You're researching Ireland travel photos. Ireland has a treasure trove of photographic opportunities. It's a small green gem of a country with friendly people, lush green valleys, a rugged picturesque coastline, and a rich history.
There are 3 things to address when you want to know how to take the best photographs when visiting Ireland. Stop at the best locations. Carry along the right camera. Select the right lens.
Now, let's dive into the details of getting great photos, starting with the likely most important one, location, location, location.
Experienced Ireland photographers all have their favorite places for the best photography opportunities when traveling to Ireland. What are the best locations for getting great photos when you visit? Read on and explore the picturesque spots I've photographed along with lists of locations from talented photographers.
There are over 40,000 basalt rock columns you can photograph at the giants Causeway in Northern Ireland. You have countless angles, focal length settings, varying perspective,s and different lighting situations to create some great photos of this unique story of formation that started about 60,000,000 years ago.
Here are 3 lists of photo opportunity locations in Ireland.
See my collection of Ireland travel photos below. You click any photo you want to see it larger.
You want to know what camera is best for taking to Ireland. There are 3 levels of photography that you can choose from as your goal to achieve with respect to how you want to use the photos you take while you're there.
Whether it's for sharing with friends and family in an email, posting on Facebook or through other social media, you can use your smart phone or a standard point and shoot camera. Carrying your smart phone or a slip-into-your-pocket camera is the ultimate convenient way to have a camera with you at all times in Ireland.
The best camera is the one you have with you. The sensors are small, so they're easy to fit into a camera, but they're still sophisticated enough to get some great snapshots. If your needs are simple then it makes sense to keep your camera simple too.
Example cameras: Iphone or PowerShot G7 X Mark II.
For printing and inclusion in your scrapbook or medium-sized prints to hang on your wall, you want a camera with a decent sized sensor. Advanced point and shoot cameras as well as "crop sensor" cameras have larger sensors and give you solid image quality and compact camera size.
Having a "real" camera in your hand that feels like a camera adds to the whole experience of creating travel photos. Having the ability to change lenses expands the type of photography you can do while you're
Examples: Nikon Z50 or Canon G1X Mark II
If you're interested in taking your Ireland photography to the highest level you should get a full-frame DSLR or mirrorless camera. The best image quality (and image file size) comes from using a camera with a large sensor and the right amount of pixels.
Image quality really matters if you want to display your Ireland photos as large-sized wall art.
Example: Canon EOS R or Sony Alpha 7R III.
What camera lenses should you take to photograph Ireland?
If it's just one single lens you want to take to photograph Ireland it should be a zoom lens. That gives you an opportunity to change both your angle of view as well as your perspective on all the different scenes in the country and city that you're going to encounter.
A wide-angle-to-telephoto focal length is ideal. That will give you the ability to photograph large structures like Irish cathedrals and castles, as well as interiors and wide vista scenes at the wide angle setting.
The telephoto lens setting will enable you to zoom in on long distance subjects, and to shoot close-up detail shots. On a crop sensor camera a lens like this Canon 18-135mm is perfect. For a full frame cameraHere's a deeper discussion on understanding Focal Length.
In the photo above, I used widest angle focal length so that I could to get this up-close, strong perspective of the Dublin Castle. The sun was striking the front of the castle at a good angle. The sky was a brilliant blue and had a few white clouds to add some interest.
If you're going to take all kinds of photos as you travel around the country you may have a few questions on what's allowed and what's not, in terms of photography and privacy.
I hope you enjoyed viewing my Ireland travel photos as much as I had a blast taking them. Ireland offers many, many great photo opportunities to enjoy. If you've got the time, it's less than a 2 hour flight to travel from Ireland to a small country full of photo opportunities. Visit the Iceland Photo Gallery.