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A Photographer’s Guide

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A Photographer’s Guide
Andrew Hudson


Georgia State Capitol east side from Capitol Ave duskSean Pavone/Shutterstock


144 views to photograph
Shark at Georgia AquariumZac Wolf/Wikipedia
Atrium of Hyatt Regency AtlantaStansatin/Wikipedia
Bridge over Lake Clara Meer at Piedmont ParkDavid Cole/Wikipedia
Eagle Atlanta Federal ReserveDonielle/Flickr
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic SiteGeorge Puvvada/Wikipedia
Panda, Zoo AtlantaTim/Wikipedia
Revolving restaurant at Hyatt Regency AtlantaJames Willamor/Flickr
Rialto Center for the ArtsGsustudent/Wikipedia
Stone Mountain BridgeLonesome Crow/Wikipedia
Vortex Bar and GrillHeather Hopkins/Wikipedia
ATL Playground in Woodruff ParkSinan/Wikipedia
Federal Reserve Bank of AtlantaRasputin243/Wikipedia
Flatiron BuildingEoghanacht/Wikipedia
Fountain of RingsRobert Neff/Wikipedia
Grist Mill, Stone MountainLonesome Crow/Wikipedia
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield ParkMikereichold/Wikipedia
Kennesaw State University, Cobb County [Georgia]Thejerm/Wikipedia
Ninja, Six Flags Over GeorgiaHagerman/Wikipedia
Object of Wo(man)Alans1948/Wikipedia
Olympia BuildingKeizers/Wikipedia
Sculpture at Woodruff Arts CenterVeggiefrog/Flickr
View of Stone Mountain from Discovering Stone Mountain MuseumKyleandmelissa22/Wikipedia
191 Peachtree TowerDekalb/Wikipedia
Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War MuseumScott Ehardt/Wikipedia
Atlanta from the AshesJason Riedy/Wikipedia
Atlantic Station smokestackChris Yunker/Wikipedia
Atrium abstract of Marriott Marquis in AtlantaKris krüg/Flickr
Atrium of Atlanta Marriott MarquisConnor Carey/Wikipedia
Beath-Dickey HouseKeizers/Wikipedia
Ceiling, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir AtlantaBAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha/Wikipedia
Concourse Corporate Center V and VIMaksim Sundukov/Wikipedia
Cyclone, Six Flags Over GeorgiaMike Gonzalez/Wikipedia
Gorillas, Zoo AtlantaDavid Berkowitz/Wikipedia
High Museum of ArtChris Yunker/Wikipedia
Hyatt Regency AtlantaConnor Carey/Wikipedia
Meriwether County CourthouseSaverivers/Wikipedia
Midtown Atlanta skyline from Piedmont ParkMike/Wikipedia
Millennium GateChris Yunker/Wikipedia
Mind Bender, Six Flags Over GeorgiaHagerman/Wikipedia
Ocean Voyager at Georgia AquariumDiliff/Wikipedia
Orange, Six Flags Over GeorgiaCoasterswim/Wikipedia
Peachtree StreetSinan/Wikipedia
Philips ArenaDeus2/Wikipedia
Ponce City MarketKeizers/Wikipedia
Sculptures at SunTrust PlazaConnor Carey/Wikipedia
Shakespeare TavernGreg Hanthorn Jr/Wikipedia
Skylight, Fox TheatreArianravan/Flickr
Skyride, Stone MountainWolf/Wikipedia
Skywalk at Peachtree CenterLee Coursey/Wikipedia
Splashwater Falls, Six Flags Over GeorgiaHagerman/Wikipedia
Swan House [Atlanta]Evilarry/Wikipedia
Welcome CenterRob Bixby/Wikipedia
Westin Peachtree Plaza HotelAak/Wikipedia
Bank of America PlazaConnor Carey/Wikipedia
Carillon, Stone MountainMichael Adams/Wikipedia
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Cobb County [Georgia]Keizers/Wikipedia
Close-up of the memorial, Stone MountainJim Bowen/Wikipedia
Dare Devil Drive, Six Flags Over GeorgiaMcdoobau93/Wikipedia
Dome, Georgia State CapitolConnor Carey Connorcarey/Wikipedia
Dorothy Chapman Fuqua ConservatoryDaderot/Wikipedia
Edward C. Peters HouseGaneshk/Wikipedia
Elephant, Zoo AtlantaGavemyheart3162/Wikipedia
Fernbank Museum of Natural HistoryDaniel Mayer/Wikipedia
Fulton County [Georgia]Getonerd84/Wikipedia
Georgia State Capitol east side from Capitol Ave afternoonConnor Carey Connorcarey/Wikipedia
Glover Park Bell, Cobb County [Georgia]Kevinkinnett/Wikipedia
Gwinnett County CourthouseJohn Trainor/Wikipedia
Historic Downtown Marietta, Cobb County [Georgia]Howardsf/Wikipedia
Jimmy Carter Library and MuseumWolf/Wikipedia
Joel Chandler Harris HouseLain Shakespeare/Wikipedia
Joseph E. Brown Statue, Georgia State CapitolKen Lund/Wikipedia
King Memorial MARTA stationKeizers/Wikipedia
Main gate, Six Flags Over GeorgiaHagerman/Wikipedia
Mandarin Oriental [Atlanta]John Phelan/Wikipedia
Old Fourth WardRobert Neff/Wikipedia
Orchid houseDaderot/Wikipedia
Side, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir AtlantaBAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha/Wikipedia
Six Gun Territory LocomotiveTony The Marine/Wikipedia
Skycoaster, Six Flags Over GeorgiaCoasterman1234/Wikipedia
The StorytellerKeizers/Wikipedia
Wood, Six Flags Over GeorgiaCillanxc/Wikipedia
Atlanta Marriott MarquisConnor Carey Connorcarey/Wikipedia
Barrington Hall [Roswell Georgia]Galen Parks Smith/Wikipedia
Bartow County CourthouseNcalvin/Wikipedia
Brittain Dining HallJsimms3/Wikipedia
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Druid Hills [Georgia]Dawn Delucia/Wikipedia
Campus Recreation Center, Georgia Institute of TechnologyDisavian/Wikipedia
Carnegie Building, Georgia Institute of TechnologyJames Emery/Wikipedia
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]Brett Weinstein/Wikipedia
Clock tower, Emory UniversityNrbelex/Wikipedia
Cobb County Courthouse, Cobb County [Georgia]Howardsf/Wikipedia
Cuttlefish, Georgia AquariumDiliff/Wikipedia
Druid Hills Baptist Church, Druid Hills [Georgia]Keizers/Wikipedia
Entrance Arch, Six Flags Over GeorgiaWillmcc/Wikipedia
Entrance, Georgia AquariumDiliff/Wikipedia
Fire Station #19Keizers/Wikipedia
Four Seasons Hotel AtlantaAtlantacitizen/Wikipedia
Georgia DomeSomeone/Wikipedia
Georgia World Congress CenterScott Ehardt/Wikipedia
Georgia-Pacific TowerConnor Carey/Wikipedia
Healey BuildingEoghanacht/Wikipedia
Henry L. Bowden Hall, Emory UniversityIe/Wikipedia
Herndon HomeKeizers/Wikipedia
James B. Williams Medical Education Building, Emory UniversitySinan/Wikipedia
Margaret Mitchell House & MuseumRolfmueller/Wikipedia
Matheson Reading Room, Emory UniversityMpspqr/Wikipedia
Rockdale County CourthouseSkarg/Wikipedia
St. John’s Chrysostom Melkite Church, Druid Hills [Georgia]Keizers/Wikipedia
Summit, Stone MountainLonesome Crow/Wikipedia
Technology Square, Georgia Institute of TechnologyJames Emery/Wikipedia
Underground AtlantaIldar Sagdejev/Wikipedia
Woodruff Arts CenterWill Folsom/Wikipedia
World of Coca-ColaW:zpb52/Wikipedia


Map of Atlanta

Map of Central Atlanta


About PhotoSecrets



A great travel photo­graph requires you to be in the right place at the right time to capture that special moment. Professional photo­graphers have a short-hand phrase for this: “F8 and be there.”

There are countless books that can help you with photo­graphic technique, the “F8” portion of that equation. But until now, there’s been little help for the other, more critical portion of that equation, the “be there” part. To find the right spot, you had to expend lots of time and shoe leather to essentially re-invent the wheel.

In my career as a professional travel photo­grapher, well over half my time on location is spent seeking out the good angles. Andrew Hudson’s PhotoSecrets does all that legwork for you, so you can spend your time photo­graphing instead of wandering about. I wish I had one of these books for every city I photo­graph on assignment.

PhotoSecrets can help you capture the most beautiful sights with a minimum of hassle and a maximum of enjoyment. So grab your camera, find your favorite PhotoSecrets spots, and “be there!”

About Bob Krist

Bob Krist has photo­graphed assignments for National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Travel/­Holiday, Smithsonian, and Islands. He won “Travel photo­grapher of the Year” from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1994, 2007, and 2008.

For National Geographic, Bob has led round-the-world tours and a traveling lecture series. His book In Tuscany with Frances Mayes spent a month on The New York Times’ bestseller list and his how-to book Spirit of Place was hailed by American Photo­grapher magazine as “the best book about travel photo­graphy we’ve ever read.”

The parents of three sons, Bob and his wife live in New Hope, Pennsylvania.


Thank you for reading PhotoSecrets. As a fellow fan of travel and photo­graphy, I hope this guide will help you quickly find the most visually stunning places, and come home with equally stunning photo­graphs.

PhotoSecrets is designed to show you all the best sights. Flick through, see the classic views, and use them as a departure point for your own creations. Flick through, enjoy the photos, and see which places inspire you. Get comp­osition ideas, lighting tips, and a brief history. It’ll be like traveling with a location scout and a pro-photo­grapher by your side.

The idea for PhotoSecrets came during a trip to Thailand, when I tried to find the exotic beach used in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. None of the guidebooks I had showed a picture, so I thought a guidebook of postcard photos would be useful for us photographers. If you have any ides for improvements, please send me an email at

Now, start exploring — and take lots of photos!

About Andrew Hudson

Originally an engineer, Andrew Hudson started PhotoSecrets in 1995. His first book won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Book and his second won the Grand Prize in the National Self-Published Book Awards.

Andrew has published 15 nationally-distributed photo­graphy books. He has photo­graphed assignments for Macy’s, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Men’s Health and Seventeen, and been a location scout for Nikon. His photos and articles have appeared in Alaska Airlines, National Geographic Traveler, Shutterbug Outdoor and Nature photo­graphy, Where, and Woman’s World.

Andrew has a degree in Computer Engineering from Manchester University and a certificate in copyright law from Harvard Law School. Born in Redditch, England, he lives with his wife, two kids, and two chocolate Labs, in San Diego, California.


At a Glance

Fame:Capital of Georgia
Nickname(s):Hotlanta, ATL, The City in a Forest, The A, The Gate City
Country:United States
Counties:Fulton, DeKalb
City of Atlanta:1847
Population:463,878 (city, 2015)
5,522,942 (metro)
Time zone:EST (UTC-5)

Metro Atlanta, designated by the United States Office of Management and Budget as the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area, is the most populous metro area in the US state of Georgia and the ninth-largest metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in the United States. Its economic, cultural and demographic center is Atlanta, and it had a 2015 estimated population of 5.7 million people according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The metro area forms the core of a broader trading area, the Atlanta–Athens-Clarke–Sandy Springs Combined Statistical Area. The Combined Statistical Area spans up to 39 counties in north Georgia and had an estimated 2015 population of 6.3 million people. Atlanta is considered an “alpha(-) world city.” It is the third largest metropolitan region in the Census Bureau’s Southeast region behind Greater Washington and South Florida.


















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