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Water Drop Photography is a great home project. Our motto at Understand Photography is “We Simplify the Technical!”.
The Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is a swamp forest about 20 miles long by five miles wide. The Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk is a 1.2-mile boardwalk into the forest. You won’t have much chance for landscape photography in this heavily wooded area. However, you are sure to see alligators, wading birds, snakes, turtles and maybe even deer, wild turkeys and black bears.
Everglades City takes you back in time. Once the county seat of Collier County, the town itself is adorable, with a few historic buildings to photograph. Take a peek inside the Rod and Gun Club to see this historic fishing club that has been open since the late 1800s. You can eat lunch here, but only if you have cash. Credit cards are not accepted.
Collier-Seminole State Park is a 7,271-acre park within one of the largest mangrove swamps in the world. There are several hiking trails, or you can rent a canoe to float along the Blackwater River, where you will be sure to see alligators, raptors, wading birds and possibly manatees.
Smallwood Store opened in 1906 and is now a perfectly restored museum. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the early days of Collier County and a fun place to photograph. There isn’t much in Chokoloskee, but you can charter a boat to take you around Chokoloskee Bay to see mangrove islands, spoonbills, dolphins, eagles and pelicans. On your way back, have lunch at the Havana Cafe then walk around the side to see an old gravesite.
When you pull into Eagle Lakes Park, you may think there is nothing here for you as a photographer. It’s a busy recreational center with tennis courts, soccer and baseball fields, and a community center. Walk back into the park for an entirely different experience! There are a couple of small lakes along the 2.5 mile nature trail, all boasting many different species of wading birds, raptors and songbirds. There is not much shade; so be sure to wear a hat and bring sunscreen. Eagle Lakes Park is part of the Florida Birding Trail.
Tin City is a shopping and dining mall, which doesn’t sound all that photogenic, but it really is. The colorful buildings have an old fashioned charm and are right on the water. The best time to photograph Tin City is after they close at 9 p.m.
The Naples Pier is the most photographed spot in Naples. It’s a beautiful pier, and at sunset, it’s amazing! The original pier was built in 1889. Hurricanes have caused the pier to be rebuilt partially or fully five different times over the years. It is Naples’ iconic landmark.
5th Avenue South is the happening place in Naples with shopping, dining, theater, art galleries and little parks. Come photograph one of the many festivals such as Cars on 5th in February or just come for street photography.
The Garden of Hope and Courage is dedicated to cancer victims. It’s a peaceful respite right on the hospital grounds. It has a beautiful lake, gazebos, flowers, and banyan trees.
In this video, we talk about how you can adjust your lighting on your iPhone to make it so there is a balance between the foreground and the background!
Bayfront is a four-story, mixed-use complex right on the Gordon River. The buildings have many beautiful columns, textured walls and color that make for really nice portrait backgrounds. There are fountains and balustrades overlooking the water and mangroves.
When Naples was developed in 1889, everything centered around this area. Julius (Junkie) Fleischmann of Fleischmann’s Yeast Fame was the primary developer who turned 3rd Street South into a shopping and dining hub. It’s now filled with restaurants, art galleries and high end shopping, as well as the few historical buildings that Naples has left.
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is located about 30 miles east of Naples and is truly heaven on earth for a nature photographer. There is a 2.5 mile boardwalk through a variety of different terrains, with gorgeous spots all along the way to photograph. Check out their website for the occasional “Corkscrew After Dark” nights to practice your night photography.
The Collier County Fair is usually held in March. It’s a great spot for people photography and colorful photojournalism. Go at night to practice your slow speed photography for amazing pictures!
The Dome Home was built in 1981 by an engineer who wanted to get away from it all. It’s now decaying and sinking into the sea. It’s only accessible by boat. We recommend Dreamlander Tours out of Goodland, Florida to bring you to the Cape Romano Dome home and beach. But you’d better hurry. Who knows how long it will be before this beautiful structure is overtaken by the sea?
Bird Gardens of Naples is not a great spot for photography unless you need some close-ups of parrots. Parrots are all in cages. You’ll get a guided tour and be allowed to go inside one of the cages with many different types of parrots. It’s a wonderful charity so please be sure to give a good donation if you go. It’s right on the road to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary; so it might be a great place to stop on your way there.
You can order a full copy of our book, Florida Photo Spots; Naples and Collier County as an ebook for only $4.99 or as a softcover book.See sidebar for link. Name of Place: Wiggins Pass (official name: Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park) Location: 11135 Gulfshore Drive,...
Clam Pass is a beautiful beach for nature lovers. You can take the tram or walk the ¾ mile boardwalk through the mangroves. The boardwalk is a lovely place for portrait photography, but be aware it can be quite busy at times. There is lots of shade. Once you hit the beach, turn right (north) and walk another ¾ of a mile to the inlet. You’ll see lots of shorebirds and probably osprey, hawks and eagles.
Barefoot Beach Preserve is right on the north edge of Collier County. It’s a great place for portrait photography since there are no high rise buildings. The white sand is pretty, but there are a lot of shells. It’s not the soft, fluffy white sand you’ll find on the beaches south of here. There are also pretty boardwalks for posing your subjects.
This is a great place for portrait photography as there is ample parking (paid) and a cute little shaded park just south of 18th, accessible from the beach.
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This is my favorite portrait spot, but it’s also great for nature photography because of the different types of wood pilings. The houses are all set pretty far back so they don’t turn up in your pictures. Parking is limited.
Best Photo Spots in Ave Maria Florida. The town centers around a huge oratory, which is fascinating to photograph. You may be able to get permission for a portrait shoot at Collier Family Farms, which is a working farm with colorful buildings and farm equipment. There are also numerous beautiful parks within the small community of Ave Maria for portrait shoots.
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