The more time you spend in Turkey, the harder it is not to fall in love with the place. History abounds here, and from the architecture to the culture that remains, you can see important parts of where this country came from and how it is changing now. Beyond the obvious targets for pictures in Turkey (selfies around Ankara, amirite?), if one of your hobbies is photography, there are a number of spots where you can capture unique and beautiful photos that will represent the best of Turkey. Read on for information about the places you may not have considered for a photo shoot during your holiday.

Hot Air Balloons over Cappadocia


Cappadocia is an otherworldly part of Turkey where the landscape resembles the moon more than our own green planet. Ravines, rock cones, pinnacles and more combine to create a stunning landscapes above ground, but one of the most picturesque sights is the numerous hot air balloons taking off each morning and evening. Watch as these massive and colourful balloons take to the sky, and marvel at the sharp contrasts between the beauty of the balloons and the unusual rock formations below.

The Mausoleum of Mausolus


Located in the ancient city of Bodrum is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: the Mausoleum of Mausolus. It was built by Artemisia after her husband, you guessed it—Mausolus—had passed away. Artemisia was so heart-broken and sad about her husband’s passing that she hired the most talented artists of the time to construct this beautiful and intricate tomb for Mausolus. There are carvings of animals, people and scenery throughout the mausoleum, and it’s made mostly of marble. Photographers can take their time in the area capturing the small details or the magnificent full picture.

Istanbul’s Old City


Your head will be spinning as you walk through Istanbul’s Old City. There are so many things you can capture in this part of Istanbul that you best have more than one memory card at your disposal. From the Blue Mosque, to the Aya Sofya Museum, to the Topkapi Palace, there is more than enough fodder for a photographer who enjoys architecture, culture, and history.

Whirling Dervishes


Portrait photographers will have a ball when they go to a whirling dervishes show. What is it exactly? Well, it’s a ceremony performed by the renowned Whirling Dervishes—members of the Mevlevi Order. During these performances, the Dervishes perform Sema, which is their famous whirling dance. Head to Konya for a show, as this is where the Mevlevi Order originated, or if you prefer, Istanbul.

Turkish Bazaars


Many local Turks have embraced modern designers for their day-to-day purchases, but the bazaars and markets are still the place where you can always find traditional goods like carpets, ceramics, soaps, sweets and other handicrafts. It may seem overwhelming, at first, to bring you camera into a crowded and busy place like this, but with a little concentration, respect for storeowners and customers, and an eye for unusual products and angles you can come out of the bazaars with unbeatable photos of Turkish culture.

Can’t wait to start snapping pictures? Be sure to load up on everything you need before you leave Australia. Think about charging cables, extra batteries, extra memory cards, lens caps, storage bags…as you know well, there’s a lot of equipment that comes along with a photography habit. When you travel, you don’t want to spend your holiday worried about the safety of your camera and accessories. Instead of worrying, buy yourself a tailored back-up plan.

Image courtesy of Flickr user Arlan Zwegers, Dysanovic, Brian Suda, Tinao Bao, and Jez Elliott.