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A Photographer’s Guide

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A Photographer’s Guide
Andrew Hudson


Five pyramids and camelsSculpies/Shutterstock


33 views to photograph
Six pyramids two queens overlapWitR/Shutterstock
Camel and two pyramidsEFesenko/Shutterstock
Great Sphinx with Pyramid of Kjafre to rightMareandmare/Shutterstock
One pyramid and camels at sunsetSculpies/Shutterstock
Pyramid of DjoserCharlesjsharp/Wikipedia
Front with pyramid behindADi G/Shutterstock
Funerary complex of DjoserDennis Jarvis/Flickr
Great Pyramid with templePichugin Dmitry/Shutterstock
Head of Great SphinxAlchemist-Hp/Wikipedia
Pyramid of KhafreDennis Jarvis/Flickr
Six pyramids one queen overlapJonah Bettio/Flickr
Black PyramidTekisch/Wikipedia
Entrance to Great PyramidOlaf Tausch/Wikipedia
Giza Pyramids aerialRobster1983/Wikipedia
Great Pyramid of GizaNina/Wikipedia
Great Sphinx of GizaMusikanimal/Wikipedia
Six pyramids three queens overlapRicardo Liberato/Wikipedia
Pyramid of DjedefreAhlyMan/Wikipedia
Pyramid of Djedkare-IsesiUdimu/Wikipedia
Pyramid of MenkaureShade/Wikipedia
Pyramid of NeferirkareAoswch/Wikipedia
Pyramid of SahureJon Bodsworth/Wikipedia
Pyramid of UnasOlaf Tausch/Wikipedia
Pyramid of UserkafNeithsabes/Wikipedia
Tomb of AkhethetepNeithsabes/Wikipedia


Map of Giza

Map of Great Pyramids and Sphinx

Map of Giza pyramid complex


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

Name:Giza pyramid complex
What:Archaeological site on the Giza Plateau, by Cairo, Egypt.
Fame:Icon of Egypt
One of the Seven Wonders of the World; the oldest and one one remaining
Includes:Great Pyramids; Great Sphinx
Far:13 km (8 mi) from Cairo city centre
GPS:29.976111, 31.132778
Address:Al Haram, Nazlet El-Semman, Al Haram, Giza Governorate, Egypt
Region:Middle Egypt
Notes:UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Giza pyramid complex أهرامات الجيزة‎‎,, “pyramids of Giza”) is an archaeological site on the Giza Plateau, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt.

This complex of ancient monuments includes the three pyramid complexes known as the Great Pyramids, the massive sculpture known as the Great Sphinx, several cemeteries, a workers’ village and an industrial complex. It is located in the Libyan Desert, approximately 9 km (5 mi) west of the Nile river at the old town of Giza, and about 13 km (8 mi) southwest of Cairo city centre.

The pyramids, which have historically loomed large as emblems of ancient Egypt in the Western imagination, were popularised in Hellenistic times, when the Great Pyramid was listed by Antipater of Sidon as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is by far the oldest of the ancient Wonders and the only one still in existence.


















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