PhotoSecrets Austin

A Photographer’s Guide

Best classic places spots hotspots sites sights views photo locations to photograph for photography with maps postcard photos cool beautiful pictures

A Photographer’s Guide
Andrew Hudson


Capitol Extension BuildingAnthony Quintano/Flickr


152 views to photograph
Stevie Ray VaughanKatie Haugland/Flickr
Austin skyline: Lady Bird Lake and Lamar Boulevard BridgeLonestarmike/Wikipedia
Caldwell County CourthouseCmbj/Wikipedia
The Dinosaur ParkMcdlttx/Flickr
Hamilton Pool PreserveEric In Sf/Wikipedia
Hyde Park Gym MusclePhilip Kromer/Flickr
Lobby Driskill HotelKenneth C Zirkel/Wikipedia
Texas CowboyEd Schipul/Flickr
View of Texas State Capitol from ConocoPhillips building nightLonestarmike/Wikipedia
Austin skyline from Congress Street BridgeKumar Appaiah/Flickr
Austin skyline from Hyatt Regency AustinEarl McGehee/Flickr
Bats at Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue BridgeDan Pancamo/Wikipedia
Boy pulling goat at Tejano MonumentBlue Genie/Flickr
Bull Creek WaterfallRoy Niswanger/Flickr
Congress Avenue Bridge and Hyatt Regency AustinBilly Hathorn/Wikipedia
Congress Avenue Historic DistrictLonestarmike/Wikipedia
Couple with baby at Tejano MonumentBlue Genie/Flickr
Doctor Eugene Clark LibraryLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
Eugene Bremond HouseLonestarmike/Wikipedia
Hartman Prehistoric GardenLonestarmike/Wikipedia
Koi Pond in Isamu Taniguchi Japanese GardenLonestarmike/Wikipedia
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterDcrjsr/Wikipedia
Littlefield FountainReid Sullivan/Wikipedia
Littlefield HouseLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
Lower McKinney FallsLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
Mustangs sculptureZereshk/Wikipedia
Pennybacker BridgeDbtfz/Wikipedia
Peter and Clotilde Shipe Mansbendel HouseDtobias/Wikipedia
Some tall sculpture at McCombs School of BusinessZereshk/Wikipedia
Statue of LibertyAlan Levine/Flickr
Terry’s Texas Rangers MemorialDaniel Mayer/Wikipedia
Texas Memorial MuseumPi3 124/Wikipedia
Texas Military Forces MuseumChris Wbraun/Wikipedia
Texas State Capitol from Congress AvenueStuart Seeger/Flickr
Texas State Capitol from grounds southwestDaniel Mayer/Wikipedia
View of Texas State Capitol from ConocoPhillips building dawnLonestarmike/Wikipedia
Woman pouring water at Tejano MonumentSergey Galyonkin/Flickr
Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue BridgeLonestarmike/Wikipedia
Austin skyline from Lady Bird LakeArgash/Wikipedia
The AustonianShawnbell/Wikipedia
Cedar Park DepotPi3 124/Wikipedia
Centerpoint StationRravis Witt/Wikipedia
Confederate SoldiersDaniel Mayer/Wikipedia
Doug Blachly Butterfly Trail and GardenLonestarmike/Wikipedia
First Christian ChurchLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
Fort Street Presbyterian ChurchLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
Frost Bank TowerTrey Perry/Wikipedia
Goddess of LibertyPboyd04/Wikipedia
Heroes of the AlamoLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
Hippie Hollow ParkLonestarmike/Wikipedia
Inner Space CavernRvassar/Wikipedia
John Bremond HouseLonestarmike/Wikipedia
Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and MuseumLuc Van Braekel/Flickr
Mabel David Rose GardenLonestarmike/Wikipedia
Meadows Center for Water and the EnvironmentLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
Monarch butterflyKumar Appaiah/Flickr
Norman Hackerman BuildingJr1038/Wikipedia
North-Evans ChateauLonestarmike/Wikipedia
One Congress PlazaSahmeditor/Wikipedia
Pennybacker Bridge from the southMarcin Wichary/Flickr
Round Rock of Round RockLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
Smith Rock ShelterLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
Texas Governor’s MansionLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
Texas Peace Officers’ MemorialQuesterMark/Flickr
Union BuildingGuðsþegn/Wikipedia
Upper McKinney FallsLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
View of Texas State Capitol from ConocoPhillips building afternoonLonestarmike/Wikipedia
Volunteer FiremenDaniel Mayer/Wikipedia
Walter Bremond HouseLonestarmike/Wikipedia
Williamson County CourthouseLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
Zilker Botanical GardenLonestarmike/Wikipedia
Zilker Metropolitan ParkLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
360 CondominiumsSahmeditor/Wikipedia
Austin City HallWhispertome/Wikipedia
Austin Convention CenterJohn Tornow/Wikipedia
Austin Fire Department Station 1Whispertome/Wikipedia
Austin History CenterLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
Austin Museum of ArtMatthew Fuller/Wikipedia
Bank of America CenterSahmeditor/Wikipedia
Barton SpringsRyan Oles/Flickr
Barton Springs PoolDowntown Austin/Wikipedia
Blue Hole ParkAustex/Wikipedia
Bullock Texas State History MuseumWhispertome/Wikipedia
Cedar Park CenterLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
Col. Monroe M. Shipe HouseDavid E Hollingsworth/Wikipedia
Darrell K. Royal–Texas Memorial StadiumBrint03/Wikipedia
Dell HeadquartersEustress/Wikipedia
Elisabet Ney MuseumWhispertome/Wikipedia
Farmers Union Gin CompanyLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
General Land Office BuildingLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
Gethsemane Lutheran ChurchLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
Hays County CourthouseLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
Hildreth-Flanagan-Heierman HouseDavid E Hollingsworth/Wikipedia
Long Center for the Performing ArtsKevinwagn/Wikipedia
Martindale [Texas]Liveon001/Wikipedia
Mount BonnellJopxton/Wikipedia
Neill-Cochran HouseLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
One American CenterSahmeditor/Wikipedia
Palm House MuseumBilly Hathorn/Wikipedia
The Paramount TheatreLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
Phillips-Bermond-Houston HouseMichael Brockhoff/Wikipedia
Rainey Street Historic DistrictLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
Red River Cultural DistrictLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
San Marcos SpringsLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
Southwestern UniversityMatthew Rutledge/Wikipedia
Spring CondominiumsLonestarmike/Wikipedia
Sun City TexasAustex/Wikipedia
Ten CommandmentsMaksim/Wikipedia
Travis County CourthouseLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
W Austin Hotel and ResidencesLonestarmike/Wikipedia
William Sidney Porter HouseLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
Wonder CaveCmbj/Wikipedia
Wonder WorldCmbj/Wikipedia


Map of Austin

Map of Texas Capital


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 Texas
Country:United States
Counties:Travis, Williamson, Hays
Population:931,830 (city, 2015)
2,000,860 (metro)
Time zone:CST (UTC-6)
GPS:30.25, -97.75

Austin ) is the capital of the U.S. state of Texas and the seat of Travis County. It is the 11th-most populous city in the U.S. and the 4th-most populous in Texas. It is the fastest growing large city in the United States and the second most populous capital city after Phoenix, Arizona. As of the U.S. Census Bureau’s July 1, 2015 estimate, Austin has a population of 931,830. Located in Central Texas in the foothills of Texas Hill Country, the city is home to numerous lakes, rivers, and waterways including Lady Bird Lake, Barton Springs, McKinney Falls, the Colorado River, Lake Travis, and Lake Walter E. Long. It is the cultural and economic center of the Austin–Round Rock metropolitan area, which had an estimated population of 2,056,405 as of July 1, 2016.

In the 1830s, pioneers began to settle the area in central Austin along the Colorado River. In 1839, the site was officially chosen to replace Houston as the new capital of the Republic of Texas and was incorporated under the name “Waterloo.” Shortly thereafter, the name was changed to “Austin” in honor of Stephen F. Austin, the “Father of Texas” and the republic’s first secretary of state. The city subsequently grew throughout the 19th century and became a center for government and education with the construction of the Texas State Capitol and the University of Texas at Austin. After a lull in growth from the Great Depression, Austin resumed its development into a major city and, by the 1980s, it emerged as a center for technology and business. A number of Fortune 500 companies have headquarters or regional offices in Austin, including, Apple Inc., Cisco, eBay, Google, IBM, Intel, Oracle Corporation, Texas Instruments, 3M, and Whole Foods Market. Dell’s worldwide headquarters is located in nearby Round Rock, a suburb of Austin.

Residents of Austin are known as Austinites. They include a diverse mix of government employees, college students, musicians, high-tech workers, blue-collar workers, and a vibrant LGBT community. The city’s official slogan promotes Austin as “The Live Music Capital of the World,” a reference to the many musicians and live music venues within the city, as well as the long-running PBS TV concert series Austin City Limits. The city also adopted “Silicon Hills” as a nickname in the 1990s due to a rapid influx of technology and development companies. In recent years, some Austinites have also adopted the unofficial slogan “Keep Austin Weird,” which refers to the desire to protect small, unique, and local businesses from being overrun by large corporations. In the late 1800s, Austin was known as the “City of the Violet Crown” because of the colorful glow of light across the hills just after sunset. Even today, many Austin businesses use the term “Violet Crown” in their name. Austin is known as a “clean-air city” for its stringent no-smoking ordinances that apply to all public places and buildings, including restaurants and bars. The FBI ranked Austin as the second-safest major city in the U.S. for the year 2012. U.S. News & World Report named Austin the best place to live in the U.S. in 2017.



















More Info

More information will be available from: