Lake view with mountains, trees, sky and turquoise water from a high viewpoint

37 Amazing Lake Photography Ideas For 2023 (Full Guide)

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Looking for the best Lake Photography ideas? Whether you’re into landscape, photoshoots, nature or wildlife photography, consider this post your guide to all things lake photography!

This post will tell you how to be prepared and plan for any lake where you’re taking photos, photography gear and how to get the best lighting, clarity, reflections and more, and how to pose with ideas for photoshoots and what to wear!

If you’re looking for the best lakes to photograph in the US and abroad, this post includes a list of inspirational lakes to put on your bucket list!

Lake Photography Ideas: Location, Location, Location

1. Plan Ahead & Scope out Possible Viewpoints

Look for unique viewpoints where you can get angles you can’t get just by standing on the shore, for instance. This can include:

  • Hiking up to viewpoints for high angles looking down onto the lake
  • Lower angles where there’s a slope, or getting in the water
  • Taking photos from on the water, like on a boat
  • Framing the shot with background natural details (like trees or rocks) or man-made objects (like boats)

Once you have your locations planned out, it’s best to get there early. Especially for sunrise and sunset, most photographers go an hour before so they can set up and avoid issues.

Lake photo with clear water, rocks and mountains

2. Consider Your Surroundings

Where in the world is your lake? Is it in the mountains, desert or somewhere else? Find what makes it unique, and make that a part of your photography!

For instance, if there are snow-capped mountains you can get those in the background, maybe from a low angle looking up, or using the reflection.

Or, if you’re in a desert, get the desert in the photo. Maybe use a drone for an aerial photo, or a wide-angle lens to get more of the area. See photo gear further on in this post for lens & drone recommendations!

3. Tell a Story

You may be doing a photoshoot with people, or you might be looking to get good photos on your own. Either way, figure out how each photo can tell a story. What does that mean?

A good story has:

  • A subject. This can be the lake itself, the trees, a fisherman or boat, or anything else you can find. Position the subject to be the main focus using the rule of thirds and leading lines.

📸 Pro Tip: I like to think – how can I make this iconic? If a person looks at this photo, what do they see in the first millisecond that will make it absolutely clear what this photo is about? I want them to keep looking, not move onto something else.

👇 This photo is on the Nile River (not a lake), but there’s a clear subject – the man tying up the sail!

Egypt Nile Felucca sunset
  • A beginning, middle and end. You might think, it’s one shot! How can I do that? Trust me, you can! Look at a photo, for example, of a person looking off into the distance. They’re strategically placed where the bulk of the photo is following their eye line – there’s a story!

👇 In the photo below, the couple is to the left and the lake is a bit to the right. You look at the people, then you look at what they’re looking at – and boom! You’re in their story.

Lake Tahoe has so many amazing viewpoints for photography!

Lake Photography Ideas: Mastering Lake Reflection Photography

To get the perfect mirror-like reflection photos, you’ll need to make sure the lake is still – which means, it can’t be a windy day and you’ll need to use the proper camera settings, plus a tripod.

Here are the best camera accessories and settings to help you get that perfect photo with the lake’s surface and reflection:

4. Use These Camera Accessories For the Best Lake Reflection Photos

  • A Circular Polarizer will give you the lake’s mirror reflection and some under-the-surface details in the foreground of your shot.

📸 Tip: If you take more than one shot in slightly different places, you can focus one on the reflection, and the other on seeing what’s under the water. Then, you can layer the photos in Photoshop to get a mix of both!

  • Set up your camera or phone using this 4-in-1 tripod that works with both to get the best still water photos, because you’ll be using a slower shutter speed.
  • Use your wifi connection and camera app or Remote Shutter to avoid camera shake.

5. Use These Camera Settings For Reflection Photography

  • Use manual mode.
  • Set ISO to its lowest setting (typically around 100-200).
  • Set aperture between f/8-f/16 or f/22 (if you have it): the higher the f-stop, the more focus you’ll get of the surface of the lake, and you can use longer exposure for smooth water textures.
  • Set your shutter speed to get at least half a second to get a bit of a blur. You can test this and see what works best for your camera.

6. Use These Composition Tips For the Best Lake Reflection Photography

  • Set up your shot with the horizon using the rule of thirds. Putting the horizon in the middle, top or bottom third of the photo is best!
  • Play around with foreground and background focuses. Don’t be afraid to switch it up!
  • Frame your shot using things like trees and rocks (it doesn’t have to be framed on all four sides – for example, just rocks at the bottom of the photo is a way of framing your shot).
Lake view framed by tree canopy at the top, with mountains and trees in the background and a boater as the subject
  • Look for subjects with reflections, like trees, mountains, boats or people fishing, and put them in the rule of thirds’ area for a really interesting photo.
  • Test out different angles and viewpoints, and don’t forget the rule of thirds! Try getting a shot from a low angle (don’t be afraid to get on the ground) for example.

Lake Photography Ideas: The Right Lighting Features

The weather conditions vary when you’re taking photos outdoors on and around lakes, which means the light changes constantly.

In order to get the best lake photography no matter the weather conditions, you’ll need to know how to control your ISO, plus choose a camera that is able to capture the most accurate colors and lighting on the cloudiest day to the sunniest!

Here’s what you’ll need in a camera that’s best for lake photography:

7. Full Frame Sensors

  • These are better than cropped sensors because they let more light in, which captures a larger range of colors and light.
  • For landscape photos, wide angle lens help your photos have more realistic angles – just make sure to read reviews and get a good one!
  • The type of lens you can use will be determined by your sensor – so a full-frame one is a good investment, because as you improve your photography game you’ll only go up in lenses to full-frame, not backwards!

8. Aperture & F-Stop

Your camera’s aperture is the hole in the lens that allows in light. The aperture has a diaphragm, or blades that open and close when a photo is taken. If your aperture is low that means the opening is smaller; if it’s high, the opening is wider.

Higher/wider = more light and brighter photos. This also means more depth of field, which is the ratio of how much of your photo is blurry/in focus.

📸 Basically: More control of your aperture = more control over your photos!

The F-stop is also called the F-number. This is the ratio of your lens’ focal length to the diameter of the entrance pupil. Put more simply, it’s the number that shows when you adjust the aperture’s size, written out as a fraction: f/2 > f/16, for example.

📸 Basically: Cameras that have a larger maximum aperture are better for low-light photography and more depth of field.

9. ISO

Increasing your camera’s ISO will brighten photos when it’s cloudy, sunrise/sunset, or when the light conditions are lower (even at night).

📸 Basically: Cameras need a range of 400-200 for lake photography. You’ll only need to adjust ISO when your aperture and shutter speed aren’t doing a good enough job.

Lake Photography Ideas: Times of Day

Looking for the best times of day to go out and take those lake photos, or to do photoshoots with people on a lake for graduations, prom, engagements, weddings and more? Here they are!

lake photography at golden hour, blue hour and sunrise or sunset makes for amazing photos!

10. Golden Hour & Blue Hour

Golden Hour and Blue Hour are times around sunrise and sunset, and the length of these depends on your location (they may only last for 15 minutes). The time depends on location and time of year.

🎨 Quick refresher: Warm tones are in the yellow-orange-red range, and cool tones are in the purple-blue-green range.

🌅 Golden hour: Typically begins within one hour before sunset and one hour after sunrise. It’s when the sun is low on the horizon and the warm glow shines on everything!

🌄 Blue hour: Typically begins one hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset. It’s when the sun is just below the horizon and cooler colors are flooding your surroundings.

👇 This photo was taken in Chania Port in Greece during the hour before sunrise!

Cat at looking out at the Venetian Harbor in Chania Port on the island of Crete in Greece

11. Sunrise & Sunset

During the actual time of sunrise and sunset are also great for photos and photoshoots – and might be needed since all of these special times of the day are quite fleeting. If you don’t get the shot you want at golden hour, you still have time to catch sunrise/sunset and blue hour, and vice-versa!

📸 Tip: Find sunrise & sunset times for wherever you are here!

When you go really early in the morning or later in the evening, you’ll get some of the best photos of the surface of the lake for the reflection and drama – because usually, there’s a bit of a mist to give the photo texture and make it more interesting!

👇 This photo was taken on an archaeological excavation at Masada in Israel. Every dig has a photo day near the end for publication of the dig, and it takes place super early to avoid shadows!

Masada sunrise on an archaeological excavation in Israel

📸 Tip: Make your aperture smaller during these times when focusing on the sun, reduce your exposure and you’ll get an amazing mist photo with any of the above times!

12. Twilight

Twilight is one of the most dramatic times to take photos as well, and many photographers love this time of day. It’s the perfect time for silhouette photos, too!

Sarah silhouette with sunset by lamp post by Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, LA.

13. Nighttime

Going to get star photos by a lake is a great idea, because the lake can reflect the stars and make your photos more dramatic and magical! A lit-up camping tent, boat or lake house in the photo makes for an excellent subject in lake night photography, as well.

Night stars reflected in a lake with the milky way

📸 Tip: Go an hour before the time you plan to get your photos. You’ll need the time to get your perfect spot and set up your equipment, plus re-orient yourself to your camera settings, so you’re not scrambling to get that perfectly timed photo!

Lake Photography Ideas: Photoshoots with People or Pets

If you’re looking for inspiration, ideas and tips for lake photoshoots with pets, other people and/or yourself, here are some ideas for posing, outfits and more!

14. Capture Movement and Create a Story

Depending on your type of photoshoot, movement and doing things is always going to lead to more natural shots – you just need to take lots of photos to get the best ones!

Here are some ideas of activities to make fabulous photoshoots:

  • Jumping in: Can include holding hands, and from the front or back. Jump off of the pier, a boat or swing from a rope!
  • Water sports: Can include things like boating, yachts, kayaking/canoeing, swimming, SUP, tubing, waterskiing, jet skis and ice skating if the lake is safe enough during winter!
lake photography ideas include water sports like tubing for fun photoshoots!
  • Chill water activities: Skipping rocks, camping, bonfires and fishing are great ways to get more chill lake activities for photography.
  • Relaxing on the water: Grab some colorful and fun water floaties (like these), or use lakeside beach chairs or a towel, or go on a boat/yacht – put on sunglasses (tilted down if you want to see people’s eyes), and pretend to sleep or read a book, or sip a cocktail!

15. Use These Lake Poses For Instagram

Besides the above photoshoot ideas, you can also focus on posing – but it’s a good idea to do more than one pose so you can see what people (or you) like best and have options! Here are some ideas:

  • Lean forward just a bit from the hips. This makes the angle look better, especially for portrait photography!
  • Use your hands and arms. You can hold your elbow, push your hair back and more.
  • For couple photoshoots, have them get uncomfortably close and whisper in the other’s ear.
  • For friend photoshoots, have them get uncomfortably close and lean in towards the camera a bit at the hips.

📸 More ideas for lake photoshoots:

  • Sit on a rock, and look out at the lake – but angle your head a bit towards the camera.
  • Play around with distances. You can get close-up photos, photos from the waist-up, and full body photos, as well as going even further away to show how big the lake is.
  • If you want to show more of the lake but have the person closer up, try zooming in a bit and backing up! This will make the person appear closer to the camera.

🐶 Tip: Most of these, but not all, can apply to pet photoshoots. Just be creative using these ideas and have fun!

Lake photography using symmetry of the mountains and ripples in the foreground

16. What to Wear For Lake Photoshoots

For what to wear on lake photoshoots (of yourself and/or others), here are a few tips:

  • Don’t go against the personality of whoever is being photographed. Some people just aren’t formal people, and vice-versa!
  • Use what looks good on the subject, considering their skin tone and hair color. PSA: Denim and khaki do not look good on everyone!
  • Match eye color to bring out the subjects’ eyes more.
  • Match the season and natural scenery! In Fall wear fall leaf and neutral colors; in Winter, wear cool tones, and in summer wear bright and fun colors! Look ahead at what colors are in the water and surrounding nature, and dress to compliment that – just make sure you don’t overly blend in.
  • Stay away from busy patterns at all costs! Stick to solid colors or large, graphic patterns with color pops.
  • Choose multiple outfits and accessories, like a jacket and jewelry to change out for what fits in each photo, make statements and add variety.

Lake Photography Ideas: Best Places To Take Photos

View of a lake with the pink sky reflected and taken from a low angle

Whether you’re doing a photoshoot of yourself or others, or taking photos of whatever you’re seeing in the moment, there are places on the lake to pay attention to for possible ideas of background, foreground, possible subjects and more. They include:

17. Best Photo Spots on The Lake Itself

  • Create multiple photos with diverse compositions and angles. This can include viewpoints up high, or getting down low, and using the surroundings as framing and focal points.
  • Take half over-half under dome shots from the shore or in the water. This can show fish in the water, or a person snorkeling or swimming, for example!
Half-over, half-underwater lake photography is better with a dome!

👉 This Over-Under Water Dome works with GoPro:

  • Take fully underwater photos with snorkeling, diving & swimming, or fish and underwater plants.
  • Get in a boat, kayak, canoe, floating device etc. and capture a view from on the water.
  • Boathouses & Docks: Look for leading lines and use the rule of thirds for these. You can get especially ominous photos at blue hour and twilight!
A dock out on a lake with the tree reflections on the horizon

18. Best Photo Spots Around the Lake

  • Wildlife & Nature: You can get amazing wildlife and nature photography around lakes! Just go to places not as populated, which may include hiking. You can get close-up photos, use these things to frame your lake photos and more!
  • Lake House with a View: You can get photos of surrounding lake houses, but renting a lake house is an even better way to add variety to your photos. Choose a lake house with an excellent lake view and big windows with natural light for the best photo opportunities!
  • Restaurants & Businesses: Search out nearby bars, cafes and shops – boutiques, boat shops, kayak and SUP rentals and more – to get even more interesting photos by the lake. Many times, you can find businesses that have lake-themed decor and are even right near the lake shore!

Lake Photography Ideas: Photography Tips for Your Camera

Taking photos in and around water, and in varying weather conditions outdoors, can be a bit risky. Knowing how to care for your camera and more can help reduce the risk and make your photography and photoshoots that much more carefree!

Here are some of the best tips for camera care when it comes to lake photography:

19. How to Keep Your Camera Dry

When you’re taking photos on or near a lake, you need to look for cameras and equipment with water-sealing and water resistance, including getting water housing that’s the best (so it doesn’t leak – this is definitely not something worth saving money on for a lower quality item).

Your camera needs waterproof protection plus protection from the water, heat or cold weather conditions, moisture in the air, sand and more. Here’s what you’ll need:

✅ Craftsmanship: The most durable and high-quality cameras are crafted with a single piece of metal. Many lower-priced cameras are made with plastic, and can still be quite durable.

Weather-sealing. Look to see if your camera and lens(es) say they’re water resistant and/or water-sealed.

Waterproof housing. Of course, if you’re going on or in the lake, waterproof housing is necessary to protect your camera from becoming submersed in water (the former is just for a bit of moisture/rain).

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👉 You can also bring a rain sleeve for photoshoots on land where the forecast shows rain, or when there’s a lot of moisture in the air so you’re not leaving your camera sitting out while you’re posing people, etc.

📷 Here’s a DSLR Mirrorless Camera Rain Cover Sleeve

Lake Photography Ideas: Using the Right Photo Gear

If you’re wondering what types of cameras, lenses and more gear are best for lake photography, look no further! Depending on what type of photography and styles you like, here are the best cameras and lenses to consider:

20. Best Lenses For Lake Photography

✅ Best for Landscape Photography: Canon EF 16-35mm Wide-Angle Zoom Lens

This is my current lens, which I chose because it doesn’t completely sacrifice zoom capability. It’s really high-quality and I love it!

✅ Best for Nature & Wildlife close-ups: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens

This telephoto lens works with Canon cameras, and it’s one of the best-rated lens for macro photography and for value. It’s lightweight for easier photography, plus it has fast and accurate autofocus and hybrid image stabilization.

The aperture is f/2.8 max, with 100mm focal length. It’s great for portrait, wildlife and nature photography and for action in low light. It also has a good depth of field (1:1).

21. Best Cameras For Lake Photography

✅ Best for Action Shots on the Lake: GoPro HERO 11 Black Action Camera

This is perfect for capturing adventures in-motion, plus it’s waterproof down to 10m (33ft) without housing. Just attach it to anything and go!

👉 Waterproof Housing for GoPro HERO 11 Black is needed for deep-water adventures.

✅ Best for Aerial Lake Photography: DJI Mavic 2 Pro Drone

This drone is one of the best for travel because it doesn’t weigh as much as others and it can fold to fit in a camera bag.

22. The Best Editing Software For Lake Photography

The best editing software for photography – especially lake and other outdoor photography, where lighting and exposure can vary so much – is Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. It’s easy to use and you can edit the colors, lighting and more to make it look more realistic and professional.

23. More Camera Gear For the Best Lake Photography

Altura Photo Professional Camera Cleaning Kit

This high-quality camera cleaning kit is one of the best options available for both your camera and lens! This is important for lake photography to have on hand in case any water or dirt get in your gear.

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4-In-One Travel Tripod

This is one of the best tripods for lake photography because of its versatility, light weight and the fact that it folds up smaller than most! It works with both cameras and smartphones, plus it can become a monopod, selfie stick and even trekking poles.

📷 Get this 4-in-1 Tripod

✅ Camera Insurance

If you’re going to be taking your camera and gear in, on or near the water, you may want to spring for insurance. Companies like Progressive and Nationwide offer insurance for cameras and photography businesses.

👉 For travel insurance, I use Allianz.

SanDisk Extreme Pro Memory Cards

High-quality memory cards are a must for photography and video for DSLR and Mirrorless cameras, plus GoPros and more. Lower quality cards will cause issues, like video recording will suddenly stop every 10 seconds, or continuous photo shooting will stall in between shots, which is really annoying!

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📸 SanDisk 128GB Extreme microSDXC UHS-I Memory Card for GoPro

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External Hard Drive for backups

Any pro photographer will tell you to make at least 2-3 backups in various places of all your photos. This is typically done on the cloud, on your computer, maybe a memory stick, and definitely a high quality external hard drive.

Seagate is one of the top brands for external hard drives, and I’ve used them for years.

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✅ Waterproof Backpack

The Peak Design Everyday V2 20L waterproof hiking backpack will fit your camera and other things you need. It’s top-rated by reviewers and companies alike, so it’s definitely one of the best ones out there!

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Waterproof Camera Case

I swear by this waterproof case for my DSLR and lens. It’s not 100% sealable – it has a velcro cover – but it’s made to fit inside any backpack, so it can be switched out between a travel and hiking backpack.

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✅ Camera Strap or Clip

If you’re going to be hiking with your camera around lakes, you need a high quality camera strap, clip or harness. Check out these amazing options for hiking and backpacking:

📸 Best Camera Straps For Hiking & Backpacking

✅ Neutral Density Filter

This adjustable Neutral-Density (ND) Filter reduces the light entering your lens while keeping the color quality intact. This allows you to combine aperture, exposure and sensor settings without overexposing your photos. You can get shallower depth of field, less blur and more effects in outdoor lake conditions.

Remote Shutter (this one works with Canon cameras)

A remote shutter helps with capturing long-exposure photos at night, sunrise/sunset, golden hour and blue hour and more low-light situations with your tripod. It also helps with continuous shooting and taking photos remotely for less blurry, clearer shots.

👉 Remote shutter (2-pack) for smartphones:

Backup battery and Backup Battery charger: Needed for when you forget something or run out of battery charge.

Backup lens cover: Needed for if you drop yours in the water or sand.

Bag of rice: Needed in addition to your cleaning kit in case you drop your camera or phone in the water, or if it gets hit by a big wave (it’s happened to my phone)!

Lake photography ideas

Tips for Lake Photography Camera Care

✅ Keep your camera out of extreme heat or cold, or high moisture for long periods of time. Don’t take your camera from one extreme temperature into another immediately, or out into extreme moisture right away. You can use a bag to prevent damage in these conditions.

✅ Using high-quality camera straps or clips, and with a tripod, always make sure everything is level and securely fastened, and don’t bounce around too much.

✅ Always turn off the power right away when not using the camera.

✅ Bring a soft cloth, bag of rice and cleaning kit to keep your camera dry at all times.

✅ Keep your lenses clean.

✅ Always let the professionals take care of anything that’s a bigger issue!

A lake photo featuring a lone tree as the subject with mountains in the background

Lake Photography Ideas: Lakes to Photograph In the US

24. Lake Tahoe (California & Nevada)

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is North America’s largest Alpine Lake. You have tons of places to get lake photos, plus it’s one of the most beautiful lakes in the country! It’s known for it’s clear, blue water, rock formations and even the effect of the earth’s curve on the eye because of its sheer size.

25. Rocky Mountain National Park Lakes (Colorado)

Rocky Mountain National Park is a 1.5 hour drive from Denver, Colorado, and is 415 square miles of some of the tallest US mountains, protected alpine tundra and multiple lakes where you can get amazing photos!

👉 The most photo-worthy lakes in RMNP are Bear Lake, Dream Lake, Sprague Lake, Chasm Lake and Nymph Lake.

Best Rocky Mountain National Park Photography Locations - Bear Lake, Colorado

26. Walden Pond (Massachussets)

Walden Pond is one of the prettiest lakes to photograph in the US, located in Concord, MA near Boston. It’s a kettle hole lake, meaning it was formed by melting glaciers thousands of years ago. The pond is protected by the Walden Pond State Reservation, which is the surrounding park site.

Walden Pond is also a National Historic Landmark because of Henry David Thoreau’s time there in the 1800s, where he spent two years in a cabin by the shore and was inspired by its beauty to write Walden.

27. Lake Union (Seattle)

Lake Union is located completely in the city of Seattle, Washington. It’s an amazing spot for lake photography, including floating homes, competitive rowing, the Seattle skyline, Aurora Bridge and more places on and near the shore.

28. Crater Lake (Oregon)

Oregon has a lot of photo-worthy lakes, but Crater Lake may just be the best! it’s a volcanic crater in south-central Oregon on top of the Cascade Mountain Range. It’s known for its clear, deep-blue water and is the deepest lake in the US, and one of the most beautiful on earth!

Crater Lake also has two small islands, one of which is a cinder cone and the other, a rock pillar. This lake is featured on Oregon license plates and one of the state quarters.

29. Crystal Lake (Portland, OR)

Crystal Lake is located in Portland, Oregon. It’s a high-elevation lake where you can get amazing photos of Mount Saint Helens and Mount Rainier. It’s known for its deep, clear blue waters and mountain reflections.

Trillium Lake is another nearby lake to photograph:

Trillium Lake in Portland, Oregon

30. Tempe Town Lake (Phoenix, AZ)

Tempe Town Lake is over 2 miles long, and is the second-most visited attraction in Arizona. It’s a man-made lake that functions as a river because its used for protection from flooding. There are tons of photo ops here, including a Marina, businesses, volleyball courts, a boat beach and protected habitat areas.

31. Lake Norman (NC)

Lake Norman is located around Charlotte, NC is a large man-made lake that is fed by the Catawba River. It’s been called the “inland sea” of North Carolina because it has 520 miles of shoreline. Many people have moved to this lake (you can photograph mansions and boat docks) and it’s a popular spot for lake activities and photography!

32. Lake James (NC)

Catawba James is a large reservoir lake in Lake James State Park, the largest waterfront park in the state. It’s located near Asheville, NC and has been used in major films like The Last of the Mohicans and The Hunt for Red October. A great time to photograph this beautiful lake is during the fall, with the mountains filled with colorful leaves that reflect in the lake!

33. Jordan Lake (NC)

Jordan Lake is located near Raleigh, NC and is part of the Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. It’s a huge reservoir lake with a lot of space for camping, boating and more activities. It’s also one of the best places to photograph the bald eagle, and has an observation platform.

34. Great Salt Lake

The Great Salt Lake is called “The United States’ Dead Sea” because it has high enough salinity levels to make you float! Besides floating photos, this historic lake is an amazing spot for wildlife photography, especially birds, plus sailing and kayaking, and the pink color that the lake takes on from bacteria and algae.

Great Salt Lake near Salt Lake City Utah

Lake Photography Ideas: Lakes to Photograph Around the World

35. Lake Bumbunga (Australia)

Lake Bumbunga is located a couple of hours drive from Adelaide, and is popular with photographers of all levels because it’s one of Australia’s most accessible pink lakes (there are more!). Its color changes from pink to white to blue, depending on the water’s saline levels.

36. Sea of Galilee (Israel)

Israel’s Sea of Galilee (also known as Lake Tiberias or Kinneret) is the lowest freshwater lake on Earth, as well as the second-lowest lake in the world, right after the Dead Sea.

The Sea of Galilee can be very calm or very windy, and the windsurfing here is really famous. It is also known for its archaeology, flora and fauna, especially birding.

Sea of Galilee Israel Boat

37. The Dead Sea (Israel)

The Dead Sea is the lowest lake on Earth, and the salt formations here are amazing for photography – particularly aerial photography! In addition, the water has such high salt content that people float naturally, meaning you can get a photo reading a newspaper while floating effortlessly, for example!

Jordan Dead Sea View

More Amazing Lakes to Research for your Photography Bucket List Include:

Lake Photography Ideas: FAQs

👉 How do you take good pictures of a lake?

To take the perfect lake photos, you’ll need the right camera, as well as knowledge of what camera settings to use. Equipment for lake photos includes a tripod, polarizer, neutral density filter and remote shutter or camera app. Composition, editing and location are all important as well. Taking multiple photos will also raise your chances of getting some that you love!

👉 What do you wear to a lake photoshoot?

Wear something that looks good on you, and that you feel good about yourself in first. Then, pay attention to the style you’re looking to capture with your location, and complimentary colors. Lastly, stay away from busy patterns.

👉 How do you take pictures near water?

Taking pictures near water requires some knowledge of camera settings, as well as having a camera and lens that will do what you need them to in variable lighting and weather conditions. Taking care of your camera, and having protective gear and the proper equipment is important, as well as knowing the best times of day for photos and getting ideas for composition, subjects and angles.

👉 What are some cool photoshoot ideas?

Taking photos by a lake is a great photoshoot idea! You can pose on rocks, docks, piers and boats, as well as finding action shots with jumping in the water, skipping rocks and doing water sports like SUP and tubing.

Photo of a serene blue lake

All In All: Lake Photography Ideas

I hope this guide answers all your questions and gives you tons of ideas for the best lake photography photos and photoshoots! From cameras to equipment, to photography tips and even poses and clothing to wear, you can find nearly endless inspiration when you’re near a beautiful lake!

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