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TOP 4 BEAUTIFUL LOCATIONS IN SINGAPORE TO EXPLORE FOR NOVICE PHOTOGRAPHERS

“Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see, and everything to do with the way you see them” Elliot Erwitt 

#1: National Gallery Singapore

Opening in October 2015, the newly revamped National Gallery boasts of classical architecture comprising corresponding Corinthian Columns against Victorian black and white flooring.  Experiment with different angles and keep an eye out for symmetry between sharp angles and parallel lines running through the long corridors, high ceilings, and winding stairways.

#2 Chinatown

Street photography is one of the most free-form and fun way of planning your photography day out. Stroll along narrow streets that are behind the main roads like Cross Street and New Bridge Road to take in bustling atmosphere of street vendors and hawkers interacting with visitors. You may even chance upon happy passers-by who have just finished their delicious hawker meal.

Freeze that moment of respite that a rickshaw rider feels in-between his journeys, for you might capture a moment of peace in your photo.


So go take a walk and have lots of fun, but do remember to ask for permission if you wish to photograph your intended subject. It also gives you an opportunity to get to know a new friend!

#3: Tuas South Avenue

One of the core fundamentals of photography is “light”. Over at Tuas South Avenue and its vast expanses of green fields and bare lands, use sunlight at various timings to produce different types of photos even when you shoot from just one location.

When the scenery in front of you seems to stretch on forever, we often ask, how and where do we even begin? Maybe, tell a story of how small you felt in the vast landscape like how an ant may see the world. This also adds beautiful depth to the photo with the sky seemingly a lot further away.

#4 Lim Chu Kang Jetty

A throwback to Singapore of old, the floating Lim Chu Kang Jetty is one of the few jetties in Singapore still made out of rickety wooden planks and poles and is one of the most picturesque spots in Singapore to practice seascape photography.

You may have heard of the common phrase that photographers like to use, called “the golden hour” which is defined as the first and last natural sunlight just after sunrise and before sunset. The relatively small window of time to capture the changes in lighting may present a challenge, but keep shooting for the entire hour to get a variety of colour tones you can later choose from.

Here, slow down with time and the laidback pace of fishermen in the area. Whilst you are in pursuit of dramatizing the slow scene you see, make the jetty look infinitely long by letting it begin in the foreground and extending into the horizon. Quiet sceneries may not result in photos with little impact, you can add the drama through colours and composition.


Locations function as a reason to take you on your photographic journey. It is our appreciation of the world around us that makes the difference between a great and an ‘okay’ photo. So grab that kit, keep your eyes open and have a lovely journey!