Travel Photography is one of the coolest jobs in the world, and there is no denying the fact. If it has you hooked as well and you are keen to build an amazing portfolio, Turkey is where you should be. It has places so stunning and surreal that it would feel like a stroke of luck for the budding photographers.

This guide to Turkey’s eight most picturesque sites is all that you
need to have that dream portfolio, after your camera of course.

1. Blue Mosque

8 Turkey sites that should be in your Travel Photography portfolio

Well, no words can do justice to the charm of it, and that is perhaps why it needs a wonderful photographer like you. Hone your skills well before you rest eyes on its awe-inspiring architecture; it is one of the most photographed sites in the world and you will have some serious photography goals to beat.

2. Cappadocia

8 Turkey sites that should be in your Travel Photography portfolio

A trip to Cappadocia is hailed as one of the most romantic experiences of Turkey. Take our word, it is one of the most picturesque one as well. This region in Central Turkey is a visual delight, and one of those famed hot air balloon rides might just be the best way to get some stunners for your photo gallery.3. Grand Bazaar

8 Turkey sites that should be in your Travel Photography portfolio

A trip to Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar can turn more into a photographer’s delight rather than just a shopping experience. Its traditional settings and colours that can put a rainbow to shame will make the task of photographing it rather easy for you. My word, get a 50mm lens or one of an even lesser focal length.

4. Mount Nemrut

8 Turkey sites that should be in your Travel Photography portfolio

Reserve an early morning for a trip to Mount Nemrut, for the place looks nothing less than otherworldly at dawn. At its top lies the 2000+ year old tomb of King Antiochus of Commagene, which is a sight in itself. Take a lightweight camera along, for the hike to the top is rather steep yet totally worth the views.

5. Kekova

8 Turkey sites that should be in your Travel Photography portfolio

Kalekoy is more of a secret and Turkey should proud itself for keeping it well-guarded. Away from the rather nosy tourists and much crowd, this is more of a beach escape that will charm you with its stunning blue waters. Take your camera along, cut off from the rest of the world, hop on a boat (that is the best way to get here), and greet the Mediterranean in all its beauty.

6. Mardin

8 Turkey sites that should be in your Travel Photography portfolio

If you are not much into nature photography and are eager for a more urban experience, Mardin is where you should head off to. Mardin is deeply connected to the Mesopotamian Civilisation, and is a lost world, that is perched on a ridge. While it usually attracts history-lovers, this place has a lot for the shutterbugs as well.

7. Pamukkale

8 Turkey sites that should be in your Travel Photography portfolio

Pamukkale looks nothing like how you have been seeing Turkey. A breather between all those over-exposed, ultra-filtered photos, this is a part of Turkey that still has not found a way to Instagram and all that jazz. Its thermal pools and terraces are a definite break from regular Turkey photos, and you might be one of the rare ones, who have captured it on camera.

8. Kackar Mountains

8 Turkey sites that should be in your Travel Photography portfolio

Kackar Mountains are the calling for the shutterbugs, who have a shot of adrenaline as well. Surprisingly green in the rather expected Turkish landscape, these mountains are glaciated alpine in their topography, and have more than what you can imagine that is waiting to be caught on camera. They also call it Turkey’s Alps.

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