For most of us, This is Paris –
“I love Paris in the spring time 
I love Paris in the fall 
I love Paris in the winter when it drizzles 
I love Paris in the summer when it sizzles
I love Paris every moment 
Every moment of the year 
I love Paris
Why oh why do I love Paris 
Because my love is here
I love Paris every moment 
Every moment of the year 
I love Paris
Why oh why do I love Paris 
Because my love is here”
There are so many iconic sights and neighborhoods in Paris so you can’t go wrong anywhere you go.  My best suggestions are learn how to efficiently use the Paris Metro and know where your walking so you can navigate your way on foot.
My next suggestion is one I’d give no matter where you travel in this world.  Don’t be a tourist.  Don’t act like a tourist.
If you know a handful of French words and can string together a sentence, use them.  The French appreciate anyone who tries to speak their language.  Parisians might chuckle at you, but they mean it in an admirable way.
Being in Paris is more of a feeling than rushing around checking off a list of things to do and see.  Walk along the Seine River and wonder what it must have been like a hundred years ago.   Bring out your artistic flare and imagine what it must have been like for Gertrude Stein to give Picasso, Henry Matisse and Ernest Hemingway their big break.  Splurge and enjoy proper French cuisine at a Michelin Star restaurant.
Feel the energy of Paris.  Have a sordid affair and know first hand what romance is.  Paris is romance and as she shines and glows at night.  Take every bit of her deep into your soul.  And if you want to take the words affair and romance literally, know that the French make great lovers.  Trust me, I speak from experience.
Throw caution to the wind and let yourself go.  This is what Paris is for me.  Go visit Paris for a once in a lifetime experience.  And while you are doing this, you’ll pass the brilliant Parisian sights along the way.  Snap a few photos, if you must, but take my advice and you’ll have memories to last you forever.
If you’re keen to capture Paris with your camera, know Paris is a playground for photographers.  Keep the following travel photo tips in mind as you click your camera’s shutter.
Get Up Early and stay out for sunset

The Blue Hour is my favorite time of the day.  It’s also the best time to shoot, so get outdoors one hour before sunrise and one hour before sunset.  The lighting is incredible, as is the lack of tourists.

Always Ask permission

Don’t be shy about taking photos of people on your travels, but always ask.  It’s impolite if you don’t.  Plucking up the courage is daunting, but the worst they can say is no.

Practice and Watch

Photography is a lot of fun, but it’s also challenging.  Before you go on your next adventure, research techniques, attend workshops, watch how-to videos on YouTube, and practice.  Practice a lot.  Improving your craft will make snapping on your travels rewarding.

Shoot Straight

Ever taken a photo of a beautiful landscape only to find later on that you weren’t holding your camera phone straight? Don’t worry—you’re not alone. Luckily, your iPhone can automatically straighten an image or you can do it manually in the phone editing app.

Choose Your Background

When you travel, you’re often spoiled with choices when it comes to taking photos.  So when picking your background, look for lots of texture, patterns and color.

Get Into Nature

Get outside and into nature on your travels.  Hike trails, climb mountains, explore forests, and swim in waterfalls.

Take Natural Shots

Sometimes posed photos on your travels can lack a certain authenticity.  Shoot your subject doing something from his or her normal daily life; crossing the street, exploring a marketplace, and lunching with friends are great places to start.

Use the Rule of Three

When taking photos on your travels, divide the image into thirds, both horizontally and vertically, otherwise known as the rule of three.  It’s well known in photography circles that if you place the subject along these lines or at their intersections, it creates more interest in your images.

Photograph a Variety of People

Photograph people dressed in national costume as well as locals handpicking fruit in a market—mix it up between men and women, children and adults to get a variety of photos.

Get Higher

This is my favorite tip because shooting Instagram photos from higher ground equals an amazing view.  Try it!  And, try going down low, too.

Lighting is King

The difference between good lighting and bad lighting is simple—natural light.  Always shoot in natural light, and avoid using flash on your phone.  If you still can’t quite get the image bright or light enough, simply use the brightness tool in a photo-editing app.

Use a Great Caption

Even though Instagram is a photo app, sometimes (if not all the time) the caption is just as important.  Use puns, humor, and emotive descriptions to connect with people.

Get Off the Beaten Path

Some of the best photos I’ve taken have been when I explored beyond the beaten path.  My Kathmandu images and Macao photos are a great example.  Road trips are perfect for taking photos where there is no one other than you and the landscape in front of you.

Give Perspective

To give a subject perspective, whether it’s a waterfall, a mountain, or a bustling city, get a person to stand in your photo wearing a bright top or jacket to give the photo perspective.

Don’t Stop Traveling

It’s simple. To take the best travel photos, don’t stop traveling and exploring.  Whether it’s your own city, a road trip out of town, or an adventure abroad, never stop moving and taking photos.  Practice does indeed make perfect.

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