10 Places to Photograph in Albany, NY

RMSP will be in Albany on April 9th and 10th as part of our 2016 Weekend Intensive program.

photography albany

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 Missoula and give a few suggestions of places to photograph in the area.

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!

  1. USS Slater: This ship was a Cannon-class destroyer escort from the US Navy that has been turned into a museum on the Hudson River. It is the only remaining Destroyer Escort afloat in the United States.
  2. Washington Park: This is a beautiful park that covers a little over 80 acres in the city. There are many festivals, concerts and special events held here. If you enjoy photographing flowers, try to make it for the annual Tulip Festival on mother’s day weekend.
  3. Albany City Hall: If you are interested in architectural photography the Albany City Hall is a pretty spectacular building. It is a great example of Romanesque architecture.
  4. Corning Tower: At 44 stories, Corning Tower is the tallest skyscraper in New York outside of New York City. This is a great building to photograph, or if you want images of the city, you can photograph Albany from the Corning Tower observation deck.
  5. Hudson River Cruises: Captain JP Cruise Line or Dutch Apple Cruises offer boat tours on the Hudson River. Enjoy food, drinks and music while viewing Albany from a different perspective.
  6. Lark Street: This historic street is known as the heart of Albany. This looks like a great part of town to visit if you are interested in street photography.
  7. Skyline: Sunset and skyline images can be very challenging and are a great way to practice exposure. I had a hard time finding places in Albany to get skyline images but a couple of people mentioned the deck at this Sports Grill across the river. Apparently this is the place for the best view of Albany’s skyline.
  8. Ten Broeck Mansion: This 18th century mansion is open to the public as a historic house museum.The house still contains furnishings from the late-18th and mid-19th centuries.
  9. Cathedral of Immaculate Conception: This church was built in the 1800s. It is the second oldest cathedral in the state and still has the original stained-glass windows.
  10. Empire State Plaza: This is a great night-shoot location. The ten buildings on the plaza are set around a row of three reflecting pools. This is a popular destination for photographers interested in portrait and architectural photography.


Waterfalls: There are a few waterfalls near Albany that look like they would be fun to photograph. Waterfalls are another subject that can be challenging to expose for and are great practice!

Do you know of great places to photograph in Albany that we didn’t mention? We’d love to hear from you. Please leave your suggestions in the comments below.

If you do photograph in Albany, show us your favorites! Post them on our Facebook page, so we can check them out. Make sure to tag the images with “Albany.”

2 thoughts on “10 Places to Photograph in Albany, NY


I have lived in Albany my entire life and I have not been to 8 out of the 10 places on this list. I feel so uncultured now lol. I’m going to make this Top 10 my mission this summer.


The Carillon and fountains on the University at Albany campus are great photo subjects, not to mention the architecture of the campus.

Comments are closed.