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A Photographer’s Guide

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A Photographer’s Guide
Andrew Hudson


The North Trench of VisbyEn-Cas-de-soleil/Wikipedia


53 views to photograph
Galgberget [Visby]Hannes Grobe/Wikipedia
The Main Square and Södra Kyrkogatan, VisbyJerzy Kociatkiewicz/Wikipedia
Visby Cathedral at duskArkland/Wikipedia
The Wallers square, VisbyHelen Simonsson/Wikipedia
The Fish Oil TowerŻeglarz/Wikipedia
The Large Beach GateW Carter/Wikipedia
The Saint George GateArtifex/Wikipedia
The Silver Cap/KamesJonaldos/Wikipedia
The Snäckgärds GateW Carter/Wikipedia
Visby CathedralBeckstet/Wikipedia
Visby city wallArtifex/Wikipedia
The Castle WallW Carter/Wikipedia
The Coin HouseW Carter/Wikipedia
The East GateHajotthu/Wikipedia
Gotland MuseumW Carter/Wikipedia
Gotlands KonstmuseumBoberger/Wikipedia
The Gunpowder TowerGodewind/Wikipedia
The Häggska house, VisbyHelen Simonsson/Wikipedia
The Liljehornska house, Strandgatan, VisbyRolfkallman/Wikipedia
The Mill TowerArtifex/Wikipedia
The North GateW Carter/Wikipedia
The old pharmacy, Strandgatan, VisbyJohannes Jansson/Wikipedia
Ruin of St. Catherine’s Church, VisbyŻeglarz/Wikipedia
Ruin of St. Drotten’s Church, VisbyWolfgang Sauber/Wikipedia
Ruin of St. Nicholas’ Church, VisbyArkland/Wikipedia
The School GateW Carter/Wikipedia
The Small Beach GateW Carter/Wikipedia
The South GateW Carter/Wikipedia
The Well GateW Carter/Wikipedia
Almedalen Park, VisbyWind/Wikipedia
The Butter BoxW Carter/Wikipedia
Campus GotlandArtifex/Wikipedia
The Fallen WallW Carter/Wikipedia
The Fisherman’s GateMr Bullitt/Wikipedia
The Grey GooseW Carter/Wikipedia
The House with the PaintingsW Carter/Wikipedia
The Kajsar GateW Carter/Wikipedia
The Kajsar TowerW Carter/Wikipedia
KapitelhusgårdenW Carter/Wikipedia
The Lübeck BreachW Carter/Wikipedia
The Maiden TowerW Carter/Wikipedia
The Sconce GateW Carter/Wikipedia
The Sea-maidenW Carter/Wikipedia
The Slit BottleDmitry G/Wikipedia
The Tar Boiler’s HouseW Carter/Wikipedia
The Valdemars WallW Carter/Wikipedia


Map of Visby


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

Nickname:City of roses
County:Gotland County
Municipality:Gotland Municipality
Population:23,576 (city); 57,241 (metro)
Time zone:CET (UTC+1)
GPS:57.634722, 18.299167
Far:190 km (118 miles) from Stockholm

Visby is a locality and the seat of Gotland Municipality in Gotland County, on the island of Gotland, Sweden with 23,880 inhabitants, as of 2014. Visby is also the episcopal see for the Diocese of Visby. The Hanseatic city of Visby is arguably the best-preserved medieval city in Scandinavia and since 1995, it is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Among the most notable historical remains are the 3.4 km (2.1 mi) long town wall that encircles the town center, and a number of church ruins.

Visby is a popular vacation destination for Scandinavians during the summer and receives thousands of tourists every year. It is by far the most populated locality outside the Swedish mainland. The University of Gotland is in Visby, and since 1 July 2013, it is a department of Uppsala University under the name Uppsala university–Campus Gotland. Visby is also the sole county seat in Sweden only accessible by boat and air.


















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