildings that are sure to provide interesting subject matter during the day or night.
  2. Menil Collection – The Menil is dedicated to preserving and exhibiting the art collection of Houston philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil. The grounds include many parks and sculpture gardens.
  3. Williams Tower – This 64-story skyscraper, formerly the Transco Tower, is a great example of postmodernism and art deco architecture. Next to the Williams Tower you will find the Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park where, illuminated at night, you can get blurred moving water, night photographs and architecture!
  4. Beer Can House – The Beer Can House, created by John Milkovisch, is a landmark with a cult following. As one comment I read stated, “Aluminum siding 12 ounces at a time!”
  5. Gus Wortham Fountain – This fountain looks like a giant dandelion after it has gone to seed. Water from the fountain is pushed through a starburst of bronze pipes. At the end of each pipe is a nozzle that causes the spray to radiate outward in a circular plane. The effect is a “floating” sphere of water.
  6. Museum of Fine Arts: Cullen Sculpture Garden – The area between the Museum of Fine art and the Glassell School of Art is home to a collection of impressive sculptures. One visitor stated on the website, citysearch.com, “Intriguing statues and lush, green lawns grace the expanse of this urban retreat with a Zen-like peace.”
  7. Downtown Aquarium – Aquariums are a great place to practice photographing. Low light and moving subjects really make you think through all aspects of your exposure. There is a great view of downtown Houston here and the lights on the building could make for some great night photographs. There is a small amusement park next to the aquarium that looks like it would also be fantastic for long exposures at night.
  8. Hermann Park– This is a large park that has many places that look interesting to photograph. I was especially drawn to the Reflection lake and Mecom Fountains.
  9. BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir Temple – This traditional hindu temple was built with 33,000 pieces of hand-carved Italian marble and Turkish limestone. If you are interested in architecture this is a great structure to photograph inside and out.
  10. Waugh Drive Bridge – Over 250,000 bats live in the crevices of the Waugh Drive Bridge. Try to make it right before sunset to see them take off to hunt for the night.

BONUS:

Galveston Island – If you need to get away from the city, this barrier island is just 50 miles south of Houston. Galveston is one of the oldest port cities on the gulf coast and has a rich history. Enjoy 32 miles of beaches or if you’re looking for a fun event, the city’s annual Mardi Gras party is from January 29-February 9. Enjoy over 20 parades, balcony parties, live music and a fun run.

If you do photograph in Houston show us your favorites! Post them on our Flickr group page or on our Facebook page. Make sure to tag the images with “Houston.”