Christmas Markets are the main reason to visit Vienna from mid-November to late December. The Austrian capital, definitely, sparkles during this period as Christmas Markets create a magic and dreamy atmosphere throughout the city. Strolling and shooting photos around becomes really a unique experience.
Each Christmas Market brings festive and colorful cheer into city’s squares, cobbled streets or courtyards. Even famous sightseeing like St. Stephen’s cathedral or the Upper Belvedere palace are literally wrapped by the glittering stalls. It’s really a not to miss experience for an unusual and creative photo shoot in the Austrian capital behind the majestic baroque style architecture or the famous Viennese coffee houses.
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Whether you are visiting a vibrant European city or exploring an exotic Asian village, markets must be definitively on your travel bucket list. In the same place, you can find a wide variety of colorful goods, animated stallholders, interesting people and an exciting environment to discover and enjoy with your camera.
Markets can be covered or outdoor. In case of shooting images in an outdoor market, you have to face up with the great contrast existing between the parts of the scene lit directly by the sun and the people or goods in the shadows. Use of flash can compensate both such a contrast and lightening shadows on people’s faces, but the result you get is easily flat to tell the truth. The best option to photograph markets is to visit the outdoor market in early morning when sun light is still soft or wait, instead, for a cloudy day.
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