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Whether you are a long time Neapolitan or just visiting Naples, you’ll see that Old Naples is filled with history. It’s really fun to walk or drive around and look at the old houses and landmarks, even more fun when you can practice your photography while doing so!

Naples first grocery story was housed in the Mercantile building which now holds Campiello’s Restaurant. It was built in 1919 and had the Western Union office upstairs. This old building is fun to photograph. This image is from the side of the building. There is a lot of Photoshop involved to make it look like an old time postcard. It’s fairly easy to add graphics that you can download. Do an internet search under “free graphics” to find a stamp, old fashioned letters and more. Add a little texture and you have an old time postcard feeling to your image!

Remember to look all around, including up and down while out photographing. Photographer Andrea Breznay captured this image of a palm tree on our photo tour. 

Small details can make fascinating images.  Historic Palm Cottage is Naples’ oldest house.  It is managed, preserved and shared with the public by the Naples Historical Society.  I used selective focus for this image – focusing through the palm tree shaped hole in the gate on the statue inside the yard. I added a dark vignette using Lightroom. 

Composition makes such a huge impact on your images. Joe Fitzpatrick chose to frame the door of this 1920′s cottage with the arch. The door is perfectly placed on the left vertical grid line of the rule of thirds. If you are not familiar with the rule of thirds, think of a tic-tac-toe grid in your viewfinder. You’ll want to put the most important components of your image on one of those gridlines. Putting it on an intersection, called a power point, is even better.

Repeating lines and patterns often make pleasing pictures. This is the fence at Palm Cottage.

Third Street Plaza is full of color and architectural details. Joe Fitzpatrick used the walkway and trees framing it to lead your eye into this image.

Composition and the way you process your images will give you the high impact photographs you hope for. Joe Fitzpatrick upped the shadows and the clarity using Lightroom to give “Guest House #53” this unique look. 

What would a tour of Naples be without the pier at sunset? We are blessed to have some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Tonight was no exception. Remember to walk around, tilt your camera and try many different angles when photographing.

Peggy Farren

Peggy Farren

Photographer, instructor and speaker.

Peggy Farren is an award winning, professional photographer, author, instructor and speaker. She’s been interviewed and featured on TV and in many national and local publications.

Peggy is the host of The Understand Photography Show, where we teach about travel, nature and fine art photography.  Subscribe to our Youtube channel for new videos every Tuesday and Saturday!

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